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.
Grow Justice Mural
Documentary (7 min)
The PJCC Art Gallery presentS world class art exhibits throughout the year.
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 & Events at PJCC
PJCC offers a variety of events throughout the year that offer a chance to meet new people and get involved in cultural activities.
Lehrhaus Philosophy Circle: The Zohar
Mondays, November 7, 21; December 5, 19; January 9, 30; February 3, 27; March 13 • 7:00–8:30 PM • $195
The Zohar is the great compendium of Jewish mysticism, myth, and esoteric teaching and is one of the most important religious texts of all time. Join this Bay Area-wide exploration of the Zohar, taught by Rabbi Lavey Derby, PJCC director of Jewish Life. No prior Hebrew knowledge required.
To register, visit www.lehrhaus.org or call 510.845.6420.
Questions? Contact Abra Greenspan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hamlin Garden Courtyard
Visit our garden that helps fight hunger in San Mateo County by supplying food to LifeMoves.
Get involved—Attend one of our Garden Service Days!
Judaism’s wisdom, teachings, and practices support us to live flourishing, resourced, integrated, resilient lives with a joyful sense of balance and well-being. From ancient teachings to modern-day practices, we are encouraged to cultivate qualities—such as gratitude, joy, and thoughtful reflection—to enhance our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being.
Connect all levels of being—mind, body, heart and soul—in this grounding yoga series rooted in Jewish mystical teachings. Enhance your practices for living in balance and wellness, both on and off the mat. No previous yoga experience necessary. Some yoga mats and props provided; please bring your own if possible. Pre-registration strongly recommended.
Join our group that explores a different book each month.
An Evening of Sacred Hebrew Chant
Please join us for an evening of sacred musical call-and-response chant. ALL ARE WELCOME for this uplifting experience that brings clarity to the mind and expansiveness to the heart. Featuring Jeannette Ferber and friends. No Hebrew knowledge required. Pre-Registration required. Jeannette Ferber is a prayer leader and singer at Chochmat HaLev in Berkeley.
An In-Depth Look at Islam
At a time when extremism increasingly grabs the headlines and relations between communities comes under strain, it is more important than ever to learn about Islam and build understanding.
As part of the Peninsula Jewish-Muslim Partnership across the Peninsula, the PJCC and the Islamic Networks Group (ING) are proud to offer a special six-session course introducing key concepts of, and historical background on, Islam:
Feb. 22: Introduction to Muslim Religious Concepts
Mar. 1: History of Muslims in the U.S.
Mar. 8: Contemporary Issues Affecting U.S. Muslims
Mar. 15: Muslim Contributions to Civilization & Interactions with Other Cultures
Mar. 22: Muslim Women Beyond the Stereotype
Mar. 29: Geopolitical Issues Affecting Muslims
Faculty: Maha Elgenaidi and Ameena Jandali, founding members of ING; Ismael Nass, president of EngineersWhoWrite.
Registration required. Participation will be limited to the first 25 people to register.
Grow Justice: Fight Hunger - Garden Service Day
Get your hands dirty and join us for a service day in the PJCC Justice Garden! Activities include hands-on gardening work and learning about food justice issues. All levels of experience are welcome! This program is designed for adults of all ages and children ages 3+. Instructor: Meghan Orth, Garden Manager
Please join us for Latkepalooza, a community-wide Hanukkah celebration. Live music, crafts and games will be available for children and families. Other activities include a Hanukkah gift shop and wine tasting! Cap off the afternoon with a community sing-a-long and get ready to start off the festival of Hanukkah in-style.
Life, It's Complicated: Jewish Perspectives
Drop in any Thursday morning at 10:15am 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.
The Five Pillars of Islam
Join our Scholar in Residence for a keynote lecture on the fundamental beliefs and principles of Islam and its relationship to Judaism. Registration required.
Professor Reuven Firestone is Regenstein Professor in Medieval Judaism and Islam at the Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles, and Senior Fellow of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California.