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Adult Groups and Gatherings

Virtual and In-Person Programs for Adults

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Ongoing Programs

Let’s Talk About It: Virtual Discussion Group
Mondays · 3:30-4:30 pm (No Class February 21)
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.

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Upcoming Dates:
February 2: Showtime/Storywise
February 16: Rabbi Darryl
March 2: Showtime/Storywise
March 16: Marilyn Cooney (Bay Area singer, pianist and songwriter), performing favorites from jazz, musical theater and international repertoire
March 30: Special Guest, TBD

Takes place via Zoom. Advance registration required.

Life: It’s Complicated
Thursdays • Weekly • 10:15-11:15 am (Note: No class November 25)
Join Rabbi Lavey for an ongoing discussion of Jewish topics and how Jewish wisdom can help us live a more meaningful life.
Note: all attendees must re-register to receive the Zoom information and password for future sessions. Please email Rabbi Lavey Derby to sign up.

Drop-In Games

Drop-in Mah Jongg
Thursdays, January 6– March 31 • 12:30–3:00 pm • 12:30–3:00 pm • Free for Members/$4 per Session 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.

Masks and registration required. Register now.

Drop-in Bunco
Fridays, January 14 – March 22 • 1:00–3:00 pm • Free for Members/$4 per Session Public

Join us on the 2nd and 4th Fridays for a social afternoon playing Bunco, a fun, dice rolling game of chance. Beginners welcome. Masks and registration required.

Masks and registration required. Register now.

Special Events & Programs

Beginning Drawing & Watercolors for Adults
Sundays, January 9–February 13 • 1:00-4:00 pm • $230 Members/$260 Public • Register Today

Fridays, January 14–February 18 • 9:00 am -12:00 pm • $230 Members/$260 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.

January Jewish Book Discussion Group: The Hidden Palace
Tuesday, January 25 • 10:30 am
For our January session we’ll discuss this year’s One Bay, One Book selection: The Hidden Palace by Helene Wecker.

“A satisfying, mature sequel to The Golem and the Jinni, continuing the magical story of two immigrant mythological characters from the turn of the 20th century to the outbreak of WWI.” — Publishers Weekly

The Peninsula Library System and Jewish Community Library both have multiple copies of the book. Please reserve and check out the book independently. A Kindle edition is available for purchase on Amazon.

Discussion will be facilitated by Jim Van Buskirk. Please sign up here.

Game Night – CODENAMES
Thursday, January 27 • 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 divide everyone into teams, and then jump into play.

Registration required. Please sign up here.

Art Talk: COLOR INTO LINE- Pastels From the Renaissance to the Present
Tuesday, February 8 • 1:30 pm
With the appearance of painting, the immediacy of drawing, and the matte finish of a fresco, pastel is one of the most versatile mediums used throughout art history. The exhibition features masterpieces by artists including Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, and Wayne Thiebaud. This talk will trace the history of pastels while also providing audiences a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to appreciate rare works not usually on public view. Presented by Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Registration required. Please sign up here.

Day Trip: Asian Art Museum
Monday, February 14 • Age 65+: $35 Members/$40 Public
Experience the wonder of teamLab: Continuity, which the SF Chronicle calls “Intoxicating. . . . Unimaginably beautiful.”

Find yourself immersed in a wondrous ecosystem of lush imagery drawn from nature and East Asian art that dynamically evolves around you. Sumptuous images of inky crows and fluorescent flowers, fluttering butterflies and darting fish propel you to wander, to pause, and to marvel. Tokyo-based international collective teamLab is renowned for its interactive, interconnected digital artworks that dissolve boundaries between artwork and viewer, inside and outside, and art and technology.

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Trip includes roundtrip transportation from the PJCC, entry to teamLab: Continuity and additional time to explore museum galleries. No-host lunch.

Depart PJCC – 9:30 am

Return PJCC – 2:45 pm

All PJCC in-person programs require participants 12+ to show proof of vaccination. Masks required. Registration required by Friday, February 4. Sign up here.

Shemitah & the Antiracism Practices of Rest, Release, and Resilience
Wednesday, February 16 • 3:00 pm
The Hebrew word Shemitah literally means “release.” In its biblical origin, Shemitah was a year of rest, in a seven year cycle of Jewish life, that gave the land a rest from farming and forgave all debts. This free course by the Institute of Jewish Spirituality will combine Jewish texts, antiracist teaching and opportunities to reflect.

Registration required. Please sign up here. When registering you may skip the “caucus” section.

Art As We See It – Folk Art & Music
Tuesday, February 22 • 2:00 pm
The Museum of the African Diaspora docents present pairings of art from publicly accessible archives and bluesy folk songs. Art as We See It is a departure from traditional museum docent tours. If you haven’t experienced this one-of-a-kind program, you won’t want to miss out! We invite you to join this informal conversation via chat as we discuss colors, patterns, and rhythms that embody the feel and vibe of the musical selection and artwork.

Registration required. Please sign up here.

Jews of San Francisco
Wednesday, February 23 • 1:00 pm
David Nigel, co-facilitator of the PJCC’s Let’s Talk About It Discussion Group, is bringing us a special talk he’s crafted on the Jews of San Francisco. A lifelong educator, David will take us through the first Jewish settlers in the late 1840s, highlighting landmarks and anecdotes spanning 170 years. Hear about the accomplishments of the likes of Levi Strauss to Marc Benioff. Q&A and time for participants to share stories of their San Francisco memories will follow.

Registration required. Please sign up here.

Day Trip: San Francisco Symphony: SALONEN: STRAVINSKY & OGONEK
Thursday, March 10 • 65+:$25 Members/$30 Public
Join us for a return to the San Francisco Symphony. Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts a program featuring the world premiere of Sleep & Unremembrance, composer Elizabeth Ogonek, Violin Concerto and The Rite of Spring, composer Igor Stravinsky.

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5:00 pm Bus returns to PJCC

For those that do not drive and are unable to get to the PJCC, please contact Jane Skinner at jskinner@pjcc.org about transportation arrangements.

Purchase tickets by February 8, 2022. Note: Advance access to tickets will be given to those who have not yet attended another 2022 Senior Excursion from January 5 – January 12, 2022 by contacting Jane Skinner.

This is a Senior Excursion trip made possible by the North Peninsula Jewish Federation. Prices listed are subsidized for those 65 and over. If space is available, we are happy to accommodate those under 65 at the full rate. Contact Jane Skinner at jskinner@pjcc.org.

All PJCC in-person programs require participants 12+ to show proof of vaccination. Masks required.Registration required; sign up here.

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