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The JCC is now offering both virtual and in-person events. Please double-check all event details. Masks are required in all public spaces at the JCC East Bay and all in-person events follow local COVID guidelines.


Food Drive For Berkeley Food Pantry

Monday, November 15 - Monday, December 6

Demand for grocery staples has soared since the onset of COVID 19. This Thanksgiving month and during Chanukah, we want to continue spreading kindness and light to those in need in our community. The JCC East Bay is partnering with PJ Library Bay Area on the PJ Gives Back drive to benefit The Berkeley Food Pantry. Please join us by donating canned goods or grocery gift cards for local families and seniors in need. We will have a collection bin at the front door at 9am and 5pm daily through December 6. Have your child(ren) write a note of kindness to brighten someone’s day and include it with a food or grocery store gift card donation. 

View the full list of accepted donations here.


Music & Puppets Hanukkah Show

with Octopretzel! 

Tuesday, November 30, 5pm-6pm

Virtual (Zoom)

The JCC East bay is excited to co-sponsor this amazing Puppet show for Chanukah! Join Melita Silberstein and Jen Altman of the super fun Bay Area band Octopretzel for fun and traditional interactive songs, candle lighting, and a lively and hilarious puppet show! Engaging, interactive and heart-warming - we hope you can join us on the third night of Chanukah. Melita and Jen have been performing for families in and around the Bay Area for over a decade. The puppet show has evolved over many years and we are excited to share this version with you!


Co-sponsored by the JCC East Bay, JCC SF, Kehila Community Synagogue, Chochmat Halev


Sunday, December 5, 11am-12:30pm

In Person

Celebrate Chanukah with the JCC East Bay and PJ Library Bay Area at this FREE and fun Chanukah holiday event! Bring your family to the JCC East Bay to enjoy holiday activities including a PJ Library Story Walk, crafts, scavenger hunt, singalong and donuts! Everyone in your family will have a great time! Invite your friends, see old friends and make new ones.

Please note that registration is required for this event. Proof of vaccination is required for those 12 years of age or older at the door and masks are required for participants 2 years of age or older.



ArtBash Live: Hanukkah

Sunday, December 5, 10am-11am

ArtKit pickup: Thursday, Dec 2 2pm-5pm

Virtual (Zoom)

Looking for a virtual Chanukah event? Light up your home for Chanukah with The CJM’s ArtBash Live! Pick up a free ArtKit filled with cool supplies, then tune in on Sunday, December 5 to celebrate Hanukkah through creative projects exploring darkness and light. Register today to reserve your kit (available while supplies last), and choose from several Bay Area locations to pick up from on Thursday, December 2.

Can’t make it to the live event? Grab an ArtKit at one of the locations and join in the fun by visiting the CJM Stories page and watch the recorded session starting on December 10, 2021. 


Co-sponsored by the JCC East Bay, Brandeis School of San Francisco, Brandeis Marin, Congregation Beth Sholom, Congregation Kol Shofar, Contra Costa Jewish Day School, JCC San Francisco, Netivot Shalom, Osher Marin JCC, Peninsula JCC, PJ Library Bay Area, San Francisco Public Library, Temple Beth Abraham, and Wornick Jewish Day School

Movie, Nosh, Discuss

In Person

We're kicking off our teen program taster with a monthly free Friday film series! Join us as we dive into true stories from around the world, covering the past, present, and future. After the film, teens are welcome to join in group discussions over snacks*.

Please note that registration is required and all teens must provide proof of vaccine prior to entering and remain masked. Light refreshments will be provided and consumed outside. We recommend warm layers and a reusable thermos to fill up on hot beverages post-film.



Family Fundays!

Sunday, December 19, 10:30am-12pm

In Person

Grab your blanket and join us in the JCC courtyard as Candace Goodwin, our Family Engagement Manager leads us in children’s songs, interactive storytelling, dancing, art making and more! For children 2-7 years old and their families. (younger and older siblings are always welcome!) Each Family Fundays! we will explore a Jewish Value. This Sunday we will explore: UNIQUENESS

Please note that registration is required for this event. Proof of vaccination is required for those 12 years of age or older at the door and masks are required for participants 2 years of age or older.



We are committed to investing in our community.  In an effort to keep our public programs affordable, all events are underwritten by the Jewish Community Center of the East Bay.