JEWISH ADULT EDUCATION

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

 

Classic Jewish Texts is now being offered online while the JCC is closed!

Join the class online each Tuesday at 9:30am on Zoom live streaming. For the link, email info@apjcc.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.

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.

* This class meets every Tuesday, except on holidays. No class on 2/11.

This class is now being offered online while the JCC is closed!

Join the class online on Mondays at 7:00pm by clicking this link to use Zoom video conferencing: https://zoom.us/j/9564118265
(no class 3/30, 4/20, 4/27, 5/25)

For more information, contact CJLL@apjcc.org.

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.

Social Justice: The Heart of Judaism in Theory and Practice
This course will draw from text and history to explore how social justice work goes beyond addressing short-term needs, and looks at structural causes of injustice today. Topics include issues related to poverty, immigration, and environmental degradation. Participants will be encouraged to identify issues that are particular to their own communities and that they would like to explore in greater depth. Taught by Rabbi Hugh Seid-Valencia, the APJCC’s Director of Community Engagement, and Diane Fisher, Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation.
Dates:
Mondays 2/24-6/1 (no class 3/9, 3/30, 4/20, 4/27, 5/25)
Time:
7:00-8:30pm
Fee:
$250 plus cost of class reader
How to Register: Click here to register on the Melton website.

 


Want to sample a Melton lesson? Click here!

Monthly Moms’ Circle

Connect Your Life to the Jewish Calendar

We’re looking into an online option for this while the JCC is closed. Stay tuned!

Join Rabbi Laurie Matzkin, Mindful Jewish Journeys Educator, 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 women of all faiths. Diverse women come together to enjoy text study, self-reflection, journaling, and real life themes relevant to mothers of all ages and stages. We welcome all moms, including first-time participants!

Upcoming Dates: Mondays, 4/6, 5/11
Time: 8:45-10:15am
Fee: First session is free, then $10/session.

More info: rabbilaurie@apjcc.org

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

This gathering is a time to celebrate and meditate through sharing music together. Join our circle of song, using Hebrew words and melodies that inspire us spiritually, with a pause between for breathing and quieting the mind. Some songs might be familiar and others fresh and new. No experience necessary, just an open heart and willingness to open your voice.

Free!

For more information or to register, contact Rabbi Laurie Matzkin, rabbilaurie@apjcc.org.

Upcoming dates: Wed 5/20

Time: 7:45pm

Location:
The May 20 meeting will be at a private home (or online via Zoom, if social distancing measures continue).

 

Events for young adults ages 22-36 are arranged by Maya Jacobson, the JCC’s Community Engagement Administrator. Contact her at mayaj@apjcc.org.

Join the Young Adults at the APJCC Facebook group to get information on the latest happenings.

Please note that the Monthly Shabbat Hike program is not currently running, because of the shelter-in-place order for COVID-19.
Hike is usually every fourth Saturday of the month*, location varies
A Shabbat experience for those who do not connect to traditional Shabbat practices. Join us every fourth Saturday of the month for a hike with meditation and a picnic lunch (kiddush included!) at the midpoint. We encourage people to leave their phones behind or on airplane mode so we can all truly be present during this Shabbat experience.
*Occasionally the hike is on a different Saturday–always double check the Facebook group

 

This class is on hiatus while the APJCC is closed.

For more information, contact info@apjcc.org.

Drop in 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. No need to register. For more information, contact CJLL@apjcc.org.

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 meets every Wednesday, except on holidays. No class on 4/8.

This class is on hiatus while the JCC is closed. 

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 rabbiilana@apjcc.org.

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.

* This class meets every Tuesday, except on holidays.
Class does not meet during the summer. 

Wellbeing Walks are currently on hiatus while the JCC is closed.

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: rabbihugh@apjcc.org

 

DAY DATES TIME CM/SM/NM
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)

Cultivating Equanimity: A Jewish Meditation & Yoga Retreat
With Rabbi Lavey Derby, Julie Emden, Rabbi Hugh Seid-Valencia, Tracey Green, Scott Green, and MoreGroup photo of participants at Jewish yoga retreat in 2019
Location: Land of Medicine Buddha in Soquel, California
Date: Originally scheduled for April 17-19, the retreat has been canceled.

This retreat was co-offered by Shalem—the Jewish Wellness Initiative of the Peninsula JCC, Embodied Jewish Learning, the Addison-Penzak JCC, and the Oshman Family JCC.

Have any questions? Please email the Peninsula JCC at jewishlife@pjcc.org.

Please note: The Silicon Valley Community Trip to Israel has been postponed to 2021. More information: www.paloaltojcc.org/israeltrip

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 the Jewish Federation of 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.