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Fifth Annual PJCC Celebration of Jewish Authors  

and Jewish Book Fair
sponsored by Kepler’s Books
and Magazines

Sunday, November 16 • FREE

Discover how Jewish identity and ethnicity help shape the creativity of these best-selling authors. Hear about their inspirations, influences and challenges. Drop-in for a specific speaker or stay for the entire day!

Participating authors include:

Laura Diamond
Roz Levine
Rochelle Levy
Ellen Bass
John Rothman
Ellen Litman

Learn More

The PJCC and the Jewish Coalition for Literacy

Fiesta Gardens International School

Reflecting Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), the PJCC has adopted Fiesta Gardens International. We will help this San Mateo elementary school promote literacy through a book drive and tutoring opportunities.

The PJCC is training volunteers to become skilled tutors at our adopted elementary school, Fiesta Gardens. Please help build a young child's confidence and literacy skills. Learn more or call the PJCC to volunteer at 650.212.PJCC (7522).

PJCC Book Drive

November 7 - 21
Give a book, share the joy!

Collection boxes will be located in the lobbies of the PJCC, Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School, Foster City Parks and Recreation, and the Foster City Library.

Join the Club: Jewish Book Discussion

There’s only one thing better than reading a good book, and that’s engaging in a lively conversation afterwards! Participate in our monthly book club with these two books scheduled for discussion.
Free for Members, $4*Non-Members.

  • "The Bus Driver Who Wanted to be God and Other Stories" by Etgar Keret
    Tuesday, November 25
    10:30 am – 12:00 pm
    Discover this idiosyncratic collection by Israeli writer, Etgar Keret, whose short stories vary between the comedic and the allegorically absurd. 

  • "March" by Geraldine Brooks
    Tuesday, December 23
    10:30 am – 12:00 pm
    As the North stumbles during the dark first year of the Civil war, one man leaves his family to aid the Union cause.

Become a Magnetic Writer with the PJCC’s Magnetic Board  

November and December

Compose unique messages with giant magnetic words that can be rearranged in different ways to create a variety of sentences.
Located in the PJCC Lobby. FREE!

Community Read

What is a Community Read?
Our "Campus Read" is modeled after a Community Read, a collaborative, area-wide “book club” that brings members of a community together through a shared love of reading. Everybody is invited to read the same book, and then participate in discussions, presentations and related activities to the book.


Do you have question about events or exhibits? If so, please contact:

Cultural Arts Coordinator

A special THanks

Programs and exhibitions in the Cultural Arts department are made possible by generous grants from the Walter and Elise Haas Fund and the Koret Foundation.

HyattOfficial hotel sponsor or the 2008 - 2009 Cultural Arts Season

Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport
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Literacy Event Information- Turning Pages | The Arts | PJCC

A Community-Wide Celebration of Reading, Writing and Literacy

Discover new places. Meet new people. Reconnect with old favorites, share tales with loved ones, and incite your passion for words and stories.

A whole new world awaits you at the PJCC – simply by Turning Pages.




Chapter 1
Reading: Your Ticket to the World

You might wonder: with all the resources that abound, is literacy still a concern?

That was the question in 2003 when a comprehensive study was performed by the National Assessment of Adult Literacy revealed that:

  • One in 20 adults in the U.S. is not literate in English
  • One out of four children grows up not knowing how to read.
  • Three out of four food stamp recipients perform in the lowest two literacy levels
  • Eleven million Americans lack the skills to handle many everyday tasks
  • Thirty million adults may not be able to make sense of a simple pamphlet
  • Forty three percent of illiterate adults live in poverty  
  • Sixty percent of all prison inmates are functionally illiterate
  • Eighty five percent of all juveniles who interface with the juvenile court system are functionally illiterate
  • Ninety percent of welfare recipients are high school dropouts

With those startling numbers in mind, perhaps the question should ask: what can we do to help promote literacy?

Chapter 2 -
Make a Difference in San Mateo County

Many literacy programs start with the heart of the community, the public library. These underutilized county treasures are free to the public and rich with resources. In San Mateo County, the Peninsula Library System offers an abundance of programs seeking to stamp out illiteracy. Consider how you can help make a difference by utilizing these local and national programs.

Family Reading Education
Free literacy classes addressing ways in which parents can promote early literacy experiences. Contact Martina Tello at 650.312.5287 or

Raising a Reader: Book Bag Program
An early literacy program for children up to 5 years of age promoting book sharing between parents and their children. Contact Martina Tello at 650.572.READ or For information about starting Raising A Reader program, call 650.854 5566.

Community Reading Van
Library services are delivered via a Community Reading Van to community organizations and venues that serve high-risk families. Contact Pamela Bilz at 650.312.5263 or

Books for Babies
This program provides new parents with a book, information about why it is important to share books with babies, and a coupon for a free baby t-shirt if they visit their library. Contact Pamela Bilz at 650.312.5263 or

Free Adult Literacy Tutoring
This free, confidential tutoring service is for adults wishing to improve their reading and writing skills. Contact your local San Mateo County library or call 650.323.0362 x231.

Project Read
Learn about this renowned national organization by calling your local library or visiting

Reach Out and Read ™
By building on the unique relationship between parents and medical providers, this national program helps families and communities cultivate early literacy skills. Visit

Chapter 3
The PJCC: A Community That Cares

The PJCC understands that literacy is the foundation for learning. And that is why, throughout the year, we offer resources to help promote, nurture and encourage reading.

Our Adult Library offers a rich abundance of material for PJCC Members and guests, and preschoolers love the charming Joshua’s Corner.  Additional activities such as book clubs, author lectures and story telling events round out our many literacy offerings. In addition, the PJCC has developed partnerships with local organizations to offer vital outreach programs throughout the community.  Two examples include:

  1. The PJCC and The Jewish Coalition for Literacy
    The Adoption of Fiesta Gardens International School
    Reflecting Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), the PJCC has partnered with The Jewish Coalition for Literacy, an organization devoted to helping Bay Area children learn how to read.  And we’ve started with our adoption of Fiesta Gardens International School in San Mateo. Our first goal is helping the elementary school promote literacy through two recently launched activities: a book drive and tutoring opportunities.

  2. Tutors Change the World, One Child at a Time
    Research shows that the benefits of tutoring are many, including:
  • Increased mastery of academic skills
  • Increased confidence
  • Increased motivation to study
  • Improved attitude towards school
  • Improved grades
  • Willingness to open up and discuss problems

The PJCC is training volunteers to become skilled tutors at our adopted elementary school, Fiesta Gardens. By spending as little as an hour a week with a student, you will have an impact on the development of a young child’s confidence, literacy skills, and perhaps even their future. If you are interested in making a difference in the life of a child, please contact the PJCC at 650.212.PJCC (7522).

The PJCC, Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School, and
Foster City Parks and Recreation present
Community Book Drive
November 7 - 21
The PJCC is driving this community book drive to help build two school libraries: The PJCC’s Preschool Library, “Joshua’s Corner,” and our adopted elementary school, Fiesta Gardens. Donated books will help introduce young students to the joys of reading.

Collection boxes located in the lobbies of the PJCC, Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School and Foster City Parks and Recreation

The PJCC and Kepler’s Books present
Annual Celebration of Jewish Authors 
This free annual event introduces our community to the talents of local and national Jewish writers. Through lively discussions, readings and workshops, guests hear about each writer’s inspirations, influences and challenges, and discover how Jewish identity and ethnicity helps shape the creativity of these best-selling authors.

The PJCC and The PJ Library™
PJ Library Jewish Bedtime Stories and Songs for Families
In response to a growing demand for Jewish culture among young Jewish families, the PJCC is partnering with the PJ Library™ program. Together, the organizations are helping deliver Jewish-content books and music every month, free of charge, to children from age six months to ages five, six or seven years. 

The PJCC and Jumpstart’s Read for the Record®
Read for the Record
Every year the PJCC partners with this national campaign that brings attention to the importance of early education. Each year, the event encourages children and adults across America to read the same book on the same day. Visit

Mystery Readers at Preschool Library
This program is an innovative way in which the PJCC helps children discover the joy of reading with Mystery Readers; guest readers who visit Joshua’s Corner and introduce new and entertaining literary favorites to PJCC preschoolers.

Programs such as these can make a difference in the world we live. Together, our community of family and friends can help introduce the empowerment, thrills and joys of literacy.


10Th Anniversary Up Close Concert: Henschel Quartett

'This is, no question, one of the best groups in the world.' (Los Angeles Times). Presented in partnership with Music at Kohl Mansion, join us for a musical conversation with the German quartet that is 2015 was recognized with the Orlando prize for music. Guests are greeted with wine and cheese and concert is followed by a 'Meet the Artists' dessert reception. It is our pleasure to reserve tables for parties of four or more. Doors open at 7:30.

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10th Anniversary Up Close Concert: METTA QUINTET

A highly creative, tight knit unit, METTA QUINTET (official resident ensemble of JazzReach) features some of the most fiery, sought after artists on the jazz scene today.Join us for a captivating evening of original compositions and stylized interpretations of Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, Horace Silver and Rodgers & Hart. It's jazz. Anything could happen. Don't miss out! Guests are greeted with wine and cheese and concert is followed by a 'Meet the Artists' dessert reception.

It is our pleasure to reserve tables for parties of four or more. Doors open at 7:30.

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Belly Laughs

Comedy + celeb chef cooking demo + tasting + wine = Belly Laughs

She's the Israeli-born James Beard finalist and owner of multiple hot NY restaurants who's won Chopped! twice. He's an American comedian who served in the Israeli army (and wrote a best-selling book about it). Comedian Joel Chasnoff and Chef Einat Admony (Balaboosta) join forces for an evening that will satisfy all the senses.

Tickets to the program include performance, glass of wine, and dessert reception. Doors open to ticketed guest at 8 pm. 21+ Advance purchase required.

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DIG IT! by JAZZREACH: Music Appreciation for Families

In celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Up Close concert series, we're adding a special program for the next-gen audience. Get ready for a toe-tappin', head bobbin' introduction to the live jazz experience featuring our mainstage artists - the METTA QUINTET.

DIG IT! is a fun, family-friendly performance-based presentation that offers parents/grandparents and children ages 4 & up an exciting opportunity to learn about many facets of jazz that make it such a unique and compelling American musical tradition. Includes numerous opportunities for audience participation and Q&A. JazzReach is a NYC based non-profit dedicated to blazing new artistic territory and arts education.Presented to you for FREE thanks to the Eva Chernov Lokey Endowment for Programs. Space is limited. Advance registration required.

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