JEWISH ADULT EDUCATION

Ask questions, find meaning, learn and join in community with others as we investigate Jewish life, thought, and experience.

Currently we are offering Jewish Life programs in an online format.

Programs listed in blue are one-time programs.
Programs listed in purple are ongoing programs.

Tzedek Circles, a new program brought to you by Jewish Silicon Valley and Repair the World, equips you to carry out acts of Tzedaka (righteous giving) and Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) through leadership training and community.

We invite you to apply for a 6-week cohort program where participants will explore in Jewish justice concepts, identify and develop personal skills, and take action within a group.

The cohort will meet and train for 3 consecutive weeks, spend 2 weeks taking action, then meet again for a week of reflection and sharing about the impact of their work.

Registration is offered on a sliding scale of $18-360. All proceeds of the registration fees will be donated to the participating service partners. No one is turned away for lack of funds.

REGISTER HERE

Deadline to apply is October 18th

Actions could look like pooling funds and making donations, serving at a local service partner, organizing a donation drive, hosting a benefit, advocating for a cause, and/or any other form of Tikkun Olam that participants find meaningful.

Participants can join with a chevrutah (study circle) or solo and be matched by program facilitators.

To learn more, contact Rabbi Hugh Seid-Valencia at rabbihugh@jvalley.org.

Rabbi Joey Felsen of the Jewish Study Network guides you through the early rabbinic classic Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers). No Hebrew necessary. Join the class online each Tuesday (except on holidays) at 9:30am on Zoom live streaming.

This is a free, drop-in class.

For questions and registration, please email joey@jsn.info.

DAY DATES TIME FEE
Tuesdays Ongoing 9:30-11:00am Free

Drop in online to study Duties of the Heart, a guide to developing one’s inner spiritual life, written by 11th-century rabbi and philosopher Bachya ibn Pakuda. No experience or specialized knowledge necessary. With Rabbi Hugh Seid-Valencia.

This is a free, drop-in class.

For more information, contact CJLL@jvalley.org.

REGISTER HERE

DAY DATES (no class 9/1, 9/8, 9/22, 9/29) TIME FEE
Wednesdays Ongoing 9:00-10:30am Free

* This class meets every Wednesday, except on holidays.

Every Monday | 9:30-10:30am

Meditation is an invitation to cultivate awareness of the present moment without judgment. As we practice approaching each moment with courage, curiosity, and compassion we are able to ground ourselves and cultivate awareness and calm. Each sit includes teaching drawn from the Jewish spiritual tradition, chanting, silent meditation, and an opportunity for questions and sharing. These meditation sessions are appropriate for both beginners and experienced meditators. Everyone is welcome to join us. All sessions are virtual and free to attend.

REGISTER HERE

For more info, contact rabbihugh@jvalley.org.

Offered by Shalem, the Jewish Wellness Initiative of the San Francisco Bay Area. Shalem was created by the Peninsula JCC and Embodied Jewish Learning, and is now a collaboration of Embodied Jewish Learning, the Peninsula JCC, Oshman Family JCC, Jewish Silicon Valley, JCC San Francisco, Osher Marin JCC, and JCC East Bay to promote holistic wellness and well-being inspired by and infused with Jewish wisdom.

Rabbi Lavey Derby is an accomplished meditation teacher, skilled in both eastern and Jewish meditation practices, as well as a teacher of Zohar (the central work of Kabbalah), Hasidic writings, and other works of the Jewish mystical tradition. He has studied with many extraordinary teachers including Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi z”l, Rabbi David Cooper z”l, Sylvia Boorstein, Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg, and Rabbi Jeff Roth. Together with Julie Emden, Lavey co-created Shalem, the Jewish Wellness Initiative of the San Francisco Bay Area.

An overview of the Jewish life-cycle, holidays, and ritual. During the course of the year, students will gain an understanding of Jewish belief, history and calendar and gain exposure to important Jewish books including the Hebrew Bible and the Talmud. Each session includes thirty minutes of Hebrew instruction. For at least the first semester, this year’s class will be presented on Zoom.

Instructors: Rabbi Hugh Seid-Valencia of the APJCC, Rabbi Jaymee Alpert of Congregation Beth David, Rabbi PJ Schwartz of Congregation Shir Hadash, Rabbi Josh Berkenwald of Congregation Sinai, and Rabbi Dana Magat of Temple Emanu-El.

REGISTER HERE

For more information, contact rabbihugh@jvalley.org.

DAY DATES TIME FEE
Tuesdays October 12-April 5 7:00-9:00pm $180

Monthly, third Friday | 12:30-1:30pm

Are you interested in developing tools for mind/body/spirit self-care? Join Rabbi Hugh, the APJCC’s Senior Director of Collaborative Leadership and Jewish Engagement, for monthly wellbeing walks. Meet in the APJCC lobby, walk together to Los Gatos Creek, meditate briefly, and return to the APJCC for a closing reflection.

Free for APJCC members. Please dress comfortably and wear your preferred walking shoes.

For more info, contact rabbihugh@jvalley.org.

For information on virtual programs for the Israeli community at the APJCC, see our Israeli Programs page or contact Shavit Kaner Levinson at shavit@jvalley.org.

For information about the Beged Kefet after-school Hebrew language program, click here.

For information on virtual programs for the Russian-speaking community at the APJCC, contact Rabbi Ilana Baird at rabbiilana@jvalley.org.

The Addison-Penzak JCC is proud to be a part of the Koret Initiative on Jewish Peoplehood. The APJCC is also supported by the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture, and by other donors. All Cultural Arts programs at the APJCC are made possible, in part, by generous contributions from Sylvia & Leonard Metz, Doris and Rick z”l Davis, and an anonymous donor.