Bina: Community
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    Bina: Community

    All of BINA's projects aim to bring meaning to our Jewish lives through an exploration of Jewish culture, Jewish holidays and communal gatherings. All of these events and celebrations are run by local community members and are tailored to a local community's needs. All BINA programming is inspired by Jewish culture, tradition and text, and is facilitated based on values of pluralism, openness and egalitarianism.

    OFJCC Palo Alto JCCReturn: A Yom Kippur Experience
    Return is our invitation to you to mark Yom Kippur with the OFJCC community. Yom Kippur is an opportunity in the Jewish year to take a break—not only from eating, of course, but from the regular rhythms of your life. The self-reflection that occurs on Yom Kippur is meant to set the tone for the upcoming year. What can you learn from the year that just passed? What are your aspirations for the year ahead? 

    These kinds of questions cannot be answered in just one day, and so Jewish tradition offers ten days for contemplation. Within this ten-day period, there is only one Shabbat, and so this special Shabbat takes on extra importance. It is called "Shabbat Shuva"—The Shabbat of Return. 

    Join us on Saturday, October 5 for a Shabbat experience in anticipation of Yom Kippur. We will offer singing, meditation, learning and movement. These classes and gatherings are intended to help us turn inward, turn toward each other and re-turn to the spirit of Yom Kippur. 

    For more information and registration, click here

    You can email [email protected] with questions.

    Saturday, October 5
    4:00–10:00 PM

    Night Shift: A Jewish Cultural Experience
    Night Shift is a festival of Shavuot, the Jewish holiday that marks the yearly giving of two "gifts": the spring harvest and the Torah. Shavuot is often celebrated overnight. In the quiet of deserted after-hours, Shavuot offers a unique opportunity to connect to the other half of the day. So this Shavuot, please join the JCC for a multi-disciplinary event at Town & Country Shopping Center. There will be music, text study, performance art, conversation, movement and, of course, dairy desserts. Come use your favorite coffee shop, book store and yoga studio in ways you never would during open hours—who knows what will awaken for you in these places during Night Shift?

    Night Shift is happening again next year on Saturday, May 30, 2020. Mark your calendars!

    To learn more about the 2019 event click here.


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