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Online Jewish Learning

Connections for the Mind, Body, & Soul

Live Online Classes

Enjoy your favorite PJCC Jewish Life programs at home!

Featured Event

PJCC Virtual Family Seder
Thursday, April 9 • 5:00 pm
Join us for a FREE playful, interactive and meaningful virtual Seder led by Rabbi Lavey Derby, Jeni Markowitz Clancy, and musician Toby Pechner. We’ll explore the Passover traditions with a family-friendly virtual haggadah, singing, puppetry, and storytelling. This Seder is great for families with children ages 10 & under or those young at heart. All are welcome!

Pre-registration is required. Register today.

More Passover @ the PJCC

We’re pleased to share a variety of resources for your Passover observances & celebrations. Join us for virtual events, connect with us for special messages on social media, and enjoy our collection of meaningful online stories, videos, and activities. Chag Pesach Sameach (have a happy Passover)!

Visit our Virtual Passover page.

Also Coming Up

Guided Meditation
Mondays • Weekly • 9:30-10:00 am
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.
Join via Zoom at start time

Life: It’s Complicated
Thursdays • Weekly • 10:15-11:15 am
Join Rabbi Lavey for an ongoing discussion of Jewish topics and how Jewish wisdom can help us live a more meaningful life.
Join via Zoom at start time

Lovingkindness Meditation
Thursdays • Weekly • 4:00-4:30 pm
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.
Join via Zoom at start time

Shababa!
Fridays • 10:00 am
Get ready for Shabbat! Join Jeni & her puppet friends for music, movement & guaranteed giggles. (Note: No Shababa on April 10 in observance of the Passover holiday.)
Join via Zoom at start time

Yoga for Passover: Finding our Ground
Sunday, April 5 • 2:00-3:30 pm • Sliding Scale: $0-$36

It is said that when the Israelites entered the Red Sea, they went ‘b’toch ha’yam bayabasha’ – ‘into the sea on dry land’. Experience and embody ways to find ground in this gentle Iyengar-based practice as a resource for feeling our steadiness in the current oceans of tumult, uncertainty and change.

No previous experience with yoga or knowledge about Passover is required. Please wear comfortable loosely layered clothing in which you can easily move and set up a yoga mat, blanket, and chair or yoga blocks in your home. Zoom link will be provided upon registration.

No one turned away for lack of funds. 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.

Registration required—sign up today.

Co-Sponsored by 4th Street Yoga, Congregation Netivot Shalom, Kehilla Community Synagogue, Shalem: the PJCC’s Jewish Wellness Initiative, Oshman Family JCC and Addison Penzak JCC.

At-Home, On-Demand Learning Resources

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

Passover

Resources to help you prepare for the upcoming holiday. Includes educational materials, catering recommendations, and more!

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Resources for Families

“The Passover Story in 10 Scenes”—Video from PJ Library
Journey through the Passover story in 10 scenes, beautifully illustrated in the River Ride, a companion piece to the PJ Library Haggadah. Watch now.

PJ Library Family Resources for Passover
Crafts, stories, activities, and more—from PJ Library, for your family. Take a look!

Educational Resources

Storytime: A Retelling of the Story of Passover

Get Ready for Your Seder!
An easy how-to for a Seder plate with items you probably have at home:

DIY Charoset Bar
Yum! Make your own DIY charoset bar perfectly styled with your pantry’s offerings.

Catering Options

Ladle & Leaf
Purchase a gallon of Matzo Ball Soup (and other varieties) which serves 8-12 people for $50. Email info@ladleandleaf.com

Neshama Foods
Passover meal boxes, meat ($36) and vegan ($29), includes: Brisket (no brisket if vegan box), potato kugel, veggie, mazto ball soup, and chocolate macaroons. The Seder Plate Box ($40) includes: machine-baked Shmura Matza, horseradish, shank bone, roasted egg, charoset, and parsley. Certified Kosher for Passover.

Nathan Schmidt’s Catering
Complete meal with matzo ball soup, homemade gefilte fish, potato kugel, chicken and veggies. Please email Café.ns@gmail.com.

Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen
Wise Sons offers everything from charoset and horseradish to gefilte fish, matzo ball soup and brisket. Passover menu is available April 7-16. Please order two days before you want to pick it up from their 24th Street location in San Francisco. (Please note: Not Kosher.)

Saul’s Deli
Offers house-made matzah, as well as a braised tzimmes brisket and almond coconut cake. Saul’s orders must be picked up between April 7 and 16. Food must be ordered 24 hours in advance of pickup. (Please note: Not Kosher.)

Blossom Catering Company
All-inclusive seder meal with gefilte fish, matzah ball soup, brisket and confit potatoes. $80 per guest (plus tax) and orders will be taken at increments of 2 guests at a time. Can be delivered anywhere in the Bay Area on April 7; orders must be in by April 5. (Please note: Not Kosher.)

Israel

Learn about Israeli life, culture, and society.

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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

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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A Slippery Slope: Jews, Schmaltz, and Crisco in the Age of Industrial Food with Rachel B. Gross
Provided by the Jewish Community Library
Sunday, April 19 • 2:00 pm
“The Hebrew Race has been waiting 4,000 years for Crisco,” Procter & Gamble announced in 1913. San Francisco State University professor Rachel B. Gross will explore what the company’s extensive targeted marketing reveals about how American Jews have changed as religious practitioners and as consumers. Examining Crisco’s advertising to Jews helps us ask who is—and who should be—an authority in the modern Jewish kitchen.” Register for the Zoom presentation.

Victoria Hanna’s Orayta with Nechama Tamler and Tzippi Zach
Provided by the Jewish Community Library
Thursday, April 23 • 7:00 pm
This auditory and visual tour of the recent Israeli song Orayta by performer Victoria Hanna will engage participants in appreciating and understanding the way an ancient Jewish text can transform itself into a most contemporary genre and appeal to wide audiences, including those who have no background in the Jewish textual tradition. Register for the Zoom presentation.

Virtual Drop-In Story Club: “Fly Already” by Etgar Keret with Howard Freedman
Thursday, April 22 • 2:00 pm
Born in 1967 in Ramat Gan, Etgar Keret is a master storyteller. The opening story of his newest collection, winner of the Sapir Prize, is a startling story of a father and son who witness a man atop a nearby building on the verge of suicide.

The story can be found published online on the website of the New Yorker here. In this informal discussion led by Library Director Howard Freedman, we will read the story together and discuss it online. Register for the Zoom presentation.

Judaism Unbound

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

Unorthodox

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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