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.
Catch rare thought-provoking films and engage in lively discussions at the PJCC.
Join other readers each month for discussions of Jewish themed books.
Do you have any questions about any classes, events or gatherings? If so, please contact:
Adult & Older Adults Programs
- Phone: 650.378.2718
Classes & Workshops for Adults | PJCC
classes and workshops every month for
all ages and interests.
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
May 3, June 7, July 5, August 2, September 6, 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 dignityhealth.org/sequoia and click on “Classes & Events,” and then select the
Prostate Information Forum from the list of support groups.
The Art of Living
The Happiness Program
Join us for a free, one-hour introductory seminar and learn about the powerful techniques that await you in an upcoming five-part workshop.
Fri • 6/3 • 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Sat • 6/11 • 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Mon • 6/13 • 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Learn valuable skills for managing negative emotions and challenging situations, improving focus, and strengthening relationships. Includes low-impact yoga for increased flexibility.
Thu – Mon • 6/16 – 6/20 • BR • $395 M/P
Thu/Fri/Mon 7:00 – 9:30 pm
Sat/Sun 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Register at www.artofliving.org/us-en/san-mateofoster-city. Presented by the Peninsula Jewish Community Center and The Art of Living Foundation.
Reset your habits in this motivating NEW 8 week program. Understand how to finally lose those extra pounds using a holistic and big picture approach.
For more information contact Jeannie Solomon, PJCC Nutrition & Wellness Coach, at 650.378.2722.
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 - Sharpen Your Game
Come and practice what you have learned in the Bidding and Play classes. Open to students of all levels who have basic knowledge of the game of bridge. Instructor will be on hand to answer all your questions regarding bidding, play, defense, and scoring. Instructor: Carol Knowles is an experienced and accredited ACBL (American Contract Bridge League) Teacher and Life Master and loves to share her passion for bridge. Registration required.
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
Food For Thought: 200 Years on the Rock
From the discovery of Alcatraz by the Spanish through its establishment as a National Park, Alcatraz is famously known as a federal penitentiary from 1934-1963. Approximately 13 million visitors come to the Rock each year. Learn more with John Martini, a life-long researcher of the history of California and the American West. Highlights of his presentation will include the island's infamous residents, escape attempts, and the myths of Alcatraz, including the Indian occupation of the island in 1970. Registration suggested.
Food For Thought: A Voice Among the Silent
The Legacy of James G. McDonald
After a face-to-face meeting with Hitler in 1933, McDonald, as League of Nations High Commissioner for Refugees from Germany, warned world leaders including President Roosevelt and Pope Pius XII of the impending doom he foresaw. As the first U.S. Ambassador to Israel, McDonald was also pivotal in aiding the new state and shaping American-Israeli friendship. The film demonstrates what it means to speak up when others are silent. McDonald was a role model for human decency and courage that is as relevant today as it was 80 years ago.
Joan Karlin, a member of Congregation Beth Am, will introduce the film and tell the story of her relationship to the McDonald family and the film maker Shuli Eshel. Registration suggested.
Food For Thought: Exploring the Art of Cantorial Music
The rich cantorial tradition of Ashkenazi Jews played a large role in the lives of American Jews, with 78 rpm discs recorded by the great cantors selling in the hundreds of thousands. Jeremiah Lockwood, who trained under his grandfather, the celebrated Cantor Jacob Konigsberg, will present the history of chazones from its development in 19th century Europe to today. His presentation will include examples from classic recordings as well as his own performances. Jeremiah is currently working on a PhD at Stanford University where his research includes the oral transmission of cantorial music. Registration suggested.
Food For Thought: Listen to Her Voice
Women of the Hebrew Bible
Miki Raver presents a beguiling journey through the rich tales of the women of the Bible. The stories come to life through a vivid slide show featuring magnificent paintings and fascinating commentary from her book 'Listen to Her Voice: Women of the Hebrew Bible.' Book signing to follow lecture. Registration suggested.
Food For Thought: Our Second Skin
Clothing as a Social Language in Art
Western artists have used clothing and drapery to reveal information about a wearer's social position, wealth, religion, political leanings, nationality, marital status and fashion sense. Clothing can also provide fascinating information about society and its attitudes, tell a story, and define a person's psychological state. Think about this the next time you get dressed! The program will be presented by Victoria Kirby, a docent with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Registration suggested.
Food For Thought: Why Do Jews Achieve So Much?
The Jewish people are an enigma to historians and social scientists who cannot quite fathom how a small group of people bound together by a religion can be so significant to the history of the world. Jews comprise 0.2 percent of the world's population yet have won a disproportionate number of Nobel and Pulitzer prizes, Kennedy Center Honors, and Academy Awards. Businessman-turned author, Stephen Pease's new book 'The Debate Over Jewish Achievement' asks the question, 'Why are the accomplishments of the Jews so out of proportion to their numbers in the population?' Come hear the suggestions that he has to offer. 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 your health and well-being. The classes provide the latest information and strategies for making healthy choices regarding nutrition (including mindfulness and food labels), physical activity, management of stress and pain, improving memory and preventing memory loss, boosting 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.
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.
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.
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!
This is Your Body on Stress
Stress is all around us. You know that stress can bog you down mentally, but do you know that it can lead to poor health? Come hear about how stress can affect your body and mind, and learn some techniques that can help you manage day to day stress. Ranak Trivedi, PhD is an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences with Stanford University. Registration suggested.