You can still enjoy Jewish Life programs online while we’re sheltering in place!

Beit Ha’am Online: A virtual Beit Midrash about Israeli society

Join us for a series of open and thought-provoking virtual conversations and learning, in partnership with WZO and PJCC. All sessions are in English. It’s free.
Presented on Zoom. Register here : For more information contact Maya Tripp,

“FEMINISRAEL”: The Changing Roles of Women in Israel | August 19, 8:00pm
In this session we will discuss the role of women in Israeli society today by learning about leading Israeli female activists. They will tell different stories from their diverse social backgrounds which present unique approaches to contemporary feminism.
Speaker: Dana Greitzer Gotlieb, US West Coast Director

Beit Ha’am online is a virtual Beit Midrash that presents Israel’s society. The program was developed by the World Zionist Organization’s Department for Diaspora Affairs and offers Israel education and engagement programs, to strengthen the connection between diaspora Jews and Israel, especially in these challenging days of COVID-19.

Awaken and Return: A Virtual Jewish Meditation and Yoga Retreat

Saturday, August 29, 8:30-10:15pm and Sunday, August 30, 9:00am-12:15pm
*Optional early risers sit from 8:15 8:45am
Pre-registration is required by Friday, August 21.

The High Holiday season begins with the month of Elul: a call to wake up to our lives and return again to what is essential. We will be guided to experience awakened awareness and the wisdom that renews us through Sitting Meditation, Walking Meditation, Yoga, and Qigong infused with Jewish wisdom, as well as text study, chanting, & periods of silence.

Sliding Scale: $18- $72.
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No one turned away for lack of funds. Multiple payment levels are offered to make this workshop accessible. If payment is difficult or prohibitive at this time, please contact Please select your ticket level at check-out. A zoom link will be provided upon registration.

Offered by Shalem, the Jewish Wellness Initiative of the Peninsula JCC, Embodied Jewish Learning, the Addison-Penzak JCC, and the Oshman Family JCC. Shalem was created in 2012 by the Peninsula JCC and Embodied Jewish Learning and is now a collaborative partnership with the Addison-Penzak JCC and the Oshman Family JCC. Shalem programs promote wellness and well-being infused with Jewish wisdom to help support the entire community in times when these tools are greatly needed. Faculty includes Rabbi Lavey Derby, Julie Emden, Tracey Green, Scott Green, Rabbi Hugh Seid-Valencia, Rabbi Laurie Matzkin and Tova Birnbaum.

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Yoga For Renewal

Fridays 8/21, 8/28, 9/4, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2
Join us for a six-week series of Iyengar-based yoga classes, a journey through the Hebrew month of Elul (beginning Aug 21) into the High Holiday season.
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Jewish Values and the Coronavirus

Weekly on Thursdays 6/25-8/20, 12:00-12:45pm

As we weigh the emotional and economic costs of staying home against the threat of the novel coronavirus, how can the wisdom of Jewish tradition guide us? Join us to explore sources from the Jewish ethical tradition and insights from some of today’s leading ethical thinkers on subjects like values based decision making, safeguarding life, distributive justice, and more.

Offered in partnership with Reconstructing Judaism’s Center for Jewish Ethics.

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Duties of the Heart

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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Dates: Every Wednesday
Time: 9:00-9:45am
Fee: Free

Classic Jewish Texts

Rabbi Joey Felsen of the Jewish Study Network guides you through the early rabbinic classic Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers). No Hebrew necessary.

Dates: Every Tuesday
Time: 9:30-11:00am
Fee: Free
Zoom Link: Please email for the link.

This class normally meets at the JCC, but while the JCC is closed, Rabbi Felsen is continuing the class on Zoom. Zoom is a live video streaming service that you can access for free. Just click the link for your class. It’s pretty user-friendly, but if you need help please click here for an online tutorial or click here for a helpful video that shows you exactly what to do.

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Pre-Shabbat Yoga and Torah Discussion

Selected Fridays from 4:00-5:00pm (for dates, email
Zoom Pre-Registration Required:
Join Rabbi Laurie Matzkin virtually for a short exploration of the wisdom of this week’s Torah portion as we use the tools of breath, body awareness, and yoga-style stretching to center ourselves before Shabbat. Get out your mat or just find a quiet spot in your home. A big THANK YOU to Congregations Beth David and Sinai and Temple Emanuel for supporting this project and allowing us to offer this class for free to our extended community. Note that the first 15 minutes will be a discussion, before our movement. Feel free to turn on some soothing music of your choice during the class. More info:

Israeli Programs

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.

Russian Programs

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

Young Adults

If you’re in your 20s or early 30s, the Moishe House website offers connections to online events:

Here’s the Moishe House Silicon Valley Facebook page:

Also check out YA-Live:

Jewish Community Library

Jewish Learning Works in San Francisco has had to close its library temporarily because of the shelter-in-place order, but it has bounced back in an online version! This is a great source for ebook lending and virtual book groups on Jewish themes.

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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 supporters.

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