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Jewish Gateways, an open community, invites all to explore and connect with Jewish traditions.
Our “come as you are, no experience necessary” environment encourages wandering and wondering Jews and their families and friends to discover what is personally meaningful. 
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Saturdays, 10:00 am-12:30 pm, twice a month
September 2023 - May 2024


Growing Together Family School offers a welcoming and inclusive environment for families to explore Jewish values and traditions together. An alternative to traditional Hebrew or religious school, it offers supportive community, connection, and learning for the whole family.

Learn more here.

Upcoming Events



Jewish Community Center of the East Bay,

Sunday, June 11, 10:30 am-12:00 pm

Join Rabbi Steph Kennedy, JCC East BayPJ Library Bay AreaTkiya and Honeymoon Israel for Family Pride Fest - a joyous celebration of love, acceptance, and diversity within the Jewish community. There will be a carnival, drag story time, dancing, dress-up, tie dying, and more guaranteed fun! This event is geared towards families with children ages 0-8. 

Register Here

Shabbat candle lighting


Shabbat Candle Lighting

Fridays, 6:00 pm PT, online

Set up your candles, wine or juice, and challah, and join Jewish Gateways musicians and community members online for singing, candle lighting, and blessings! All are welcome, adults or children, Jewish or not. The words to the songs and blessings will be visible as we sing them.

Join via Zoom here.

Get a Taste of Our Rabbis' Teachings

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Justice and Compassion: The Fierce Urgency of Now
Sermon for Rosh Hashanah
2022 • 5783
Rabbi Bridget Wynne

How amazing it is to be together again, three long years since we last gathered here. It is moving and replenishing. And, what a difficult time these years have been.


Floods, fires, hurricanes, wreaking the greatest destruction and suffering on the most vulnerable. Dystopian laws forbidding abortion. Voter suppression, candidates committed to subverting the will of the majority. Police are still murdering Black people, antisemitism is rising... and so much more. The science-denying, profit-driven, power-craving madness that has taken hold of our culture, the rise of ethno-nationalism in our country and others, literally endangers our lives, our planet, our future.


Given all this, I would like to lift our spirits this evening, to greet you, ask how you​ really are. I want to share words that will help you sleep better, maybe mend a small part of your broken hearts. Maybe make you laugh. Definitely give you permission to grieve. And I want to encourage us to do this with one another, for we are here to seek what we can find only in community.


But first, I want to fortify you, to help us develop the strength we need now and in the days ahead.

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Teshuvah and Rejuvenation
Sermon for Yom Kippur
2022 • 5783
Rabbi Stephanie Kennedy

Last Shabbat, my wife and I and our two-and-a-half-year-old daughter got lost. We went to a friend's place for lunch and then to a playground. As the afternoon wound down, we headed home. I should note, in an effort to have distraction-free family time, we had left our phones behind. We know the neighborhood fairly well, so I was confident we could find our way home. And, we started out on the right path ... after all, we knew which hidden stairs to take.

Looking back, I realized that we must have walked past a crossroads and missed a turn. All the while, our daughter was somewhere between falling asleep and having a tantrum. As a first-time parent, I’ve become increasingly aware of the special urgency ignited by a toddler on the edge of a meltdown. We picked up our pace ...

... Until we realized that we didn’t recognize the street we were on. A man wearing suspenders and looking at his phone was sitting on a wall: a sort of GPS fairy, I hoped. I asked him if he knew how to get to Park Boulevard. “You’ll hit Park Boulevard if you continue in this direction ... but there’s a big hill,” he said. I was not too concerned. My experience of the East Bay has involved stumbling upon many unexpected hills.

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