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Free Festival of Jewish Learning!
Friday, May 26, 2:00-8:00 pm
Held in person at the Jewish Community Center, 1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley

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Be part of this unique, community-wide celebration of meaningful Jewish learning, bringing together people of all perspectives and backgrounds. Come for whichever topics interest you -- it's your choice.

The event is organized and sponsored by the Jewish Community Center of the East Bay. Amazing teachers, ranging from secular to Orthodox, offer a variety of learning sessions on Jewish topics of every sort each hour throughout the event. 


The event also includes family activities led by our Rabbi Steph Kennedy and educator Juliet Gardner of Congregation Beth El, 3:30-5:50 pm. 

Rabbi Bridget's Session: The Loneliness Crisis: How Jewish Wisdom Can Help, 3:00-3:50 pm in the JCC Theater

Are you or those you love lonely?


We may feel lonely when surrounded by others, or at peace when alone. Sometimes loneliness is found in isolation, sometimes in the space between the person you know yourself to be and the people in your life who do not see who you are. Loneliness is pervasive in our society. The Covid pandemic exacerbated and laid bare the national epidemic of loneliness that was already underway, which increases every year.

Why is this happening? Even more importantly, how can we respond? Join Rabbi Bridget for an insightful exploration of Jewish wisdom on loneliness and ways we can draw on it to help ourselves, other individuals, and our communities.

WHO: No previous background is necessary, and all are welcome!


This gathering celebrates the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, which commemorates the Jewish people receiving the Torah, and in particular the Ten Commandments. It is called a Tikkun Shavuot. Jewish Gateways cosponsors this event and our Rabbi Bridget Wynne teaches one of the sessions.


Sponsoring organizations include: 

Aquarian Minyan, AriYael Jewish Healing Center, BASEBay, Berkeley-Oakland Midrasha, Beth Chaim Congregation, Camp Tawonga, Chochmat HaLev, Congregation Beth El, Congregation Beth Israel, Congregation Netivot Shalom, Embodied Jewish Learning, GatherBay, Hebrew Free Loan, In-the-Know Club, IYUN, J. The Jewish News of Northern California, Jew Oughta Know, Jewish Gateways, Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, Jewish LearningWorks, Jews on Ohlone Land, Kehilla Community Synagogue, KlezCalifornia, New Israel Fund, New Lehrhaus, Or Zarua, Reconstructionist Havurah of the East Bay, Peleh Residency, Repair the World, Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies at the Graduate Theological Union, Shalom Bayit, Studio 70, YeaShOre Community.

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