The PJCC is committed to both Wellness and vibrant Jewish living. SHALEM: The Jewish Wellness Initiative melds these two core missions by offering wellness programs infused with Jewish wisdom and practice.
Shalem means wholeness, and Jewish wisdom has a great deal to offer anyone who seeks to live a healthy, resilient life with a joyful sense of balance and well-being.
From ancient teachings to modern-day practices, Jewish wisdom encourages us to cultivate qualities—such as gratitude, joy, compassion, and mindfulness, as well as physical wellness.
When we engage in practices to enhance our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being we are shalem: whole in body, heart mind and spirit.
Jewish Wellness offerings are organized around the PJCC’s integrated approach to wellness focusing on Nourish, Move and Engage activities.
Nourish your body and mind with wholesome foods and with practices that promote healing, energy, improved concentration and stress relief.
Move your body for greater physical strength, flexibility, stamina, balance, and resilience.
Engage your body, mind, heart and spirit for increased joy, wholeness, gratitude, intellectual and spiritual understanding, wisdom, community connection, and meaningful relationships.
Explore our Jewish Wellness offerings below!
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.
Saturday, September 14 & November 9 • 3:30–5:00 pm • Classroom AB • Free
Gather around a table 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 Shabbat flows into a new week.
Let’s enjoy delicious snacks and spirits together! 21+ please.
Join a friendly, social group for 2–4 mile hikes in San Mateo County or San Francisco. Hikes are usually held on the first Sunday of the month. (All are welcome, but hikes are geared towards those in their 60’s and 70’s.) For details, email Dave Cohen or call 650.574.2558.
Thursdays · 10:15 am · Free
Drop in any Thursday morning at 10:15 am for an ongoing discussion with Rabbi Lavey Derby exploring Jewish views on important issues and the hows and whys of living a meaningful life.
Thursdays, weekly • 1:30–2:30 PM • Board Room
Free for Center and Community Members and the Public
Draw inspiration from the Jewish spiritual path and cultivate greater awareness and inner peace through the practice of mindfulness meditation. Instructor: Rabbi Lavey Derby.
Fridays, Summer series: July 19 – August 30 • Two Sessions: 9:30–10:30 am and 10:45-11:45 • Board Room • Free for Center and Community Members and the Public
Join family and friends to celebrate Shabbat. Participate in a playful community atmosphere with music, creative prayer, and connect with Shabbat in a new and energetic way. Nurture family bonds and build connections to Jewish life and values. Registration is required. Call 650.378.2703 or visit the PJCC Welcome Center to register.
Instructor: Jeni Markowitz Clancy