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Schedule of Classes & Presentations

Below is the basic schedule of the day. Click here to see a detailed schedule with classes and instructors.

There will be 15 minute passing periods between each learning session. Feel free to come grab some food between sessions.

There is free childcare available. Click here for more info about your options.

Jewbilee Schedule (click here to see a detailed schedule)

1:00pm Welcome!
1:10pm L'Chaim Sushi and Jewbilee Cafe Opens
Camp Jewbilee Opens
1:30-2:25pm First Learning Session
2:40-3:35pm Second Learning Session
3:50-4:45pm Third Learning Session
5:00-5:55pm Fourth Learning Session
6:20pm L'Chaim Sushi and Jewbilee Cafe Closes
Camp Jewbilee Closes
6:30pm Keynote Speaker

Click here to see a detailed schedule with presenters and class titles (printable version here).

Jewbilee Special Events!

There will be special events happening throughout the day. For kids/family sessions, click here.

Hot MamalahCool JewCool Jews and Hot Mamalas with Lisa Alcalay Klug
2:40pm in Yavneh Room 202

Author Lisa Klug will take you on a guided tour of Cool Jews and Hot Mamalahs--the ultimate guide for every member of the tribe. Lisa is an award-winning author, humorist, and journalist with a passion for Jewish culture. Check her out here.

Open Embrace, klezmer ensemble
1:30pm and 3:50pm in Yavneh Library

Open Embrace performs a variety of music repertoire in various genre, including Jazz, Latin, Swing, Tango, Klezmer, Yiddish and Russian.

Hot Kugel, klezmer, jazz, showtunes, and more!
2:40pm and 5:00pm, in Yavneh Library
The musical duo "Hot Kugel" (Suska Varda and Mordecai) play traditional klezmer melodies, theater tunes, old time jazz, and more on a variety of instruments including  mandolin, cornet, guitars, and melodeon.

Rinat GorenA sneak peek at the JCC's upcoming art exhibit!
Beeswax: a history of the encaustic medium
2:40 in Activity Room A

Using beeswax (encaustic medium) as a medium in art has become popular in recent years. However, this medium is not new or modern. Learn more about the use of encaustic medium throughout history and get a special preview of Rinat Goren's work which will be hung in the JCC's gallery beginning in February.

Yoga, Meditation, and Breathwork
Yoga at 2:40pm, Meditation at 3:50pm in Studio A
Need to stretch your body and your mind? Join Rabbi Shalom Mayberg, a modern day rabbinical yogi, as he leads two classes--yoga and meditation. Both classes are appropriate for all levels, from novice to expert. Revive the mind, body, and spirit.

Food ChainsFilm Screening: Food Chains
3:50pm (spans sessions 3 and 4) in the Auditorium
Watch the film then discuss with Rabbi Laurie Hahn Tapper.
In this exposé, an intrepid group of Florida farmworkers battle to defeat the $4 trillion global supermarket industry through their ingenious Fair Food program, which partners with growers and retailers to improve working conditions for farm laborers in the United States. Food Chains reveals the human cost in our food supply and the complicity of large buyers of produce like fast food and supermarkets. The narrative of the film focuses on an intrepid and highly lauded group of tomato pickers from Southern Florida – the Coalition of Immokalee Workers or CIW – who are revolutionizing farm labor. Their story is one of hope and promise for the triumph of morality over corporate greed – to ensure a dignified life for farm workers and a more humane, transparent food chain.

Israeli Dance: The Classics--as many as we can learn in an hour! Prefer ages 12+
1:30pm in Studio A

Come experience the joy of traditional, authentic, Jewish dance, all levels welcome, no partners needed.
Dances chosen from such basics as:  Zemer Atik, Mayim, Hora/couple Hora, Sherele, Tzadik Katamar, Lo Ahaftidai, Yesh Lanu Taish, Hora Medura, Erev Ba, Ma Navu, Ach Shav, Atva'ani, Hora Nirkoda, Ve David, Eretz Eretz, Eretz Zavat Halav, to newer and more difficult:  Shalom Al Yisrael, Tifilati, Eretz Yisrael Yaffa, Hallelulya and Hineh Ma Tov.

Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival

Film Screening: Neil Diamond: Solitary Man
1:30pm (film is 60 minutes) in the Auditorium
Courtesy of the Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival
He’s sold 130 million albums. He’s written tons of top ten smashes including several number one hits covered by other artists (“I’m a Believer” for the Monkees and “Red Red Wine” by UB40).
Neil DiamondHe’s a charismatic live performer who has filled countless stadiums, nightclubs and casinos, becoming the most profitable touring act in the 1990s. He’s Neil Diamond, the focus of this documentary about the reticent son of a Brooklyn dry goods salesman who transformed himself into the legendary “Jewish Elvis.” Chock full of concert footage, television appearances, screen tests and home demos, this affectionate portrait proves that Neil Diamond is much more than the man who penned “Sweet Caroline.”

Detailed Schedule (click here to download a printable PDF version)

First Time Slot: 1:30-2:25    
Film Screening courtesy of the Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival: 
Neil Diamond: Solitary Man
  Neil Diamond is the focus of this documentary about the reticent son of a Brooklyn dry goods salesman who transformed himself into the legendary “Jewish Elvis.” Chock full of concert footage, television appearances, screen tests and home demos, this affectionate portrait proves that Neil Diamond is much more than the man who penned “Sweet Caroline.”
Rabbi Melanie Aron
Congregation Shir Hadash
  Seeing Ourselves Sitting Around the Seder Table--A Literary Approach
Rabbi Aaron Cunin
Chabad S. Jose
  When the Magic Fades: The Search for the People We Once Were
World Zionist Organization   Defining and Re-defining Zionism
Donna Frankel
College Dance Instructor
  Israeli Dance: The Classics--as many as we can do in an hour!
Gordon Gladstone
Congregation Shir Hadash
  Israel, American Jews, and the Rest of the Middle East
Rabbi Maury Grebenau
South Peninsula Hebrew Day School
  Jewish Psychology: Secrets of Raising our Children
Shana Penn
Taube Philanthropies
  Making History: The New Yad Vashem Exhibit Shoah at Auschwitz
Cantor Meeka Simerly
Temple Emanu-El
  “Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth…” Song of Songs: Sensual Love Poems Between Humans, Ecstatic Devotion to God, or Both?
Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan
Lehrhaus Judaica
  The Doctor is in the House: The Rambam Heals Your Head
Open Embrace
Klezmer ensemble
  Klezmer and more with Open Embrace
Tanya Schevitz
Reboot
  Unscroll the Tabernacle: build your own edible tabernacle!

 

Second Time Slot: 2:40-3:35    
Rinat Goren
local artist
  Beeswax: a history of the encaustic medium
Rabbi Darren Kleinberg, Ph.D
Kehillah Jewish High School
  Hybrid Judaism: Encounter and the Transformation of American Jewish Identity
Lisa Alcalay Klug
author and journalist
  Cool Jew & Hot Mamalah: A humorous multi-media presentation of two Amazon bestsellers. Book signing! lisaklug.com
Rabbi Lisa Levenberg
Congregation Shir Hadash
  If Rabbi Hillel was on Facebook: Jewish Values and Social Media
Rotem Malach
World Zionist Organization
  Judicial Activism in Israel: The Supreme Court involvement in defending and shaping the Jewish and democratic identity of the State of Israel
Rabbi Shalom Mayberg
Yogi Rabbi
  Yoga with Rabbi Shalom
Joshua Safran
attorney and advocate
  A Personal Evolution of Women Under the Law
Tanya Schevitz
Reboot
  Unplug and Reconnect with a Discussion of Reboot’s National Day of Unplugging
Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan
Lehrhaus Judaica
  Prayer and Religious Intimacy in the Story of Hannah: “If not for her, we would not know how to pray”
Hot Kugel: Suska Varda and Mordecai   Hot Kugel: klezmer, jazz, showtunes, and more
Shalom Explorers   Tu'Bshvat: A Lesson on Caring for Seeds

 

Third Time Slot: 3:50-4:45    

Film Screening and Discussion: Food Chains

(Runs the 3rd and 4th time slot)

 

Watch the film then discuss with Rabbi Laurie Hahn Tapper. In this exposé, an intrepid group of Florida farmworkers battle to defeat the $4 trillion global supermarket industry. Food Chains reveals the human cost in our food supply and the complicity of large buyers of produce like fast food and supermarkets.

Maya Brodkey, Keshet;
Rabbi James Greene, APJCC
   Trans-parency in Judaism: a discussion of Judaism and gender
Ron Feldman
JCC of the East Bay
  Sabbath, Festival, and the Garden of Eden – at Burning Man
Rabbi Ari Hart, Uri L'Tzedek: Orthodox Social Justice, and Hebrew Institute of Riverdale   Shmittanomics: Can/Should the Torah's Economic Ideas Be Applied Today?
Rabbi Shalom Mayberg
Yogi Rabbi
  Meditation and Breathwork with Rabbi Shalom
Luba Perlov
Almaden Valley Torah Center
  Shabbat Candles, creating harmony
Jill Pottel
BBYO
  Topic TBD
Zvi Weiss
Yavneh Day School
  Competition vs. Compassion:  Jewish thoughts on how to teach our children.
Open Embrace
Klezmer ensemble
  Klezmer and more with Open Embrace
L'Chaim Sushi   This is How We Roll: Sushi Rolling for the Family!

 

Fourth Time Slot: 5:00-5:55    
Rabbi Ilana Baird
APJCC
  Тамар - история одной женщины.
Yael Dinur
Hillel Silicon Valley
   “And if not now, when?” -- Hillel the Elder: thoughts about the Jewish/Israeli life on campus
Rabbi Ari Hart, Uri L'Tzedek: Orthodox Social Justice, and Hebrew Institute of Riverdale   The Spiritual Secrets of Jewish Music
Rabbi Hugh Seid-Valencia
VITAS Innovative Hospice Care
  Ethical Dilemmas in Extending Life
Rabbi Alex Shandrovsky
L'Chaim Sushi
  Elevating Business: Leveraging Torah Wisdom For Business Success
Hot Kugel, Suska Varda and Mardecai   Hot Kugel: klezmer, jazz, showtunes, and more
Linda Adelson
APJCC Kids Yoga
  Family Funtime Yoga (for all ages)

 

Keynote Speaker: 6:30-8:00    
Rabbi Ari Hart, Rabbi Alex Shandrovsky, and Rabbi Laurie Hahn-Tapper   Join us for a panel discussion about the intersection of food ethics and Jewish ethics.

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