Past virtual programs may be viewed via our YouTube channel.

Virtual programs are free of charge and accessible via Zoom.

JFS Luncheons take place at TBS from 12-1:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Suggested donation for JFS Luncheons is $7-$10/person.
No one is turned away for lack of funds.

Presentation by Tim Connor: “Beautiful Wounds” (virtual program)

Thursday, June 9, at noon

Carved and scoured by catastrophic floods at the end of the most recent ice age, the Channeled Scablands of Eastern Washington dazzle with their harsh beauty and the diversity of their natural features, including great waterfalls, sprawling canyons, and cinematic palisades. In the last virtual program on our schedule, Spokane writer and photographer Tim Connor will talk about and show photos from his new book, Beautiful Wounds: A Search for Solace and Light in Washington’s Channeled Scablands, which expertly combines stunning images, engaging field notes, historical narrative, and a touching personal sojourn.

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JFS Community & Volunteer Appreciation Picnic

Thursday, July 14
5-7 p.m.
Lower Manito picnic shelter
Cost: $20/family or $10/individual (JFS volunteers attend free)
Menu: Kosher hot dogs, veggie dogs, pareve salads

Join us for food, games, activities, and more in and around the Lower Manito shelter! We welcome community members of all ages to nosh, schmooze, and have fun! (This event takes the place of the July JFS Luncheon.) We’ll take a few moments during the event to thank our volunteers, who are invited to attend free of charge!

Presentation by Kathryn Garras of Refugee Connections Spokane (JFS Luncheon)

Thursday, Aug. 11
Catering by Feast World Kitchen

In July of 2021, Refugee Connections Spokane named Kathryn Garras as its executive director. During this talk, Kathryn will discuss the work of RCS, the approach she takes to her leadership role, the present state of global refugee crises and how they affect us locally, and what community members can do to support refugee resettlement.

Film screening and discussion: The Rabbi Goes West (JFS Luncheon)

Thursday, Sept. 8
12-1:45 p.m.

Catering by Zullee

The 2019 documentary The Rabbi Goes West tells the story of Rabbi Chaim Bruk, who moved from Brooklyn to Bozeman, Montana, with his wife Chavie to bring traditional Judaism to the American West. Part of his mission is to place a mezuzah on the doorpost of every Montana Jew. That’s less than 2,000 families spread across a state 14 times larger than Israel. As he travels across this “Big Sky” landscape, Chaim confronts a terrifying neo-Nazi threat. He also faces objections from some skeptical Jews and the state’s rabbis, both Reform and Conservative.

Musical performance by Abe Kenney (JFS Luncheon)

Thursday, Oct. 13
Catering by Domini’s

Abe Kenney has been performing in public since 1996.  His first instrument was a baritone ukulele. He has been teaching for the last 10 years. His primary background of study has been classical guitar, but in lessons he incorporates jazz, blues, and singing as well.  He has placed and competed in competitions in the Northwest and in Boston. He has studied in masterclasses with many of today’s most prominent classical guitarists and is currently studying with Gonzaga University’s Dr. Paul Grove. Abe has composed and recorded classical, flamenco, electronic, experimental, punk, metal, video game, and movie music. He was born in Spokane and has lived here since but has performed in Mexico and New York and has even recorded in Japan.

Presentation and chocolate tasting with Dr. Lauren Fins: “Chocolate: Food of the Gods” (JFS Luncheon)

Thursday, Nov. 10
Catering by David Meyersberg

Chocolate was consumed by early meso-Americans at least 3,000 years ago. It was prepared as a drink spiced with chilies or vanilla, was used in cultural ceremonies, and its seeds were traded as currency. Europeans added sugar to the drink and used chocolate as medicine, aphrodisiac, and stimulant. Americans today consume an average of 12 pounds of chocolate per person annually! In this theobromine-rich event, Dr. Lauren Fins will explore the natural and cultural history of chocolate, including the social and environmental costs of this “food of the gods.”

Presentation by Jerry Tate of Tate’s Honey Farm (JFS Luncheon)

Thursday, Dec. 8
Catering by Feast World Kitchen

Jerry Tate has been beekeeping since his dad bought four packages and equipment from Sears in 1964, when Jerry was 16. Jerry moved back to Spokane in 1980, began working bees with his dad, and bought his first 70 hives in 1982. He has been doing it ever since. All eight of Jerry’s grandchildren have worked at Tate’s Honey Farm (which provides JFS with honey for Rosh Hashanah gift deliveries!) since they were about 6, and he now has five great-grandchildren. Jerry and his father have always been very active in the local bee club and at the state level. We’re delighted to welcome Jerry to our luncheon to talk about the art and science of beekeeping and honey production!

*Programs are subject to change