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BINA Secular Yeshiva
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BINA's Secular Yeshiva in Palo Alto is a partnership with the Oshman Family JCC. The two organizations came together to create programs that reflect their shared understanding that the interaction between Jewish learning and social action will open new ways to connect to Jewish tradition, build community and contribute to social change.

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BINA at the OFJCC includes classes, experiences, and volunteer opportunities. We are open to participants of all backgrounds and religious practices. We offer innovative ways to integrate Jewish traditions and values into contemporary life.

All programming is based on BINA’s three core values: Jewish learning, social justice, and community.

Jewish Learning

BINA courses consist of Jewish text study on a variety of topics. We welcome all learners, no matter one's background or learning experience, and we enjoy the diversity of opinions that congregate in our learning space.

Social justice:

We firmly believe in the importance of both Jewish learning and meaningful social action. BINA's social action work in Palo Alto is enacted together with the OFJCC’s Center for Social Impact and in partnership with local leaders and grassroots organizations. All of our projects aim to provide participants the opportunity not only to give, but also, to learn and grow.

Community

BINA at the OFJCC hosts inclusive and joyful events that are open to all. Our projects aim to bring meaning to our Jewish lives through an exploration of Jewish culture, holidays and communal gatherings.

Take a leap

LEAP is an internship program for Bay Area 18 year-olds based on the values of Learning, Experience, Action, Peoplehood.

Given the new realities of the upcoming months, the OFJCC and BINA: The Jewish Movement for Social Change have teamed up to offer meaningful social action and learning opportunities for high school graduates. 

LEAP is an opportunity to deepen your Jewish identity through an internship at the Oshman Family JCC In Palo Alto. The internship consists of Jewish learning, social action projects, and community building. All LEAP programming will operate within the guidelines of local health advisories. 

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Judaism: The New Basics | Weekly Learning

"Judaism: The New Basics" is a weekly learning opportunity, currently happening on Zoom. We meet every Wednesday night at 7 PM PST.

"Judaism: The New Basics" is a fresh look at various topics of Jewish interest. The course is appropriate for beginners, as well for those  more familiar with Jewish learning who now wish to engage seriously with text study.

The course meets weekly, and is divided into thematic mini-courses of several weeks at a time. Participants are invited to sign up for a whole mini-course, or for individual classes. The current mini-course is titled "Just Texts," and it explores the connection between Judaism and Social Justice from a variety of perspectives.

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