Shamash Residency

JCC East Bay Shamash Residency

We are thrilled to continue the JCC East Bay’s Shamash Residency. This is a unique opportunity for a local rabbi, Jewish scholar, artist, or Jewish educator to work with the JCC community. During the 6 month intensive residency, the Shamash resident will explore Jewish values, culture, and tradition with our staff, teachers, and community members.

Through the rotating residency, the JCC community will have the opportunity to learn from and with a diverse group of inspiring rabbis, scholars, thinkers, and artists. As a pluralistic space that serves both Jews and the broader community, a Jewish community center can offer multiple perspectives on Jewish life and ideas. Over time, JCC staff, parents, children, and adults of all ages will enjoy a variety of approaches and interpretations to holidays and Jewish thought. Our intention is to develop a cohort of rabbis and scholars that reflect the diversity of the East Bay community.

The Shamash Residency fosters meaningful collaboration between Jewish educators, our staff members, and our vibrant community. Selected scholars will participate in the design of community holiday programs, contribute to a monthly blog, and offer Jewish learning for over 80 staff working throughout Oakland and Berkeley.


The JCC East Bay is no longer accepting applications for January 1-June 30, 2019. Applicants will be notified by November 15, 2018.

Shamash Residency Application Guidelines


The JCC East Bay is deeply grateful to the Laszlo N. Tauber Family Foundation for their generous grant to the Shamash Residency