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Virtual Gatherings and Conversations

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 (1:00 pm last Tuesday of the month)
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. Group meets at 11:00 am, except the last Tuesday when they meet at 1:00 pm). If you are interested in joining, please contact Jane Skinner (jskinner@pjcc.org) to get the Zoom link.


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


May Virtual Book Discussion Group
Tuesday, May 26 • 10:30-11:30 am
Join other readers for a lively discussion of the short story “Conversion of the Jews” by Philip Roth. Facilitator Jim Van Buskirk, coordinator of Book Club in a Box, will lead a lively and intelligent discussion. Join via Zoom at start time. Registration required. For password information, please email our Adult Department.


Whatcha Watchin’?
Thursday, May 28 • 3:30-4:00 pm
Join us for a monthly discussion group focusing on riveting streamable film and TV program. Our May discussion will focus on the comforting qualities of reruns. We could all use a little comfort these days, so please come and share your favorite standbys. Takes place via Zoom. Registration required.


Solito, Solita: Crossing Borders with Youth Refugees from Central America
Sunday, June 14 • 3:00-4:30 pm
Join author, PJCC Member, Peninsula Temple Sholom congregant, and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Jonathan Freedman, as well as Dr. Steven Mayers from City College of SF and Soledad Castillo for an in-depth look at recent migration from Central America to the US based on their book entitled Solito, Solita: Crossing Border with Youth Refugees from Central America. Presented in partnership with Peninsula Temple Sholom. Takes place via Zoom. Registration required (password: solito).


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.

On-Demand Resources

Say “Count Me In”: Get Involved

Use your time for good… make a positive difference.

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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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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. Premieres May 27!

“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.

Take a Virtual Field Trip to Opera San Jose!
Beginning April 18 and available through May 18, Opera San Jose (OSJ) invites you to view a FREE livestream viewing of its breathtaking 2011 production of Mozart’s first dramatic masterpiece, the rarely produced “Idomeneo: ré di Creta.” Hailed as “arguably the most extravagant production ever at Opera San José,” (ArtsSF) this lavish realization of Idomeneo featured a cast of 73 singers, with 41 chorus members, 14 ballet dancers, 180 Cretan costumes, and an elaborate three-story-high set inspired by Crete’s ancient history. This production truly encapsulates the artistry, musicality, and experience of the dedicated professionals that OSJ’s Artists and Musicians Relief Fund is currently supporting during this unprecedented time.

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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Jewish Food Fest
This is a completely free online festival! Over 10 days there will be a variety of events, all of which will take place over Zoom, Instagram, and Facebook. Most events take place in real time, with a few evergreen events available to dip into anytime. Events range from workshops to conversations to happy hour gatherings and Shabbat dinners. Browse the schedule and sign up for any and all events you’d like to explore.

Creative Baking to Make Pantry Ingredients Last
Saturday, May 23 • 10:00-11:30 am
During this session, presented by the San Mateo County Sustainability Academy, you’ll see how to put together a short-crust recipe and learn about its varied, unconventional applications; get sourdough starter tips and new ways to use it; and discuss baking substitutions and some of the science behind them. Our facilitator is a professional pastry instructor, ready to help with your baking conundrums. Registration required.

Edible Home Gardening Support Community
Saturday, May 30 • 10:00-11:30 am
Want to start an edible garden at home but not sure how? Share resources and get support from fellow gardeners. Everyone is welcome, from novices to experts! Register today.

Books and History

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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.

Wellness

Build healthy habits.

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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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