Virtual Jewish Learning

Connections for the Mind, Body, & Soul

Upcoming Programs

Moving with the Tree of Life
7-Week Series with Julie Emden of Embodied Jewish Learning
Fridays, April 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30; May 7 and 14 • 9:30 – 10:30 am
Sliding Scale: Single Class: $10 – $36 • Series: $70 – $252

Join us each week between the holidays of Passover and Shavuot as we embody divine attributes (Sefirot) that map onto the body, based upon the Tree of Life. Each class will include guided movement sequences as well as time for free-form dance, accompanied by carefully curated playlists and infused with Jewish wisdom teachings for the week’s attribute.

No previous experience with dance or knowledge about the Sefirot is required. Please wear comfortable loosely layered clothing in which you can easily move.

Sign up for the series or for single classes. Can’t join live? A recording for your viewing will be sent to you. Zoom link will be provided upon registration.

Offered in partnership with Chochmat HaLev; Kehilla Community Synagogue; Shalem, the Jewish Wellness Initiative of the Peninsula JCC; and Oshman Family JCC.

Register Today.

Schedule of Classes & Additional Information

Schedule of Classes:
April 2: Embodying Hesed (Flow)
April 9: Embodying Gevurah (Containment)
April 16: Embodying Tiferet (Harmony/Beauty)
April 23: Embodying Netzach (Patience)
April 30: Embodying Hod (Gratitude)
May 5: Embodying Yesod (Creative Life Force)
May 12: Embodying Malchut (Physical Divinity)

No one turned away for lack of funds. Multiple payment levels are offered to make this series accessible to those for whom payment is difficult or prohibitive at this time. If you are able, please consider sponsoring others to attend through the “help another” option when selecting a ticket. Contact Julie Emden if you need a scholarship.

Rabbi Lavey’s Joyous Learning Table
Saturdays: 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.

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 (Note: No meeting Thursday, March 25)
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.

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.

Grappling with Race in America

The North Peninsula Jewish Community and the Jewish Community Relations Council present 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 will be guided in our learning by experts and leaders in their fields, who will invite us to ask hard questions and draw our own conclusions.

The Black Experience in America from Reconstruction to Today
March 4, 7:00-8:30 pm
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
March 11, 7:00-8:30 pm
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
April 8, 7:00 pm
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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