Virtual Groups and Gatherings

Virtual Classes and Conversations

Let’s Talk About It: Virtual Discussion Group
Mondays · 3:30-4:30 pm
Meet for a lively discussion about topical events. All opinions are welcome, creating a forum for stimulating and thought-provoking conversations led by David Nigel & Jon Levinson. Takes place via Zoom. Please register using this link.

Yiddish Club
Tuesdays • 11:00 am
Increase your Yiddish vocabulary, learn about Yiddish culture, and make sure the mamaloshen lives! Yiddish speakers of all levels are welcome; fluency not required. Peer led. If you are interested in joining, please contact Jane Skinner (jskinner@pjcc.org) to get the Zoom link.

Women Talk Group (Conducted in Hebrew)
Wednesdays • 10:00-11:00 am
Relli Siegel leads a group where women support women through the everyday challenges we all face. Here, you are met with love, compassion and understanding. (Please note, this group is currently full. Thank you for your interest.)

Get Up and Go Virtual Social Hour for Older Adults
In partnership with Peninsula Temple Beth El’s Senior Friendship Club

Every Other Wednesday • 1:00-2:00 pm
Upcoming Dates: March 31; April 14 & 28; May 12
Join us for Social Hour, an open forum to check in with each other and share personal updates. Once a month, we will have a special guest presentation, ranging from Jewish holidays to health and wellness. On alternate meeting dates, we will continue the tradition of “Showtime,” sharing personal items related to that week’s theme, as well as the Storywise activity, encouraging conversations to connect and discover the things we have in common. Any questions, please contact Jane Skinner.

Upcoming Speakers and Programs:
April 14: Dr. Christina Lee on the COVID vaccine and best practices after vaccination
April 28: Rabbi Lisa Kingston of Peninsula Temple Beth El
May 12: Rabbi Lavey Derby
Future Topics/Guests TBD

Takes place via Zoom. Advance registration required.

Life: It’s Complicated
Thursdays • Weekly • 10:15-11:15 am
Join Rabbi Lavey for an ongoing discussion of Jewish topics and how Jewish wisdom can help us live a more meaningful life.
Registration required; join via Zoom at start time

Beginning Drawing & Watercolors for Adults
Fridays, April 9–May 7 • 1:30-3:30 pm • $175 Members/$200 Public • Register Today

Sundays, April 11–May 16 • 1:30-3:30 pm • $175 Members/$200 Public • Register Today

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 with the guidance of step-by-step demonstrations by the instructor. A small class size ensures that each student receives significant individual attention from the instructor, Shirley Lim.

Still Traveling: Jewish Argentina
Sundays, April 11 and 18 • 11:00 am-12:30 pm • $30 if Purchased by April 9

For this special double-header, let James Sokol zoom you to Argentina to meet our local guide Claudia, who specializes in the Argentina’s Jewish history.

Part I (April 11) focuses on the immigration & history of the Jews in Argentina between the 16th-century and WWII. Learn about the inquisition in Latin America, Jewish gauchos (re: cowboys) and a pogrom in Buenos Aires.

Registration required. Takes place via Zoom.

Yom HaZikaron: The Power of Jewish Peoplehood Through Mourning
Tuesday, April 13 • 5:00-6:00 pm
Listen to an intimate conversation about loss and the healing power of personal and collective mourning as shared by Israelis who know the heartache and anguish from their own experiences.

Solomon Shapiro, a lone soldier in the IDF originally from New York will talk about his JCC experience and facilitate a conversation from the home of Leah Garber, director of JCC Association’s Center for Israel Engagement.

Panelists will include: Alon Carmeli and Gal Carmeli, the father and sister, respectively, of Sean Carmeli, a lone solider killed while on duty in Gaza in 2014; Hemi Goldin, a brother of Hadar Goldin, who was killed during Operation Tzuk Eitan in Gaza in 2014.

Watch the livestream on the JCCA’s Virtual JCC page.

Yom HaAtzmaut: Moments of Pride Through Israeli Innovation
Wednesday, April 14 • 5:00-6:00 pm
On the eve of Israel’s 73rd independence celebration, our program will open with a virtual tour of the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation and an interview with Chemi Peres, the chairman of the Center’s board and the co-founder and managing general partner of Pitango venture capital fund, which invests widely in the technology field, from IT to medicine.

We’ll also spotlight the country’s undeniable culture of innovation and its ability to overcome obstacles, by visiting three Israeli enterprises and hearing from their founders about how each built the business and what North American Jews can learn from their experiences.

Watch the livestream on the JCCA’s Virtual JCC page.

The Clint Edwards Show: What a Wonderful World
Tuesday, April 20 • 2:00-3:00 pm
Don’t miss a note of this virtual piano concert! Join us for a special Earth Week selection of hits from the American Songbook, Broadway, Standards, and Pop. Clint Edwards, a New York City/New Jersey-based pianist/composer will share his musical talents, along with commentary and historical points about the selections. Dive into this glorious world of music celebrating our wonderful world!

Registration required. Takes place via Zoom.

Virtual Chocolate Tasting Class: Theo
Wednesday, April 21 • 3:00-4:00 pm • $49
Join a Theo chocolate expert live from their Chocolate Factory in Seattle for this delicious virtual chocolate class! No trip to Washington required.

During this 60-minute class and tasting, your host will share the fascinating history of chocolate and how Theo crafts organic, fair trade chocolate from scratch. Just in time for Earth Day, our host will also talk about Theo’s sustainable practices. Then for the best part, guests will be guided through an extensive chocolate tasting that will change the way you eat chocolate (and maybe introduce you to a new favorite treat!). This class is interactive, so you’ll be able to ask questions, share your tasting thoughts, and compare with others in your class.

The Virtual Chocolate Tasting box includes 6 chocolate bars, a pack of Peanut Butter & Jelly Cups, and cocoa nibs. $49 price includes class, tasting box and shipping. (Theo is unable to accommodate substitutions or additions to this menu.) Multiple people in the same household may share one registration.

Takes place via Zoom; registration required. Registration closes on April 6 at 5:00 pm. For assistance in registering, call 650-212-7522.

Earth Day Every Day
Thursday, April 22 • 3:30-4:00 pm
It’s Earth Day! Let’s discuss ways we can take responsibility of our planet. In what ways do you help reduce, reuse and recycle? Do you bike more and drive less? Have you planted more flowers? Or maybe you’re not sure why we need to do all this and want to learn more. Our special guest, Nilu Motiwala (a technical advisor for an organization focused on climate change, as well as the leader of the Foster City Team-up and Clean-up group), will help guide our conversation on ideas and tips on how to take care of Mother Earth.

Takes place via Zoom; registration required.

Earth Day: Death Over Expression
Thursday, April 22 • 6:30-8:00 pm • $5 requested donation to JCC East Bay
Grief around climate change is powerful: the loss of biodiversity, the new normal of “fire season,” the rising sea levels. This Earth Day, join the JCC East Bay and Reboot for a virtual gathering that will provide a meaningful pause for people of all backgrounds to reflect on what we have lost recently, as well as what we have gained, through guided meditation led by Dorothy Richman and mandala art facilitated by Ava Sayaka Rosen.

Takes place via Zoom. Registration required.

Jewish Book Discussion Group: April Virtual Meeting
Tuesday, April 27 • 10:30-11:30 am
Join other readers and facilitator Jim Van Buskirk, coordinator of Book Club in a Box, for a lively and intelligent discussion. The short story selection for April is “If Not Higher” by I.L. Peretz.

The selection can be found online; download here.

Takes place via Zoom. Registration required.

Game Night: Scattergories
Thursday, April 29 • 8:00-9:00 pm
Gather virtually for some spring Game Night fun. We’re bring back a group favorite—Scattergories. Have your pencils ready.

Takes place via Zoom. Registration required.

Make Lunches for Samaritan House

Multiple Dates: Saturday, May 8; Saturday, June 12
Do a mitzvah (good deed) and make sandwiches for our neighbors at the Samaritan House. On the 2nd Saturday of the month, please make 20 sack lunches. Each lunch should include:

  • A sandwich. It can be peanut butter & jelly, a cheese sandwich, tuna salad, or egg salad. Your choice.
  • A piece of fruit – apple, orange, banana
  • A small bag of baby carrots
  • A single serving package (1.5-2oz) of either cookies or potato chips.
  • A juice box or water
  • Napkin

Please decorate your lunch bags and/or include a note of kindness.

Deliver your lunch bags to the back lot of the Samaritan House located at 4301 Pacific Blvd in San Mateo between 10:00am–12:00pm.

Registration required. Only sign up one person to represent your household. Each person signed up will need to make 20 lunches. If you have any questions, please contact Michele at msolomon@pjcc.org.

What’s Cooking?: Dairy Dishes
Thursday, May 6 • 3:30-4:00 pm

Let’s dish about dairy in honor of the traditional foods of Shavuot. “Say cheesecake” as we load up on lactose-forward recipes. Come with favorite dairy-based recipes to share.

Registration required. Takes place via Zoom.

Reading Recs: Books as Gifts
Tuesday, May 11 • 10:30-11:15 am

Books make wonderful presents. They are easy to wrap, zero calories, and the memories of reading them can last a lifetime. What book(s) do you love to give as a gift? Ever taken pride in gifting the perfect book to someone? Share your favorites at our monthly Reading Recs discussion group.

Registration required. Takes place via Zoom.

Art Talk: Calder–Picasso
Tuesday, May 18 • 2:00-3:00 pm
Explore the relationship between two legends of 20th century art. Best known for his graceful modernist mobiles, American Alexander Calder brought movement to sculpture through his ever-evolving artwork. Spanish artist Pablo Picasso created deeply personal work that alternated between realism and abstraction. By juxtaposing works dating from the 1920s to the 1970s, this presentation will examine the parallels between Calder and Picasso’s works while also looking at the unique qualities that make each artist distinctive.

A program of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Registration required. Takes place via Zoom.

Songs & Stories: Jewish Jazz
Wednesday, May 19 • 1:00-2:00 pm • $12.50 (If Purchased by May 17)
Let singer & storyteller Gilda Solve transport you back in time with a special program featuring some of the most brilliant Jewish Jazz composers ever! Learn stories that give insights into these beloved songs as Gilda delves into favorites from Benny Goodman to Irving Berlin, Artie Shaw to Jerome Kern.

In partnership with the Osher Marin JCC and the National JCC Adult & Senior Alliance.

Registration required. Takes place via Zoom.

Jewish Book Discussion Group: May Virtual Meeting
Tuesday, May 25 • 10:30-11:30 am
Join other readers and facilitator Jim Van Buskirk, coordinator of Book Club in a Box, for a lively and intelligent discussion. The short story selection for May is “On A Ship” by Isaac Bashevis Singer.

The selection can be found online; download here.

Takes place via Zoom. Registration required.

IsraAID Emergency Volunteer Program
Our partners at IsraAID are putting their experience in disaster relief to work in the US, supporting logistics for emergency food distribution. They need volunteers to begin distribution efforts in San Jose and San Carlos. Please click on this link to find out more information and to register today.

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Use your time for good… make a positive difference. For a complete list, visit our Count Me In page!

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Helping Hands Community
Want to volunteer and help someone who can’t leave their home? OR maybe you need help and can’t leave the house? Sign up online today to either be a volunteer or if you’re looking for help. It’s easy!

TOM (Tikun Olam Makers)
Join the COVID-19 Response Team. Have a 3D printer, help make face masks for distribution!
TOM (Tikun Olam Makers) is mobilizing thousands of makers, engineers, professional fabricators and healthcare professionals worldwide to generate open source health and well-being supplies for the COVID-19 Pandemic. Learn more on TOM’s website.

Donate Blood with Vitalant
We are facing an urgent shortage of blood; donors are needed. Make a life-saving appointment at Vitalant’s website. (Note: Although Vitalant is taking safety precautions, Vitalant does not test for COVID-19, so please do not give if you are sick.)

Volunteer with Samaritan House
Samaritan House in San Mateo needs help with food preparation and transportation. For more information, visit the Samaritan House website.

3. Serve with Second Harvest Food Bank
Second Harvest needs help with sorting and distribution. Visit their website for ways you can help.

Looking for additional ways to get involved in our community?Find more on our Count Me In page.

Arts and Culture

Enjoy valuable cultural experiences in the comfort of your own home. Or, find inspiration for your own creativity!

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Oakland Museum of California: Dorothea Lange Digital Archive
The Oakland Museum of California is proud to announce the official launch of the Dorothea Lange Digital Archive! Underwritten by the Henry Luce Foundation, the Dorothea Lange Digital Archive curates and interprets a selection of Lange’s work in digital form. It features photographs, field notes, contact sheets, negatives, and more, including both well-recognized and rarely seen photographs. Explore OMCA’s collection of Lange’s personal archive and see the powerful work of one of the most important documentary photographers in the 20th Century. Visit the collection by clicking here.

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Projects Inspired by the de Young’s Bouquets to Art
Missing the de Young’s popular annual exhibit, Bouquets to Art? Bring it home with activities
Vegetable Stamp Floral Art-Making and Craft Your Own Bouquet.

Keeping Score
Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony’s Keeping Score television series is now available for free global online streaming.

San Francisco Symphony: Music Connects
The San Francisco Symphony website has so much to offer. Check out their Music Connects webpage to find out how SFS musicians are coming together to keep the music playing.

SFMOMA: Artists Cribs
This is where the magic happens. Artists represented in SFMOMA’s collection give you an unfiltered, behind-the-scenes glimpse into what it’s like to live and work as a contemporary artist.

Pop-Up Magazine Presents: The Spring Issue: At Home
The well-loved live “magazine” comes home with stories, music, film, comedy, and more surprises.

“Home” (from Home)
The Jerusalem Youth Chorus, an Israeli-Palestinian music and dialogue project, brought together all-star musicians and singers from around the world to join them in a song of solidarity and welcome in an isolating time—each from their own home.

Photo Bingo with the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA)
Time for some at-home exploring! Take a look around home or go on a neighborhood walk and snap photos of anything that fits the descriptions in the photo bingo card. You’ll need to find five in a row horizontally, vertically, or diagonally. Once you’ve hit bingo, post your photos and a screenshot of your bingo card on social media! Make sure to tag the OMCA (@oaklandmuseumca)—they can’t wait to see what you find!

Museum of Craft & Design – Frida Kahlo Self-Portraits
Take the time for some introspection with a Frida Kahlo inspired self-portrait. Look to your dreams, fears, pets, and surroundings for additional elements to convey. A great project for artists of all ages.

Michael Tilson Thomas’ “Keeping Score” Series
Comprising nine one-hour musical documentaries and nine accompanying concert performances, this program streamsfor free on the orchestra’s YouTube channel.

Stanford Museums
Here’s what to watch, read, and explore to enjoy Stanford art museums from home.

National Museum of National History
Explore the National Museum of Natural History on a virtual tour.

Tenement Museum
Experience The Tenement Museum from home. Explore what life was like for residents of two former tenement buildings in the Lower East Side.

Food, Cooking, & Gardening

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Books and History

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Hollyhock House Tour
Explore Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House from your own home. Perched on a 36-acre hilltop in East Hollywood, Wright’s first and most widely known West Coast design defies stylistic categorization and is a National Historic Landmark.

Jewish Community Library eBook Collection
The Jewish Community Library, a program of Jewish LearningWorks, and the Sperber Jewish Community Library in Los Angeles have teamed up to create a combined digital collection that offers you access to hundreds of Jewish titles in eBook and audiobook format—free of charge. Check out their collection today.

Emboldened Women: The First Suffrage March in the US
This year marks the centennial of passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guaranteeing women’s right to vote. California women had already won that right in the state election of 1911. Another historic event in California—what is believed to be the first women’s suffrage march in the nation—was held in Oakland in 1908, co-organized and co-led by women leaders of San Francisco’s Glen Park neighborhood. Video presented by the California Historical Society.

Tell Your Story—California During the Time of COVID-19
We are living through an extraordinary moment, a crisis of historic proportions. As the official historical society of the State of California, the California Historical Society invites you to help document this time. Modern historians have argued that history isn’t simply comprised of actions of remarkable or grand figures. The thoughts and experiences of everyday people are valuable keys to unlock what it’s like to live in any era. The California Historical Society is creating a collection to document life in California during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Stories can connect us, and they can help us see ourselves. They can shape future understanding and reveal aspects of our present world. Preserving your stories can reinforce that, together, we are the people making history. Share your story today.


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Hospice and Palliative Care 101: Everything You Should Know
Thursday, April 8 • 2:00 – 3:30 pm • Free

What is the difference between Hospice and Palliative care? What is the right choice for a situation? When and how can you get a Palliative care consultation? Our expert speakers will address these and other questions during Seniors At Home/JFCS’s April 8 seminar. Gwen Harris, MSW, Director of the Palliative Care program at Seniors at Home, and Chris Ritzo, RN, Outreach Nurse at Mission Hospice & Home Care will bring their years of experience to this presentation, with the goal to eliminate the myths of hospice and palliative care, and provide resources and information that each of us will need.

Takes place via Zoom. Registration required.

Help from HICAP of San Mateo: Medicare Counseling
HICAP of San Mateo County has been able to continue providing unbiased Medicare counseling to Medicare beneficiaries in our county. HICAP counselors continue to provide over the phone and we they have also been giving online presentations about Medicare. Contact by phone at (650) 627-9350 or on the HICAP website.

Bay Area Outdoors: Safely Enjoy Bay Area Open Spaces & Preserves
The Bay Area is home to awe-inspiring beauty and over a million acres of parks and preserves and thousands of miles of trails. During the COVID-19 pandemic, their value to all of us has never been more clear – for our heads and our hearts. That’s why the members of TOGETHER Bay Area – a regional coalition working for lands, people, and communities – are asking all residents and visitors to please follow your county’s rules for safe, responsible park use. Let’s all do our part to take care of our parks, so that they can continue to stay open, and take care of us. #LoveYourParks6feetApart

Wide Trails for Walks and Hikes While Social Distancing
To help you find your place in our open spaces, the Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) put together a list of wide trails that allow for social distancing. These outings and others are there for you during difficult times, thanks to POST and their partners.

Wellness Wednesdays: Webinar Series
If you are interested in staying healthy, strong and mentally sharp, check out Wellness Wednesdays!

Zing: Live with Vitality is delighted to invite you to Wellness Wednesdays. These 45-minute sessions feature top researchers and international conference speakers on topics related to physical health and emotional well-being. Programs are held the second and fourth Wednesday of the month, 11:00-11:45 am Pacific. All sessions are free, but you need to register to attend the live session or receive a link to the recording or handouts.

What’s the Best Stress-Relief Method?
Mindfulness practices. Exercise. Nature. Combine all three, and your stress won’t stand a chance. (PS, we’re sure that the PJCC offers plenty of stress-relief opportunities!)

Health, Community, and COVID-19: Online Festival of Learning
The Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion presents a free webinar series on COVID-19 through medical, political, public-health, and Jewish perspectives.

“The Science of Well-Being” presented by Yale
Engage in a series of challenges designed to increase your own happiness and build more productive habits.

Five Lessons to Remember When Lockdown Ends
What positive lessons can we take away from this challenging time? These thoughts from the Greater Good Magazine will give you much to consider.

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