Virtual Jewish Learning

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Understanding the Roots of Sephardic and Mizrachi Heritage

Thursday, November 18 • 7:00–8:15 pm
What do the terms “Sephardi” and “Mizrachi” mean? How do we lift up and celebrate the stories of Jews who came from Arab and Muslim countries in our communities today? In this interactive session we will explore some of the history, culture and politics of the Jewish communities of the Middle Eastern and North Africa. Jewish Educator Tamar Zaken will guide us in an educational and engaging session during Mizrachi Heritage Month.

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.

Registration required. Takes place via Zoom.

Hanukkah: The Festival of Lights

Wednesday, December 1 • 3:00–4:30 pm
Join JCC Association with our partners at JArts and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to celebrate Hanukkah. Eight female international Jewish artists, including singer Tair Haim of A-Wa, Italian chef Sylvia Nacamulli, and dancer Rachel Linsky, will share their unique creations inspired by hanukkiot (Hanukkah menorahs) in the MFA Judaica collection, among the largest such collections in a major American museum. An unforgettable time of performance, learning, and artistic engagement is in store for all ages.

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Live Online Classes

Guided Mindfulness Meditation
Mondays • Weekly • 9:30-10:30 am
Join Rabbi Lavey for weekly guided mindfulness meditation. As we practice approaching each moment with courage, curiosity, and compassion we become able to ground ourselves and cultivate awareness and calm. Each sit includes a brief teaching, a few moments of chant, silent meditation, and an opportunity for questions and sharing. Everyone is welcome to join us. Registration required. Takes place via Zoom.

Sponsored by Shalem, the Jewish Wellness Initiative of the San Francisco Bay Area. Shalem promotes wellness and well-being inspired by, and infused with, Jewish spiritual wisdom, and is a collaboration of the Peninsula JCC, Embodied Jewish Learning, Oshman Family JCC, Jewish Silicon Valley, JCC San Francisco, Osher Marin JCC, and JCC East Bay to promote holistic wellness and well-being inspired by, and infused with, Jewish wisdom. Shalem was conceived and created by Peninsula JCC and Embodied Jewish Learning.

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.

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.

Grappling with Race in America

In Spring of 2021, the North Peninsula Jewish Community and the Jewish Community Relations Council presented a series of three lectures exploring the experience of Black People and People of Color in America and the many aspects of injustice manifest in our society. We were guided in our learning by experts and leaders in their fields, who will invite us to ask hard questions and draw our own conclusions. You may watch the videos of these presentations below.

The Black Experience in America from Reconstruction to Today
View the recording of this presentation.
How have the politics and polices in our country since Reconstruction led to the racism and injustice of our time?
Dr. Peniel Joseph, Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy and Barbara Jordan Chair of Ethics and Political Values, University of Texas, Austin.

Perspectives on Criminal Justice Reform and Police Reform
View the recording of this presentation.
How does inequity in our criminal justice system and in the process of policing manifest in the Bay Area and across the country? Featuring Dr. Paul Henderson, Director of the San Francisco Police Oversight Office.

The State of Educational Equity in California
View the recording of this presentation.
How do discrimination and inequity manifest in California’s educational system and what impact does this have on the lives of Black people, People of Color, and the poor? Featuring Natalie Wheatfall-Lum, Director of Policy, Education Trust-West.

Sponsored by Peninsula Temple Beth El, Peninsula Temple Sholom, Peninsula Sinai Congregation, Peninsula Jewish Community Center, the Jewish Community Relations Council of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin, Sonoma, Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, and the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund.

We believe that respecting and discussing diverse opinions and perspectives is what makes us a strong and vital community. We are committed to promoting civil discourse and being a “living room” where discussions on challenging topics can take place in open, inviting, and respectful ways.

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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