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Catch rare thought-provoking films and engage in lively discussions at the PJCC.

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Join other readers each month for discussions of Jewish themed books.


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Classes & Workshops for Adults | PJCC

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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.)

American Red Cross: Citizen CPR

Join American Red Cross instructors in a 30-minute program to learn how to perform Hands-Only CPR - and thereby make your community safer. Hand-Only CPR involves giving chest compressions without any mouth-to-mouth contact. Registration required.

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American Red Cross: Community Disaster Preparedness

Join American Red Cross instructors to learn more about disaster preparedness and how to become 'Red Cross Ready'. Materials and handouts will be provided. Registration suggested.

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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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Book Reading, Talk and Signing with Author Barbara Jaffe

Author and Professor Barbara Jaffe shares her personal reflections in When Will I Be Good Enough? A Replacement Child's Journey to Healing. Jaffe, born a 'replacement child' into a family soon after her brother Jeffrey died, describes how she learned to live a beautifully full and honorable life. While this book was written by a replacement child, it will help to heal someone whose life has been affected by an alcoholic, a depressed, detached, or abusive parent. Registration Suggested.

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Learn the current basics of bridge with an emphasis on bidding and play of the hand.

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Bridge: Supervised Play - Sharpen Your Game

Open to students of all levels who have basic knowledge of the game of bridge. ACBL teacher Carol Knowles will be on hand to answer all your questions regarding bidding, play, defense, and scoring while supervising actual play. Pre-registration required.

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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: Heretical Judaism

Agreeing and Disagreeing with Spinoza
In 1656 the leaders of the Jewish community of Amsterdam excommunicated 24 year-old philosopher Baruch Spinoza, who denied almost every major tenet of traditional Jewish belief. He was the first Jewish philosopher to adopt an ideology of pure reason and became the forerunner of the secular Jew. Rabbi Ari Cartun, Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Etz Chayim, will explore the differences between Spinoza - who believed that G0d is synonymous with, and not greater than, the universe; and that G0d is not self-aware and therefore not something with which we can have a personal relationship - and traditional Judaism - which believes that whoever created the universe transcends the universe and is aware, creating the universe intentionally. Registration suggested.

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Food For Thought: Reduce Your Earthquake Risk With Temblor

Half of the world's population lives near active earthquake faults. But most do not know they are at risk, and many of the rest do too little, too late. Almost everything we love about areas that line the Pacific Coast - San Francisco Bay Area, California Southland, Seattle, Portland - is brought to us by faults that have sculpted the valleys, developed the bays, and lifted the mountains. Temblor is a website that enables everyone to learn their seismic hazard and to decide what best reduces their risk. Website features include seismic forecasts, estimates of home damage, and insights on recent earthquakes and scientific discoveries.

Volkan Sevilgen, cofounder of, can help you determine the best way to reduce the risk to your home with proactive solutions. Volkan received an M.Sc. in geophysics from Istanbul Technical University and worked for several years at the U.S. Geological Survey to develop and teach earthquake stress software. Registration suggested.

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Food For Thought: The Summer of Love Experience

Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll
Come celebrate the 50th anniversary of the adventurous and colorful counterculture that blossomed during the San Francisco summer of 1967. Artists, activists, writers and musicians converged on Haight-Ashbury with hopes of creating a new social paradigm. By 1967 the neighborhood would attract as many as 100,000 young people from all over the nation. The period was marked by groundbreaking developments in art, fashion, music and politics. This program is presented by Ellen Harden, a docent with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. An exhibition of the same name is running from April through August at the de Young Museum. Registration suggested.

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Food For Thought: Whose Story Is It?

Deconstructing and Reconstructing Jewish Narratives

When teaching about Jews and Judaism, which voices are included and which ones are left out? Do we reinforce dominant perspectives? Do we make sure to include those on the margins? Do we aim to give students answers or leave them with questions? Aaron Hahn Tapper teaches at the University of San Francisco where he is the Chair of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies and Director of the Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice. He is author of the recently published 'Judaism: A Twenty-First Century Introduction to Jews and Jewish Identities.' 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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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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