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Community

CBJ takes pride in maintaining a community where members form strong and lasting relationships with each other. We’re grateful for the care of fellow congregants during difficult times, as well as the love and support we feel during joyful times.

The way we foster meaningful relationships is by creating an environment throughout synagogue life where people can share their stories with each other, whether as part of a formal program (such as our Shabbat at Home or intergenerational interviews) or more informally (during services and/or other regular CBJ activities).

Community Groups at CBJ

We encourage members to get to know each other through a wide range of interest groups and social opportunities. A few of our groups and initiatives are listed below. If you’re curious about a social or demographic interest group that you don’t see represented, you can always reach out to our Membership Engagement Director, Rebecca Schwartz, at rebecca@bethjacobrwc.org or 650-366-8481.

Affinity Groups

Members with particular hobbies or special interests are encouraged to organize affinity groups as a way to form deeper relationships in our community. In the past, members have organized affinity groups around bike riding, sporting events, hiking, movies, or theater.

Book Clubs

We currently have two book clubs, the CBJ Book Group, which meets on the fourth Friday of every month, from 12:00 to 1:00 pm, and the Women’s Book Group, which meets on the second Monday of each month, from 7:30 to 9:00 pm.

Cares

When CBJ members are going through difficult life events, such as longterm illness or grieving, our community cares. Our Cares team provides home-cooked meals to members in need as well as assistance with transportation. Contact us to volunteer or to request assistance. Join us in our kitchen for cooking days!

Mah Jong

CBJ hosts mah jong games every week on Thursdays. Games are open to all skill levels, and refresher or beginning lessons are available upon request.

Neighborhood Groups

Our neighborhood groups bring together up to two dozen or more families who live in the same town or area for get-togethers several times per year. Members have organized neighborhood Shabbat dinners, havdalah dessert gatherings, Sukkah brunches, picnics and playdates in the park.

Sisterhood

CBJ’s active Sisterhood gathers women of all ages for social activities, support, wisdom, learning, recreation, spiritual endeavors and service to our synagogue and the greater community. We have engaged in guided meditation, learned to bake Jewish foods, planned and created rituals, studied with inspiring teachers, listened to each other’s stories, created art, enjoyed music, gone on field trips, and have eaten a lot of food. We are intergenerational and our goal is to foster community. 

Young Adults (20s-30s)

If you or someone you know is a young adult who wants to connect with Jewish peers, contact our Ritual Director, Bill Futornick

Youth & Teens

In 2015, CBJ and Peninsula Sinai Congregation of Foster City combined efforts to create a USY (United Synagogue Youth) chapter in the New Frontier region. We are called NPUSY (North Peninsula United Synagogue Youth). Kadima USY is for 6th-7th graders, and our USY chapter is for 8th-12th graders. NPUSY’ers learn about Israel affairs, engage in social action, and take part in fun chapter and regional events.

 

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