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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.

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Jewish Programs



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.

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.

tracy green yoga wellnessTracey Green

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.

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, May 21• 2:00–4:00 PM • Free for Center and Community Members and the Public

Practice tikkun olam (repairing the world) and help alleviate hunger in San Mateo County by working in our Justice Garden. Activities include hands-on gardening work and learning about food justice issues. Organic produce is harvested for residents at LifeMoves. This program is designed for adults of all ages and children ages 3+. Instructor: Meghan Orth, Garden Manager


Shavuot Family Cooking Class

Thursday, June 1 • 5:30–7:00 PM • ECE Kitchen
$35 Member • $40 Public • $10 Per Additional Child

Celebrate Shavuot with this hands-on cooking class for families! Shavuot is the anniversary of the day God gave the Torah to the nation of Israel and bestowed upon the Jewish people the dietary laws of keeping Kosher. On Shavuot it is customary to eat meals that contain dairy. Your family will have fun learning about Shavuot and cooking together, making sensationally sweet and savory dairy dishes. This program is designed for families with children aged 4–8 years. Registration fee includes one parent and one child, and all materials are included. If you are registering more than one child, the additional price is $15/child. Parent/guardian participation required. Registration required.



Wednesday, June 14 • 9:30–11:00 AM • Lobby

Free for Center and Community Members and Public
Visit our table at the Farmer’s Market on select dates to learn a new family-friendly recipe. Recipes will feature seasonal produce, fun facts about some of the more “unusual-looking” vegetables, and more! You can purchase most of the ingredients at our Farmer’s Market.




Jewish wisdom yoga

Wednesdays, weekly • 12:35–1:30 PM • Yoga Studio
Free for Center and Community Members • $20 Per Class Public

Experience yoga that connects body, mind, heart, and spirit. Instructor: Tracey Green. Please register via




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.



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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