Sunday, January 13, 2019 from 1:00-6:30pm

Jewbilee is an annual celebration of Jewish learning for adults. The afternoon is divided into sessions, with many classes, workshops and performances happening simultaneously during each session. YOU choose what you want to do. Hundreds of participants, and dozens of teachers, artists, educators, speakers, and performers. New this year, we have a “Kids Jewbilee” program too!

Jewbilee’s theme this year is “Food for Thought,” focusing on many aspects of Jewish food. The keynote address will feature Nigel Savage, founder of Hazon, the leading Jewish organization working on environmental sustainability. We’re also excited to announce that Lehrhaus Judaica will present classes with renowned scholars, including Professor Danny Matt, the prominent translator and commentator on the Zohar, a classic of Jewish mysticism. We’ve added a Kids Jewbilee program for grades K-5, which will focus on food and farm activities in collaboration with the JCC Youth Department. For 6th-12th graders, BBYO will lead a series of classes and workshops. Adults can participate in a pickling workshop, a challah making workshop, and a wine making activity. All ages are invited to watch the “Chopped Liver” cooking challenge with chefs from the community (they’re not really making chopped liver, it’s a Jewish spin on the popular cooking show “Chopped”). The day ends with a mixer with beer, wine, and delicious food. We are excited to partner with Hazon, Ma’alot Farms, Lehrhaus Judaica, BBYO, High Ground Organics, L’Chaim Foods and Veggielution to create this day of fun, food, and thought. Please join us!

Click here to get tickets online.

Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. (Discount price for students, seniors, and JCC members: $8 in advance, $12 at the door.)

For more information, contact [email protected].

Thank you to our event partner, Lehrhaus Judaica.


Keynote Speaker: Nigel Savage of Hazon

1:30pm in the APJCC Auditorium

Nigel Savage will speak on the topic of Sustainability. He is the founder of Hazon, the Jewish lab for sustainability. Hazon is focused on turning Jewish life outwards to create a more sustainable world for all – and strengthening Jewish life in the process in vital and innovative ways.

Hazon has been recognized by the Sierra Club as one of 50 leading faith-based environmental organizations.

In 2015 Nigel was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Jewish Theological Seminary. He has twice been named a member of the Forward 50, the annual list of the 50 most influential Jewish people in the United States. He is a recipient of the Bernard Reisman Award, and has given Commencement speeches at Wagner (NYU, in 2011) and at Hornstein (Brandeis, in 2014).

Before founding Hazon, Nigel was a professional fund manager in London, where he worked for NM Rothschild and was co-head of UK Equities at Govett. He has an MA in History from Georgetown, and has learned at Pardes, Yakar, and the Hebrew University. He was a founder of Limmud NY, and serves on the board of Romemu. He is believed to be the first English Jew to have cycled across South Dakota on a recumbent bike.


Here are some of the other presenters who will be at Jewbilee 2019. A complete schedule is coming soon.

Rabbi Melanie Aron – Great Meals in the Bible

Session Description:
From the apple (or was it a fig?), through the Leviathan which we will enjoy in the World-To-Come, food has been offered and eaten. Let’s look together at several of the meals which have been pivotal to important stories in the Tanach (Hebrew Bible). We will meet Abraham, Jacob, Abigail , Boaz and other well-known and more obscure biblical figures. We will consider meals in the books of the Prophets and Proverbs as well.
Presenter Bio:
Since 1990 Rabbi Aron has served Congregation Shir Hadash. She is active in the Jewish and interfaith communities.

Eddie Flaisler – Is This Kosher? A tale of surprising foods that found their way into the hearts of Jewish communities all over the world.

Session Description:
We all can name famous Jewish dishes, but have you ever wondered why only those dishes have made the cut? Are we truly aware of the wide range of foods that Jews around the world consume? In this session we will try to gain a fresh perspective on the notion of “Jewish food,” recognizing it for what it actually is — not what it is thought to be.
Presenter Bio:
Eddie Flaisler is the mastermind behind the underground food tours operation “Eddieble.” A software engineer by trade, Eddie finds his greatest passion in eating. He researches and travels for food, and is a firm believer it is the entry point to understanding any culture on the face of the earth, human or otherwise.

Donna Frankel – 7 Distinct Jewish Communities of India: Cuisines, Values, and Longevity

Session Description:
Jewish communities of India–how and why they arrived in India, and how they maintain their Jewish values, kashrut, and lifestyle, in a predominantly Hindu/Muslim world. Who has left and why, who remains and why.
Presenter Bio:
College Dance instructor and long time Congregation Beth David member, Donna Frankel has escorted group trips throughout the world (Cuba, Iceland, Costa Rica, Alaska, Italy, Caribbean, Hawaii, etc.) with an emphasis on Jewish communities and dance. In the past two years she has planned and led 4 group trips to India, her most recent in December 2018 exploring the 7 Jewish communities of India and the role of religious tolerance between all the world religions–so present in India today.

Aliza Grayevsky Somekh – Bishulim SF – An Israeli Palate

Session Description:
Israelis are interesting eaters. Inside one apartment building you will find families with entirely different definitions of a home-cooked Israeli meal. Like a perfectly al dente risotto, Israeli cuisines have some common flavors but mostly separate threads of food culture. In this workshop we will dig into the building blocks of contemporary Israeli cuisine. We will discover what is boilerplate and what is distinct, and try to understand why.
We will finish our journey with a hands-on experience of creating a very special blend of spices to elevate every dish, no matter where it comes from.
Presenter Bio:
Aliza Grayevsky Somekh is an eighth generation Jerusalemite. Raised in the kitchens of Jerusalem, she grew up cooking and eating everything the city’s streets and markets had to offer. Growing up in Jerusalem makes her intimately familiar with Jerusalem’s culinary collision of flavors and cultures. Working here with the abundance of quality produce in California, is that “best of all worlds” touch that Aliza tries to bring into her cooking.

Rabbi Laurie Matzkin – How to Not “Shove it In”: Jewish Food Mindfulness

Session Description:
Join the APJCC’s Mindful Jewish Journeys Educator, Rabbi Laurie Matzkin, for a thoughtful exploration of blessings before and after eating. What do these one-liners and longer prose offer in our fast-paced, multi-tasking, processed food world? Explore ancient and modern blessings, and come away with a favorite to try at your next meal! Add an element of mindfulness to the process of fueling your body with food.
Presenter Bio:
Rabbi Laurie Matzkin has led and designed Jewish educational experiences for all ages in settings such as religious schools, summer camps, women’s and family retreats, adult education seminars, Israel trips, and conversion programs. She studied Music (Flute Performance) and Jewish Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington, and received both her M.A.Ed. and Rabbinic Ordination from the Ziegler School in Los Angeles. From 2009-2016, Rabbi Matzkin served as Director of Lifelong Learning at Congregation Kol Emeth in Palo Alto. In her current role as the APJCC’s Mindful Jewish Journeys Educator, Rabbi Laurie continues to inspire others through her Jewish Yoga classes, seminars on Jewish liturgical music, insightful text study sessions and monthly Rosh Hodesh groups. She has served as a rabbinic consultant to many organizations and is a graduate of the Institute of Jewish Spirituality’s Clergy Leadership Program. With her rich background in creativity, spirituality, and mindfulness, Rabbi Laurie helps learners of all ages feel an increased sense of purpose, vibrancy and depth on their own Jewish journeys.

Rabbi Sarah Shulman & Nate Bankirer – From Grapes to Great: Winemaking Workshop

Session Description:
Want to learn how to make your own wine? Come join us for an experiential workshop on winemaking from grapes to glass. Learn about kosher and organic wine, yeast, oak, and more as we work with local grapes!
Presenter Bio:
Rabbi Sarah Shulman and Nate Bankirer are founding leaders of Camp Ramah in Northern California, an overnight Jewish summer camp located on a beachfront property south of Santa Cruz. Rabbi Sarah and Nate are passionate Jewish educators with years of experience leading groups in the outdoors and classroom settings. In addition to running camp, Nate is an experienced local wine maker.

Yavneh Day School – Art Exhibition – Walk and Talk

Session Description:
A guided tour, led by Yavneh Day School students, at their art exhibit in the art gallery on the second floor of the JCC.

This year we’ll have a special Kids Jewbilee program. Kids Jewbilee is for grades K-5 and is run by Camp Shalom. In addition to the regular wonderful programming that you expect from Camp Shalom, we are also offering gardening activities and special sessions for kids from our Jewbilee presenters! Kids will spend the first part of the afternoon at Kids Jewbilee and then at 4:30pm will reunite with their parents to see “Chopped Liver” (a cooking competition similar to the TV show “Chopped,” Jewish style) and to enjoy the end-of-Jewbilee reception.

To enroll your child in Kids Jewbilee, you must fill out a registration form, sign a waiver, and personally drop off your child at the program. The deadline to register for Kids Jewbilee is January 9. (Minimum enrollment of 9 children is required in order for Kids Jewbilee to run.)   

More information: [email protected] or 408.357.7514

Thank You To Our 2019 Jewbilee Sponsors

Jewbilee Day of Jewish Learning is made possible, in part, by the Corporate Alliance sponsorships of Belmont Village Senior Living, Family Matters In-Home Care, Los Gatos Memorial Park & Darling Fischer, and Werba Rubin Papier Wealth Management. 

 The APJCC is proud to be a part of the Initiative on Jewish Peoplehood, co-funded by the Koret Foundation and the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture, and supported further by the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley and other generous supporters.

To become a sponsor, please contact [email protected].