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Catch rare thought-provoking films and engage in lively discussions at the PJCC.

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classes and workshops every month for all ages and interests.

Jewish Life Classes

Want to learn about Jewish culture? Increase your Yiddish vocabulary? Check out some of our Jewish education classes.

The Happiness Program

Peninsula Jewish Community Center and The Art of Living Foundation present

The Happiness Program

Friday, February 24–Sunday, February 26, 2017 • PJCC Board Room
Friday: 6:30–9:30pm • Saturday/Sunday: 9:00 am–12:30 pm
$395 Members/Public

Learn valuable skills for managing negative emotions and challenging situations, improving focus, and strengthening relationships. Includes low-impact yoga for increased flexibility.

Free Introductory Seminar
Join us for a free, one-hour introductory seminar. Learn about the powerful techniques that await you in an upcoming three-part workshop. Introductory seminars will meet in PJCC Classroom D and be held:

  • Sunday, January 22, 3:00 pm
  • Tuesday, February 7, 6:30 pm
  • Sunday, February 12, 4:00 pm
  • Saturday, February 18, 4:00 pm
  • Tuesday, February 21, 6:30 pm

For more information or to register, please visit or email

Prostate Information Forum

This support group is to give members an opportunity to learn more about prostate cancer information including treatments, websites, etc. Open to men of all ages and their families and close friends who want to learn more about prostate health. This FREE monthly group meeting features education and at times guest speakers in supportive, convenient, comfortable environment.

DATES: First Tuesday of every month

TIME: 12:00 – 1:00 pm

LOCATION: Sequoia Hospital, Health & Wellness Center, 749 Brewster Avenue, Redwood City, CA 94063

For more information, please call (650) 367-5998. You can also visit and click on “Classes & Events,” and then select the
Prostate Information Forum from the list of support groups. (You may also visit this direct link for registration.)

Advanced Bone Health Basics: Get the Facts on Osteoporosis

Join Mehreen Khan, MD from Kaiser Permanente as she discusses prevention and follow-up strategies. What are the latest treatments? What medications and supplements work? What therapies are no longer effective? What diet and exercises help?

This event, presented free of charge in partnership with Kaiser Permanente, is open to the entire community. Pre-registration recommended. Call either the PJCC at 650.378.2703 or Agnes Arzadon, MPH, at Kaiser Permanente, 650.299.4950.

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Aging at Home with Chronic Disease

Learn about best practices and new technology to assist aging at home for both individuals and caregivers, focusing on challenges with mobility, memory loss, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Dr. Lin will draw from the medical literature and his own experiences at Stanford leading a team of medical students and residents who visit patients at home every month. Bryant Lin, MD, MEng is Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine where he serves as a clinician, educator, and researcher. As an educator, he leads the home visit program for medical residents in their ambulatory care rotation. He devotes his non-clinical time to developing new medical technologies and working with startups. Registration suggested.

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Art with Elders Studio Art Class

Feeling creative? We hope so. In this new partnership with Art with Elders, we are eager to present an opportunity for a small group to work weekly with a professional artist/instructor to focus on skill-building -ranging from color and composition to perspective and background. Discover how the power of creativity can build community, expand modes of expression, benefit overall health, and result in empowering art. This series is appropriate for novice artists and those with prior experience. Participants must be 60+. All materials are provided. Participants can work individually with instructor to select which medium is best suited to their work and process. Instructor: Patrick St. Clair holds an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and has been teaching at Art With Elders for five years.

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Beginning Watercolors

Experience the fun and excitement in painting with watercolors. This class will focus on learning basic watercolor techniques such as washes, gradation, color mixing and blending. There will also be strong emphasis on design and composition of subject matter. Students will learn how to draw a pencil layout with accuracy and balance. During the classes, the instructor will give step-by-step demonstrations. Supplies provided for first class; instructor will then provide a supplies list. You can either bring your own, or use provided supplies for an additional materials fee ($7 per class, $35 for series). Instructor: Shirley Lim has been a watercolor artist since her teenage years. She worked as a graphic designer in New York, Toronto and San Francisco for over 15 years before becoming a watercolor painting instructor for children and adults in early 2009. For more information, visit her website at: Registration Required.

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Learn the current basics of bridge with an emphasis on bidding and play of the hand.

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Create, Mix & Mingle Paint Night for Adults

Create your own masterpiece painting! An art instructor will guide you step by step to create a featured painting. You will leave with a one-of-a-kind work of art that you'll be proud to display in your home! Price includes one glass of wine. Participants must be ages 21 and up. Registration required. Instructor: Create Mix & Mingle Staff

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Expanding Your Photographic Skills: Photography as Art

In this five-session course, experienced members of the Peninsula Camera Club will take you beyond the basics to both challenge and assist your creative use of the photographic medium. For advanced beginner to intermediate level students, ages 13 and up, who would like to expand their photographic horizons. See flyer for specific class topics. Registration required. PCC members please call 650.378.2703 to reserve your spot.

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Food For Thought: Building the Golden Gate Bridge

Although the Golden Gate Bridge is known around the world and has had much written about it, Harvey Schwartz brings the colorful and rich historical material to life in his book about the workers who built it in cold and dangerous conditions while dealing with the Great Depression of the 1930's. Hear his comments on the future of the union movement in a culture that encourages individuality over organized labor. Harvey Schwartz, author, historian, and labor activist, earned his Ph.D. at UC Davis writing his thesis on the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. He has written many articles and books on the role of unions in West Coast life and is curator of the Oral History Collection of the ILWU Library in San Francisco. Registration suggested.

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Food For Thought: Discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls

Impact on Religion and Politics
In 1947 two Bedouin boys in the Judean desert made what is probably the most important biblical find of the millennium. Exploring caves in Qumran, they discovered tattered skin rolls remarkably well preserved by the dryness of the desert for almost two thousand years. Their discovery - and the religious and political controversy that followed - is an exciting story. Professor Patrick Hunt is a global archaeologist who teaches at Stanford University and lectures on archeology all around the world. He is the author of 'Ten Discoveries that Rewrote History'. Registration suggested.

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Food For Thought: Meeting the Challenge of Climate Change

Learn about the impacts that global warming will have on California, particularly the Bay Area. What is being done to mitigate the effects? While climate change is usually considered an environmental issue, this presentation illustrates why the region's future economic prosperity depends on effective climate change adaptation. Will Travis is a consultant on sea level rise adaptation planning. His professional career includes over four decades of pioneering work at California's two state coastal management agencies - the California Coastal Commission and the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission. Registration suggested.

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Food For Thought: Protecting Yourself From Financial Fraud

An estimated $36 billion is lost by seniors every year to financial exploitation. Nicole Fernandez, Training and Outreach Specialist with San Mateo County's Aging and Adult Services, will speak about scams and strategies used to exploit for money. Learn how to protect yourself and your loved ones from financial abuse, and what to do if you are victimized. Nicole works with the District Attorney's office, County Counsel's office, and local law enforcement to prevent and prosecute elder and dependent adult abuse. Registration suggested.

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Food For Thought: Simple and Delicious Vegetarian Meals

Back by popular demand, Chef Amy Fothergill is returning to show us how to make delicious vegetarian meals. Amy will demonstrate simple recipes using accessible ingredients. Learn tips and tricks, and enjoy samples! Chef Amy Fothergill's background includes over 25 years of cooking experience with a degree from Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration. She has authored the award winning gluten-free cookbook, 'The Warm Kitchen: Gluten-Free Recipes Anyone Can Make and Everyone Will Love' and writes a blog on family cooking. Registration suggested.

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Introduction to Computer Security Fundamentals

Learn about introductory security concepts, with demonstrations. Topic covered will include: Identify the top threats to a network: security breaches, denial of service attacks, and malware; Assess the likelihood of an attack on your network; Define key terms such as cracker, penetration tester, firewall, and authentication; Compare and contrast perimeter and layered approaches to network security; and Use online resources to secure your network. This program is for a competent computer user who has used a computer at work and at home and is comfortable with email and webbrowers. Pre-registration suggested. Sam Gill, Professor Emeritus, San Francisco State University, has been on the forefront of computer technology for over five decades. His latest interest is in cybersecurity and educating people on the dangers to their daily life. Registration suggested.

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Jewish Book Discussion

Join other readers for a lively discussion of Jewish themed books on loan from the Jewish Community Library's Book Club in a Box. Facilitator Jim Van Buskirk, coordinator of Book Club in a Box, leads a lively and intelligent discussion each month. Registration suggested.

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Keeping Our Brain Healthy As We Age

Learn more about what we can do to keep our brain healthy -- how what we think about and what we do affect our cognitive functioning. We'll also discuss the importance of feelings, particularly how negative feelings can have negative effects on health. Dr. Dolores Gallagher Thompson is an experienced researcher in areas of late life depression and dementia caregiver stress. She is Professor of Research in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Stanford and is Director of Outreach & Education for the Stanford Alzheimer's Disease Research Center. Registration suggested.

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Krav Maga for Adults

Get a great workout and learn basic self-defense skills in this exciting Krav Maga class. Krav Maga is known as the most practical self-defense system and is the official hand-to-hand combat system of the Israeli military. In this class you will learn self-defense and practical street fighting skills that will help you protect yourself in any real world street-fighting situation. Training includes workout sessions to increase strength and defensive 'instincts' through simulations with partners and in groups. Whether you are looking for a new active workout, or want to learn effective skills for self-protection this is the class for you! Registration Required. Instructor: KravZone

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Mah Jongg Class for Beginners

This class for beginners teaches the basics of American style Mah Jongg. Basics to strategy will be covered. Fee includes current Mah Jongg card. Pre-registration required. Attendance at first meeting is mandatory for this popular class. Space is limited. Call 650.378.2751 with questions. Instructor: Lisa Bernstein is an experienced and enthusiastic Mah Jongg teacher and player who will share her love of the game.

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Outside These Walls: Nature Hike

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. Registration required.

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Take A Breath: An Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation

Meditation is one of the most natural and rewarding of all human activities. It is an effective technique for stress reduction. It brings balance, rest and a growing inner peace, and contributes to physical, emotional and mental well- being. Meditation can also give us direct, intuitive experience of higher realities. Drawing on the experience of mindfulness and on insights of the Jewish spiritual path, we will give ourselves the gift of wellness through meditation.

This class is open to all, Jews and non-Jews alike, and includes simple and basic instructions in the practice of meditation.

Rabbi Lavey Derby has practiced meditation for over twenty years and has been teaching meditation for the past ten years.

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The Best in Cinema: Monday at the Movies

Avoid the crowds at the theater and catch a variety of rare, thought-provoking films here at the PJCC!

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The Whole Megillah: Challah Baking for Purim

The Hidden, The Revealed, and The Unexpected
In this 90-minute workshop, we will bake a wholegrain, out-of-the-box challah that is representative of the multi-threaded plot and intrigue in the story of Esther. All participants will make and knead dough, form, taste, and take home a pareve challah along with the unique recipe. Instructor: Nancy Wolfson-Moche, CHHC, RYT is a nourishment educator, certified macrobiotic counselor and writer who guides people to improve their health and well-being through making informed diet and lifestyle choices. She created and runs 'you are because you eat,' her program teaching food awareness and cooking to children and adults. She blogs at Registration suggested.

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What You Need to Know About Stroke

Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability in the United States. Nancy Houston Miller, RN, from the Pacific Stroke Association will present an informative overview about stroke: what it is, what the risks are, prevention tips, and how to respond if you see someone experiencing symptoms. Pre-registration recommended. Presenter: Nancy Houston Miller, RN, BSN, has 25 years experience in directing major clinical research trials in prevention and cardiac rehabilitation as well as training nurses and other health care professionals in this field. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Pacific Stroke Association. Registration suggested.

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