The USS Hornet is a big ship. It had to be to hold the more than 1,000 people attending Making Waves, a titanic community event sponsored by the Jewish Federation of the Greater East Bay and its Jewish Community Foundation.

Held Jan. 31 on the Hornet — a decommissioned aircraft carrier docked at Alameda Point — Making Waves brought together people from every synagogue, Jewish day school, JCC and Jewish agency on the starboard side of the bay. Though attendees did fill out fundraising pledge cards, the more apparent goal of the event was to celebrate the East Bay Jewish community.