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Virtual Jewish Learning

Connections for the Mind, Body, & Soul

Upcoming Programs

Celebrity Chefs: 4-Part Series
Take an Adventurous Culinary Journey with Top Jewish & Israeli Chefs!
Tuesdays, January 19 & 26 and February 2 & 9 • 5:00-6:15 pm Pacific • Free

Join us for a virtual international culinary journey with four celebrity chefs on the Israeli and American scenes: Einat Admony, Lior Sercarz, Adeena Sussman, and Danielle Renov. Explore their Moroccan, Yemenite, Persian, Tunisian, and Ashkenazi backgrounds, recipes and culinary inspirations.

Registration for participation via Zoom has reopened! We encourage you to sign up.

Click here to watch the presentations on Facebook Live at 5:00 pm.

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.

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Tuesday, January 19: Einat Admony – The Ultimate Balaboosta
5:00 pm PST
Menu: Moroccan Spiced Fish, Yemenite Salad with Fenugreek-Yoghurt Dressing, and Ja’ala
Einat Admony, also known as the “ultimate balaboosta” (“perfect housewife” in Yiddish), is the chef and owner of Balaboosta, the fine-dining Middle Eastern restaurant, and the beloved falafel chain Taim. She is also the author of two cookbooks: Balaboosta and Shuk.

Tuesday, January 26: Lior Lev Sercarz – The Spice Master
5:00 pm Pacific
Menu: Freekah and Feta Salad; Charred Eggplant and Labneh Parfait
Lior Lev Sercarz is the chef, spice blender and owner of La Boîte, a biscuits and spice shop in New York City. Lior and La Boîte have been featured in publications including The New York Times, Vogue, In Style Magazine, Every Day with Rachel Ray, Food & Wine Magazine and the SAVEUR 100. He is the author of The Art of Blending, The Spice Companion, and his most recent book, Mastering Spice, was named one of the best cookbooks of the year by The New York Times Book Review.

Tuesday, February 2: Adeena Sussman – Sababa
5:00 pm Pacific
Menu: My Mother’s Irresistible Peach Kuchen; Chewy Tahini Blondies
Adeena Sussman is the author of Sababa: Fresh, Sunny Flavors from My Israeli Kitchen, which includes an introduction by Zahav’s Michael Solomonov and was named a Best Fall 2019 cookbook by The New York Times, Bon Appetit, and Food & Wine. She is currently working on her follow up to Sababa, all about the foods of Shabbat. The co-author of 11 cookbooks, Adeena’s three most recent collaborations, including Cravings and Cravings: Hungry for More with Chrissy Teigen, were New York Times best-sellers.

Tuesday, February 9: Danielle Renov – Peas, Love & Carrots
5:00 pm Pacific

Menu: Meat-stuffed artichokes; Sumac-Scented Fennel and Tangerine Salad
Danielle Renov is the blogger/influencer behind the popular website and social media brand “Peas, Love & Carrots,” where she shares delicious and approachable recipes, lifestyle tips and hacks, and more. Half Moroccan and half Ashkenazi, Danielle is a living melting pot of the cultures she was born into and those she now lives among in Israel.


“Who Will Write Our History”: Free Streaming Event
Available through February 5

In honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Taube Philanthropies is pleased to offer free streaming of this celebrated docudrama about the secret archives of the Warsaw Ghetto, written, produced, and directed by Roberta Grossman, recipient of the 2020 Taube Jewish Peoplehood Award.

This award-winning 2018 film, co-produced by Nancy Spielberg, is based on the acclaimed scholarly work of the same title written by historian Samuel Kassow.

Presented by Taube Philanthropies.

Access the documentary here.

Embracing Diversity: Challenges and Opportunities
A PJCC Count Me In: Social Justice Initiative Program
Three Thursdays: January 28, February 4, and February 11 • 7:00-8:30 pm
This three-session virtual diversity training workshop guided by Be’chol Lashon will focus on the diversity of the Jewish community and is intended to create an environment of inquiry and openness to talk about race and its impact on individuals and the community.

Be’chol Lashon (Hebrew for “in every language”) strengthens Jewish identity by raising awareness about the ethnic, racial and cultural diversity of Jewish identity and experience. Be’chol Lashon brings the historic Jewish commitment to civil rights and racial justice forward into the 21st century.

Sessions:
January 28: More than One Story: Understanding Jewish Diversity
February 4: Intersectionality: Is Racism a Jewish Issue?
February 11: A Jewish Look at Cultural Competence: Tools for Engaging Across Difference

Sponsored by the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund.

Takes place via Zoom. Registration required.


Jewbilee: Immerse Yourself in a Jewish Learning Experience
Sunday, January 31 • 1:30 – 6:00 pm
At this year’s Jewbilee, renew your commitment to improving our world by engaging with a range of community leaders immersed in the work of tikkun olam (social justice) or Chesed (social action). Choose between multiple opportunities to learn, explore and do—including meditation breaks featuring our own Rabbi Lavey Derby!—and get inspired to take ongoing action. New this year: special programs for teens and for young adults.

For tickets, schedule, session descriptions and speaker bios, go to apjcc.org/jewbilee. For more information, contact jewbilee@apjcc.org.


Rabbi Lavey’s Joyous Learning Table
Saturdays: February 13, March 13, April 10, May 8, and June 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.


Children of the Inquisition: Film and Talkback
Sunday, February 28 • 5:00-6:00 pm
Join Executive Producer and Director of the film, Joseph Lovett, for a talk back with Award-winning novelist Mary Morris about this fascinating documentary that challenges our ideas about history, identity, and possibly our understanding of Judaism.

The film looks at what happened to the families forced to convert to Catholicism or flee during the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions through the eyes of their contemporary descendants, many of whom are just discovering their often-nuanced Jewish roots.

This is a JCC Partnership program produced by the Boulder JCC.

Takes place via Zoom. Registration required. Audience members will receive an email with the film link on February 25 at 6:00 pm and will have 72 hours to screen the documentary.


Parked at the PJCC Purim Party!

Featuring a Big Screen Family Megilah Reading & Pixar’s Movie: Brave
Sunday, February 28 • 6:00-8:00 pm

Drive up to the big screen in the PJCC parking lot for a ton of Purim fun, including a “dress up your car” costume contest, “Honk over Hamen” megilah reading, and a showing of Pixar’s movie Brave.

This event is free, but space is limited and registration required! Sign up today.

Co-sponsored by Camp Tawonga, Peninsula Sinai Congregation, PJ Library, and Wornick Jewish Day School.



Live Online Classes

Guided Mindfulness 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. To register and receive the Zoom information and password, please use this link.

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
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
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 Shababa December 25 or January 1)
Get ready for Shabbat! Join Jeni & her puppet friends for music, movement & guaranteed giggles.
Join via Zoom at start time

Presented in partnership with PJ Library Bay Area.


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.

Israel

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

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.

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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