JEWBILEE: A DAY OF JEWISH LEARNING

Jewbilee: Food for Thought

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

Jewbilee is an annual celebration of Jewish learning. 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 Daniel 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 reception with beer, wine, and delicious food catered by L’Chaim Foods. We are excited to partner with Hazon, Ma’alot Farms, Lehrhaus Judaica, BBYO, High Ground Organics, L’Chaim Foods, Veggielution, and WZO- Department of Diaspora Activities 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.)

Please note: If you would like to attend the pickle-making or challah-making workshop, you must buy your ticket online in advance and pay an additional $5 materials fee. You’ll see this as an option when you’re purchasing your ticket online. After you select the number of tickets you want and click the “Checkout” button, you’ll see an online form where you fill out your contact information. At the bottom of that form, you’ll be offered the option of signing up for pickle-making or challah-making. (Both workshops are held at the same time, so you can only attend one or the other — pickles or challah, but not both.)

For more information, contact [email protected].

Thank you to our event partner, Lehrhaus Judaica.

 

Keynote Speaker: Nigel Savage of Hazon

1:25pm 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.

Session 1

2:40pm in the classrooms/galleries/kitchen

Click “Session 1,” below, for details on the classes and workshops available during this session.

Session 2

3:50pm in the classrooms

Click “Session 2,” below, for details on the classes and workshops available during this session.

Cooking Competition: Chopped Liver

5:00pm in the APJCC Auditorium

We’re not actually making chopped liver — it’s just a Jewish version of “Chopped”! Everyone at Jewbilee, adults and children is invited to watch a live cooking competition with mystery ingredients.

Reception

6:00pm in the APJCC Auditorium

Enjoy beer, wine, and delicious food. Sample small bites of different Jewish foods from around the world. Kosher catering by L’Chaim Foods. Musical entertainment by klezmer duo Hot Kugel, which will present a smorgasbord of musical pieces on the topic of love, food, and the love of food.

Session 1 starts at 2:40pm. Choose one of the following options.

 

Great Meals in the Bible – with Rabbi Melanie Aron

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.

Seder Tu B’Shevat: Пища для Размышления – with Rabbi Ilana Baird

This workshop will be held in Russian.
Session Description:
Tu B’Shevat is enjoying a revival in the Jewish world. It’s the “birthday of the trees” and probably the world’s first festival that celebrates ecology and environmental responsibility. The main question this session asks is, “How did Tu B’Shevat change from a mystical holiday to a holiday that celebrates agriculture and the environment as we know it today?” We will discover how the development of Zionism and the State of Israel popularized this holiday.  Food for thought and soul with songs, games, and Jewish texts. This workshop is for Russian speakers and will be held in Russian.
Presenter Bio:
Rabbi Ilana Baird is proud to be one of the first female Russian-speaking rabbis ordained in Israel. She currently lives in the Bay Area and works at the JCC in Los Gatos organizing and planning Russian Language Jewish Programs. Previously, she established Congregation Shirat HaYam Carmel, a new Reform congregation for young Russian-speaking Jewish families in Haifa, the only Russian-speaking Reform congregation in Israel. She was ordained at the Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem in 2006. During her rabbinic studies, she visited Jewish communities throughout the Former Soviet Union and Germany, where she led High Holiday services, Passover seders, taught and generally supported the congregants. She earned an M.A. in Jewish history at Haifa University. She made aliyah from Russia to Israel in 1993, where she married David, and has twin daughters Anat and Daniella.

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

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.

An Israeli Palate – with Aliza Grayevsky Somekh of Bishulim SF

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 there 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. Aliza also serves as a moderator for “cooking in Hebrew” workshops around the Bay Area, developed by the World Zionist Organization Department for Diaspora Activities.

Honey, Garlic, Beets and (Oh So Much) More – with Abra Greenspan

Session Description:
What should you eat if you have a fever? When shouldn’t you eat fish? And, what are the health benefits of beer, or of undiluted or diluted wine? From the preposterous (to us) to the home remedies you may be using, the sages of the Talmud have a great deal to say about food and drink and remedies for illness and ailments. Come and hear some of their most remarkable medical advice and consider the broader implications of how our concepts of food, health and medicine are rooted in the scientific systems and biases of the times in which they arise. (She suggests you follow this session with Prof. Matt’s “Manna and Wisdom” in Session 2.)
Presenter Bio:
Abra Greenspan joined Lehrhaus Judaica in August 2012 to coordinate the various Lehrhaus Circle Programs. She is also the Director of Learning at Congregation Etz Chayim in Palo Alto and coordinates and supports various projects of the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center. Abra has worked in Jewish education for over 30 years, including 12 years as the Director of Youth Education at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco. She holds a BA in Religious Studies, and an MA in Japanese Language and Literature from Stanford University, and an MS in Jewish Education from Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies in Chicago. She received her Reform Jewish Educator Credential in July 2011. Abra is also the recipient of the 2018 Helen Diller Family Award for Excellence in Jewish Education.

Hands on Challah Workshop – with Rabbi Shoshana Ohriner

Session Description:
Join us for a hands on challah baking workshop. Learn about different challahs from around the world, and master the art of braiding a beautiful challah. This hands on class is great for beginners and challah mavens alike.
Please note: There is an extra charge for this workshop, to cover the cost of your ingredients. You must buy your ticket online in advance and pay an additional $5 materials fee. You’ll see this as an option when you’re purchasing your ticket online. After you select the number of tickets you want and click the “Checkout” button, you’ll see an online form where you fill out your contact information. At the bottom of that form, you’ll be offered the option of signing up for pickle-making or challah-making. (Both workshops are held at the same time, so you can only attend one or the other — pickles or challah, but not both.)
Presenter Bio:
Rabbi Shoshana Ohriner is the co-founder of Ma’alot Farms and is the creator and author of the popular blogs Couldn’t Be Parve and Paleo Kosher Kitchen. She is an expert baker and cook, and has taught a wide variety of cooking and baking classes. Her recipes and articles have been published in a variety of newspapers, magazines, cookbooks, and websites.

Pickled Thoughts – with Yuval Schrory

Session Description:
Pickling is one of the world’s oldest preservation techniques. For Jews living in poorer and colder areas, there was no other way to eat vegetables during the winter time. Pickles are also a major part of the Jewish Eastern-European diet. Can you even think about a corned beef sandwich without a “shmear” of mustard and pickled cucumbers? During this session, we’ll learn all about the magic that happens when we take vegetables and let them rest in brine. We’ll talk about fermentation and tips to make your pickles interesting and more crunchy — never again soggy cucumbers or same-old-same-old pickles! And of course, we’ll make some pickled cucumbers, Shawarma-style pickles and if time permits — a not-so-classic take on some classics.
Please note: There is an extra charge for this workshop, to cover the cost of your ingredients. You must buy your ticket online in advance and pay an additional $5 materials fee. You’ll see this as an option when you’re purchasing your ticket online. After you select the number of tickets you want and click the “Checkout” button, you’ll see an online form where you fill out your contact information. At the bottom of that form, you’ll be offered the option of signing up for pickle-making or challah-making. (Both workshops are held at the same time, so you can only attend one or the other — pickles or challah, but not both.)
Presenter Bio:
By night he’s a passionate cook, husband and father of two, and Hebrew blogger. Yuval Schrory writes about food, cooking, cooking chemistry and kitchen magic at www.mevahsel.co.il (Simply Simple Cooking – פשוט מבשל פשוט). His favorite ingredient would most probably be meat in all forms — from throwing something on the grill, to smoking it for hours or using sous-vide for days. If it can sear, he’ll cook it!
By day he’s a Sr. Manager with Cisco, leading a team of Product Managers who are responsible for a Network Security product that is core Cisco’s main sales motion.

Religion for Thought, Culture for My Tummy – with Rina Schreiman/BBYO Teen Track

Session Description:
This session is intended especially for middle and high schoolers (6th-12th grades) but everyone is welcome! Join Rina Schreiman of BBYO in practicing some cultural Israeli traditions and discussing a huge dilemma in Israel that is almost unheard of outside of Israel. This journey will help you to see how culture and religion can work alongside each other in modern times.
Presenter Bio:
Rina Schreiman is a sophomore at Los Gatos High School. She is involved in BBYO and is currently the president of her chapter. Judaism means a lot to her, which is why she is so involved!

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

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 Bios:
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.

The Banquet Table of Jewish Wisdom – with Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan

Session Description:
In less than an hour we will explore and decipher the banquet table of Jewish wisdom: Torah, Midrash, Mishna, and Talmud, all through the lens of “manna from heaven.” This is an excellent “first course” before Prof. Matt’s “Manna and Wisdom” workshop in Session 2.
Presenter Bio:
Peretz Wolf-Prusan is the Chief Program Officer and a Senior Educator at Lehrhaus Judaica. He is engaged in community education for the Bay Area, focusing on conferences, retreats, tours, the Bay Area Community Talmud Circle, and Lehrhaus Philosophy Circle, and as adjunct faculty for the JFCS Holocaust Center. Previously he served for 20 years as Rabbi and Educator at Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco. In 2002, he was awarded the Covenant Award as “An Exceptional Jewish Educator who has had a significant impact on others, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the transmission of Jewish knowledge, values, and identity.”

 

Session 2 starts at 3:50pm. Choose one of the following options.

 

Food and Wine Pairing: Does It Matter? – with Itamar Abramovitch

Session Description:
A breakdown of wine flavors with real-life pairing suggestions.
Presenter Bio:
Born and raised in Israel, Itamar learned his love for hospitality and cooking from Bedouins while traveling in the desert during high school. It is this combined passion for cooking and hosting that never left him even through his career took him on a divergent path, working in government. He started cooking professionally in a starred restaurant in San Francisco under chef Roland Passot while waiting to begin his studies at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley.

Kashrut 101 – Rabbi Josh Berkenwald

Session Description:
What makes food kosher?  Hint: Kosher does not mean “blessed by a rabbi.” Learn the basic rules of kashrut (Jewish dietary law) and explore its meaning for today.
Presenter Bio:
Rabbi Josh Berkenwald has served as the spiritual leader of Congregation Sinai in San Jose since 2007.

Veganism: A Mystical Approach – Rabbi Shaya Bernstein

Session Description:
Since time immemorial, society has debated the merits of consuming animal meat for food. Today, many associate vegetarianism with compassion for sentient life, with animal rights, and with a number of other cultural or health-related concerns. What does traditional Judaism have to contribute to this conversation? Turns out — quite a bit. Discover the various philosophical, halachic and kabbalistic aspects of nourishing our bodies with sustenance of animal origin.
Presenter Bio:
Rabbi Shaya Bernstein serves as the Chabad Rabbi at San Jose State University and in Downtown San Jose.  Originally from Toronto, Ontario, Rabbi Bernstein studied in various Jewish schools for over a decade, including Israel and New Haven, CT, where he mentored younger students. In 2014 he received rabbinical ordination while studying at YOEC in Los Angeles. Rabbi Bernstein has volunteered for fledging Jewish communities around the globe, from Germany to the Caribbean islands and many cities in between.  Rabbi Shaya and his wife Brochy strive to create an environment where Jews can be proud, knowledgeable, and committed to their Judaism.

“We Eat That for Rosh Hashanah”: A tale of surprising foods that found their way into the hearts of Jewish communities all over the world. – with Eddie Flaisler

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.

The Future of the Synagogue  – with Rabbi Dana Magat & Cantor Amanda Edmondson

Session Description:
Will food end up being the only thing that brings people in the door of the synagogue? Join Rabbi Magat and Cantor Edmondson as they discuss their own experiences and opinions, as well as the ideas of many others, about how they see the future of synagogue life in American Jewry.
Presenter Bios:
Rabbi Dana Magat became Temple Emanu-El’s Senior Rabbi in July 1999. Previously he served as Associate Rabbi at Congregation Beth Israel in San Diego and Assistant Rabbi/Director of Education for Temple Israel of Greater Miami. He chairs the Interfaith Council on Economics and Justice for Santa Clara County, and has been a board member of Hillel of Silicon Valley, Chai House, the JCC, and the Pacific Association of American Rabbis. He currently serves on the board of the Northern California Board of Rabbis as well as other committees. He is married to Cheriel and has two children, Shira and Raya.
Cantor Amanda Edmondson became the cantor of Temple Emanu-El in the summer of 2016, where she oversees many programs, including the MazelTones (a youth choir), an adult choir, Rock Shabbat, Rosh Chodesh, and B’nei Mitzvah. Previously she served as the cantor of Congregation Shomer Emunim in Toledo, Ohio. She is married to Ted and they have one child, Evelyn.

Manna and Wisdom – with Professor Daniel Matt

Session Description:
Prof. Matt will guide us into a beautiful passage in the Zohar where Rabbi Shim’on and his son, Rabbi Elazar, reveal the deeper symbolism of the manna from heaven of the Exodus. Students new to the Zohar are encouraged to attend Peretz Wolf-Prusan’s class in Jewbilee Session 1: “The Banquet Table of Jewish Wisdom.”
Presenter Bio:
Daniel Matt, one of the world’s leading authorities on Kabbalah, has been featured in Time magazine and has appeared on National Public Radio and the History Channel. He has published over a dozen books, including The Essential Kabbalah (translated into seven languages), Zohar: Annotated and Explained, and God and the Big Bang: Discovering Harmony between Science and Spirituality.
Several years ago, Daniel completed an 18-year project of translating and annotating the Zohar. This work, comprising nine volumes, has been published by Stanford University Press and is entitled The Zohar: Pritzker Edition. This edition has been honored with a National Jewish Book Award and a Koret Jewish Book Award. The Koret award called his translation “a monumental contribution to the history of Jewish thought.” Daniel is the lead teacher for the Lehrhaus Zohar Circles.

Sustaining Our Roots – with Anna Scherer & Emily Leyfer/BBYO Teen Track

Session Description:
What does it mean to be sustainable, and why is it so important? Dive into the different ways you can start making more environmentally conscious choices in different aspects of your life.
Presenter Bios:
Anna and Emily are high school leaders in the Central Region West region of BBYO. Emily, a senior in high school, and Anna, a sophomore, are passionate about Tikkun Olam, and they planned this program to teach their community about sustainability and repairing the world.

Holy Cow! How do Hindus, Muslims, Jains and Buddhists Eat? – with Silicon Valley Interreligious Council

Session Description:
You probably know that Hindus traditionally don’t eat beef and Muslims don’t eat pork, but this panel of Hindu, Muslim, Jain and Buddhist practitioners will discuss much more about food and their faith. Food binds a community, and fortifies a community. It also paradoxically sets people of different faiths apart. Come learn and ask those questions you’ve always had about food and other faiths.
Presenter Bios:
The speakers on this panel will be four board members of Silicon Valley Interreligious Council: Dr. Mihir Meghani (Emergency Physician and co-founder of Hindu American Foundation), Abbot Jianhu Shifu (Abbot of Chung Tai Zen Center in Sunnyvale and Computer Science Phd), Girish Shah (founding member of the Jain Center of Northern California in Milpitas and former IBM executive), and Raania Mohsen (Community Engagement Manager at Islamic Networks Group and former Executive Director of the Cities Association of Santa Clara County). Moderated by Diane Fisher, Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley.

Yavneh Day School – Art Exhibition – Walk and Talk

Session Description:
A guided tour, led by Yavneh Day School student Hannah Kapiloff, at Yavneh’s art exhibit in the art gallery on the second floor of the JCC. The exhibit features mixed media art created by Yavneh students, including (but not limited to) paintings, landscapes, abstracts, and works inspired by Frida Kahlo, New Mexico, and Wayne Thiebaud.

This year we’ll have a special Jewbilee Teen Track. The Teen Track is for 6th-12th graders and is run by BBYO.

The teen track offers programs aimed especially at middle and high schoolers during Jewbilee Sessions 1 and 2.

Session 1

Religion for Thought, Culture for My Tummy – with Rina Schreiman/BBYO Teen Track

Session Description:
This session is intended especially for middle and high schoolers (6th-12th grades) but everyone is welcome! Join Rina Schreiman of BBYO in practicing some cultural Israeli traditions and discussing a huge dilemma in Israel that is almost unheard of outside of Israel. This journey will help you to see how culture and religion can work alongside each other in modern times.
Presenter Bio:
Rina Schreiman is a sophomore at Los Gatos High School. She is involved in BBYO and is currently the president of her chapter. Judaism means a lot to her, which is why she is so involved!

Session 2:

Sustaining Our Roots – with Anna Scherer & Emily Leyfer/BBYO Teen Track

Session Description:
What does it mean to be sustainable, and why is it so important? Dive into the different ways you can start making more environmentally conscious choices in different aspects of your life.
Presenter Bio:
Anna and Emily are high school leaders in the Central Region West region of BBYO. Emily, a senior in high school, and Anna, a sophomore, are passionate about Tikkun Olam, and they planned this program to teach their community about sustainability and repairing the world.

 

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

Do you need childcare for a child who’s younger than kindergarten age? Childcare for small children is available if you reserve in advance. To reserve childcare, contact the JCC’s Jewish Life Department at [email protected].

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].