Jeannie Solomon is a certified nutrition and wellness coach who focuses on holistic nutrition and whole-body wellness, providing the guidance needed to pursue healthy, nutritious lifestyles. Available by appointment.
Thursdays • FREE
July 3 - Sept 18
1:30 - 2:30 pm
Reduce stress and improve your emotional well-being.
August 17 • 2:00 pm
Recycle your kitchen & garden waste while improving your soil.
Catch rare and interesting movies at the PJCC.
Join our group that explores a different book each month.
Classes for Newborn to Age 4
Music Together • Pilates • Art • Gymnastics • Mom's Talk • Baby Sign Language • and more!
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Adult & Older Adults Programs
- Phone: 650.378.2722
Classes & Workshops for Adults | PJCC
At the PJCC, we offer classes and workshops every month for
all ages and interests.
Want to learn Hebrew? Increase your Yiddish vocabulary? Check out some of our Jewish education classes.
JVS Workshops at PJCC• Free
Visit www.jvs.org to register for one of the JVS North Peninsula workshops. For questions, call Jeanine Cowan at 415.577.8763.
A World of Olive Oil: From the Middle East to Your Backyard
From 1,000 year-old trees in the Middle East to newly planted orchards in California, worldwide olive oil production and consumption are increasing every year. Olive oil expert Nancy Ash will enlighten us about grades of olive oil (extra virgin, pure, pomace) as well as how to make your selection when shopping. We will learn to swirl and slurp like a professional while tasting an assortment of California's best. This program is sponsored by the California Olive Oil Council; Nancy serves as their Taste Panel Leader and Education Coordinator.
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: www.limwatercolor.com. Registration Required.
Learn the current basics of bridge with an emphasis on bidding and play of the hand.
Bridge: Supervised Play
Supervised play for all levels of bridge. No instruction provided but our expert bridge teacher is present for consultation on all hands. Instructor: Sandy Dennison is an experienced teacher who has taught the game privately and at local community centers since 1990. Registration required.
Decoding Diet: Musings of a Registered Dietician
Should you believe the results of nutrition studies reported in the news? Has our perception of healthy diet and weight changed for better for worse over the years? Why is it so hard to maintain a healthy weight? Join Scott Chan, MA RD, a Kaiser Permanente dietician, for a serious yet entertaining view of nutrition, food and weight in the 21st century. Earn 100 JCC Rewards points for pre-registering and attending.
Presented in partnership with Kaiser Permanente. Pre-registration required. Call either the PJCC at 650.378.2703 or Agnes Arzadon, MPH, at Kaiser Permanente, 650.299.4950.
Food For Thought: Can Our Forests Survive?
'What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to one another.' - Mahatma Gandhi
Who are the managers of California forests? The State Department of Natural Resources? Congress? The US Environmental Protection Agency? The Federal Forest Service? Timber companies? Small private forest landowners? Voters? Perhaps all of the above to some degree. John Fisk, with a PhD in Forest Ecology from UC Berkeley and a 25-year career in the US Department of Agriculture Forest Service, will discuss who has the most power, what goals and objective they have, and how those goals and objectives conflict. Registration suggested.
Food For Thought: Criminality & Creativity in Stalin's Gulag
Belomor remains of the Soviet Union's most infamous Gulag constructions projects. Thousands of prisoners labored in freezing conditions to finish Stalin's White Sea Canal from 1931-1933. Julie Draskoczy's book offers a glimpse into the prisoners' daily experiences at Belomor with never-before-published archival materials highlighting Odessa, the Jewish 'City of Thieves.' Julie received her PhD in Russian literature from the University of Pittsburgh and has taught Russian history and culture at the University of Pittsburgh, Stanford University, Patten University in San Quentin prison and currently at the Jewish Community High School of the Bay. Registration suggested.
Food For Thought: Rigoletto, An Operatic Gem
Giuseppe Verdi's famous masterwork, Rigoletto, tells the tragic story of a licentious Duke, his hunch-backed court jester (Rigoletto) and the seduction of Rigoletto's beautiful daughter. Learn about the creators of the work and the history behind the staying power of one of the most performed operas worldwide. This insider's scoop will have you prepared to know exactly what to look and listen for when you see the show with the PJCC on September 21.
Deborah Rosengaus has toured internationally with a variety of musical ensembles worldwide. She holds a Master of Music Degree from the Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelors from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. Registration suggested.
Food For Thought: Secrets & Revelations
Reclaiming Our Lost Families
For two Bay Area writers, the unexpected discovery of a hidden family past sent them off in unforseen directions. Join Jim Van Buskirk and Mani Feniger in conversation as they discuss their research and transformative journeys across decades and continents. Registration suggested.
Jim Van Buskirk, co-author and editor of four books, is looking to publish his family memoir, 'My Grandmother's Suitcase.' Mani Feniger is a therapist, speaker and author of 'The Woman in the Photograph,' winner of the 2012 Best Memoir Award from the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association.
Food For Thought: The Trial and Execution of the Rosenbergs
Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were American communists who were convicted and executed on June 19, 1953 for conspiracy to commit espionage, related to the passing of information about the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union. This was the first execution of civilians for espionage in US history and remains controversial to this day. Back by popular demand, join Oak Dowling, a retired California attorney and current law instructor at College of Marin and the Dominican University, to review and discuss these issues with the aid of documentary films. Registration suggested.
Food For Thought: The Trial of the Father of the Atomic Bomb
J. Robert Oppenheimer's life and legacy are linked to America's most famous top secret project, The Manhattan Project. But after WWII, this brilliant scientist fell victim to Communist hysteria. Scenes from a 2009 biography present a revealing portrait of one of America's most influential scientists and will be contrasted with scenes from the satirical black comedy 'Dr. Strangelove, Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb'. Back by popular demand, join Oak Dowling, a retired California attorney and current law instructor at College of Marin and the Dominican University, to review and discuss these issues with the aid of documentary films. Registration suggested.
Food For Thought: Urban Adamah, A Jewish Farm in Berkeley
Learn how Urban Adamah, a 1-acre urban farm in Berkeley, is changing the look and feel of Jewish community and practice by examining the themes of Judaism and food. Take a virtual tour of the farm and taste delicious farm produce. Ariela Ronay-Jinich, Senior Farm Education and a Torah Trek guide at Urban Adamah, has a passion in life as a Jewish environmental and experiential educator. After completing her BA in Education from Brown University she spent a year in Israel at the Eco-Activist Beit Midrash in Jerusalem. Registration suggested.
Food For Thought: What's on the Ballot in November?
Learn more about who's running for office and why you should care. There are also several initiatives that may appear on the November ballot, such as legalizing marijuana, wiping out laws on regulating assault weapons, raising the minimum wage and many more. Mark Simon is host of 'The Game,' a public affairs show that airs on Peninsula cable systems. He was a political reporter and columnist for Bay Area newspapers for more than three decades and has written about political campaigns at every level. Registration suggested.
Helpful classes to get your garden planned, growing and producing.
Instructors: UCCE Master Gardeners are volunteers trained and certified by the University of California to provide community service and educational outreach that helps home gardeners and community organizations garden sustainably and create a healthy environment. Registration suggested.
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.
Living Healthy Workshop
This 7-week workshop provides tools for living a healthy life. Weekly sessions offer practical techniques and support for feeling better and making the best choices for your health and well-being. The classes address nutrition (including healthy snacks), physical activity, stress and pain management, memory, self-confidence and working effectively with healthcare providers. This workshop is offered in partnership with Sequoia Healthcare District as a free community service. Registration required.
Mah Jongg Class for Beginners
This four session class for beginners teaches the basics of American style Mah Jongg. Fee includes current Mah Jongg card. Pre-registration required. Space is limited. Call Rhonda Press at 650.378.2717 with questions. Instructor: Nancy Dubner is a passionate and enthusiastic Mah Jongg player and teacher.
Personal and Home Safety Training
This free informational seminar provided by High Com Security will provide insight into the criminal's ability to detect opportunity and the preventative measures you can take to secure your environment.
Photography Seminar: The Art of Bird Photography
Bring your power of observation and questions to a program filled with wonderful bird images. In addition to technical subjects (composition, use of light, controlling backgrounds, capturing birds in flight), participants will come to appreciate how understanding the feeding, mating and migratory habits of these subjects contribute to the making of a photograph with impact. Both aspiring bird photographers and bird-watchers will find this seminar informative and entertaining.
Bruce Finocchio is a wildlife and nature photographer living in the Bay Area. His images have been published in California Wild Magazine, in Bay Nature Magazine, and in the magazine of the North American Nature Photographer's Association. He has led nature programs for camera clubs throughout California, and he has been a member of the Peninsula Camera Club in San Mateo since 1992. Examples of his nature photography can be found at www.dreamcatcherimages.net.
PCC members please call the Welcome Center at 650.378.2703 to register.
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.
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!