Jewish Life Adult Programs & Events

The PJCC welcomes all to take part in experiences that celebrate Jewish life and culture.

Events & Programs

Well-Being Walks with Rabbi Laurie
Monthly on Mondays • 1:15 pm

Get some fresh air with new friends and a dash of Jewish teaching led by Rabbi Laurie. We walk the lagoon at a pace fast enough to feel vibrant but slow enough to include most mobility levels. Bring a friend and meet at the PJCC Front Desk.

Hanukkah 2023: What it Means to Me
Wednesday, December 13 • 10:00-11:00 am • PJCC Conference Room A

Join Rabbi Laurie for a reflective conversation about the meaning of this holiday given this challenging time. Drop-in attendance.

Monthly on Fridays

Celebrate the arrival of Shabbat in the PJCC lobby! Join Jewish Life staff and volunteers for connection and community building.

Next Fri-J: Friday, December 15 • 9:30-11:30 am
Say l’hitraot (bye for now!) to Hanukkah and shalom to Shabbat at our December edition of Fri-J! Dip delicious herbed challah into artisan olive oil as we call to mind those miraculous “last drops of oil” during the last few hours of the holiday.

Israeli Dancing with Bronwyn Eisenberg
Dates in the series: Sundays, January 28, February 11, February 25, March 10, March 31, and April 14 • 3:00 pm
$10 per class

Get ready to dance with Bay Area Israeli dance instructor Bronwyn Eisenberg! Whether you’re a novice or an advanced dancer, this class is for you. Each class will start with some basic steps, followed by one or two new dances. Then, we will have time for more experienced dancers to request their favorites. Each class will be adapted to the participants, creating a dynamic and inclusive experience. Join us for a fun-filled dance journey!

All ages and all levels welcome. Sign up here.

Lunch & Learn: What Talmud Stories Tell Us About Life with Aviv Siegel
Class Dates: Mondays, January 22, February 12, February 26, March 11, March 25, April 15, and May 13 • 12:15–1:30 pm

Join us in studying Jewish stories that are as relevant to life today as they were when written 1,500 years ago. We will be reading short tales from the Talmud in English and use them to discuss what the Rabbis were trying to teach us about how to lead a meaningful and ethical life. No prior knowledge is necessary; you can join one or all sessions. Bring your lunch and join our discussion group.

Sign up here.

Melton Peninsula

Join your Community for an exciting Jewish learning opportunity. PJCC is excited to bring Melton to the North Peninsula in partnership with our local synagogues and day school. Discover our schedule of 2023–2024 classes here.

Classes with Rabbi Lavey Derby

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.

Life, It’s Complicated
Thursdays • 10:15 am
Life, It’s Complicated is an ongoing community of learning in which each week we explore and discuss ideas, beliefs, and practices found in Jewish wisdom, as well as Jewish perspectives on contemporary issues and personal experience. A different topic is discussed each week, often at the suggestion of participants. These weekly conversations are highly interactive as we all learn with and from each other.

Life, It’s Complicated is free and open to anyone who wishes to participate. We meet both in person at the PJCC as well as on Zoom. People are welcome anytime and don’t need to participate each week.

Converse & Learn Together

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

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