Explore Jewish Thought and Experience

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

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Grief and loss are part of the human condition. Join Rabbi Laurie Matzkin, the JCC’s Jewish Journeys educator, in a relaxed and intimate setting as we take a behind-the-scenes look at Jewish wisdom around mourning. When confronting loss of different kinds, Jewish tradition has many time-tested tools to bring comfort, perspective, and reflection to our experience. Come away with tools to support yourself and others in challenging moments. ** Please RSVP in advance to [email protected] **

When: Thursday, May 16, 7:30pm
Where: A Bellagio, Campbell (Outdoor Patio)
Pricing: $25 includes drink & dessert (wine & tiramisu)
Bring a friend for a $5 discount.

Thu 5/16 7:30-9:30pm Journey into Grief and Loss $25

CM = Full Center Member  SM = Social Member  NM = Non-Member

Experience Judaism through a yoga lens. Enjoy a unique mix of alignment-based yoga, text study and discussion, and spiritual meditation. Stretch your body, mind and soul. This framework for embodied mindfulness is organized around the Jewish calendar but will speak to people of all backgrounds, faiths and fitness levels. Instructor is Rabbi Laurie Matzkin.

Our last Jewish yoga workshop of the season will be May 20 from 12:30-2:30pm. Spring is in full bloom and the energy of summer is around the corner. This yoga and journaling workshop will help you consider what wisdom you want to offer and receive this season. We will add inspiration from the upcoming holiday of Shavuot and the Kabbalistic system of personal development.

For more information, email [email protected].

Mon 5/20 12:30-2:30pm $25 $30

CM = Full Center Member   SM = Social Member   NM = Non-Member

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. Sessions will rotate among local synagogues and the APJCC based on which rabbi is teaching. Please note that the class location rotates. For class locations, please check the syllabus (available this fall) . Instructors: Rabbi Berkenwald of Congregation Sinai, Rabbi Aron of Congregation Shir Hadash, Rabbi from Congregation Beth David, Rabbi Magat of Temple Emanu-El, and Rabbi Seid-Valencia of the APJCC. To join this ongoing class, please register below and contact Maya Jacobson at [email protected] to receive the syllabus and other class materials.

Class meets on  Tuesdays from 7:00pm-9:00pm. Dates for 2018-19 are Oct 16 through April 9. No class on 11/20, 12/25, 1/1, 2/19.

Fee is $180 per person.

The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning provides in-depth Jewish learning for adults. These are college level classes, but with no homework and no exams. You can learn more on the Melton website. For more information, contact [email protected].

Mysticism and Kabbalah: Secret Knowledge in Judaism

Despite the public chatter about Kabbalah, for many, this important aspect of the Jewish tradition remains a “closed book.” This course presents the rich history of Jewish mysticism, along with understandings of many of the texts that have been so central to that tradition, speaking to the deepest mysteries of human existence and to many of life’s eternal universal questions.

Day: Mondays, 2/4-4/15 (no class 2/18)
Time: 10:30am – 12:00 noon
Instructor: Rabbi Philip Ohriner
Cost: $250 + cost of reader
How to Register: Click here to register on the Melton website. Note: You must register for this class through the Melton website, not through the JCC website.

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Wine and Women Celebration: Closing Moms’ Circle  Event of the School Year

Join Rabbi Laurie Matzkin for a celebration of mindful motherhood and spiritual sisterhood, using tools of the Jewish tradition to connect with ourselves and each others. All mothers are welcome, including first-time participants.

Where: A Bellagio, Campbell (Outdoor Patio)
Pricing: $25 includes drink & dessert

More info: [email protected]

This program is a partnership between the APJCC and the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley.

*Our last meeting of the school year will be an offsite, evening event on June 3.


Rabbi Joey Felsen of the Jewish Study Network guides you through the fundamental works of Maimonides, Luzzato, and other classic commentators. No Hebrew necessary.

For more information, contact [email protected].

Tue ongoing* 9:30-11:00am Free

CM = Full Center Member   SM = Social Member   NM = Non-Member

This is a free, drop-in class. No need to register.

* This class meets every Tuesday, except on holidays. Usually we meet in Activity Room A, but on the following dates we will meet in the Federation Conference Room (located across the hall from Activity Room A) instead: 1/8, 1/22, 2/5, 4/16, 4/30 and 5/14.

Learn Talmud in English. This class is presented in collaboration with Lehrhaus Judaica.

Lehrhaus Talmud Circle is a growing, dynamic, and welcoming community of adult students engaged in modern Talmud study and active conversation.

Lehrhaus Talmud Circle students study with the Koren Talmud Bavli, Ta’anit, available in various print sizes and in digital editions.

If you’ve never studied Talmud before, we recommend you take Lehrhaus Judaica’s “Taste of Talmud” class before this class starts.

If you are new to the study of Talmud, we recommend that you participate in Lehrhaus Judaica’s “A Special Morning with the Talmud and the Zohar” introductory session on Sunday September 16, 10:00am at the Jewish Community Library in San Francisco. This program is free but you must sign up for it in advance. If you have questions, please contact Abra Greenspan at [email protected].

Sun 10/21, 11/11, 12/16, 1/27, 2/24, 3/17, 4/28, 5/19, 6/2* 10:00am-12:00pm Choose your price**

* June 2 meeting is a siyyum (celebration for the end of the course of study) and will be held at the Jewish Community Library in San Francisco.

** When you register for the class at, you’ll see a choice of three prices. You can choose your price–the higher prices cover more of Lehrhaus Judaica’s expenses.
$270 covers for faculty, admin, and overhead costs
$225 covers faculty and admin costs
$180 covers faculty cost only

Drop in to study and discuss the writings of Rabbi Mordechai Kaplan, with instructor Rabbi Hugh Seid-Valencia. No experience or specialized knowledge necessary. Each week we’ll read and discuss a short selection from Kaplan’s writings. This is a free, drop-in class. No need to register. For more information, contact [email protected].

Wed ongoing* 9:00-10:30am Free

CM = Full Center Member   SM = Social Member   NM = Non-Member

This is a free, drop-in class. No need to register.

* This class meets every Wednesday, except on holidays. No class on 9/19 or 1/23.

Are you interested in developing tools for mind/body/spirit self-care? Join Rabbi Hugh, the JCC’s Director of Community Engagement, for monthly wellbeing walks.

We will meet in the main lobby, investigate how the JCC’s value of the month might inspire wise action through brief text study and intention setting, walk together to the Los Gatos Creek, practice a brief meditative exercise in a beautiful setting, and return to the JCC for a closing reflection.

First Wednesday of every month. Please dress comfortably and wear your preferred walking shoes.

This program is free. No need to register, just drop in.

More information: [email protected]


First Wednesday of every month ongoing 11:00am-12:00 noon Free

CM = Full Center Member  SM = Social Member  NM = Non-Member


About the JCC’s Value of the Month

The Addison-Penzak JCC is founded on eight Jewish values which are also universal values:

  • Building Character (derech eretz)
  • Community (kehillah)
  • Conscious Giving (tzedakah)
  • Lovingkindness (chesed)
  • Respect (kavod)
  • Social Justice (tikkun olam)
  • Welcoming Guests (hachnasat orchim)
  • Wisdom (chochmah)

Meet to discuss the weekly Torah portion with Rabbi Ilana Baird. This lively class and all discussion is in Russian. This is a free, drop-in class. No need to register. For more information, contact [email protected].

All Russian Language Torah Study Programs at the APJCC are made possible, in part, by a generous gift from Larisa Margulis & Mikhail Guz.

Tue ongoing* 10:00-11:30am Free

CM = Full Center Member   SM = Social Member   NM = Non-Member

This is a free, drop-in class. No need to register.

* This class meets every Tuesday, except on holidays. Class does not meet during the summer. Class will resume on September 4, 2018.

Events for young adults ages 22-36 are arranged by Maya Jacobson, the JCC’s Community Engagement Administrator. Contact her at [email protected].

Upcoming events include:

Monthly Shabbat Hike

Every fourth Saturday of the month. Location varies.



The APJCC is proud to be a part of the Initiative on Jewish Peoplehood, co-funded by the Koret Foundation and the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture, and supported further by the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley and other generous supporters.