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Jewish Young Adult Groups in the Bay Area

Posted by Shelli on March 4, 2012

Every once in a while, somebody, overwhelmed by the awesomeness of Jews’ Next Dor, wonders in my direction what other young adult Jewish groups exist in the Bay Area.  And when somebody does, I get an excuse to update my list.  Then I thought, why not post it here?  I cannot promise that it is complete, but it is a pretty good attempt.  So here it is, in no particular order:

JSN Young Adults:!/group.php?gid=363702000888



Mishmash (Russian Jews):


Chai Society (Young Adults of Temple Emanu-El SJ):!/group.php?gid=114334021938140

Jewish Socializing:!/group.php?gid=41649754786

Mission Minyan:!/group.php?gid=4760669547

Moishe House of Palo Alto:!/group.php?gid=135352366487200

Moishe House of San Francisco:

Russian Moishe House:

Moishe House East Bay:

Roots Collective (Beth Am Young Adults):!/group.php?gid=6829058271

Jews for Fun:

Temple Sinai (Oakland) Young Adults:!/group.php?gid=47037087739

Stanford Hillel Grad Group:!/group.php?gid=5321409205

Hillel of Silicon Valley Grad Group:

OFJCC Young Adults:

Birthright Israel Next:!/pages/Birthright-Israel-NEXT-San-Francisco/41318116648

Bay Area Tribe:

Jews for Entrepreneurship:


Young Adults of Temple Emanu-El (SF):

Second Saturday:

Wilderness Torah:


Single and Jewish:


Jewish High Tech Community:

Minyan HaMifratz:

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“Immigrate” to Angel Island (5 mi, 800 ft EC) with Yidventure & Other Jewish-y Things

Posted by Shelli on September 8, 2011

Sunday, September 18 · 11:00am – 5:30pm


Bay Crossings Store at the San Francisco Ferry Building

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, California


More Info

The most amazing views of the San Francisco Bay are the ones from the center of the Bay – Angel Island!

Cost: $17 (for ferry)

Ferry: The Blue & Gold Ferry departs for Angel Island at 11:20am. Since we need to leave enough time for parking and buying tickets, *please show up on time* or we will have to leave you behind. You can buy tickets online if you prefer, but there is an additional service charge ($3):

Hiking: There are two 5-mile loop hikes that go all around the island. One summits the island (all of 800 ft) and the other takes a fire road around the island with no elevation change. The plan is to do the summit hike, but if our group is big enough, we may split in two and give you a choice.

We will arrive at Angel Island at 12:15 pm and finish in time for the the 4:40 pm ferry back to San Francisco. A 3:20 pm ferry back to SF is also available if you need to leave early.

If you haven’t had enough adventure, the ferry also stops at Pier 41, for the same price. You can spend the evening checking out the attractions of the nearby Pier 39. It’s a 1.3 mile walk from Pier 39 back to the Ferry Building.

What to Bring: Hat, sunscreen, water, hiking shoes, snacks, and money for the
ferry. You can either bring your own lunch or purchase food on the island. To make sure we finish in time for the last ferry, we will only have a short lunch break, so plan accordingly.

South Bay Carpool: A carpool from the South Bay will meet in the Smart & Final Parking Lot – 141 East El Camino Real, Mountain View, CA 94040-2701 (where the 237 ends and Grant Rd begins) at 9:30am. If you want us to wait for you there, please post to the Facebook event wall ( For other carpools, please also post to the event wall.

Parking: There are a variety of parking options within a few blocks. Validated
Parking is available at the Washington Embarcadero Lot just across from the
Ferry Building.

Angel Island Trail Description:

Map of the Island (map is on the last page):

Organized by: Shelli C.
Photo Credit: Aleeza A.

And if you’re craving even more Jewishness that weekend, check out the Jewish Study Network Young Adult Shabbaton that same weekend, from Friday night to Saturday night:

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RitLab (Ritual Laboratory): Make Your Own Haggadah

Posted by Shelli on April 4, 2011

Thursday, April 7th | 7:30pm-9:30pm

Ritual objects in Judaism have different meanings for everyone. Make your personal Judaica more meaningful by creating it yourself! Join the JCC’s Center for Jewish Life and Learning and the Contemporary Jewish Museum for a book-binding workshop in which participants will create their own Haggadah from a wide selection of art and texts. Tell your own Exodus story. This event is free and non-members are welcome. For more information, contact Jenessa Schwartz at or 408.357.7411.

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Women’s Seminar: Nourish your mind, body, and soul

Posted by Shelli on February 3, 2011

A Celebration of Women and Jewish Learning
Sponsored by the Stephanie Sussman Memorial Fund

“The Impact of the Jewish Woman –

Who We Are and Where We Are Going”

The keynote speaker will be
Lori Palatnik
D.C. author, lecturer and blogger.

To see Lori’s Biography please click here. To view Lori’s blog and podcasts click here.

Sunday, February 6 · 10:00am – 1:00pm

10 – 10:15 – Registration
10:15 – 11:00 – Workshop 1 (see options below)
11:10 – 12:10 – Keynote Address
12:10 – 12:55 – Lunch
1:00 – 1:45 – Workshop 2
(see options below)
1:45 – 2:15 – Q & A with Lori & Dessert

Catered lunch included

The Oshman Family Jewish Community Cente
3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA 94303

To register, please click here.

$36 JCC members/$40 non-members

Sponsorship package: $75
One ticket and a complimentary copy of the
new JSN cookbook “From Our Table to Yours”

For detailed descriptions of classes and workshops please click here.

For more infomation on workshop presenters please click here.

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Young Adult Shabbaton with the JSN: Finding Happiness

Posted by Shelli on January 4, 2011

Young Adult Shabbaton: Finding Happiness
Fri Jan 14, 2011 – Sat Jan 15, 2011 04:00 PM – 08:00 PM
Jewish Study Network – Palo Alto


Join the JSN and the Moishe House of Palo Alto for a young adults Shabbaton! Get ready for a weekend full of exciting workshops, stimulating classes, fun activities, and great social opportunity. Learn, contribute, experience and share; together with other young adult professionals and graduate students from across the Bay Area.

Special guest speaker: Rabbi Reuven Leuchter
Click Here to view Rabbi Leuchter’s bio.


Early Bird Special!!

After January 7th

Sign up here:

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Fire, Friends, Free Food, and Festivities!

Posted by Shelli on December 3, 2010

Come out and join the Young Adult Community this upcoming Monday, December 6 as we light the Santana Row menorah, then party down at Rosie McCann’s. There will be free appetizers and live music, and donations will go directly to the nonprofit cause of your choice!

Time: Monday, December 6 • 5:30pm – 9:00pm
Park Valencia State, Santana Row
Olin and Winchester
San Jose, CA

Hillel of Silicon Valley students and Young Adults from the SVYAD will join together with the Silicon Valley community to light the Hanukkah candles and learn some new Hanukkah songs with Benji on his guitar. Also, don’t miss the performance of the rap called “Hey Ya Hanukkah”!

Then, don’t miss Bar Night @ Rosie McCann’s from 6-9PM! Free appetizers and live music. Suggested donation $5 All are welcome!

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Environmental Speaker Oct. 5th at Emek Beracha

Posted by Shelli on September 22, 2010

Talk by Rabbi Yonatan Neril, Founder of Jewish Eco Seminars

“What Jewish Tradition can Teach about the BP Oil Spill”

Tuesday, October 5, 2010, 8:30pm

Congregation Emek Beracha – 4102 El Camino Real – Palo Alto, CA 94306

Rabbi Neril is a Bay Area native and Stanford graduate who currently lives in Israel.  His interactive talk will examine the significance of the BP oil spill – the largest marine oil spill in history – referencing Jewish teachings in the Torah and other text sources to analyze root causes and suggest a Jewish response.

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This Weekend: Praying, Playing, and Piloting with the JSN

Posted by Shelli on August 24, 2010

Looking to experience a special Shabbat?  Join the Jewish Study Network for its Young Adult Shabbaton.  Leadership is this summer’s theme.  There will be exciting workshops, stimulating classes and lots of fun activities. Learn, contribute, experience and share; together with other young adult professionals and graduate students from across the Bay-Area.

On Friday night, expect Kabbalat Shabbat services, an amazing meal, and games with your fellow young adults.

Saturday will bring Shabbat morning services, great leadership classes, lunch and dinner, as well as more socializing time.

Considering either or both days?  Contact the JSN to learn more at

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