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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.

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.


Check back later for more “delicious” ways to nourish yourself!


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
Drawing on the experience of mindfulness and on insights of the Jewish spiritual path, give yourself the gift of wellness through meditation. Instructor: Rabbi Lavey Derby.



Fridays • Two Sessions: 9:30–10:30 am and 10:45-11:45 • Board Room • Free for Center and Community Members and the Public
New session begins January 18, 2019 • Please contact us regarding waitlist
Celebrate Shabbat in a relaxed and playful, community atmosphere with music, creative prayer, movement, and more. Experience and connect with Shabbat in a brand new and energetic way guaranteed to nurture family bonds and build connections to Jewish life and values. For grownups and their little ones. Registration is required. Call 650.378.2703 or visit the PJCC Welcome Center to register.

Instructor: Jeni Markowitz Clancy 


Walking the Spiritual Path

Thursday, December 18 • 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.

Tu B’Shevat Family Celebration

Sunday, January 13 • 4:00 – 5:30 pm • Peninsula Temple Beth El • Free
Come over to Peninsula Temple Beth El and join us for an afternoon celebrating Tu B’Shevat, the Birthday of the Trees! Share stories, song, crafts, plantings and more with our wonderful community. Co-sponsored by PJCC and Peninsula Temple Beth El. Registration requested; sign up online, call 650.378.2703, or visit the PJCC Welcome Center.


MLK Day of Service

Monday, January 21, 2019 • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
On Monday, January 21, join us for a community-wide day of service honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Take part in a variety of activities that take place on campus and offsite, including:

  • Working in the PJCC’s Justice Garden
  • Making pet beds and animal toys for the Peninsula Humane Society
  • Creating birthday cards for Meals on Wheels
  • crafting activity kits and kindness rocks for children in hospitals
  • Writing letters of gratitude to soldiers
  • And more!

Interested in being a project leader? Contact Michele Solomon at msolomon@pjcc.org.

Shabbat Unplugged

Saturday, February 9, 2019 • 3:00 – 5:30 pm • Free
Unplug. Slow down. Experience what it means to be connected. Meet up with family and friends for a screen-free afternoon. Enjoy live music, fun for families and adults, food and drink for everyone! Co-sponsored by Reboot. All are welcome! Registration requested; sign up online, call 650.378.2703, or visit the PJCC Welcome Center.


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.