Find Your People, Find Your Space

GatherBay connects people to each other, to Jewish organizations and initiatives, and to meaningful Jewish experiences in the East Bay.

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What Is GatherBay?

The Bay Area — and the East Bay in particular — is home to an abundance of Jewish organizations, grassroots initiatives, and informal offerings. That's a lot to navigate!

And finding community isn't something you can do alone — it takes all of us. That's where the Gather approach of meeting people one-on-one, wherever they are, comes in. Through building authentic relationships, we learn what people are seeking out of Jewish community, and we connect them to the people and experiences that will resonate.

We envision a future where anyone who wants to access Jewish life can do so in a way that is relevant and meaningful to them — and we know that is different for every single person.

Why Are We Here?

GatherBay is a new initiative under the umbrella of Gather, Inc. After nearly a decade of success with GatherDC, we decided to expand to one other place, and we're thrilled to have chosen the East Bay.

Read more about our work and approach in eJewish Philanthropy.

As a new initiative, we're stoked to speak with and learn from as many people as possible. If you're curious about Jewish life, let us take you to coffee (or tea!).

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Who Is GatherBay For?

GatherBay deeply values the diversity of perspective and experience of people from backgrounds typically underrepresented in Jewish life. This includes Black, Latinx, and Asian people, Black Jews, Jews of Color, Sephardi and Mizrachi Jews, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, gender non-conforming people, and people with disabilities, and all people of diverse religious, spiritual, and cultural backgrounds.

We welcome Jews of all abilities, sexual orientations, racial/ethnic identities, gender identities and expressions, financial means, and levels of religiosity to reach out to us, have coffee/tea, and join us in whatever way feels right as GatherBay evolves.

Who Is GatherBay?

Caroline Kessler (she/her) is the Community Director of GatherBay. She has been bringing people together through writing, art, and community-building for more than a decade. Previously, she was the Storytelling & Editorial Manager at UpStart, Education Support Specialist at Jewish Vocational Service in San Francisco, and has consulted for numerous Jewish and secular organizations.

Originally from Maryland, Caroline grew up in an interfaith (Catholic-Jewish) home, moved to the San Francisco Bay Area (Ohlone land) in early 2012, and now calls Berkeley home.

Our Team is Growing!

We'll be hiring in the future — join our mailing list to stay updated.

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Caroline Kessler

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Feel free to reach out directly to info@gatherbay.org to start the conversation.

More detailed website coming in 2023.