Virtual Groups and Gatherings

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
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
Upcoming Dates: January 20; February 3 & 17; March 3, 17, & 31; April 14 & 28
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,” 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.

Takes place via Zoom. Advance registration required.

Life: It’s Complicated
Thursdays • Weekly • 10:15-11:15 am (No Meeting December 31)
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

Still Traveling: Sensational Seville
Mondays, January 4-25, 2021 • 11:00 am-12:15 pm • $50 for 4-Tour Ticket; $15 Give-Us-A-Try Ticket (January 4 visit only) Purchase Tickets

Many tourists to southern Spain race to Grenada to visit the Alhambra, but overlook the capital and largest city of the Andalusian region – Seville! Make a tinto de verano (so much more popular in Seville than sangria; click here for a recipe), grab a piece of Manchego, join Trip Leader James Sokol and our wonderful, professional, local guide to discover an array of fascinating and stunning facets of this sensational, yet quaint city.

We have extended the time to allow a full-hour for the “tour” and a buffer for welcome/wrap-up.

Tickets & Notes:
Series Tickets ($50): Series of 4 tours (equals $12.50/tour).

Give-Us-A-Try Tickets ($15): Single ticket for January 4 tour only. Check us out by giving our first class a try. Single tickets are not available to subsequent classes; unfortunately, single tickets cannot be credited toward series purchase.

All tickets are per device, not per person on Zoom, and are non-refundable & non-exchangeable.

Purchase your tickets today! Additional fees apply.

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January 4: Historical Overview & the Alcazar
Begin our time in this Andalusian gem with a historical overview before entering the Alcazar –the amazing castle/fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the oldest palace in all of Europe still in use (when the king of Spain comes to Seville). Inside this 10th century complex are 3 beautiful palaces from various times; a blend of Christian-Muslim-Jewish cultures that goes back to the Middle ages and the golden period of Seville in the 1500s. Also hidden behind the grand walls are beautiful gardens with fountains and tiles; a refreshing escape from the city noise. “Meet” some of the kings, queens, poets and navigators such as Columbus, Magellan, Queen Isabella or Catherine of Aragon, who strolled this paths and hallowed halls. Also a surprise for Games of Thrones fans. Join us!

January 11: The Cathedral & Giralda
On the site of a former mosque, the ambitious construction of The Cathedral of Santa Maria – the 3rd largest cathedral in the world – started in the 1400s in gothic style. Explore this massive & magnificent structure. From the original mosque, today still stands the inner courtyard and the iconic minaret, the famous Giralda. Almost a museum, the Cathedral has a huge double organ and a main gold altarpiece adorned with paintings by the best Spanish baroque artists. Explore the mystery of the tomb of Christopher Columbus, who may or may not actually be buried there.

January 18: Barrio Santa Cruz & Jewish Seville
From the Middle Ages, Seville had an important Sephardic Jewish population. Find out where they lived, learn about their jobs, and about their relationship with Muslims & Christians in different periods. Follow our local guide to look for their traces in a hidden underground parking, on the site of a former synagogue, and inside a most original hotel. The lovely streets of the Santa Cruz quarter still hold memories & legends of the Sevillian Jews and of a time of conviviality for the three cultures until the appearance of the Inquisition. See how, today, the former Jewish population is remembered and honored.

January 25: Modern Seville
Though the city is filled with glorious remnants of the past, two major 20th century events left impressive sites – the 1929 Ibero-American Expo and the 1992 World Fair celebrating the anniversary of the Discovery of America. Visit these modern treasures and see how, in the 21st century, the city faces the future and new constructions, some of which are controversial in this most traditional city.

Beginning Drawing & Watercolors for Adults
Fridays, January 8 – February 5, 2021 • 1:30-3:30 pm • $175 Members/$200 Public • Register Today

Sundays, January 10 – February 7, 2021 • 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.

PJCC’s Annual MLK Jr. Day of Service
Monday, January 18
MLK Jr. Day, a national day of service, is an invitation to commit ourselves to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his leadership in America. As we enter a new year in a world increasingly in need of repair please consider volunteering for our community.

Learn more about our 2021 projects here!

Soul to Soul Concert
Monday, January 18 • 1:00-2:00 pm Pacific • $12
Peninsula JCC, in partnership with the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene and the JCC Association of America proudly presents: Soul to Soul – a concert depicting the historical journeys, and shared cultural legacy of the African American and American Jewish communities. Presented in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Ticket purchase includes a link to stream the concert, which will be unlocked beginning on 1/18 with access for 7 days.

Tickets & registration required. Purchase today.

Celebrity Chefs: 4-Part Series
Tuesdays, January 19 & 26 and February 2 & 9 • 5:00-6:15 pm Pacific • Free

Join us for a virtual international culinary journey with four celebrity chefs on the Israeli and American scenes: Einat Admony, Lior Sercarz, Adeena Sussman, and Danielle Renov. Explore their Moroccan, Yemenite, Persian, Tunisian, and Ashkenazi backgrounds, recipes, and culinary inspirations.

Registration required.

The PJCC is proud to be a part of the Koret Initiative on Jewish Peoplehood. We are honored to present this program through the Taube Center for Jewish Peoplehood at the PJCC.

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Tuesday, January 19: Einat Admony – The Ultimate Balaboosta
5:00 pm PST
Menu: Moroccan Spiced Fish, Yemenite Salad with Fenugreek-Yoghurt Dressing, and Ja’ala
Einat Admony, also known as the “ultimate balaboosta” (“perfect housewife” in Yiddish), is the chef and owner of Balaboosta, the fine-dining Middle Eastern restaurant, and the beloved falafel chain Taim. She is also the author of two cookbooks: Balaboosta and Shuk.

Tuesday, January 26: Lior Lev Sercarz – The Spice Master
5:00 pm Pacific
Menu: Freekah and Feta Salad; Charred Eggplant and Labneh Parfait
Lior Lev Sercarz is the chef, spice blender and owner of La Boîte, a biscuits and spice shop in New York City. Lior and La Boîte have been featured in publications including The New York Times, Vogue, In Style Magazine, Every Day with Rachel Ray, Food & Wine Magazine and the SAVEUR 100. He is the author of The Art of Blending, The Spice Companion, and his most recent book, Mastering Spice, was named one of the best cookbooks of the year by The New York Times Book Review.

Tuesday, February 2: Adeena Sussman – Sababa
5:00 pm Pacific
Menu: My Mother’s Irresistible Peach Kuchen; Chewy Tahini Blondies
Adeena Sussman is the author of Sababa: Fresh, Sunny Flavors from My Israeli Kitchen, which includes an introduction by Zahav’s Michael Solomonov and was named a Best Fall 2019 cookbook by The New York Times, Bon Appetit, and Food & Wine. She is currently working on her follow up to Sababa, all about the foods of Shabbat. The co-author of 11 cookbooks, Adeena’s three most recent collaborations, including Cravings and Cravings: Hungry for More with Chrissy Teigen, were New York Times best-sellers.

Tuesday, February 9: Danielle Renov – Peas, Love & Carrots
5:00 pm Pacific

Menu: Meat-stuffed artichokes; Sumac-Scented Fennel and Tangerine Salad
Danielle Renov is the blogger/influencer behind the popular website and social media brand “Peas, Love & Carrots,” where she shares delicious and approachable recipes, lifestyle tips and hacks, and more. Half Moroccan and half Ashkenazi, Danielle is a living melting pot of the cultures she was born into and those she now lives among in Israel.

Art Talk: Revelations: Art from the African-American South
Thursday, January 21 • 2:00-3:00 pm
Do you have the ability to see and create art out of something completely ordinary? To find meaning in things that other people might overlook, even throw away? For centuries African American artists working in the Southern part of the United States had to “make do”, utilizing whatever materials they could find; but what emerged will make you reconsider what art can and should be.

With the addition of 65 objects, purchased from the Souls Run Deep Foundation, the Fine Arts Museums expands their collection of African American art created by until now largely unknown artists. Join us as we take a look at the ingenuity and creativity that can be borne of oppression and sacrifice.

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.

Exploring Opera: Sensational Seville with James Sokol of Osher Marin JCC
Monday, January 25 • 1:30-3:00 pm
Ticket Prices:
Early Bird Ticket: $12.50 (Available until Noon PST on Monday, January 17)
Advance Ticket: $15 (Available until Noon PST on Sunday, January 24)
Regular Ticket: $20 (Available until 9:30 am on Monday, January 25)

The glorious capital of Andalusia is the setting of more than 100 operas! Of course, there’s Rossini’s famous The Barber of ________ (can you fill in the blank?) with its sparkling vocal fireworks, but there are other works—some very famous, some lesser-known gems—by Bizet, Mozart, Verdi, and others with equally beautiful music.

Join popular San Francisco Bay Area opera appreciation instructor & Trip Leader James Sokol for an operatic journey though Seville, seeing the actual (or supposed) sites of a few of the works’ settings and basking in video performance clips of some of these musical masterpieces! This is a wonderful series for the opera newcomer & the long-time fan!

Takes place via Zoom; registration and ticket purchase required. Save! Purchase “Early Bird” or “Advance” tickets before the increase to regular pricing! Purchase tickets today!

Please note: tickets are are per device, not per person on Zoom, and are non-refundable & non-exchangeable.

Jewish Book Discussion Group: January Virtual Meeting
Tuesday, January 26 • 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 the short story “Turboatom” by Steven Volynets. To receive the short story to be discussed, please contact our Adult Department.

Takes place via Zoom. Registration required.

Book Fest In Your Living Room Presents
Scott Turow, The Last Trial
Wednesday, January 27 • 5:00 pm

Tickets: $11.00 for one virtual ticket/$25.00 for one virtual ticket and paperback copy of book (shipping included) • Purchase Tickets

Join us for a special Zoom webinar author talk + Q & A with Scott Turow!

Presented in partnership with the JCC Literary Consortium. For more information, please see the Book Fest in Your Living Room page.

Game Night: Trophies
Wednesday, January 27 • 8:00-9:00 pm
We’re playing “Trophies,” a fun word game all about speed! Be the first to say a word that matches the topic and letter. How quick can you be?

Takes place via Zoom. Registration required.

Embracing Diversity: Challenges and Opportunities
Three Thursdays: January 28, February 4, and February 11 • 7:00-8:30 pm
This three-session virtual workshop guided by Be’chol Lashon will focus on the diversity of the Jewish community and is intended to create an environment of inquiry and openness to talk about race and its impact on individuals and the community.

Be’chol Lashon (Hebrew for “in every language”) strengthens Jewish identity by raising awareness about the ethnic, racial and cultural diversity of Jewish identity and experience. Be’chol Lashon brings the historic Jewish commitment to civil rights and racial justice forward into the 21st century.

January 28: More than One Story: Understanding Jewish Diversity
February 4: Intersectionality: Is Racism a Jewish Issue?
February 11: A Jewish Look at Cultural Competence: Tools for Engaging Across Difference

Takes place via Zoom. Registration required.

“Inside the Box” Virtual Day Trip
Sunday, January 31 • 1:00-2:30 pm • $75 Members
Sorry, this event has reached capacity.
“Inside the Box” takes us into the exhilarating world of games with New York Times crossword constructor David Kwong. You will have a front-row seat to an entirely interactive show of puzzles, while David regales us with stories of the most extraordinary puzzle-makers throughout history. Log on, put on your thinking caps, and join the fun!

Ticket holders will be emailed a PDF packet of materials one week in advance, which must be printed prior to showtime. David will guide the audience through these materials during the show.

This production will use the Zoom video conferencing platform. Audience members will “check-in” to their show up to 30 minutes ahead of curtain, and may be asked to interact with David as well as share their video at all times.

The show will begin once everyone is in the Zoom theater. Some puzzles will require volunteers, while others will involve the “Zoom grid” in which everyone gets a chance to participate. Along the way, David will unveil clues that ultimately reveal a special surprise at the climax of the show.

All sales final. No refunds. Exchanges subject to availability and restrictions. Some shows do not allow late entry or re-entry.

Registration required. Materials and Zoom link will be sent by the theater to registered attendees. Please contact Jane Skinner in our Adult Department with questions.

Exploring Opera: The Divas
Thursdays, February 4–25 • 1:00-2:30 pm • $50 for Full 4-Part Series; $12.50 Give-Us-A-Try Ticket (February 4 only) Purchase Tickets

“Diva” strikes excitement in some, fear in others. Regardless, an opera diva usually has an exceptional voice. Some are legendary; others almost forgotten. Join popular San Francisco Bay Area instructor James Sokol to discover some of these great ladies. Learn about their backgrounds and experience their brilliance through performance videos. Hear the variations among the female vocal ranges—soprano, mezzo, contralto. Bask in the glory of gorgeous voices and repertoire.

Don’t miss this series, terrific for opera newcomers and long-time fans!

Tickets & Notes:
Series Tickets ($50): Series of 4 classes (equals $12.50/class).

Give-Us-A-Try Tickets ($12.50): Single ticket for February 4 only. Check us out by giving our first class a try. Single tickets are not available to subsequent classes; unfortunately, single tickets cannot be credited toward series purchase.

All tickets are per device, not per person on Zoom, and are non-refundable & non-exchangeable.

Purchase your tickets today! Additional fees apply.

What’s Cooking?: Nutrition in a New Year
Thursday, February 4 • 3:30-4:00 pm
PJCC Fitness and Wellness Manager Vicki McGrath will be our special guest, offering ideas for being mindful of balanced nutrition in meal planning. Guests are also encouraged to bring a favorite healthy meal to share.

Takes place via Zoom. Registration required. For more information and registration, click here.

Photographic Journeys: Free Introductory Session
Monday, February 8 • 7:00-8:30 pm • Free

Interested in photography as a hobby or already an experienced enthusiast? Join members of the Peninsula Camera Club as they introduce you to their passion for photography using slide presentations and discussions of their work. Guaranteed to inspire you to take more interesting and imaginative photographs. Free and open to anyone interested in capturing better images with whatever device they use.

Presented with the Peninsula Camera Club. Takes place via Zoom. Registration required.

Reading Recs: Childhood Influences
Tuesday, February 9 • 10:30-11:15 am
Which bedtime stories, characters, and books from our childhood/adolescence shaped the people and readers we’ve become today? We’re eager to hear about your early literary influences at our February Reading Recs. All are welcome.

Takes place via Zoom. Registration required.

Art Talk: Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power
Tuesday, February 16 • 2:00-3:00 pm
Does art have the power to impact lives or change attitudes? Can a work of art stir our consciences? Mobilize us to action? And do artists have an obligation to use their work as a mechanism through which a political movement can be furthered? Those are just some of the questions that will be addressed in Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power. The year 1963 might have marked the 100th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, ending slavery in the South, but poverty, prejudice, racism, segregation and frustration were still rampant in this country. Explore how Black artists responded to these social and cultural conditions. “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power” was organized by the Tate Modern in London and exhibited to great critical acclaim at the de Young Museum in 2019-2020.

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.

Kreplach & Dim Sum: Jews in China
Wednesday, February 17 • 4:00-5:00 pm
The extraordinary presence of Jews in China is celebrated in this program featuring lively stories, photos, video, and music. Robyn Helzner served as the Cantor for the United Jewish Congregation of Hong Kong and officiated at the first Bar Mitzvah ever held in Beijing. Robyn also leads Jewish Heritage Tours to China. Presented in partnership with JCCs and congregations across the country.

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 (link will be emailed to registrants).

Essential Elements for Great Photography
Mondays, February 22-March 22 • 7:00-9:00 pm
Series Price: $175 PJCC & PCC Members/$210 Public; Drop-In: $40 PJCC & PCC Members/$45 Public

This 5-session course, presented by the Peninsula Camera Club, will cover the essential elements present in great photography. For advanced beginners and intermediate-level photographers who want to upgrade their skills and explore the camera’s creative possibilities, this course – or any part of it – is for you!

February 22: How to Capture Light: The Art of Exposure

March 1: Crafting Our Images: The Use of Effective Composition

March 8: Light: Its many forms and how it may be used; Lenses: What are they and what do they do

March 15: Getting Our Images to Reflect What We See: The Art of Processing

March 22: Pulling It All Together: Review of Student Images

Class contact and principal instructor: Charlie Ginsburgh, cginsburgh@gmail.com

Presented with the Peninsula Camera Club. Takes place via Zoom. Registration required. Register for the series or by class.

Terrific Tastings: Bubbles & Bites: Sparkling & Cheeses
Sunday, February 28 • 2:00-3:15 pm
Let our curated collection of treats be delivered right to your door, then join culinary host James Sokol for this special tastings—Bubbles & Bites— featuring Schramsberg Vineyards 2017 Blanc de Blancs and six cheeses from Stepladder Ranch & Creamery.

Takes place via Zoom. Registration required. Note, orders must be placed by February 14.

Price options for sparking wine and cheeses, cheeses only, and wine only are available.

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The Full Collection ($115*/$145**): Includes one 750-ml bottle of Schramsberg’s 2017 Blanc de Blancs’ , the six Stepladder cheeses listed above, a discounted ticket for one device on Zoom to attend the Sunday, February 28 tasting, taxes, packing & shipping (2-day for cheese).

The Bubbles-Only Collection ($65): Includes one 750-ml bottle of Schramsberg’s 2017 Blanc de Blancs’ , a discounted ticket for one device on Zoom to attend the Sunday, February 28 tasting, taxes, packing & shipping. NB: This ticket does not include cheeses.

The Bites-Only Collection ($60*/$90**): Includes the six Stepladder cheeses listed above, a discounted ticket for one device on Zoom to attend the Sunday, February 28 tasting, taxes, packing & 2-day shipping. NB: This ticket does not include sparkling wine.

“Share-the-Love” Tasting-Only Ticket ($15): Would you like to share your collection with others? Get a friend, neighbor or someone fun, split the cost of the collection, then purchase extra Tasting-Only tickets for as many devices as are needed. Includes one ticket for one device on Zoom to attend the Sunday, February 28 tasting. NB: Neither wine nor food “bites” are included.

* For 2-day shipping in California. ** For 2-day shipping outside California.

Art Talk: World of Jane Austen—Art, Fashion, and Eligible Gentlemen
Tuesday, March 16 • 2:00-3:00 pm
This entertaining presentation explores the world of beloved English author Jane Austen by looking at the art and culture of her time. We’ll discuss the roles of ladies and gentlemen, and how the industrial revolution was bringing “new money” into society. We’ll look at trends in fashion, country estates, garden design and proper tea service. Features artwork from the British collection at the Legion of Honor.

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.

On-Demand Resources

Say “Count Me In”: Get Involved

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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Caregiver: A Love Story&Mdash;Community Film Screening
Wednesday, January 17 • 1:00 – 2:15pm • Free

Join Seniors at Home (a division of Jewish Family and Children’s Services) for a screening of “Caregiver: A Love Story,” a new short documentary about the family caregiver burden by Dr. Jessica Zitter, as well as a discussion on life, love, death, and family. 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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