This is our club's landing page: so that you can
1. Get informed about what we do
2. Sign Up
3. One of our student leaders or advisors will reach out and make sure that you're a real human being and that it was YOU that signed up and not your #anxiousJewishMother who so lovingly did it on your behalf ;)
Who we serve:
Our students go to public school, commute and transfer. This means
1. He lives with his mother or father (maybe even both!) and commutes to Pierce for class (and if he's lucky he might be taking classes at Valley or Moorpark as well) #The101
2. She never received a formal Jewish education #LAUSD
3. He works part time to pay for his car and cellphone and is SUPER busy ALL the time. #swamped
4. She's still not sure which college she's going to get into #undecided #applications
5. She's the first generation of their family raised in The Valley and possibly even USA #makingsomethingofherself
6. He never really knows when his parents or siblings might need his help #HELP
So what do they get when they come to ChabadClub?
A student led community of like-hearted folks on campus.
Pierce College students know what it means to work hard and play hard. There's just something really awesome about being able to take a step out of class, walk down the mall and being able to sit with other Jewish students and enjoy a slice of pizza or a pack of bamba. Sometimes the conversations are stimulating other times it's not even about the conversation. Just being able to sit with some Jewish friends, or friends to be, can be really relaxing and refreshing. The student leaders can depend on Rabbi Isser or Mushka to have their back. Sometimes we'll run a Jewish-Awareness-Week booth to help you upgrade your Jewish knowledge. What's great about this program is that everyone is welcome as they are. There are no religious requirements and no expectations. People are truly appreciated for who they are. We have an Pierce College registered club and we get funding for all kinds of chill activities. Chabad Club members leave Pierce College with the feeling that their Jewish identity is an asset.
Off campus events for community service, Jewish holidays, classes and some good old networking.
The key words: Connection, opportunity and information. Whether you prefer to donate your time to a non-profit or are just seeking to expand your group of friends. Our club has a little something for everyone. Pierce College flies by, it's easy for you to watch these two years slip through the cracks. Community college is a great opportunity to meet people, put things on your resume. Because the classes are a little easier than a four year you also have the chance to take some Jewish classes while you're at it. Every year is a new year and Pierce, so we list to you, and provide just the right kind of mix of program that fits the vibe of the current student body. Students are leaving Pierce College enriched and empowered on their way into their next school. With connections to their next Jewish community as well as peers who will be co-transferring. Everyone has their "thing", our thing is opportunities for Jewish students at Pierce.
Synagogue-Free Jewish Celebrations
There's an old saying: Two jews, three opinions. The SF Valley is VERY lucky to have a wide variety of synagogues and temples. Each with its own ethnic and traditional background and it's own values. At Chabad Club we host events where ANY Jew regardless of their personal or familial affiliation (or lack thereof) will feel comfortable and welcomed and walk away feeling enriched by the experience. We do this by NOT operating a synagogue. All our events happen at our student center/ Kluwgant home/ On Campus. We don't host prayer services or put up "Mechitzahs" at our club events. There is no expected dress code and at our events people are welcome to sit and spend time with whomever they please.
Access to Jewish conversations & other Jewish needs
The Kluwgants (pronounced kloov- gahnt) are a young family who have devoted their lives to being their for college students and to catering to the Jewish needs and interests of every student at Pierce. They have a website here where you can learn more about who they are, where they come from and what moves them. The one thing we can say about them is that they genuinely care for each and every Jew, especially the Pierce College students and alumni. For now they are focused on building up "Chabad at Pierce" (website here ) which is a non profit organization which is responsible for various innitiatives to improve the quality of Jewish life and the life of Jews at Pierce College. They have a lot of fun running these programs, meeting students one on one totalk about all things under the sun, teaching classes and of course welcoming people into their home for Shabbat Meals. They've helped students get off school for Yom Kipur and avoid taking examinations on Saturdays. Whatever Jewish needs someone has while they're at Pierce - you can be sure the Relatable Rabbi Isser or the marvelous Mrs. Mushka will be there by your side.
A bridge and reference to other Jewish organizations
Usually applying to other Jewish programs, scholarships and organization is a breeze. Sometimes, you feel like you need someone to make a call to an organization or write you a reference. Chabad at Pierce is part of a network of "Chabad on Campuses" which have a strong reputation and a long list of connections in various industries. Chabad Club has access to travel-funding opportunities and other scholarships. Chabad Club also sends out occasional emails with a list of Jewish opportunities for young Jews of the valley.