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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.

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!

Featured Programs

Yoga & Jewish Wholeness

Select Sundays • 10:30 am – 12:00 pm • At Peninsula Sinai Congregation, Foster City
Please join us one Sunday each month to explore yoga practices infused with Jewish wisdom. Instructors: Tracey & Scott Green.

Yoga for Tu B’Shevat: January 26
Yoga for Lovingkindness: February 16
Yoga for Purim: March 8
Yoga for Passover: April 12
Yoga for Shavuot: May 17

Please register through Peninsula Sinai Congregation at 650.349.2816. A free-will offering will be collected at the end of the workshop; no payment required.

Cultivating Equanimity: A Jewish Meditation and Yoga Retreat

With Rabbi Lavey Derby, Julie Emden, Rabbi Hugh Seid-Valencia, Tracey Green, Scott Green, and Rabbi Laurie Matzkin
Friday, April 17, 4:30 pm–Sunday, April 19, 1:30 pm
Land of Medicine Buddha in Soquel, California

Equanimity is the personal attribute of steady composure and calm in the face of even difficult situations and life circumstances. Enjoy a Shabbat weekend in the Santa Cruz Mountains and develop tools for cultivating equanimity through meditation and yoga infused with Jewish wisdom teachings, nature, periods of silence, and practice in a supportive community.

Offered by Shalem—the Jewish Wellness Initiative of the Peninsula JCC, Embodied JewishLearning, the Addison-Penzak JCC, and the Oshman Family JCC. The retreat will be held at the Land of the Medicine Buddha Retreat Center in Soquel, California.

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.

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Wine and Dine with Rabbi Lavey: Community Shabbat Table

Friday, February 7 • 6:30–8:30 pm • Board Room • $20
Join Rabbi Lavey Derby for an intimate Shabbat dinner. 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.




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
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 10–March 27 • Two Sessions: 9:30-10:30 am and 10:45-11:45 • Board Room • Free for Center & Community Members/$80 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 


Pink @ the PJCC

See the Pink @ the PJCC 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.

Coffee Talk in the Nest

Select Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:00 – 11:00 am • The Nest at the PJCC Preschool
Drop-in for a morning of community, conversation and companionship at our weekly Coffee Talks. Connect with the parent community and local parenting resources. Join us as we sip, schmooze & chat about parenting topics from toddler limit setting to sleep support & potty training. Learn more about The Nest!