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

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.

Questions? Contact

Pre-Shabbat Yoga and Torah Discussion

Every Friday from 4:00-5:00pm
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 continuing to support this project and allow us to offer these classes 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:

Conversational Hebrew

Ronit RoseLearn how to speak basic Hebrew and improve your skills in a safe and encouraging space. This class is for adults with no knowledge of Hebrew. The focus is on conversational Hebrew. The class will be held via Zoom video conference. Instructor Ronit Rose was born and raised in Israel. She is a retired preschool teacher who loves animals, the outdoors, and music, and she looks forward to conversing with you! Class size is limited to 12 participants.

Dates & Times: Mondays 5/18-6/15 (no class 5/25) from 11:00-11:30am OR Wednesdays 5/20-6/10 from 5:00-5:30pm
Fee: Free but must register in advance.

This class is currently full. Thank you for everyone who signed up! If you would like to be placed on the wait list, please email

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:

Israeli Programs

The Israeli Cultural Connection (ICC), a hub for the Israeli community within the Oshman Family JCC, is offering a wide variety of ways for adults, families and kids to virtually connect, celebrate, learn and explore.

Virtual Israeli Film Festival

You’re invited to JCC Sonoma’s Virtual Israeli Film Festival, May 4-26. Details and tickets at

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.

Check it out at

Yoga for Balance: Embodying the Sefirot

A 6-Week Series with Julie Emden with the Peninsula JCC
Fridays, April 17-May 22, 9:30am

During this time of shelter-in-place, join us each week between Passover and Shavuot as we embody divine attributes (Sefirot) that map onto the body, based upon the Tree of Life.
Each class is a gentle embodied spiritual practice infused Jewish wisdom teachings that cultivate balance and wholeness. No previous experience with yoga or knowledge about the Sefirot is required.
• April 17: Embodying Hesed (Lovingkindness) & Gevurah (Inner Strength)
• April 24:  Embodying Tiferet (Compassion)
• May 1:  Embodying Netzach (Endurance)
• May 8: Embodying Hod (Surrender)
• May 15: Embodying Yesod (Foundation)
• May 22: Embodying Malchut (Grounding Presence)
No one turned away for lack of funds. Multiple payment levels are offered to make this workshop accessible; select your ticket level at check-out. Advance registration required – a Zoom link for the session will be provided upon registration.  Click here to register for an individual class or for the full six-week series.


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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