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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.

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.)

A Workshop in the Art of Civil Communication

Malka Kopell is co-founder of Civity (, a group dedicated to supporting and building a culture based on relationships of respect and empathy with people who are different from each other. Malka will take participants through a Civity workshop which will give us a chance to learn (and practice) the art of conversation, sharing stories, and 'putting differences on the table' in a respectful, authentic, and fun way. Those who attend this workshop, will be given priority registration for our May Living Room Conversation. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

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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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Bridge Defense Review

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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Bridge: Play of Hand

The second course in the ACBL series is designed to reach the next level of understanding of all elements of the game with emphasis on play techniques and a review of concepts in the Bidding course. All players with some knowledge and experience of the game are welcome. The required text 'ACBL Series: Play of the Hand in the 21st Century' is available on Amazon. 8 sessions. Pre-registration required. 8 student minimum. No class 5/28. Make up class 5/24.

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Bridge: Supervised Play

Sharpen your bridge game! Instructor will review a bidding, play or defense technique followed by actual play. Carol, an ACBL accredited Teacher and Director, will answer all your game play questions. Must have basic knowledge and experience with the game. 8 sessions. Pre-registration required. 8 student minimum.

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Chair Yoga

Think Yoga is not for you? Think again. This 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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