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Virtual Jewish Learning

Connections for the Mind, Body, & Soul

Live Online Classes

Guided Mindfulness Meditation
Note: This class will resume on Monday, September 12.
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. Takes place via Zoom.

This is a program of Shalem, PJCC’s Jewish Wellness Initiative. Shalem promotes wellness and well-being inspired by, and infused with, Jewish spiritual 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 Kimberly Gordon (kgordon@pjcc.org) to get the Zoom link.


Life: It’s Complicated
Note: This class will resume on Thursday, September 8.
Join Rabbi Lavey for an ongoing discussion of Jewish topics and how Jewish wisdom can help us live a more meaningful life.


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.


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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