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

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Join other readers each month for discussions of Jewish themed books.


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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: Introductory Sessions

Peninsula Jewish Community Center and The Art of Living Foundation Present

Free Introductory Sessions and Meditations

Learn easy, effective, science-backed breathing techniques and tools for a deeper and joyous life. These introductory sessions are free for everyone!

All sessions are held on Sundays from 4:00–5:00 pm and meet at the PJCC in Classroom D. Choose the date that works for you:

  • September 24
  • October 8
  • October 29
  • November 5

For more information and registration, visit the Art of Living Foundation's website.

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.)

An Afternoon of Mah Jongg

Come enjoy an afternoon of Mah Jongg at the PJCC. No instructor will be present; therefore players should be able to play at the intermediate to advanced level. Bring your current Mah Jongg card. Pre-registration suggested. Call 650.378.2717 with questions.

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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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Bridge Defense II

Review the principles of sound defense, build a picture of the closed hands and become a great defender! Topics include: the impact of leads against NT and Suit contracts, 2nd Hand Play, 3rd Hand Play, Signals, and Defensive Communications. 9 Sessions. Pre-registration required. 8 students minimum.

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Bridge: Declarer Boot Camp

Planning the play of a bridge hand....Subjects include: Entries, Hold-up, and Safety Plays, Finesses, Dumy Reversal, Establishing Suits, Crossruffs, Keeping the Danger Hand off Lead, Combining Play Techniques, Counting the Defender's Shape and Points. Based on text '25' Ways to Take More Tricks As Declarer by Barbara Seagram and David Bird. Students must have basic knowledge and experiences with the game. 9 sessions. Pre-registration required. 8 students minimum

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Cake Decorating: Working with Buttercream and Fondant

Learn the basics of cake decorating and more in this 4-week workshop! Learn to level a cake and make icing. Then, learn and practice making stars, shells, leaves, and flowers. One week, we will learn to decorate cupcakes in several fun ways. The final week, we will work with ready-made fondant to cover and decorate a cake. Instructor will bring cake for the first class; students will bring cake/cupcakes for subsequent weeks. Supplies are required; a supply list will be sent out a week before the class begins (approximately $35 for a decorating supply kit). Pre-registration required. Instructor: Christine Hopkins

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Chair Yoga

Think Yoga is not for you? Think again. This 8-week series of classes makes yoga attainable for all. The classes focus on seated and/or standing postures that help ease tension, increase balance, and relaxation techniques to calm the mind. This class is ideal for all ages, especially for those with limited mobility, injuries, or chronic illness.

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Family Challah Baking Workshop

Mix, Knead, and braid your own challah loaves in this engaging workshop for families! Learn all about challah, including why we eat it on Shabbat, why it is braided, and so much more through interactive activities and games. Families will take home a beautiful challah loaf that they will be proud to display on their Shabbat table! Registration required. Registration includes one parent-child pair. Instructor: Nicole Cruz, JOFEE (Jewish Outdoor, Food, Farming, Environmental Education) Educator and Youh & Family Program Manager at the PJCC

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Food for Thought: December-February

The series include: 'Crime and Punishment'. 'Columnist Recalls Erasers in the Newsroom'. 'Dr. Jack Kevorkian and The Right to Die', and ' Galileo'. Registeration suggested.

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Food For Thought: Jewish Folktales Retold

'Jewish Folktales Retold: Artist as Maggid' presents newly commissioned works by sixteen contemporary artists in response to a selection of tales from Jewish folklore. Sigel Kletter, a docent from the Contemporary Jewish Museum, will provide background and insights about the artworks and stories from this exhibition, along with highlights from the CJM architecture and upcoming exhibitions.

Sigel Kletter was born in Israel but has lived on the Peninsula for 27 years. She has been a docent with the CJM since 2010. Registration suggested.

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Food For Thought: The Science of Positive Emotions

Why We Need Them and How to Cultivate Them in Daily Life

Positive emotions are critical for our health and well-being. In this talk, Dr. Gordon discusses the science of positive emotions, focusing on the benefits of awe and gratitude for health, well-being and relationships. As part of this talk, she provides practical, evidence-based tips for easily cultivating more awe and gratitude in daily life. Amie Gordon, PhD is a social psychologist at UCSF. Her research focuses on prosociality in social interactions - in other words, why aren't we nicer to the people in our lives and what can we do about it? 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. $10 late fee will be charged for any book returned after meeting date.

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Jews of Color: A Renaissance

Bryan Schwartz, acclaimed author and photographer of 'Scattered Among the Nations' (, will present about his new project which is on display in the PJCC art gallery, 'Jews of Color: a Renaissance'. The show pairs images of isolated Jewish communities in Africa, Asia, and Latin America featured in the book, with paintings inspired by the photographs by Sam Renaissance, educating about Jewish diversity by profiling these isolated and diverse communities. Registration suggested.

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Learn to play Bridge

Do you like to play games and solve puzzles? Beginning students of all levels are welcome to learn the basics of contract bridge, the world's most popular card game. The text 'ACBL Bridge Series: Bidding in the 21st Century' is available on Amazon. 8 Sessions. Preregister required. 8 Students minimum. No class 2/19/18.

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Living Healthy Workshops

Start off the New Year by putting your health front and center! Learn practical tips for selecting healthy foods when at restaurants and away from home, as well as tasty options for reducing saturated fats, sugar, and salt in foods, sauces, and dressings. Realistic and proven strategies for maintaining and reducing weight will be presented.

Nancy Evans, MPH, is a health and wellness specialist who develops and conducts programs on health-related topics. She also specializes in education on managing and living with chronic conditions. This program is provided free of charge by Sequoia Healthcare District. Pre-registration required.

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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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Mindfulness - The Heart of Japanese Flower Arranging

This workshop will combine Ikebana with the practice of mindfulness, creating an open and relaxed space for creativity to flourish. At the heart of this approach is the oneness with nature that we all yearn for. You will see an Ikebana demonstration, participate in mindfulness exercises, and have time to design a seasonal arrangement to take home. Bring a favorite bowl for your arrangement (a soup bowl that fits in your two hands), which can then grace your Thanksgiving table. Instructor: Rachel Johnson has been practicing mindfulness through meditation and Shiatsu for many years. She is trained in the Sogetsu school of Ikebana based in Tokyo, Japan, and has exhibited at the Asian Art Museum, the de Young Museum, and the Oakland Museum of California. Registration required.

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Monthly Movie Club

Viewer's choice! Club members will get a chance to select and screen the 'movie of the month.' Contact Jane Skinner at 650.378.2718 or with your suggestions. Registration suggested

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Planning for College

Learn about powerful education savings plans:
529 Plans - Popular, flexible and tax-advantaged education-funding vehicles
UGMA/UTMA - Contribute to a custodial account, regardless of your income level
AXA Achievement - Scholarships from AXA Foundation
Registration suggested. Led by Svata Pearce, Financial Professional with AXA Advisors, LLC.

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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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What Makes a Good - no, a Great! - Photograph

In this five-session course, experienced members of the Peninsula Camera Club (PCC) will take you beyond the basics and explore ideas about creating an outstanding image. The student will develop an understanding of what he/she wants to accomplish photographically and then be presented with a path to reach these goals. Each session will present different topics that explore the 'why' of doing something photographically before presenting the 'how.'

For the advanced beginner to intermediate level photographer, ages 13 and up, who would like to expand their photographic horizons. See flyer for specific class topics and presenters. Registration required.

Meeting dates: 1/8, 1/22, 2/5, 2/26, 3/12

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