JEWISH LIFE CLASSES

Explore Jewish Thought and Experience

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

This new four-lesson course of the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning addresses the important role of collective national memory in the ongoing development and adaptation of Judaism throughout the generations. What do we remember and why? How are national memories formed and preserved? The course opens with the Torah’s directive to remember the attempted Jewish national genocide perpetrated by Israel’s arch-enemy, Amalek. The next three lessons each explore significant historical periods and the memories formed around them: reflections on the Spanish expulsion, recollections of Poland just before and following the shoah, and the State of Israel as envisioned by its founders and as experienced by its citizens today. The main objective of this course is to offer learners opportunities to explore the significant impact of Jewish collective memory on the current and future status of worldwide Jewry. Taught by Rabbi Leslie Alexander.

DAY DATES TIME CM/SM NM
Mon 4/16-5/7 10:30am-12:00pm $100 $120

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

A new four-lesson course of the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning. Searching for ways to find balance in our lives is a recurring theme in modern living. Throughout this course texts will be studied related to the various elements of our lives that are constantly hanging in the balance. For the sake of organizational clarity, the course has been broken up into four topics of focus: Focus on Family, Focus on Work and Community, Focus on Self, and Finding the Balance. Taught by Rabbi Leslie Alexander.

DAY DATES TIME CM/SM NM
Thu 4/26-5/24 7:00-8:30pm $100 $120

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

No class on 5/10

The APJCC is undertaking an exploration of the values that underlie our community and inform our behavior. You are invited to a monthly series of lunch and learns on Fridays at noon to examine how these values are rooted in Jewish sources, what we already do to put these values into action, and what more we can do to enact them. This is a free, drop-in class that is open to everyone. Bring your lunch. Values for the coming months are as follows (we have 8 values and they repeat throughout the year):

  • March 2: Kehillah–Community
  • April 13: Chesed–Lovingkindness
  • May 4: Chochmah–Wisdom
  • June 8: Kavod–Respect

For more information, contact Rabbi Hugh Seid-Valencia, the JCC’s Director of Community Engagement, at [email protected].


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

A refreshing mix of Jewish learning with guided meditation, breath work and asana practice. With Rabbi Laurie Matzkin. Suitable for all fitness levels. Class is held in Studio B on the second floor of the JCC. Every Friday from 1:15-2:45pm.

For more information, contact [email protected].

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DAY DATES TIME CM SM NM
Fri ongoing 1:15-2:45pm Free $15 $25

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

This is a drop-in class, no need to register in advance.

DATES: Friday, April 13, 4:30pm through Sunday, April 15, 1:30pm

Experience the power of nature, Shabbat, periods of silence, and develop mental and physical tools for cultivating and celebrating lovingkindness surrounded by a supportive community– all in the beautiful, rural foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. With Rabbi Lavey Derby, Rabbi Hugh Seid-Valencia, Julie Emden, and others. View the detailed Retreat Schedule.

Registration fee includes optional bus transportation to the site, lodging for two nights, meals, and tuition.

Co-offered by Peninsula Jewish Community Center, the Addison-Penzak JCC and Embodied Jewish Learning. Organized by the Addison-Penzak JCC and the Peninsula JCC, and held at the Land of the Medicine Buddha in Soquel, California.

For more information, please contact [email protected]org

For ages 18 and up.

Because we are limited in our capacity to handle the complexity of ticket sales, your purchase is final. If, after purchasing, you are unable to come to the retreat, please let us know. If we have a waiting list, we will be happy to refund your ticket minus a $75 cancellation fee. If we do not have a waiting list, you will be responsible to sell your ticket to someone else.


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.

Would you like to bring more intentionality to the way you experience time? Join Rabbi Laurie Matzkin, experienced educator and APJCC Preschool parent, for an exploration of the themes of the Jewish months and how their unique energies can help focus our personal growth throughout the year. This framework for reflection and mindfulness is organized around the Jewish calendar but applies to parents of all faiths.

This group meets monthly on the Monday after Rosh Hodesh (the celebration of the new Jewish month) and will integrate text study, self-reflection and journaling, and real life themes relevant to mothers of all ages and stages. 8:40-9:00am informal coffee and chatting, followed by a more focused program 9:00-10:00am.

Moms’ Circle is in held in Club J, on the school side of the JCC building. Coffee and bagels provided. FIRST CLASS FREE.

Day Dates Time CM/SM/NM
Mon 12/11, 1/29, 2/12, 3/12, 4/16, 5/14 8:45-10:00am $10 per day

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

Learn Talmud in English. This class is presented in collaboration with Lehrhaus Judaica and The Aleph Society. For details and to sign up, go to http://catalog.lehrhaus.org/course/2017/fall/TC850-APJ/

DAY DATES TIME CM/SM/NM
Sun 10/8, 11/5, 12/3,1/7, 2/4, 3/4, 4/8, 5/6, 6/10* 10:00am-12:00pm $195

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

* 6/10/18 class is in San Francisco.

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 here . Instructors: Rabbi Berkenwald of Congregation Sinai, Rabbi Aron of Congregation Shir Hadash, Rabbi Ohriner of 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.

DAY DATES TIME CM/SM/NM
Tue 10/17, 10/24, 11/7, 11/14, 11/28, 12/5, 12/12, 12/19, 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/17, 4/24, 5/1 7:00-8:30pm $180 per set of books couples enrolling together do not have to pay twice

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

Learn to speak and read Hebrew with instructor Yael Karmi over a seven-week series. Yael will be offering classes at two different levels:

Learn to Speak Hebrew:  Beginner Hebrew Conversation

Would you like to speak some modern practical Hebrew? Can you already read in Hebrew? Then this class is for you. Starting from the most basic vocabulary and grammar we will practice reading and talking with other participants in Hebrew. Yael Karmi, a native Israeli speaker who has been teaching Hebrew since 1995, will teach this class.

Learn to Read Hebrew: Intermediate Hebrew Reading

Here is your chance to become a fluent Hebrew reader! This class is for adults who begun Hebrew reading and mastered about half to two third of the letters and vowels. In this class we will learn to read all the letters and vowels and start with some vocabulary and short sentences. In the end of this course students will be able to read Hebrew fluently and accurately. (Note: if you choose this track you must purchase Hebrew: A Language Course Primer by Lois Rothblum.)

Both classes are offered concurrently. The instructor will differentiate instruction. All are welcome.

DAY DATES TIME CM/SM NM
Tue 1/16-3/6* 7:00-8:15pm $36 $45
Tue 4/17-5/15 7:00-8:15pm $26 $35

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

* No class on Feb 20

To register, contact [email protected].

Rabbi Joey Felsen of the Jewish Study Network guides you through the fundamental works of Maimonides, Luzzato, and other classic commentators. No Hebrew necessary. This is a free, drop-in class. No need to register. For more information, contact CJLL[email protected].

DAY DATES TIME CM/SM/NM
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.

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].

DAY DATES TIME CM/SM/NM
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 takes a look at some of the great works of past Hasidic teachers and strives toward deepening our contemporary Jewish spirituality. This class with Rabbi Hugh Seid-Valencia is for all abilities and levels and is a free, drop-in class. No need to register. For more information, contact [email protected].

DAY DATES TIME CM/SM/NM
Thu ongoing 11:00am-12:00pm 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 Monday from 3:30-4:30pm at Chai House, 814 St. Elizabeth Drive, San Jose. This engaging class with the JCC’s Rabbi Hugh Seid-Valencia, keeps us full of life through the words of the Torah. All abilities, ages, and levels are welcome – you do not need to be a resident of Chai House.

 


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

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.

DAY DATES TIME CM/SM/NM
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.

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.