Virtual Groups and Gatherings

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Pride 2021 Events

Celebrate this Pride season with us through programs offered as part of Power Through Pride, a collaboration between the JCC East Bay, the PJCC, the JCC of San Francisco, the Oshman Family JCC, JCC Los Gatos, the Osher Marin JCC, and Keshet.

See all the upcoming programs on our Pride page. Most programs are free!

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
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.

Future Dates (Topics TBD):
June 23: Rabbi Lisa, PTBE
July 7: “Music & Morsels: Americana”: A live virtual piano concert celebrating American classics
July 21: Cantor Elena, PTBE
August 11: Rabbi Crystal, Interim Rabbi at PTBE
August 25: Showtime/Storywise

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.
Join via Zoom at start time

Please note: This class will be on hiatus from June 23 until August 22, 2021.

Beginning Drawing & Watercolors for Adults
Fridays, May 28–June 25 • 1:00-3:00 pm • $175 Members/$200 Public • Register Today

Sundays, May 23–June 27 • 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.

JTours: Frank Lloyd Wright Westcott House
Monday, June 21 • 12:00 pm (Note: Zoom link will be in Central time)
In the early 1940s, the interior alterations of the Westcott House (built in 1908) changed the architecture so significantly that it no longer reflected the design intent of its architect. Due to these drastic alterations, the Westcott House remained an undiscovered relic for many years, a lost Wright artifact. Through the cooperative efforts of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy and the Westcott House Foundation, today the Westcott House is an important rediscovery—a notable, newly unearthed, and revitalized example of Wright’s legacy. Join our friends at JCC Chicago as Marta Wojcik, Executive Director and Curator of the Westcott House, shares the story of this remarkable house.

A program of JCC Chicago. Registration required. Takes place via Zoom.

Jewish Book Discussion Group June Meeting: “A Letter to Harvey Milk”
Tuesday, June 29 • 10:30 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 June is “A Letter to Harvey Milk” by Leslea Newman.

Download this month’s selection here.

Exploring Opera: Alluring America
Thursday, July 15 • 1:00 pm • Tickets $12.50 – $15
The United States has been the setting of operas by native and foreign composers alike. Celebrate our country by joining popular San Francisco Bay Area instructor James Sokol for a journey through some of the masterpieces set in locations from Boston to California, from New York to New Orleans. Video performance clips bring the beauty of this soaring art form into the discussion.

This class is terrific for opera newcomers and long-time fans!

Ticket purchase required. Takes place via Zoom.

Thursday, July 15 • 8:00 pm
In this online adaptation of the board game CODENAMES, spymasters will give one word clues to their teammates. Each team will have a volunteer “spymaster/clue giver” and assigned “operatives/guessers.” We’ll start the night off with group demo/instruction, divide everyone into teams, and then jump into play.

Registration required. Takes place via Zoom.

Make Lunches for Samaritan House

Saturdays: July 10; August 14; September 11; October 9; November 13; December 11
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 deli meat, 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 door of the Samaritan House kitchen located at 4301 Pacific Blvd in San Mateo at 10:00 am.

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.

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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