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Bay Area

Portal to Bay Area Jewish life: information on activities, employment, events, housing, minyans, organizations and volunteer projects. Subscribers can post profiles and receive free daily or weekly customized emails.

East Bay

Jewish East Bay Socialites 50+

P.O. Box 3206 San Leandro, CA 94578
(510) 895-8832/ (510) 237-3194
E. Cohn
June Maberry

Provides email postings about many of the events the Bay Area has to offer. For active, single Jewish men and women age 50 and over. Seeking people willing to organize activites for a large mailing list. Please provide city of residence when emailing.

San Francisco

225 Bush St. Fax: Suite 480 San Francisco, CA 94104
Publisher Steven Gellman
Editor Sue Fishkoff

Online edition of J. The Jewish News of Northern California connects newcomers and longtime residents to activities throughout the region. Sign up for free newsletter at

Bay Area

Mitzvah Milers Cycling Team

(510) 684-5580
Dan Siegel

Predominantly Jewish cycling club participated at the Waves to Wine M.S. Bike Ride in 2016. The bikers rode from San Francisco along the coast and through Wine Country. The  team, which participated in Waves to Wine for 14 years, has raised more than $600,000 to fight multiple sclerosis. All levels welcome.

San Francisco

New Generations

New Israel Fund 235 Montgomery St. San Francisco, CA 94104
(415) 543-5055 Fax: (415) 543-6066
May Pundak

An open and vibrant community of young professionals, social activists and community leaders in their 20s to early 40s who are committed to the work of the New Israel Fund, which promotes social justice and equality for all Israelis. Contact for information about local gatherings, projects and opportunities.

Bay Area


Began as a practical networking site for the 40-plus in the Jewish world, sharing existing programs and initiating new opportunities focused in continuing growth through learning, service and travel.  Initiated the Rejewvenate@pardes summer grant, and this will be the third year inviting applicants ages 40-plus with little previous experience in immersive Jewish learning to apply for this program and get tuition waived.

San Francisco


Jewish Family and Children’s Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties 2150 Post St. Fax: P.O. Box 159004 San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 449-1240

A Bay Area community of young adults who emigrated from the former Soviet Union as children. They share a second culture and language, a Jewish heritage, Russian roots and a defining experience of immigration and assimilation.

RJen members (mainly in their 20s, 30s, and 40s) come together to share, learn, volunteer and socialize. Through their interests and shared experiences, the community hosts social and educational programs like mixers, lectures, panels, film and book discussions, heritage trips, and more.

San Francisco

Russian-Speaking Jews

Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties 121 Steuart St. San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 369-2883
Program coordinator Irina Klay

The program aims to inspire a deeper connection and participation in Jewish life and community among Russian-speaking Jews in the Bay Area.

Bay Area

The Omer Project

P.O. Box 22094 San Francisco, CA 94122
Maggid Raja Anderson

Bringing people together and emphasizing the message that we all count.   The group gathers outside on the streets of the Sunset and Richmond districts in San Francisco to count the Omer. There are 49 numbered avenues in those neighborhoods, in perfect correspondence to the 49 days of counting the Omer. (Was God on the City Planning Commission, or what?)  Participants count their way through the avenues, each week getting closer to the ocean, until the holiday of Shavuot. 

San Francisco

YAD–Young Adult Division

Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties 121 Steuart St. San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 512-6267 Fax: (415) 495-5986
Manager Sharon Siegel

Leadership development, community-building, and creating a culture of philanthropy  for ages 21-40ish. Social, educational, cultural, volunteer and networking programs, Israel trips, and regional and national conferences.

San Francisco

YeaShOre Community

P.O. Box 22094 San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 731-4680
Maggid Raja Anderson
Bonfire leader Judah Alvarado

Hosts Havdallah and bonfires May to November plus winter activities. Its purpose is creating connections by building community.  Bonfires are free; winter activities are at cost, if any. The bonfires and other events give people a chance to gather and meet, but not in a "meat market" setting. People can sit up close to the bonfire in the light and interact, or sit back if they are shy or feel like observing. They can make friends with others they might not have a chance to meet otherwise.    Bonfires have different themes every month, including singing, storytelling, Feasting Around the Fire and the Bonfires of Reflection for High Holy Days.  Bonfires shift between San Francisco and the East Bay. Winter activities include Havdallah and sea chanteys with the National Park Service, storytelling events, viewing improv shows and snow/hot springs trips.     Singles, couples and families, teens and seniors welcome.  A place where Jews of all levels of observance, as well as non-Jews, can come and be comfortable.