Virtual Jewish Learning

Connections for the Mind, Body, & Soul

Live Online Classes

Enjoy your favorite PJCC Jewish Life programs at home!

Coming Up

Guided Mindfulness Meditation
Mondays • Weekly • 9:30-10:00 am (No Class September 28 or October 5)
Join Rabbi Lavey every Monday morning at 9:30 for 30 minutes of guided meditation to help us find our center and to cultivate calm during this unusual time. To register and receive the Zoom information and password, please use 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.

Life: It’s Complicated
Thursdays • Weekly • 10:15-11:15 am (No Class October 8)
Join Rabbi Lavey for an ongoing discussion of Jewish topics and how Jewish wisdom can help us live a more meaningful life.
To register and receive the Zoom information and password, please use this link.

Lovingkindness Meditation
Thursdays • Weekly • 4:00-4:30 pm (No Class October 8)
In this meditation, we silently repeat blessings of lovingkindness for ourselves and others. Join Rabbi Lavey in this practice that opens the heart and cultivates compassion. To register and receive the Zoom information and password, please use this link.

Shababa (Takes Place via Zoom)
Fridays • 10:00 am (No meeting September 18 – Erev Rosh Hashanah)
Get ready for Shabbat! Join Jeni & her puppet friends for music, movement & guaranteed giggles.
Join via Zoom at start time

Yoga for Renewal with Julie Emden
Friday, October 2 • 9:30-10:30 am
Join us for this six-week series of Iyengar-based yoga classes, a journey through the Hebrew month of Elul (beginning August 21) into the High Holiday season. Each class is infused with Jewish Wisdom teachings to cultivate balance and wholeness.

Remaining Class Dates and Themes:
October 2: Embodying Inner Spaciousness for Sukkot (Festival of Temporary-ness)

Registration required. Zoom link and password will be provided just before the event start time.

Multiple payment levels are offered to make this workshop accessible to those for whom payment is difficult or prohibitive at this time. Please select your ticket level at check-out. Please contact Julie if you’d like to attend but are unable to pay at this time.

Offered by Shalem, the Jewish Wellness Initiative of the Peninsula JCC, Embodied JewishLearning, the Addison-Penzak JCC, and the Oshman Family JCC.

Virtual Sukkot Jam with the PJCC, PTBE & PJ Library
Sunday, October 4 • 5:00-6:00 pm
Move, groove, giggle & sing with us to celebrate Sukkot! Rocking jams with Alison Faith Levy, puppet fun with Jeni Markowitz Clancy, and a very special Sukkot box kit from the PJCC, PTBE & PJ Library will make this an unforgettable virtual party! Free Sukkot program kits available for contactless pickup Thursday, October 1st from 5:00-6:00 pm in the PJCC Main Parking Lot.

Takes place via Zoom. Registration required.

2 for Seder: In the Sukkah

Fight Back Against Anti-Semitism with Love and a Safe Sukkah!

2 for Seder: In the Sukkah focuses on the traditional values associated with the Jewish holiday Sukkot (the evening of October 2-9th), encouraging hospitality, transition, and gratefulness.Simply set up a Sukkah (or your version of the Sukkah) and invite 2 friends of another faith to share a COVID-safe meal. Start a dialogue!

Let’s fight anti-Semitism across North America through sharing an authentic and joyous Jewish experience. Invite 2 friends of another faith to join in on a COVID-safe meal in the Sukkah—whatever that may be for you.

Learn more about 2 for Seder: In the Sukkah!

Request 2 for Seder’s Safe Sukkah Guide

The High Holidays are going to be different this year, but Sukkot, a home-based, outdoor holiday, is waiting for you to make it special. Sukkahs may be a variety of shapes, sizes and places, but they let you see the stars, feel the breeze and have a meal together. Pick a spot and decorate it to make it special for the week of Sukkot.

2 for Seder’s Guide will help you learn about Sukkot traditions, give you ideas for adapting the holiday to your home and family, Discussion Cards and the SafeSukkah Fact Sheet to help you have a COVID-safe experience.

Sign up to receive their Guide by email on the 2 for Seder website.

The PJCC is proud to be a communication partner of 2 for Seder.

Rabbi Lavey’s Joyous Learning Table
Saturdays: October 17, November 14, and December 12 • 4:30-5:30 pm
You’re invited! Join Rabbi Lavey for a virtual soulful gathering as we tell stories that touch the heart and sing songs of both joy and yearning. This joyous gathering is known as a tisch (table, in Yiddish) and is a lovely way to celebrate with friends and community as the Shabbat flows into the new week. Be sure to have some food and spirits (or non-alcoholic beverages if you prefer) on hand. Takes place via Zoom. Registration required; sign up today.

Growing Up Below Sea Level: A Kibbutz Childhood
Monday, November 16 • 7:00-8:30 pm
Rachel Biale will discuss her newly released book Growing Up Below Sea Level: A Kibbutz Childhood, which is both an enchanting and compelling memoir and also a lens through which to view what life was like on a kibbutz at the beginning of Israel’s statehood and how profoundly Israel has changed. Takes place via Zoom. Registration required; sign up today.

Helen Diller Family Awards for Excellence in Jewish Education
Mazel Tov to Jeni Markowitz Clancy, our Jewish Family Programs and Engagement Manager, who received the 2020 Helen Diller Family Award for Excellence in Jewish Education for her work in Early Childhood! Jeni manages inspiring programs for families, including Shababa (a weekly Shabbat celebration for families with young ones), The Nest (a gathering place for parents of 0 to 3 year olds), and special family celebrations around the Jewish holidays. In these unique times, Jeni has translated her programming into the virtual realm, with online programs designed to inspire, engage, and connect families with each other, as well as Jewish practices and traditions.

We also congratulate the other award winners: Efrat Simhi-Aloni in the Day School category; Lisa Bialkin in the Congregational and Supplementary category; and Isaac Zones in the Jewish Communal and Experiential category.

At-Home, On-Demand Learning Resources

Learn, grow, and connect with these videos, podcasts, and other resources selected by us, for you.


Learn about Israeli life, culture, and society.

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HevrutaAmerica Online Gap-Year Program
HevrutaAmerica is a new full-time Jewish study and volunteer program for college students whose plans have been interrupted by the pandemic. Learn more about the program on the Shalom Hartman Institute’s website.

From the World Zionist Organization: A Series of Films about Israel

New schedule every week; screened via iVision LIVE
The World Zionist Organization invites you to watch films about Israel-related topics with people from around the world, followed by a discussion with a leading Israeli educator. Advanced registration required; RSVP Today.

Meditations and Wellness

On-demand resources to support your well-being, presented from a Jewish perspective.

Shalem: Meditation and Yoga for Well-being Podcasts
Join Rabbi Lavey Derby and Julie Emden as we explore how to experience and support Middot, personal and spiritual qualities, through these 10-minute meditation and yoga practices infused with Jewish Wisdom. Listen to our podcasts today.

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Walking Meditation Instructions by Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg

Sheila teaches about the importance of a focused attention during walking practice. She gives detailed instructions, reflecting on the connection to Jewish contemplative practice. Listen here.

Jewish Life and Culture

Thought-provoking takes on Jewish community, culture, and current events.

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jewishLIVE is your portal to live-streaming Jewish experiences on the internet! Discover live Jewish events from around the world.

Judaism Unbound

Cutting-edge podcasts. Listen in at Judaismunbound.com.


A podcast from Tablet Magazine. Listen at tabletmag.com/podcasts.

Especially for Families

Enjoy special resources designed for families with young children!

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Stories & Songs with Jeni!

Story Time: Todah

Hiney Rakevet: Puppet & Song

Shabbat Shalom Songs

At-Home Resources from PJ Library

Stay busy and have fun—together—with this rich selection of stories, arts & crafts projects, suggestions for “unplugged time,” language-learning activities, and more, from our friends at PJ Library. Dive in!

Jewish Baby Network: Friday Night Tot Shabbat Jen Miriam Altman

Enjoy a Shabbat experience filled with music, puppets, and more. Watch now!

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