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Shalem: Jewish Wellness at the PJCC

Enrich your life. Cultivate health and resilience. Discover joy. Experience ancient wisdom. Create new pathways for your personal well-being.

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.

Featured Program: Cultivating Equanimity: A Mindfulness & Yoga Retreat

Friday, May 10 – Sunday, May 12
Experience the power of nature, Shabbat, periods of silence, and develop mental and physical tools for cultivating and celebrating equanimity surrounded by a supportive community—all in beautiful Marin County. With Rabbi Lavey Derby, Rabbi Hugh Seid-Valencia, Julie Emden, and Tracey Green. Held at the Marconi Conference Center (18500 California Highway 1, Marshall, CA).


About Shalem

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.

Nourish  •  Move •  Engage

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!

Shalem: Meditation and Yoga for Well-being

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.


Wine and Dine with Rabbi Lavey: Community Shabbat Table

Friday, May 17 • 6:30–8:30 pm • Board Room • $15
Join Rabbi Lavey Derby for an intimate dinner that he’ll be hosting bi-monthly, on Friday evenings. For a couple of hours, we’ll put down our mobile devices and set aside deadlines and duties, enjoying the company of friends old and new and reconnecting with tradition over candles, wine, and challah. This will be followed by a beautifully prepared, catered meal, allowing us to partake in good food and good company as we relax into the sweetness of Shabbat.


PJCC Family Seder

Saturday, April 20 • 5:00 – 7:00 pm • Adult: $20 Members/Public; Child: $10 Members/Public; Under 2: Free
Join us for a playful, interactive, and meaningful Seder led by Rabbi Lavey Derby, Stephanie Levin, Director of Programs, and Jeni Markowitz Clancy, Jewish Family Programs Manager. We’ll explore the Passover traditions in a fun and engaging atmosphere full of singing and storytelling. Kosher for Passover style dinner provided by Nathan Schmidt Catering.



Yoga and Jewish Wholeness

Sunday, April 14 • 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Join Tracey and Scott Green and explore yoga practices infused with Jewish wisdom. Classes are held at Peninsula Sinai Congregation, Foster City. Please register through PSC at 650.349.2816 or roassia@peninsulasinai.org. Free!

Hiking, Yoga, and Meditation at Wunderlich Park

Sunday, May 19 • Meet at hike location at 10:00 am • Free Members/Public
Attune your body, mind, and spirit to the rhythms of nature with moderate hiking and yoga in a beautiful Redwood forest. We’ll pause for yoga poses along the way, breathe the fresh air, and meditate on pearls of Jewish wisdom to inspire the spirit. Led by Tracey and Scott Green.


Jewish Hiking Group

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.


Take a Breath: An Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation

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, Winter series: January 18 – March 15; Spring series: April 12 – June 7 • 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 


Walking the Spiritual Path

Thursday, March 14, April 11, and May 9 • 7:00 – 8:30 pm • Free
Is faith and spirituality an important part of your life? Are you seeking a connection to deepest truths, inner meaning, and a feeling of wholeness? People of all faiths and all backgrounds are invited to participate in an open and safe conversation that will develop a deeper awareness of the spiritual aspect of being human.


Shabbat Unplugged

Saturday, May 4 • 3:00 – 5:30 pm
Unplug, slow down and share a Shabbat with friends and family. Remember what it truly means to be connected with this screen-free afternoon celebrating Shabbat. Co-sponsored by Reboot, PJ Library, Beged Kefet, and Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School. All are welcome! Registration requested; sign up online, call 650.378.2703, or visit the PJCC Welcome Center.


Family Camp

Saturday, May 18 – Sunday, May 19 • Family rate: $295 Member/$345 Public; Individual rate: $90 Member/$105 Public
An all-inclusive camp experience for your family! Join our very own camping experts from Camp Keff and journey to Portola Redwood State Park for a weekend full of campfires, hiking, and s’more! Rekindle the Jewish Spirit through songs, stories and rituals, including Jewish-infused nature walks, Havdalah, and more!


Pink Ribbon Program

See the Pink Ribbon page for more information about ongoing programs.  For more information, please contact our Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist, Vicki McGrath at vmcgrath@pjcc.org or 650.378.2727.