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JCC East Bay Shamash Residency

The rotating Shamash Residency is a unique opportunity for a local rabbi, Jewish scholar, or Jewish educator to teach and learn with the JCC staff and community. During each immersive residency, a rotating rabbi or educator will join us to explore Jewish holidays, texts, culture, and traditions.

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.

Application process now closed. 

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


Current Shamash Resident: Sara Kupor, AUG-DEC 2019

The JCC East Bay is thrilled to announce our fifth Shamash Resident: Sara Kupor.

The Shamash Residency is a special opportunity for a local rabbi, scholar, or educator to offer Jewish learning with the JCC staff and community.

Sara Kupor will be with us from August through December. We are excited to broaden this residency to include more public programs. Stay tuned for details and opportunities to learn with Sara.

About Sara Kupor

With her lifelong passion for "doing Jewish joyfully," Sara brings to us her many years of experience as a Jewish educator of preschool children to older adult populations.

In synagogues in Berkeley (Congregation Beth El), Tiburon (Congregation Kol Shofar),
and in San Diego, Seattle, and Maplewood, New Jersey, she created and implemented family and intergenerational learning experiences. During her work in community Jewish day schools, she developed close relationships with colleagues and families of diverse backgrounds.

Currently, Sara Kupor is a Judaica tutor for adults and children working toward B'nai Mitzvah, conversion, or to deepen their understanding of Jewish life. Sara uses Jewish music, dance, and humor to explore and celebrate Shabbat and other Jewish holidays,
as well as Torah study in all of its dimensions.

"Being a Jewish educator and lifelong Jewish learner have taught me that through the deep knowing of this particular path, I am able to appreciate the beauty and truths in every tradition."