Welcome to the MLJC website. Our group was formed in 1987 by four families living in the Murphys/Arnold corridor. It grew quickly and in 1996, incorporated as a 501(c)3 to serve the needs of the small Jewish population here in the Mother Lode. While there is no synagogue or temple located in any of the four counties from which most of our members are now drawn, there are families and individuals who wish to meet one another and celebrate the various holidays, festivals and life cycle events that comprise Jewish life and culture.
All of our events and activities are open to those of the Jewish faith and their families and friends as well as those wishing to learn more about Judaism. For those of you who are not yet MLJC members, we sincerely hope you will join us in our celebrations and events throughout the year and one day perhaps decide to join as members.
We do not own or occupy a building or meeting space. Our gatherings most often take place in the homes of our more centrally located members…those in the Murphys/Copperopolis and Sonora/Jamestown areas. Some of our larger gatherings, such as Passover and Chanukah, are typically held in a local meeting hall or restaurant in the same “central” locations.
Our only criteria for membership is that one member of the family be Jewish. We do not have a denominational framework. We’re not specifically Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist, Renewal, Liberal, or Humanist.
All are welcome!
A special message from Rabbi Andra Greenwald:
"...Life is the highest value in Judaism and the Talmud teaches that to save one life is to save the world.
Now is the time to put our words and values into action and to save lives—our own and those of our neighbors.
MLJC does not have a denominational framework. We’re not Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist, Renewal, Liberal or Humanist. All are welcome!
... We can help the vaccine triumph over variants if we act and act now—not only for ourselves, but for the common good....Save your own life and that of those you love and save the world."
2021-2022 Jewish Holiday Calendar ~ 5782
All holidays begin at sundown on the evening before the date specified.
Leil Selichot ... Prayers for forgiveness in preparation for the High Holidays
Begins sunset of Saturday, August 28, 2021
Rosh Hashanah ... The Jewish New Year
The anniversary of the creation of Adam & Eve, and a day of judgment
and coronation of G‑d as king.
Begins sunset of Monday, September 6, 2021
Ends nightfall of Wednesday, September 8, 2021
Yom Kippur .... Day of Atonement; the holiest day of the year.
Begins sunset of Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Ends nightfall of Thursday, September 16, 2021
Sukkot ... Feast of Tabernacles
The holiday when we expose ourselves to the elements in covered huts, commemorating G‑d's sheltering our ancestors as they traveled from Egypt to the Promised Land.
Begins sunset of Monday, September 20, 2021
Ends nightfall of Monday, September 27, 2021
Simchat Torah ... Day of Celebrating the Torah
Begins sunset of Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Ends nightfall of Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Chanukah ... Festival of Lights
Begins sunset of Sunday, November 28, 2021
Ends nightfall of Monday, December 6, 2021
Tu B’Shvat ... New Year for Trees
Begins sunset of Sunday, January 16, 2022
Ends nightfall of Monday, January 17, 2022
Purim ... Commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people from the wicked Haman in the days of Queen Esther of Persia.
Begins sunset of Wednesday, March 16. 2022
Ends nightfall of Thursday, March 17, 2022
Pesach (Passover) ... The Feast of Unleavened Bread
Celebrates the deliverance of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt.
Begins sunset of Friday, April 15. 2022
Ends nightfall of Saturday, April 23, 2022
Lag B'Omer ... 33rd day of counting the Omer
Thursday, May 19, 2022
Shavuot ... marks the giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai
Begins sunset of Saturday, June 4. 2022
Ends nightfall of Monday, June 6, 2022
For a complete list of Holidays and other important dates as well as Shabbat candle lighting times and similar information, go to HebCal.
Check out MLJC Celebrations on our EVENTS tab (at top)
We are planning multiple, varied events
for the 2021-2022 year.
As soon as is possible we will return to in person events.
Most events being planned for 2022 will have two options, the first being that we gather outdoors if the weather allows.
If not, we will still have them, but on the Zoom format.
As soon as pandemic safety is achieved,
we will resume indoor gatherings.