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Virtual Jewish Learning

Connections for the Mind, Body, & Soul

Live Online Classes

Guided Mindfulness Meditation
Mondays • 9:30 am beginning Monday, September 5
Note: No Meetings September 12, September 26 (Rosh Hashanah), October 3, October 10 (Sukkot), and October 17 (Simchat Torah)
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.


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 Kimberly Gordon (kgordon@pjcc.org) to get the Zoom link.


Life, It’s Complicated
Thursdays • 10:15 am beginning Thursday, September 8
Note: No meetings September 22, September 29, October 6, November 17, and November 24
Join Rabbi Lavey in this free ongoing weekly conversation about Jewish topics of interest, Jewish perspectives on contemporary issues, and how Jewish wisdom can help us live a more meaningful life.

Attend in person or via Zoom. Registration required; email Rabbi Lavey Derby to sign up. Takes place via Zoom.


When Israel Was in Egypt’s Land: The Life and Times of Ramses II
Three Wednesdays: November 2, 9, and 16 • 4:00 pm • $36

Many scholars believe king Ramses II was the Pharaoh of the Exodus. In this virtual class we’ll examine the pros and cons of this claim and also delve into the fascinating world he ruled. In nearly 67 years on the throne, he both fought and made peace with the superpower Hittites; genuinely loved his chief wife Nefertari (contra Cecil B. DeMille) and untold dozens of children; and built endless monuments glorifying himself and his (often fictional) victories. This course will allow you to fully appreciate the de Young Museum exhibit (on display through February 12, 2023) as well as the character and achievements of this extraordinary ruler.

A New Lehrhaus Program, presented in partnership with Sha’ar Zahav and the PJCC.

Registration required. Takes place via Zoom.


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