Virtual Groups and Gatherings

Virtual Classes and Conversations

Let’s Talk About It: Virtual Discussion Group
Mondays · 3:30-4:30 pm
Note: No meeting September 28 (Yom Kippur)
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 • 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 2020 Dates: October 28; November 11 & 25; December 9 & 23
Join us for Social Hour, an open forum to check in with each other and share personal updates. We will also continue the tradition of “Showtime.” Bring something that you created, recently or in the past, to share with the group. Any questions, please contact Jane Skinner.

Takes place via Zoom. Advanced 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
Sundays, October 18 – November 22 • 1:30-3:30 pm (No Class September 20) • $210 Members/$240 Public • Register Today
Fridays, October 23 – December 4 • 1:30-3:30 pm • $210 Members/$240 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.

Art Talk: Behind the Scenes at Bouquets to Art
Wednesday, October 21 • 2:30-3:30 pm
Have you ever wondered how Bouquets to Art started and became the most popular annual event at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco? Have you marveled at the floral designs and the floral artists who created them, and admired the materials used? This talk reveals what goes on behind the scenes at the de Young museum to make this highly successful event happen each year. Features many stunning examples of how floral artists have interpreted the museum’s works of art through their designs.

Made possible, in part, by a generous grant from the Senior Excursion fund of the Jewish Federation of San Francisco, The Peninsula, Marin & Sonoma Counties.

Registration required; takes place via Zoom.

Exploring Opera: Aria Ready?
Four Thursdays, October 1-22 • 1:00-2:30 pm • Purchase Tickets Here

Join opera appreciation instructor James Sokol & vocal coach Ron Valentino for a unique journey through opera history via the exploration of arias. Each live, online session focuses on different periods of opera history, from the Baroque & Classical through the Romantic & Bel Canto to the Verismo & Modern. Not familiar with some of these terms? No worries; we got ya covered! Learn about and hear different repertoire, singers, musical styles, and vocal challenges unique to each period. Video performance clips bring the excitement & beauty of opera into the discussion. This is a wonderful series for the opera newcomer and the long-time fan!

Purchase the four-pack of tickets for $65 (plus fee). Or, purchase tickets to individual events in the series for $20 each.

Presented in partnership with Osher Marin JCC along with the East Valley JCC (Chandler, AZ), the Martin Pear JCC (Scottsdale, AZ), JCC of the East Bay (Berkeley, CA), the Merage JCC of Orange County (Irvine, CA), the Addison-Penzak JCC of Silicon Valley (Los Gatos, CA), the Oshman Family JCC (Palo Alto, CA), the Lawrence Family JCC (San Diego, CA), the Boulder JCC (CO), the Mandell JCC of Greater Hartford (CT), the Bender JCC of Greater Washington (DC), the Jewish Community Alliance (Jacksonville, FL), the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee (FL), the Tampa JCCs & Federation (FL), the JCC of Louisville (KY), the JCC Asheville (NC), the Sandra & Leon Levine JCC (Charlotte, NC), the Mayerson JCC of Cincinnati (OH), the JCC of Greater Columbus (OH), the Aaron Family JCC of Dallas (TX), and the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC of Houston (TX).. Takes place via Zoom. Performers subject to change.

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Schedule of Events:
Thursday, October 1: The Baroque & Classical Periods
The Baroque period (1600-1750) may bring the birth of opera but, like a baby, the form evolves throughout its infancy. Early Baroque (think Monteverdi!) operas used dramatic text and music to express their stories, which were often based on Classical Greek & Roman mythology; sung like a play set to music. By the late Baroque (think Handel!), an increased interest in the voice demanded showy singing, often overshadowing the drama. In the Classical period (1730-1820, think Mozart!), the vocals are comparatively subdued as the orchestra becomes more complex and the storytelling regains importance.

Thursday, October 8: The Bel Canto Period
The Italian for “Beautiful Singing” says it all; again, the voice dominates this short but impactful period (1805-1840). The music of Rossini, Donizetti & Bellini includes incredible vocal acrobatics; sometimes the dramatic demands are equally as harrowing! A new level of vocal virtuosity is established requiring yet more from the singers!

Thursday, October 15: The Romantic Period
From 1830-1900, Meyerbeer, Verdi, Wagner & Massenet dominate the scene and take opera to new dramatic and vocal heights; yes, the singers give more than ever before. Bigger orchestras require bigger voices. The vocal challenges are paramount.

Thursday, October 22: The Verismo & Modern Periods
The exciting period of Italian “realism” (1890-1920) pushes voices even further, demanding sounds never-before heard on opera’s stages – thrilling, but vocally dangerous! Modern (1900-2020) works bring new tonalities, complex harmonies and new challenges just to push singers even further… maybe over the edge?

Jewish Book Discussion Group: October Virtual Meeting
Tuesday, October 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. Registration required via Zoom. To receive the short story to be discussed, please contact our Adult Department.

This month we will be discussing Kathrine Kressmann Taylor’s “Address Unknown.” A PDF version can be found here..

Registration required via Zoom.

Young Professionals: Happy Hour Text Bank
Tuesday, October 27 • 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Save the date for a Zoom party that will make a difference! This text bank (like a phone bank, but with texting!) is brought to you in collaboration with the nonpartisan Reclaim Our Vote campaign, which seeks to address voter suppression among people of color by educating voters on how to register, how to find their polling place, and much more. As it is a happy hour, you are invited to arrive with the cocktail (or mocktail) that describes your feelings about the current political climate.

Takes place via Zoom. Register Today.

Reading Recs: Autobiographies and Memoirs
Tuesday, November 10 • 10:30 – 11:15 am
Our November Reading Recs will cover books by those who seek to shed light on the subject they know best – themselves. We’ll venture into the world of “me, myself, and I” as we share notable autobiographies and memoirs. As always, come with your recommendations.

Takes place via Zoom. Registration required.

Bagel Tasting Senior Excursion Virtual Lunch with David Jablons of Daily Driver
Tuesday, November 17 • 12:00-12:45 pm
You’ll enjoy fresh bagels with exceptional spreads, delivered to your door* at this virtual lunch tasting with David Jablons, a thoracic surgeon, who has found time to masterfully combine his Tomales Farmstead Creamery artisan dairy products with his newer Daily Driver bagel venture! Register early, space is limited.

Participants will receive 3 bagels + 3 side spreads (no substitutions): Plain bagel + plain cream cheese; Sesame bagel + dill cream cheese; and Everything bagel + butter.

* Distribution area is restricted to San Mateo County (excluding Coastside).

For adults ages 65 and over. To register, please call Renee Keller at 650.378.2674. Registration closes November 9.

Made possible, in part, by a generous grant from the Senior Excursion fund of the Jewish Federation of San Francisco, The Peninsula, Marin & Sonoma Counties.

Art Talk: Last Supper in Pompeii – From the Table to the Grave with Carol Porter
Tuesday, December 1 • 2:00-3:00 pm
In AD 79, the fiery eruption of Mount Vesuvius buried Pompeii and nearby villages and farms almost completely under pumice and hot ash. The eruption killed thousands of people in the midst of their daily activities, but the art and artifacts preserved by archaeologists offer us a picture of what life was like in a thriving Roman city during the 1st century. This exhibition immerses us in this ancient world by focusing on everyday life–especially on food and drink. Along with the pots, pans, and other paraphernalia used in the preparation, and serving of food, you will see glorious works of art which reveal the splendor and luxury so enjoyed by the wealthy Romans who called Pompeii their home. Made possible, in part, by a generous grant from the Senior Excursion fund of the Jewish Federation of San Francisco, The Peninsula, Marin & Sonoma Counties.

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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Shabbat Passport: El Salvador
Gather with us for a vibrant night of storytelling, music, rituals, and more! On October 23, Jewtina y Co. is teaming up with NuRoots to bring you a virtual Shabbat dinner celebrating the Latin American Jewish community and highlighting El Salvador. Jewtina’s community coordinator, Kimmy Dueñas, will share anecdotes from the small Salvadoran Jewish community and stories of her own family’s roots and immigration journey. LA Residents: Our Shabbat will include a full traditional vegetarian Salvadoran meal and Challah. All recipients will receive a special challah recipe from the Dueñas family bakery for you to make the following week. To participate,
R.S.V.P.: Grab your seat by Sunday, October 18 by RSVPing here. Each ticket includes a generous individual meal. Tickets are $20 each through October 15 and $30 thereafter.

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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JFCS Seniors At Home: Understanding Early Stage Dementia with Teepa Snow
Thursday, October 15 • 1:15 pm • Free
World-renowned dementia advocate and educator, Teepa Snow, will share effective strategies for helping people living in the early stages of dementia during personal care in order to reduce resistance to care. It will enable learners to develop better observational skills to recognize and intervene effectively when behavioral challenges occur. This session will emphasize the value of matching helping behaviors to the person’s needs and retained abilities to promote a sense of control and self-direction.

Free; Registration required. Sign up here.

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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