The PjCC is proud to be a part of the Initiative on Jewish Peoplehood presenting educational and cultural programs that explore Jewish heritage, identity, and community. This initiative is co-funded by the Koret Foundation, Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture and other Bay Area funders.
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
About the Exhibit
ReBar [ree-bahr]: Verb. 1. Rewind to 13 years old. Fast Forward to today.
We asked members of our community to “visit” their teenage-selves as they planned and celebrated their Bar/Bat Mitzvah (Jewish coming of age ceremony) and share what was important to them then, now and going forward. A special yasher koach (thanks and cograts!) to all who participated and shared their photos and stories.
This spring the Foster City PJCC turns 13. It is customary for the student reaching this moment to deliver a speech. We thought this would be an appropriate space for the PJCC to share our “speech” written for the occasion by PJCC CEO Paul Geduldig:
“Thirteen is an age of transition from youth to young adulthood. It’s a time of reflection, reaffirming a commitment to Jewish life and coming into one’s own. A Bar/Bat Mitzvah marks this rite of passage with family and friends who gather to celebrate and bless the next step of this journey toward maturity. Looking back at the PJCC’s ‘childhood’ we were not unlike a new parent observing their toddler taking those wobbly first steps and trying to find their way. Slowly maturing, finding strength, and developing a voice. Now, 13 years later, we are again like that proud parent at their child’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah, bewildered that this mature being who stands before them was once their hesitant and uncertain child. We too marvel at the PJCC’s growth and development.
We can also relate to that young child who sticks close to their base but, with maturity, starts to explore the world around them. As we celebrate our 13th birthday, we are also reaching beyond our walls. We’re reflecting on our relevance in both the Jewish and the broader community, growing from strength to strength, doing good, enriching lives, and building community.
With our Bat Mitzvah, the PJCC is reaffirming our connection to Jewish culture while celebrating our accomplishments in the broader community. As our journey continues, we look forward to cultivating our role and relevance while welcoming and embracing the diversity of all who walk through our doors.”
And now for the party! Join us on our 13th birthday in Foster City, Wednesday, May 24 from 5:30-7:30 pm. We’ll have food, music, REBOOT’s photo booth, a hora and you’re invited. (21+) RSVP at the PJCC Welcome Center. P.S. For those who are 63 or 83 it’s your anniversary year to get a reBar blessing.