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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.

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Our Jewish Wellness Initiative was conceived and created in partnership with Jewish LearningWorks' Embodied Jewish Learning Initiative.  See more from Embodied Jewish Learning here.

Contact Information

For more information, please contact:

Jewish Programs

To register, please visit the Welcome Center or call 650.378.2703.



Rabbi Lavey Derby

Rabbi Lavey Derby is the Director of Jewish Life at the PJCC. He is the Founder and lead teacher of The Idra: A Community for Jewish Spiritual Learning and Practice, and is certified as a Jewish mindfulness meditation teacher from the Institute of Jewish Spirituality.

Nicole CruzNicole Cruz

Nicole Cruz is the Youth & Family Programs Manager at the PJCC. She has a Master’s in Education and is a certified JOFEE (Jewish Outdoor, Food, Farming, Environmental Education) Educator.

Julie Emden

Julie Emden directs the Embodied Jewish
Learning Initiative at Jewish LearningWorks in San Francisco and is a graduate of teaching certification programs in Iyengar-based yoga, Jewish spirituality and movement-based expressive arts.

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Tracey has over 1000 hours of Yoga Teachers Training and is a graduate of the Yoga and Jewish Wisdom Teacher Training. She has 20 years of experience teaching yoga.

Jeni Markowitz ClancyJeni Markowitz Clancy

Jeni Markowitz Clancy has been supporting Jewish family engagement and education in the Bay Area for more than two decades. Jeni was awarded the Family Education Fellowship by the San Francisco Bureau of Jewish Education and served in the second cohort of Jewish Resource Specialists, a program of the Early Childhood Education Initiative at the Jewish Community Federation.

Deborah Newbrun

Deborah Newbrun is a Jewish environmental educator and author of Spirit In Nature: Teaching Judaism and Ecology on the Trail.


Connecting single Jewish mothers and their families to Jewish life on the North Peninsula. Learn more

Jewish Wellness at PJCC

The PJCC is committed to both Wellness and Jewish values and ideas. So, what can Jewish tradition and wisdom teach us about Wellness?

As it turns out, Jewish tradition has a great deal to offer anyone who seeks wholeness of body, mind, and spirit. 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. For example, meditation and Hebrew chanting bring clarity to the mind and expansiveness to the heart, not to mention the physical benefits they provide in helping to manage pain and lower blood pressure. Other embodied practices such as yoga and movement take on new meaning when contextualized by Jewish teachings, especially from the Jewish mystical tradition. Practices in appreciating and experiencing the natural world and the bounty of this earth as a resource in wellness—from hiking to eating—are also integral to our tradition.

By providing programs that allow you to experience the intersection of wellness programs and Jewish wisdom, we are offering a new field called “Jewish Wellness.” Join us, for wellness—the Jewish way.

Nourish | Move | Engage

Jewish Wellness offerings are organized according to the PJCC’s ‘wellness your way’ formula: Nourish, Move and Engage.  Nourish your body and mind with wholesome foods and programs that promote healing and healthy choices. Move your body for greater physical strength, flexibility, and stress relief. Engage your mind and connect with your community to build meaningful relationships and enhance cultural, intellectual and spiritual understanding. 

Jewish Wellness Programs for Families

Cultural and wellness practices are an important part of family life. Look for this icon to identify programs that are geared toward families.



Sunday, September 17 • 2:00–4:00 pm • Hamlin Garden • Free for Center and Community Members and the Public
Get your hands dirty and join us for a service day in the PJCC Justice Garden! Activities this month include gardening work and learning about food justice issues and the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah. All levels of experience are welcome. This program is designed for adults of all ages and children ages 4+. Instructor: Meghan Orth, Garden Manager



Thursdays (*See below for dates) • 9:30–10:30 am • Board Room • Free for Center and Community Members and the Public
Celebrate Shabbat in a relaxed and playful, community atmosphere with music, creative prayer, movement, and more. Experience and connect with Shabbat in a brand new and energetic way guranteed to nurture family bonds and build connections to Jewish life and values. For grownups and their little ones. Registration recommended. *Summer dates: July 16–August 25; Fall dates: September 1–November 17. Instructors: Jeni Markowitz Clancy 



Wednesday, September 27 • 10:00 am–1:00 pm • Meet Offsite • Free for Center and Community Members and the Public
Meet new friends, experience the awe of being in nature and stay fit! Join Deborah Newbrun, a noted Jewish environmental educator, as she explores Jewish themes to help you learn about the Jewish roots of connecting to the land and nature.  Stay tuned for the Peninsula-area hike location and directions. Earn 100 JCC Rewards points for pre-registering and attending. Pre-registration required.



Sunday, October 8 • 1:30 - 3:30 pm • Yoga Studio
$18 Center and Community Members • $25 Public
Join us for this special heart-opening workshop focused on cultivating compassion in your life, with an Iyengar-based yoga practice that is focused on alignment, structure, and lengthening the front body as a pathway to greater ease in gentle backbends.  Infused with teachings about compassion from the Jewish mystical tradition. Pre-registration required. Instructors: Julie Emden and Tracey Green


Jewish Hiking Group

Join a friendly, social group for 2–4 mile hikes in San Mateo County or San Francisco. Hikes are usually held on the first Sunday of the month. (All are welcome, but hikes are geared towards those in their 60's and 70's.) For details, email Dave Cohen or call 650.574.2558.




Thursdays, weekly • 1:30–2:30 PM • Board Room
Free for Center and Community Members and the Public
Drawing on the experience of mindfulness and on insights of the Jewish spiritual path, give yourself the gift of wellness through meditation. Instructor: Rabbi Lavey Derby.



Saturday, October 21 • 1:00–3:30 pm • PJCC Campus
Free for Center and Community Members and the Public
Unplug and meet up with family and friends for a screen-free afternoon. Enjoy live music, fun for families and adults, and food and drink for everyone! Co-sponsored by Reboot. All are welcome for this free event.



See the Pink Ribbon page for more information about ongoing programs.  For more information, please contact our Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist, Vicki McGrath at or 650.378.2727.


* These programs are offered by the Peninsula Jewish Community Center in partnership with the Embodied Jewish Learning Initiative. Embodied Jewish Learning is powered by Jewish LearningWorks with support from the Joan and Robert Sinton Philanthropic Fund and the Opaline Fund of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment, Barbara and Christopher Wilson, Richard and Patricia Gibbs, and is a member of the UpStart Accelerator.

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The PJCC is a non-profit organization that relies upon generous donations to continue serving our community and those in need. A beneficiary agency of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund. The PJCC is a proud member of the North Peninsula Jewish Campus and of the JCC Association of North America.

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