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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:

  • August 27
  • September 10
  • 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.)

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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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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Ceramics for Adults

Create and glaze your own vase and tea cups. Learn important ceramic techniques including hand building. All levels are welcome. Materials are included in fee. Put your works of art to use as we design a floral arrangement and enjoy tea in the last class. Registration required.Instructor: Art and Soul staff

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Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) Free Introduction

Learn about the benefits of the CCT course, developed by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and researchers at Stanford University, designed to develop the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and others. Registration Suggested. Attendance is required for anyone who would like to participate in the 8-week course. Instructor: Judith Long

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Compassion Cultivation Training from Stanford's CCARE

Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) is an 8-week evidence-based educational program designed to help strengthen compassion and resilience in response to difficulties, stress and distress. CCT combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research. Weekly 2-hour classes include lecture, discussion, meditation, and in-class interactions. Daily home practice is an important part of the learning experience.
14 hours of CEUs in behavioral sciences can be earned by completing class (+$35 check to the Spiritual Competency Resource Center.)
Please speak with the instructor if you have financial hardship. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Instructor: Judy Long is a palliative care chaplain at UCSF and an educator in evidence-based compassion and resilience programs. She is a certified instructor of Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) through the CCARE program at Stanford Medical School.

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Food For Thought: Dancing Among The Tombstones

Come hear Ellen Malin Six's journey from the south side of Chicago to Lithuania, a place that she knew only from her mother's bedtime stories. Five years after the country had reclaimed its freedom from the Communists, she found herself in a cemetery searching for markers of her heritage. Come hear about the importance of heritage and the sharing of family stories and traditions. Ellen has a Doctor in Ministry degree from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, teaches courses in Religion and Women's Spirituality, and has been published in local anthologies. Registration suggested.

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Food For Thought: From Motherland to Fatherland

Transcultural Indian Jews in Israel
PJCC Artist-in-Residence Siona Benjamin traveled to Israel for her second Fulbright fellowship in early 2017. There she visited Indian Jews settled all over Israel and documented their stories on video and with photographs. Join Siona as she shares stories of those she met and talks about the results of her new series 'Faces: Weaving Indian Jewish Narratives.' Registration suggested.

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Food For Thought: November 20

An enriching and engaging lecture series presenting the best local authors, artists and educators. Spend the afternoon learning something new! Stay tuned for more information about this week's stimulating topic. Registration suggested.

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Food For Thought: Odyssey of Chaos

Set in Greece at the time of the Nazi occupation, Alan Fleishman's new book tells the story of Theo Kantos, a dress shop owner who has a desperate choice to make if he is to save his family. With the Gestapo pounding on every door, no Jew in Athens is safe. This multi-media presentation offers the historical background upon which the story is based. Nearly 90 percent of Greece's Jews perished in the Holocaust, the highest percentage of Jews lost in any country. Alan's book was inspired by the true story of his Greek cousins who survived hidden in a cellar by a shepherd and aided by their Christian friends. 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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Food For Thought: The Summer of 1940

Experience the 'Summer of 1940' through the eyes of three young Jewish girls from Warsaw, Antwerp and Los Angeles. Jan Burns (genealogist, writer and photographer) brings together her interests to explore the lives of three young Jewish girls from distant cities, across continents, as they were caught in a moment of history. Ms. Burns' most recent book, 'March of the Living,' a collection of stories from twelve Holocaust survivors, will be available for sale following the program. 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.

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Living Healthy Workshops

Living Healthy Workshops are provided by Sequoia Healthcare District. We are offering a series of four free wellness workshops offered on the first Tuesday of the month in September - December. Pre-registration is 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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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.

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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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Sukkot Beer Tasting

Toast to the harvest holiday, shake the lulav and more beneath our Sukkah! Enjoy seasonal craft beers, snack pairings, lawn games, and music. Schmooze and learn about Sukkot, the harvest festival. Participants must be 21 years and older. Registration required.

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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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