Stay engaged in our community! These virtual classes, gatherings, and conversations will keep you learning, growing, and thriving.

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The APJCC is happy to announce this collaboration with the De Young fine arts museum in San Francisco for a 2 lectures series for our community.  The Art Talks lectures are given by FAMSF-trained docents. The conference-style slide presentations usually last about 45min, followed by a 10-15min Q&A session.

September 30th, 12:00-1:00pm: Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving
Frida Kahlo returns to San Francisco 90 years after her first visit to the city, in an exhibition examining how politics, gender, trauma, sexuality, and national identity influenced her diverse modes of creativity.
Docent Speaker: Alfred Escoffier

October 7th, 12:00-1:00pm: Last Supper in Pompeii: From the Table to the Grave
In AD 79, the fiery eruption of Mount Vesuvius buried Pompeii and nearby villages and farms almost completely under pumice and hot ash. The eruption killed thousands of people in the midst of their daily activities, but the art and artifacts preserved by archaeologists offer us a picture of what life was like in a thriving Roman city during the 1st century.
Docent Speaker: Marsha Holm

Recommended donation for the 2 talks: $18. Donate at (please designate that it’s for Cultural Arts)

Click here to register.

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Wednesday, October 7  |  7:00-8:00pm

The African American Community Service Agency (AACSA), Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley (JCRC), and Latinos United for a New America (LUNA) are hosting a virtual candidate forum for California’s District 15 State Senate candidates Dave Cortese and Ann Ravel. Please join us for a discussion centered around issues related to equality, and learn more about the upcoming election.

This is a virtual (online) program.

Registration: Click here to register on Zoom.

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Sunday, October 18 from 4:00-5:30pm on Zoom

Bring your bottle of wine, a few crackers, and hop in our virtual coach and let us take you to experience a fun, interesting, delicious & cheesy “happy hour” from the comfort of your living room.

Meet an interesting Marin County cheese maker, active in the Marin agricultural community. Learn about his family-owned business and about the Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT). Enjoy a guided cheese tasting (no, not a grilled cheese tasting…but what a great idea, you can do that at home!) of three award-winning cheeses! Get recommendations for pairing these cheeses with wines and more. Receive recipes using these cheeses. Plus have a good time with the fun chat and live Q&A with our special guest.

Come for the cheese; stay for the fun!

Register here.

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Presented in partnership with the Marin JCC.

woman taking notesCreate a writing routine! We’ll share writing and encouragement for projects to get you inspired.

This class will be held via Zoom.

Days: Thursdays, ongoing (no class 11/26)
Time: 11:00am-12:00 noon
Fee: Free

Register online:

For more information, contact Cherie Ravel at

Join the conversation, let your voice be heard! We meet weekly for a lively discussion and stimulating conversation, news of the week and stories that touch our lives. Moderators rotate each week. This is a free, drop-in program.

Register in advance at:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

For more information, email

Tue ongoing 10:00-11:30am Free

The JCC offers a wide variety of Jewish life and learning programs online. For details, please see the Jewish Life Online page.

Learn to use visual, contextual, and environmental cues, preserving hearing and optimizing hearing aid performance. Class is divided into three groups by skill level.

This free class is offered in partnership with Foothill College and is for adults ages 55+. Register by contacting Jackie Brown Lauese at Foothill for a registration packet: For additional information about Lip Reading contact Marcia at

Dates and how to participate: Lipreading classes will be available as YouTube videos in the fall for registered students. Classes will begin on September 21. We will start with the YouTube recordings, and then occasionally have some “live” virtual classes, for which the dates are still to be determined.

Follow Marcia’s videos online at:

** There is no charge for this class, but you must register by contacting Jackie Brown Lauese at Foothill for a registration packet:

Bring your coffee or a bite and join us for some friendly conversation. JCC instructor Janine Ramonda will talk all things Mah Jongg. Share notes on the card we’ve never played with in person. where to play, your best hand and other online Mahjj adventures.

This event will be held weekly via Zoom. To register, please click here:

Day: Every Monday, ongoing*
Time: 11:00am-12:00pm
Fee: Free

For more information, contact Cherie Ravel at

* No meetings on 9/7, 9/28

Develop your intuition, creativity, empathy, and spontaneity as you learn how to improvise real-life stories. Playback Theater transforms real stories told by audience members into theater, on the spot, using movement, ritual, spoken improvisation and music. This is a series of seven classes; the first class is a trial class. Instructor Roni Alperin is an experienced actor, theater director, improv artist, Accredited Trainer of Playback Theater, LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist), and RDT (Registered Drama Therapist). Classes will be held on Zoom. The group is limited to 10-12 adults.
Dates: 8/24, 8/31, 9/14, 9/21, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19
Time: 8:00-9:30pm
Fee: $190
This class is full, but you can email to be added to the waiting list.

More information:

Adults ages 55+ are invited to get together once a week for a moderated chat via Zoom video conference. Each week will start with an ice breaker and we’ll have a different discussion topic each week. Free!

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

For more information, please contact Cherie Ravel at

Every other Monday* Upcoming dates: 9/14, 10/12, 10/26, 11/9, 11/23 1:00-2:00pm Free

* No meeting 9/28

Dates: Wednesdays 9/2, 9/9, 9/16, 9/30 (no class 9/23)
Time: 11:00am-12:00 noon

Forget the long, masked airplane ride. We’ll take you across the time zones by Zoom where a local professional guide from a distant destination will take us to explore sites or topics. Live Q&A, photos, graphics, and video clips (when available) will transport us to the destination! Your ticket purchase helps support our special guests – professional guides – who are mostly or completely out of work right now.

This class will be held on Zoom. Register here.

Fee: $50/series of 4 visits; or $15/single visit
Registrations are non-refundable & non-exchangeable. Unfortunately single classes cannot be credited to series purchase. To register for single visits, see individual dates below.

For more information, contact Cherie Ravel,

Detailed description:

Millions have visited the grand gorgeous and tourist-laden St. Marks Square in Venice. Let us take you to meet and tour with our terrific Laura – a licensed guide since 2000 – on a virtual “stroll” around this historic romantic fascinating city. As a native Venetian she will take us beyond the Square sharing interesting facts about her city – the “Queen of the Adriatic!”

Optional Travel Talk: If you like stay after the class for an additional 30-mins to meet other travel lovers in a small “chat room” and discuss a proposed question or just connect over the topic of the small group’s choice. No need to register for the chat; it will be offered at the end of each class.

The Visits

Venetian Homes (Sept 2)
Quite unique Venetian architecture is a combination of different styles derived from the relationship this maritime state had especially with the East. The palaces the abodes of wealthy merchants still stand in all their beauty and grandeur. Beyond a beautiful surface they were designed to be extremely practical too. Join Laura to learn about their development how they could be built on marshes how they evolved over time and how they functioned from mere huts to grand monuments!
To register for this single visit click here.

Foreign Communities (Sept 9)
Towards the end of the 15th century, a French envoy reported that most of the people in Venice were foreigners. Indeed it was a very cosmopolitan city attracting merchants & pilgrims from all over Europe: Greeks Dalmatians Germans Armenians and more settled and acquired Venetian citizenship. Let Laura whisk you away for this fascinating journey to explore the sites connected with these foreign communities and the wise open-minded Venetian politics regarding them.
To register for this single visit click here.

The Jewish Ghetto (Sept 16)
For centuries the Venetian economy was based primarily on trade: luxury goods such as spices silk & pigments that were imported from the Middle and the Far East. No wonder the city soon became a real melting pot of different cultures and people: Greeks, Armenians Persians & Turks spent the winter before taking to the sea again to return
home. Many settled on a permanent basis and acquired Venetian citizenship. Laws and regulations regarding different nationalities were issued and in 1516 the Jews were the only ones to be granted their own quarter. Today Laura takes you on a journey of the intriguing history of hospitality and prejudice; important to more deeply understand the origins of this district.
To register for this single visit click here.

Lido & the Belle Epoque (Sept 30)
In addition to being the location of Laura’s home Lido is one of the three barrier islands that protect and separate Venice and her lagoon from the open sea. Lido remained rather deserted for centuries; home only to monks and a few fishermen. In the late 19th century ,when science & medicine understood the benefits of sun & sea therapy, everything changed. A very interesting and architecturally graceful urban development attracted elite travelers who spent the whole summer there. Don’t miss this personal peek into Laura’s home island – a rarely-visited gem of Venice!
To register for this single visit click here

This class is full, but you can email to be added to the waiting list.

Learn to paint in watercolor from instructor John Giannotti, former president of the Los Gatos Art Association and accomplished painter. Class size is a minimum of 5 and limited to 8 students.

The class will be online using Zoom.

Price doesn’t include materials. A list of materials that could be purchased online will be sent to the participants.

Dates & Time: Mondays 9/14-12/21, 5:00-6:30pm (no class 9/28)
Fee: $252

For more information, contact Maya Tripp at

All APJCC programming for older adults is made possible, in part,  by a  generous grant from The Myra Reinhard Family Foundation. Continued Learning programs for older adults are made possible, in part, by the Corporate Alliance sponsorship of  Los Gatos Memorial Park & Darling-Fischer. All Cultural Arts programs at the APJCC are made possible, in part, by generous contributions from Doris & Rick z”l Davis, and an Anonymous Donor.