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

With Julie Emden of Embodied Jewish Learning, via Zoom

When Moses first saw the burning bush, he said
“אָסֻרָה-נָּא וְאֶרְאֶה, אֶת-הַמַּרְאֶה הַגָּדֹל הַזֶּה”
Asura Na V’Ereh, Et Ha Mareh HaGadol Hazeh
“I will turn aside now and see this great sight“
(Exodus 3:3)

Join us for an extended practice of “turning” in this gentle Iyengar-based yoga and movement practice as a resource for noticing and finding amazement in our everyday movements. Learn about and experience the wonder of the skeletal structures that allow our bodies to twist and turn.

No one turned away for lack of funds. Multiple payment levels are offered to make this workshop accessible to those for whom payment is difficult or prohibitive at this time. Please select your ticket level at check-out.

Zoom link and password will be provided upon Registration. No previous experience with Yoga or knowledge about Passover is required.

Offered by Embodied Jewish Learning, in partnership with Shalem, the Jewish Wellness Initiative of the Peninsula JCC; the Addison-Penzak JCC; and the Oshman Family JCC.

Shalem Jewish Wellness


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Sunday March 21 2:00-4:00pm $0-72

This new 10-session course from the highly regarded Florence Melton School of Jewish Learning will reveal how a collection of worn-out scraps, fragments of texts and other manuscripts and documents found more than 1,000 years old open an otherwise hidden era of history. We will learn the story of the Genizah (a storeroom for timeworn sacred manuscripts and documents) as well as examine selected contents of the Genizah. Through translations of the original texts, the course will explore the daily lives and behaviors of Jewish men, women, and families living along the Mediterranean during the Middle Ages. Taught by Rabbi Leslie Alexander.

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Mondays January 25-April 5 (no class 3/29) 7:00-8:30pm $295

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.

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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.

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Wednesdays Ongoing 9:00-10:30am Free

* This class meets every Wednesday, except on holidays.

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. 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 Melanie Aron of Congregation Shir Hadash, Rabbi Josh Berkenwald of Congregation Sinai, and Rabbi Dana Magat of Temple Emanu-El.

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Tuesdays October 27-May 4 7:00-9:00pm $180

For information on virtual programs for the Israeli community at the JCC, contact Shavit Kaner Levinson at For information about the Beged Kefet after-school Hebrew language program, see our Israeli Programs page.

For information on virtual programs for the Russian-speaking community at the JCC, contact Rabbi Ilana Baird at

Please note: The Silicon Valley Community Trip to Israel has been postponed to 2021. More information:

The Addison-Penzak JCC is proud to be a part of the Koret Initiative on Jewish Peoplehood. The JCC is also supported by the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture, and by Jewish Silicon Valley and other generous 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.