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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 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.)

Advanced Bone Health Basics: Get the Facts on Osteoporosis

Join Mehreen Khan, MD from Kaiser Permanente as she discusses prevention and follow-up strategies. What are the latest treatments? What medications and supplements work? What therapies are no longer effective? What diet and exercises help?

This event, presented free of charge in partnership with Kaiser Permanente, is open to the entire community. Pre-registration recommended. Call either the PJCC at 650.378.2703 or Agnes Arzadon, MPH, at Kaiser Permanente, 650.299.4950.

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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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Ceramics for Adults

Create and glaze your own pottery! From pinch pots to coil pots, decorative pieces and more, you will learn new pottery skills and take home one of a kind pieces made by you! All levels are welcome. Materials are included in fee. Registration required. Instructor: Art and Soul staff

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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: Discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls

Impact on Religion and Politics
In 1947 two Bedouin boys in the Judean desert made what is probably the most important biblical find of the millennium. Exploring caves in Qumran, they discovered tattered skin rolls remarkably well preserved by the dryness of the desert for almost two thousand years. Their discovery - and the religious and political controversy that followed - is an exciting story. Professor Patrick Hunt is a global archaeologist who teaches at Stanford University and lectures on archeology all around the world. He is the author of 'Ten Discoveries that Rewrote History'. 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: Protecting Yourself From Financial Fraud

An estimated $36 billion is lost by seniors every year to financial exploitation. Nicole Fernandez, Training and Outreach Specialist with San Mateo County's Aging and Adult Services, will speak about scams and strategies used to exploit for money. Learn how to protect yourself and your loved ones from financial abuse, and what to do if you are victimized. Nicole works with the District Attorney's office, County Counsel's office, and local law enforcement to prevent and prosecute elder and dependent adult abuse. Registration suggested.

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Food For Thought: Reduce Your Earthquake Risk With Tremblor

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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Introduction to Computer Security Fundamentals

Learn about introductory security concepts, with demonstrations. Topic covered will include: Identify the top threats to a network: security breaches, denial of service attacks, and malware; Assess the likelihood of an attack on your network; Define key terms such as cracker, penetration tester, firewall, and authentication; Compare and contrast perimeter and layered approaches to network security; and Use online resources to secure your network. This program is for a competent computer user who has used a computer at work and at home and is comfortable with email and webbrowers. Pre-registration suggested. Sam Gill, Professor Emeritus, San Francisco State University, has been on the forefront of computer technology for over five decades. His latest interest is in cybersecurity and educating people on the dangers to their daily life. 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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Krav Maga for Adults

Get a great workout and learn basic self-defense skills in this exciting Krav Maga class. Krav Maga is known as the most practical self-defense system and is the official hand-to-hand combat system of the Israeli military. In this class you will learn self-defense and practical street fighting skills that will help you protect yourself in any real world street-fighting situation. Training includes workout sessions to increase strength and defensive 'instincts' through simulations with partners and in groups. Whether you are looking for a new active workout, or want to learn effective skills for self-protection this is the class for you! Registration Required. Instructor: KravZone

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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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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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What You Need to Know About Stroke

Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability in the United States. Nancy Houston Miller, RN, from the Pacific Stroke Association will present an informative overview about stroke: what it is, what the risks are, prevention tips, and how to respond if you see someone experiencing symptoms. Pre-registration recommended. Presenter: Nancy Houston Miller, RN, BSN, has 25 years experience in directing major clinical research trials in prevention and cardiac rehabilitation as well as training nurses and other health care professionals in this field. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Pacific Stroke Association. Registration suggested.

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