Community Events & Announcements

Community Announcements


Events at Urban Adamah during March

Get some dirt under your nails! Check out the Urban Adamah Calendar for several fun events for families and individuals this month, including Shabbat, Volunteer Days, and Jewish Soul Medicine. There are plenty of free and paid events; check to see if registration is required.  
Revealing Texts: How Faith Communities Interpret Abortion
Prof. Deena Aranoff (Jewish, Beth El member), Ameena Jandali (Islamic), and Jim McGarry (Catholic) will share how their traditions interpret their writings to create a world view on abortion. Wednesday, March 22 at the David Brower Center in Berkeley. Info and registration here.
"Mr. Gaga," a documentary about Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin
This unique documentary about internationally acclaimed choreographer Ohad Naharin, who created the daring form of dance and “movement language” Gaga will be playing at Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley from March 10-16. For more information about the film, tickets and directions, click here. Watch a powerful (and seasonally appropriate) example of Naharin's work as choreographer with Batsheva here.
Taubman Lecture Series, On Jewish Heresy, with Professor David Biale
Wednesday, March 15, 7:00pm — The Afterlives of Baruch Spinoza and Shabbatai Zvi Thursday, March 16, 5:30pm — Gershom Scholem, Hannah Arendt and the Boundaries of Modern Heresy
The lectures will take place at the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA


Israeli Artists in Conversation With Israel

This conference on April 5-7, 2017 at UC Berkeley will bring Israeli scholars and artists together to examine critical issues in Israeli society through the arts. Drawing on music, film, theater, dance, and visual culture, the conference will focus on the meeting and mixing between social groups, identities, and art forms. The participants will engage with each other and the audience through discussions and performances to explore how the arts express and shape Israel today.

Camp Tawonga 2017 

Experience joyous Judaism in nature at Camp Tawonga, a tradition since 1925! Camp Tawonga’s 2017 programs and dates are now available online, and offerings include summer sessions, teen leadership and adventure travel, family camp weekends and more! Tawonga is a Jewish, residential summer camp that is American Camp Association accredited and located right outside Yosemite National Park in Stanislaus National Forest. Programs for 2nd through 12th graders. Tawonga also offers weekend family camps. Contact: 415-543-2267,, or

Project Zug

Project Zug employs chevruta (one-to-one) learning to connect with Jews from Around the World. It is led by a team of Israeli and American Jews seeking to strengthen relationships between Jewish communities across the globe. Learn more...


Knowing Saves Lives

Women and men of Ashkenazi Jewish (Central or Eastern European) ancestry have a 1 in 40 chance of carrying a BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation. This is at least a ten times greater probability than that of the non-Jewish population. Individuals with a gene mutation in either BRCA1 or BRCA2 are at higher than average risk for developing certain cancers.  Talk to your loved ones about your family history of cancer. Want to know more about BRCA? Visit or call (215) 662-2748.  


Sign Up Now for Birthright Israel Summer trips with URJ Kesher!

Send 18-26 year-olds in your community to Israel – for FREE! Registration at!


Wilderness Torah's B'naiture Mentorship Program

Wilderness Torah provides a pathway for nature and soul-centric Jewish education and coming-of-age. Both of our innovative youth programs start in the fall and enrollment is open now!


JFCS/East Bay Home Care for Seniors

Compassionate, professional, reliable, and personalized. Our social workers provide an extra level of oversight and advocacy. Information about the program can be found here: We Care Like You Care.


Hebrew Free Loan

Hebrew Free Loan provides interest-free loans to Jewish residents in Northern California needing assistance or pursuing life-long dreams. Loan categories include: student, adoption, business, first-time home buyer, unemployment, emergency, debt consolidation, and more. Loans are zero-cost and zero-interest. Always. Since 1897, Hebrew Free Loan has provided vital assistance to more than 100,000 people. By offering loans rather than charity, Hebrew Free Loan helps people become, and remain, self-sufficient.