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We offer a diverse range of adult education classes, open to both PSJC members and non-members.
PSJC members teach many of our classes and we bring in distinguished experts to teach subjects, as needed.
Ultimately, JAM organizers want to facilitate a community in which Jewish youth of color are free to be themselves with no explanation.
“I think JAM is trying to fill the gap,” Esteen said.
“Being with each other as Jews of color is a radical act,” says JYCA East Bay program coordinator Sarah Gladstone.
We believe that an adult understanding of Judaism requires adult study and spiritual/intellectual engagement.
JAM’s first flyer said the program will allow the teens “to chill, chat and smash systems of oppression.” “JYCA is a safe space where young people from any walk of life and affiliation with Judaism can come together and be led by adults who care about them,” said Jennifer Esteen, a board member at JYCA, which serves the East Bay and Peninsula from offices in Piedmont and Foster City.
“My youngest son likes JYCA, but traditionally he has felt like an outcast,” added Esteen, who is black.
Participants mobilize around issues such as land fracking, voting rights, community problems or bullying.
Gladstone said Jewish community engagement largely centers on the involvement of white Ashkenazi Jews even though there are other identities in the Jewish spectrum.
So start with Kabbalat Shabbat, join us for a vegetarian, dairy potluck and stay for great singing with Judy!