Jewbilee keynote speaker Nigel Savage
Jewbilee keynote speaker Nigel Savage

‘Food for Thought’ and more at this year’s Jewbilee

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The Addison-Penzak JCC in Los Gatos is scheduled to present its annual Jewbilee: A Day of Jewish Learning on Sunday, Jan. 13. Taking on the theme “Food for Thought,” the event will focus on Jewish food, though classes, workshops and performances will cover many topics.

Nigel Savage, founder of Hazon, which seeks to create a healthier and more sustainable Jewish community, will be the keynote speaker. Workshop leaders and speakers include Daniel Matt, a preeminent translator of the Zohar; Rabbi Melanie Aron from Congregation Shir Hadash in Los Gatos; Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan from Lehrhaus Judaica; and Rabbi Dana Magat of Temple Emanu-El in San Jose.

Workshop topics include veganism, kashrut and Israeli cuisine, and there will be a hands-on challah-baking workshop led by Rabbi Shoshana Ohriner, cofounder of Ma’alot Farms in Los Gatos. A program for kids in grades K-5 will focus on food and farm activities, and at 5 p.m. there will be a live cooking competition in which competitors will be using mystery ingredients. The day will end with a reception catered by L’Chaim Foods.

Jewbilee’s partners this year include Hazon, Ma’alot Farms, Lehrhaus Judaica, BBYO, High Ground Organics, L’Chaim Foods, Veggielution and WZO’s Department of Diaspora Activities.

Jewbilee is scheduled for 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13 at Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. Tickets are $15 at the for door general admission and $12 for students, seniors and JCC members, with discounts for buying in advance. Tickets to the pickle and challah workshops are an additional $5 and need to be purchased online. For details, visit