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.
Tuesday, December 10 7:00 pm
What would you do if you discovered your father was a WWII Nazi officer? Dr. Bernd Wollschlaeger converted to Judaism.
10:30 - 11:30 am • FREE
Drop in any Thursday morning to explore Jewish views on important issues and the hows and whys of living a meaningful life.
Interfaith Family Programs
presented by our partner, Interfaithfamily
Register online at www.interfaithfamily.com/bayarea .
Read about our Guiding Principles as seen on our pillar installation as well as the 5-foot Mezuzzah art piece.
For more information, please contact:
- Phone: 650.378.2743
Jewish Programs and Events
PJCC offers a variety of events throughout the year that offer a chance to meet new people and get involved in cultural activities.
Dr. David Saperstein
North Peninsula's 2014 Scholar in Residence
"...among of the countries most influential shapers of religious issues in national elections." - The Wall Street Journal.
See How Our Grow Justice Mural Evolved
Justice Mural Time-lapse:
Hamlin Garden Courtyard
Visit our new garden that will help fight hunger in San Mateo County by supplying food to InnVision Shelter Network.
Get involved--Attend one of our Garden Service Days!
Host a social justice learning group for families.
Share Jewish perspectives and food, gratitude, and social justice.
Jewish Book Discussion
Join our group that explores a different book each month.
Against All Odds - From Nazism to Judaism
His father was a highly-decorated WWII German tank commander and Nazi officer. Dr. Bernd Wollschlaeger struggled growing up in Germany in the shadow of his Nazi father. He eventually converted to Judaism, emigrated to Israel and served in the IDF as a Medical Officer. Dr. Wollschlaeger is the author of 'A German Life: Against All Odds Change is Possible.' Come hear his fascinating story.
Being the Hands of God
The idea of social justice and political action is primary in Jewish thought and tradition and emanates from a great many sources in the Torah itself. Join Rabbi David Saperstein for his keynote address as he discusses how the Jewish imperative for justice should be applied to contemporary social justice issues. Pre-registration required.
Rabbi David Saperstein is Director and Counsel of the Union of Reform Judaism's Religious Action Center in Washington D.C. Described in a Washington Post profile as the 'quintessential religious lobbyist on Capitol Hill,' Rabbi Saperstein was selected by Newsweek magazine in 2009 as the most influential rabbi in the country.
Life, It's Complicated: Jewish Perspectives
Drop in any Thursday morning at 10:30 for an ongoing discussion with Rabbi Lavey Derby exploring Jewish views on important issues and the hows and whys of living a meaningful life.
Rabbi Lavey Derby is Director of Jewish Life at the PJCC. Pre-registration requested.
Lunch with Rabbi Lavey
Want to know what a 'shofar' is? Or if Jews believe in the zodiac? Come have lunch with our very own Rabbi Lavey Derby and ask him all the questions you ever had about Jews and Judaism. Bring a dairy brown bag lunch and your questions and enjoy an entertaining and informative lunchtime discussion.
Rabbi Lavey Derby is Director of Jewish Life at the PJCC. Pre-registration suggested.
Drawing on the ancient, mystical wisdom of the Kabbalah, Daniel Matt will explore passages from the Zohar that offer insight into our life's purpose and ways to overcome challenges we face (or deny) daily. This transformative workshop will focus on texts and teachings that provide timeless yet practical solutions and new possibilities.
Dr. Daniel Matt is one of the world's leading authorities on Kabbalah. The author of over ten books, including The Essential Kabbalah, Dr. Matt is currently engaged in an immense project of translating and annotating the Zohar, the lengthy masterpiece of Kabbalah. His work has been called 'a monumental contribution to the history of Jewish thought.'
The Israel Forum: Israel in a Post- "Arab Spring" World
The upheavals known as the 'Arab Spring' have changed the political landscape of the Middle East. Explore the impact regime change in Egypt and the on-going civil war in Syria have had on Israel and Israeli policies, and on Israel's relations with the Palestinians, as we assess the type of dangers as well as signs of hope that the Arab Spring may hold for Israel.
Eran Kaplan is the Goldman Professor in Israel Studies at San Francisco State University and the author of 'The Jewish Radical Right: Revisionist Zionism and Its Ideological Legacy.'