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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.


Women Talk Group (Conducted in Hebrew)
Wednesdays • Weekly • 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. Registration required; join via Zoom at start time.


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


Whatcha Watchin’?
Thursday, August 6 • 3:30-4:00 pm
Sorry, this program has been cancelled.


Beginning Drawing & Watercolors: Virtual Class
July Sessions
Fridays, July 10-31 • 1:30-3:30 pm • $140 Members/$160 Public
Fridays, August 7-28 • 1:30-3:30 pm • $140 Members/$160 Public
Sundays, August 9-30 • 1:30-3:30 pm • $140 Members/$160 Public
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. Registration required.


Reading Recs: Historical Fiction
Tuesday, August 11 • 10:30-11:15 am
This month we will explore the genre of historical fiction. Come with your favorites to share. Takes place via Zoom. Registration required.


What’s Cooking?: Sharon’s Salmon and Sides
Thursday, August 20 • 3:30-4:00 pm
Need an easy weeknight dinner recipe? Sharon Giordano, PJCC Director of Marketing guests with her simple salmon demo along with some scrumptious sides! Takes place via Zoom. Registration required.


Jewish Book Discussion Group: August Virtual Meeting
Tuesday, August 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. This month we will be discussing Etgar Keret’s “Pipes,” which can be found here. To receive the short story to be discussed, please contact our Adult Department. Registration required via Zoom.


Game Night
Thursday, August 27 • 7:00-8:00 pm
It’s our Thursday Game Night! Log on and liven your night with some fun and friendly game play. 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.

On-Demand Resources

Say “Count Me In”: Get Involved

Use your time for good… make a positive difference.

Featured Opportunities

Meals for LifeMoves
Looking for a way your family can contribute fighting for social justice? Help prepare a meal for LifeMoves, located in San Mateo, an organization that is dedicated to finding solutions to homelessness via shelter, case management, and community outreach programs.

We will be feeding 140 people at the site. We are seeking 12 individuals and/or families to volunteer and prepare a meal for a dozen people. When you register, you will be told what to make, including a main dish, side, dessert and fruit. You will be asked to drop it off at their site on Sunday, August 30 at 6:00 pm. More information about preparation will be given to you the week prior. Sign up today!

Step up to Reclaim Our Vote!
Ongoing voter suppression and voter list purging have been disenfranchising millions of eligible voters—especially voters of color. Reclaim Our Vote works in those voter suppression states. Volunteers inform and mobilize voters of color to make sure they are registered and they know how to get a ballot and vote. It is a nonpartisan campaign of the nonprofit 501(c)3 Center for Common Ground. The organization is looking for volunteers to help either: write postcards, make phone calls, or text bank. Register today.

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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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JewishLIVE
jewishLIVE is your portal to live-streaming Jewish experiences on the internet! Discover live Jewish events from around the world.

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. 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.

Books and History

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Alan Fleishman and A Collection of Characters
Friends of the Alameda Free Library – Online Author Event

June 24 | 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Alan Fleishman will discuss his most recent work, A Collection of Characters. He is the author of four novels and numerous short stories that have appeared in several literary reviews and journals. A Collection of Characters brings together fourteen short stories by Alan Fleishman. The lead story in this collection is entitled Frannie Potter, a work of fiction set during the Spanish Civil War. The presentation will focus on the history underpinning the story. Registration required.

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.

Wellness

Build healthy habits.

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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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