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Health Tip

VIDEO: Olive Oil FAQs
Nutrition and cooking tips about Olive and other oils from PJCC Nutrition & Wellness Coach, Jeannie Solomon.


Podcast presented by California Olive Oil Council and PJCC.

Speakers:  Lisa Pollack, Marketing Coordinator, California Olive Oil Council and Sandy Sonnenfelt who is a trained olive oil taster and is a member of California Olive Oil Council and UC Davis taste panels. 

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The PJCC is currently accepting artist submissions for our upcoming gallery season.

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PJCC Community Art Show Results

Featured Local Artists Throughout the Peninsula
July 11 - September 17, 2014

Congratulations To Our Winners!


1st Place – Kenneth Mahar – San Francisco Celebrates
2nd Place – Andrea Ewald - Downtown
3rd Place – Bill Moy – Guard Tower

Mixed Media

1st Place – Neil Murphy, Lanikai
2nd Place – Irene Schlesinger, Queen Esther
3rd Place – Eunice Chan, Calla Lilies

Handcrafted Jewelry

1st Place – Julie Long Gallegos, Victorian earrings
2nd Place – Diana Dutton Opal, Fantasy Pendant/Brooch
3rd Place – Rebecca Ferguson, Purple leaf pendant/necklace

Community Choice Award

Jane Henri – Rush Hour


PJCC Art Gallery Exhibits

The Art Gallery at the Peninsula Jewish Community Center is committed to showcasing the works of talented Jewish artists as well as presenting exhibits that explore Jewish values, themes and ideas. It is our hope that along with adorning our walls, the exhibits will serve to stimulate personal thought and lively conversations among our members and guests.

During your next visit to the PJCC stop by our gallery located in our lobby and in the Koret Learning Center hall. Exhibits are free and open to the public!

The PJCC Art Gallery presents


Olives in oils and prints
Paintings by Moshe Kassirer and
Photographs by Ofer Nov
October 3 – December 28, 2014


About the Artists
Living among the olive groves of the Galilee provides Moshe Kassirer with a great source of inspiration for his paintings. In his artwork Moshe depicts the ancient scenery of the Galilee and the history of the land of Israel focusing on the olive tree as a dominant theme. For the artist the image of the olive tree represents a sense of rootedness, longevity, survival and strength.
“My paintings relate to the simplicity of man, the naiveté of life, and the beauty of natural landscapes, which are rapidly vanishing from the world.  The ladder that appears in some of my paintings is a practical one, but it also symbolizes the connection between the earthly and the spiritual, between the needs of man, which have become destructive, and the elusive spiritual search, which is beyond our daily material needs”.

oilKassirer completed his art studies with a major in painting at Tel Aviv Avni institute of Art studies; he also holds a degree from the Tel Aviv Camera Obscura School.

Currently Moshe Kassirer works and lives in Yodfat, Israel.

As a resident of Galilee for many years, photographer Ofer Nov lives among the olive fields.  Nov spent several years working during the olive harvest, carrying carried bags of olives to the mill and waiting until the oil extraction process was complete. This work gave the artist a lifelong appreciation for the process, scents and atmosphere associated with olive oil production.

trees“When I take photos I try to be very direct.   I don’t work much with Photoshop.  I try to bring the real, true picture to the viewers.  I love what I do.

In recent years the agricultural field of olive trees and olive oil production has become very popular.  More and more people are interested in growing olive trees and producing olive oil.  Different people gather together, Arabs and Jews working together.  Because of this, it has become a very special segment of people within Israel.

My thanks to the employees at the mill that allowed me to do my work undisturbed. I appreciate the joy of their work, despite the difficulties.”

Nov received his degree in photography with honors at the WIZO College, Haifa, Israel.
For the last 25 years he has worked as a professional, commercial photographer for leading companies worldwide in the fields of science and technology.

This exhibition was produced by artist representative Simcha Moyal.


Associated Programs

Health Conscious Hanukkah

FREE! Wednesday, December 17 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
PJCC Lobby
PJCC Nutritionist & Wellness Coach Jeannie Solomon will serve some tasty and nutritions samples incorporating the jewel of the Mediteranean diet, olive oil.


Coming Soon: Two Shows About Innovation


January 14 – March 22, 2015

Israel holds a commanding lead in the category of highest number of scientists, engineers and technicians per capita of any country.  Tour the latest inventions to emerge from the country the business world has dubbed the “Start-Up Nation.”

Rube Goldberg’s Incredible Inked Inventions

January 14 – March 22, 2015

Born in San Francisco in 1883 to German Jewish immigrants, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Reuben (Rube) Goldberg showed an innate interest in illustration. Rube set his sights on being a professional artist, but his father persuaded him to earn a degree in engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. And what a potent combination these two interests became!
Mr. Goldberg created the first of what would become his famous series of inventions in 1914. With production in America flourishing (Ford had just implemented the assembly line for the Model T in 1913) he had a plenty of material from which to “draw.”  Mr. Goldberg was fascinated both by technology itself and the way in which people reacted to it.  He observed people going to extreme measures to avoid advancements of the time, and others growing lethargic due to these modern conveniences. 
By 1931, his name became synonymous with his creations and the Merriam-Webster Dictionary added the adjective “Rube Goldberg” to its volumes.  Defined as, “doing something simple in a very complicated way that is not necessary,” the word has further made Mr. Goldberg a part of our cultural heritage and language. It has been reported that Mr. Goldberg was known to spend more than 30 hours on a single invention. At the height of his popularity, Rube said, “In black and white, I consider myself the most prolific inventor in America today. I figure I turn loose roughly 400 inventions a year.”

A founding member of the National Cartoonist Society, the Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year is presented each year as the highest honor in the profession. 

Presented as part of the PJCC series Then There Was Light: Jewish Contributions to Advancements in Science, Medicine and Technology.  For complete program listings visit or request a brochure at the PJCC Welcome Center.

“Artwork Copyright © and TM Rube Goldberg Inc.  All Rights Reserved.  RUBE GOLDBERG ® is a registered trademark of Rube Goldberg Inc.  All materials used with permission.

Israeli Innovation Art Exhibition Opening and Presentation

Israel's 'start up' spirit has made them a leaders in technical ingenuity. Learn some of the latest inventions to come out of the 'Silicon Wadi.' Come early for the free member mixer reception from 5:30 - 7:00 pm. Registration suggested.

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