Thirty-seven degrees North (37°N) is the geographic latitude encompassing much of the Bay Area. Since ancient times latitude has been an essential element for navigation and for knowing one’s location in relation to the rest of the globe. Just as latitude is crucial to those curious about exploring their place in the world, 37°North describes HaMaqom’s place for Jewish learners searching for meaningful community and connection throughout the Bay Area.
37°N is a place for Jews in their 20s, 30s, and early 40s to both do and create. We offer a platform for regular gatherings–Shabbat dinners, group learning sessions, and other activities–and for participants to craft their own experiences. We want to know what sparks curiosity, connection, and meaning for you and your peers, and to help you create the Jewish community that works for you. With activities grounded in learning and ritual, we are The Place for building, nurturing, and enjoying a vibrant Jewish life.
We gather for monthly Shabbat dinners on a rotating list of home hosts. We frequently order in food, with participants responsible for bringing drinks and dessert. Evenings consist of socializing, a brief Shabbat ritual around lighting the candles, and a short text study session.
No prior knowledge of Shabbat or its practice is required, and participants are encouraged to bring along friends, family, and significant others who might also find the experience meaningful. All are welcome!
We also meet twice a month for an hour-long study session on a relevant and compelling topic led by a trained educator, and preceded by an opportunity for socializing and light dinner. As with our Shabbat dinners, this event is open for whomever would find it meaningful to delve into Jewish texts with a warm and engaging group of people from a wide variety of backgrounds.