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classes and workshops every month for all ages and interests.

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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
October 4, November 1, December 6

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.)

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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Card Making Craft Night with Scribble Me Happy

Interested in learning how to make cards by using stamps, die cuts, and other materials? Join Scribble Me Happy staff for this fun craft night and head home with three unique, handmade cards. Price includes all materials. Pre-registration required.

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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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Dying to Know

An afternoon devoted to compassionate consideration of end of life concerns for ourselves and loved ones.Topics will include advanced directives, palliative care, a keynote on hope and opportunity by Dr. Gary Pasternak and the PJCC's first Death Caf.

Co-presented by Mission Hospice, Peninsula Jewish Community Center and Seniors at Home.
Pre-registration strongly recommended.

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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: Islam and the "Arab Spring"

What were the causes of the Arab Spring, how did it evolve, what were its consequences, and where is it today? PJCC 2017 Scholar-in-Residence Professor Reuven Firestone is Regenstein Professor in Medieval Judaism and Islam at the Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles, and Senior Fellow of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California. Advanced registration required.

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Food For Thought: Jewish Superstition/Symbolism through Arts

Joshua Horowitz, founding member of the musical ensemble Veretski Pass and composer/librettist of the chamber folk opera 'Lilith the Night Demon,' traces the history, meaning and embodiment of Jewish superstitions - those serious and silly - and provides samples of how these superstitions have been represented in art, classical music and his own work. Registration suggested.

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Food For Thought: Meeting the Rising Sun

American animosity with Japan leading to Pearl Harbor did not begin during the 1940s. A long fuse had been slowly burning for almost a century, which began when President Fillmore dispatched Commodore Perry at the command of an American naval squadron to Tokyo. Commanders believed theirs had been a mission of 'friendship.' Imperial officials viewed it otherwise. Japan's response was 88 years in the making.
Michael Svanevik is a popular lecturer at Food for Thought programs and a former professor of American History at the College of San Mateo. He is the author of a dozen books and has written historical columns for local newspapers for almost 30 years. Registration suggested.

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Food For Thought: Spinoza and Me: Are We Heretics?

Can one be Jewish without Judaism? In 1656 the leaders of the Portuguese Jewish Community of Amsterdam said 'no' and excommunicated 24-year old philosopher Baruch Spinoza. Spinoza denied almost every major tenet of traditional Jewish belief including that God created the world, that the Torah is the revelation of God's will, and that Jews are God's chosen people. He was the first Jewish philosopher to adopt an ideology of pure reason and became the forerunner of the secular Jew. His ideas have profoundly impacted Jewish thought and belief ever since. Rabbi Ari Cartun is Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Etz Chayim where he served from 1996-2015. As a scholar of Bible, Jewish liturgy and Jewish thought, he currently teaches an introduction to Zohar for Lehrhaus Judaica. Registration suggested.

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Food For Thought: Two Jews, Three Opinions

Not only are Jewish Holy Books collections of stories, but the Jewish culture is held together with quips, jokes, and thought-provoking tales that have been told around the kitchen table by families, friends, and traveling storytellers called maggids. Hear about mitzvot, nigunim, and, of course, Chelm in an entertaining and stimulating feast of stories in the tradition of the maggids with Jerry Falek. Jerry is a performing and teaching artist who performs not only throughout Central California but also as far away as Cambodia, Germany, and the Caribbean. He chooses stories that satisfy both the heart and mind and that engender understanding between people of all cultures. Registration suggested.

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Food For Thought: What Now? New President, Divided Country

We've just had an election - and this year conventional wisdom proved to be neither. Whether your candidates won or lost, don't miss this opportunity to examine the issues and candidates on the ballot. Mark Simon is host of The Game, a public affairs show that airs on the Peninsula cable channel 26. He was a political reporter and columnist for Bay Area newspapers for more than three decades. He has presented at the PJCC before elections in 2010 and 2014, and he's back again to talk about this most recent election. Registration suggested.

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Introduction to Chinese Brush Painting

Learn, experience and create! Explore tools and techniques of Chinese Brush Painting in this workshop. Create your own panda and bamboo painting guided by step-by-step demonstrations. All materials are included. Registration required. Instructor: Marina Wang, a teaching artist in the Bay Area, has multiple degrees from mainland China and the United States. She started painting Chinese Brush Painting at 6 years old.

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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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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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Saving For Your Future Needs

People today are living longer and a large number of people will need long-term care sometime during their life. The risk is very real, and, unfortunately, much more likely than most people perceive. Does your financial strategy account for potential long-term care needs? This may be the time to re-evaluate your situation. Led by Svata Pearce, Financial Professional with AXA Advisors, LLC. Registration suggested.

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Stepping Up to Prevent Falls

Learn about the causes of falls and home safety checks. Get safety tips and learn ways to improve your strength, balance and coordination from Scott Cahn, Clinical Health Educator with Kaiser Permanente.

This event, presented free of charge in partnership with Kaiser Permanente, is open to the entire community. Pre-registration is required. Earn 150 JCC Rewards points for pre-registering and attending. Call either the PJCC at 650-212-7522 or Agnes Arzadon, MPH, at Kaiser Permanente, 650-299-4950.

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Still Life in Oils

Discover the many ways to use oils in this class for beginning to intermediate students. Learn composition, design, value and making smart color choices using unique still life displays. Classes are very hands-on. Instructor will do demos throughout and give individual instruction to students. Registration required. Instructor: Laurie Johnson Lepkowska started painting at the age of 12, majored in Art in college, and studied with many notable artists. She studied with the Jeffrey Watts Atelier School and teaches classes and workshops throughout the Peninsula. She works primarily in oils and paints both figure and still life.

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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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