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Adult Groups and Gatherings

Virtual and In-Person Programs for Adults

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Virtual Program

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Ongoing Programs

Guided Mindfulness Meditation
Mondays • 9:30 am
Join us for meditation practice led by respected scholar and mindfulness mentor Rabbi Lavey Derby.

Meditation is an invitation to cultivate awareness of the present moment without judgment. We approach each moment with courage, curiosity, and compassion, creating space for whatever arises. As we practice, we learn to let go of the struggle with what is, to embrace ourselves and others in compassion, and to rest in the Mystery.

Registration required; email Rabbi Lavey Derby to sign up. Takes place via Zoom.


Beginning Drawing & Watercolors
Fridays, October 28–December 2 • 9:00 am–12:00 pm • $195 Center/Community; $220 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. A small class size ensures that each student receives significant individual attention from the instructor, Shirley Lim.

Registration required. Sign up here.


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 • Zoom
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 the virtual group, please contact Kimberly Gordon (kgordon@pjcc.org) to get the Zoom link.


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 Kimberly Gordon.

Learn More and Register

Upcoming Dates:
December 14: Lisa Spector: Resilience and Recovery through Music: Part memoir, part musical interludes, tune is as pianist Lisa Spector demonstrates the role music played in her personal path to recovery. The narrated program and talk will include piano music for one and two hands.
December 28: Showtime/Storywise with Kimberly

Takes place via Zoom. Advance registration required.


Life, It’s Complicated
Thursdays • 10:15 am
Note: No meetings November 17 and November 24
Join Rabbi Lavey in this free ongoing weekly conversation about Jewish topics of interest, Jewish perspectives on contemporary issues, and how Jewish wisdom can help us live a more meaningful life.

Attend in person or via Zoom. Registration required; email Rabbi Lavey Derby to sign up.


Beginning Bridge
Choose your date and time:
Mondays, October 24 – December 12 • 3:30 – 5:00 pm • $75
Wednesdays, October 26 – December 14 • 10:00 – 11:30 am • $75

Now you can learn to play bridge from ClubKing’s Peter Steinberg, one of America’s most successful teachers.

Students play out hands from the very first session and continue playing at every ensuing session. Learn by playing, and not by rote.

Interactive note packets are available for each lesson. Every session is recorded. Catch up or review at any time. And you won’t need a partner! Participate solo, or with a group of your friends. You have the choice of attending on Mondays or Wednesdays and both options feature the same content.

Consists of eight online sessions: six lessons and two supervised practice sessions. For more information, email info@clubkinginc.com.

Register here.


Drop-in Mah Jongg
Thursdays • 12:30 – 3:00 pm • Members Free / $4 Public
Come play Mah Jongg with your friends at the PJCC! Sessions are available for Beginning & Intermediate players and Advanced players. No instructor will be present. Bring your current Mah Jongg card and set. Masks and registration required. Sign up here.


Drop-in Bunco
Second and Fourth Fridays • 1:15 – 3:00 pm
Join us on the second and fourth Fridays of the month for a social afternoon playing Bunco, a fun, dice-rolling game of chance. Beginners welcome. Masks and registration required. Sign up here.


Special Events & Programs

Zingerman’s Tasting: Olive Oil Everywhere!
Thursday, December 15 • 1:00 – 2:00 p • $35 M / $40 P (ages 65+) | Virtual
Our Zingerman’s Tasting last year was such a success that we’re bringing Tessie back to teach us more about their tasty provisions — this time with a Hanukkah twist. As an ingredient, olive oil tends to be a supporting player, but in this tasting, it’s the star of the show! Olive oil is an essential ingredient in all of the things that we’ll taste through in this event, just as it’s essential to a Hanukkah celebration.

Registration closes Friday, December 2. Fee is generously subsidized by the Maimonides Fund of the Jewish Community Federation for those over 65+. Registration includes tasting box shipped to your home (one per household) and the virtual tasting event. Register online here or call Rachel Goldman at 650.378.2764.

Included:

Zingerman’s Parenzana Olive Oil
We the Legend Hojiblanca Olive Oil
Paesano Bread for dipping
Sweet Olive Oil Torta
Meredith’s Marinated Feta
Semi-dried Cherry Tomatoes in Olive Oil
Spanish Sardines in Olive Oil
Zingerman’s Bakehouse Olive Oil Cake
+2 latkes with house-made applesauce


Game Night: Skribbl
Wednesday, January 11, 2023 • 8:00 pm
Join us for this online version of Pictionary. Get your mouse, cursor or touch screen, and get ready to draw (and laugh)! Registration required; takes place via Zoom.


Clyde’s: Berkeley Rep Day Trip
The 2022 Tony Nominated Play is the most produced play this season across American professional stages. In this feel-good comic drama, the formerly incarcerated kitchen staff at a truck-stop sandwich shop attempt to rebuild their lives. While their tough-as-nails boss – who slings sizzling insults fast and processed food even faster – tries to thwart their dreams, each staff member is encouraged by the mysterious chef to indulge in imagining, then creating, their perfect sandwich.

Deadline to purchase tickets is Wednesday, December 28. Register now.

This trip is generously subsidized by the Maimonides Fund of the Jewish Community Federation.

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