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.   


Information about upcoming events.


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!


Become a member or renew online. 



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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)

Our First In-person Event in 2 Years!

Passover Seder

Saturday, April 16th.

It will be held outdoors in Columbia, CA

  2:00 PM – 5:00 PM


Event Schedule

Passover Seder Registration