President’s Message

President’s Message

Welcome to the Nevada County Jewish Community Center and Congregation B’nai Harim. We are experiencing another energizing year at the NCJCC. We have a part-time Rabbi, Rabbi David Azen, who is working with our Sunday School, youth leaders, and volunteer committee chairs, to lead us to personal spiritual growth and increased involvement. We have finalized the purchase of an additional piece of property to expand our rear yard area for children’s play and hosting events.

We are proud of the success of the NCJCC over the years. Rabbi David Azen supports our observance of rituals and sharing our Jewish Community. We continue to provide the following activities and opportunities for our members and the greater Jewish and Placer and Nevada County community members and guests:

Services and Holiday Observances – We host a Rabbi-led Shabbat service the first and third Friday of each month, and Lay-led Shabbat services on most other Fridays. Services begin at 7:30 pm. We have a community Shabbat potluck on the first Friday of each month beginning at 6:00 pm. We celebrate holidays on the Jewish calendar, and have special events such as the Community Hanukah Party and Community Passover Seder. Rabbi David Azen is on the Bimah 22 weeks out of the year, and dedicated NCJCC members lead lay Shabbat services. Be sure to check the calendar to see if there has been any changes to our regular schedule.

Learning and Education – We host Sunday School, youth Hebrew School, adult education presentations, and have started adult Hebrew classes. The Rabbi leads a Torah study discussion session on the Saturday mornings of weekends he is on duty. We host enthusiastic, engaging Sunday lessons for youth, and Thursday afternoon Hebrew for youth preparing for their B’nai Mitzvah. The adult Hebrew class meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month.

Community Engagement – We are involved in the community, and have a social action committee that leads our interaction and donations to needy community organizations. We host the Corner Deli at the County Fair, and a community Deli Nite in the Fall. This year it will be held on October 14, 2017 at the Nevada City Elks Club Lodge. We share Tzedakah with members in need and the community.

Sisterhood, Men’s Club, and Youth – We have many activities for women and men to enjoy: social activities, educational events, book discussions, and fun venues. Most are open to the whole congregation and community. The Sisterhood meets the first Thursday at 12:30 pm at the NCJCC, and hosts the book club at different members’ homes on the second Monday at 1:30 pm. The Men’s Club meets the 2nd Sunday at 9:30 am in the social hall at the NCJCC. The monthly meeting includes a Lox and Bagel breakfast and usually a speaker or social event. The youth group is GROOVY and aligns with NFTY programs and Tzedakah projects, have fun social outings and lead occasional services.

We have a fantastic dedicated board, capable staff and volunteers, and an active membership. We look forward to meeting new friends, spending time with friends, and expanding our opportunities to share a Jewish experience in the foothills. We want to share our great community with others so that we continue can to grow.

We are excited about the opportunities the NCJCC offers our members and guests. We invite you to join us on the journey and observance. We welcome you to spend time with us at events and services. Visit us in person and at

Shanah Tovah!

Eva Joy Lamm-Ruben, President