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Connections

Winter 2014

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Celebrating Community

Putting Food On the Table 7

A Case for the Missing Mitzvah, #614 10

Rabbi David Saperstein 14


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Contents

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Meet Our Contributors

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Message from the Publisher

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What’s New Online? Learn about the latest bits and bytes on our web site

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Putting Food on the Table When life takes an unexpected turn, the doors are open at InnVision

14 Rabbi David Saperstein One of the most influential and important rabbis in the country— and we’ve got him

16 Member Moments PJCC members Cecile Meneghelli and Mike Loo share their A-HA moments

17 In Your Words What’s the best advice you ever received?

18 Jewish Peoplehood Programs and events celebrating Jewish life and culture

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Getting Back to the Garden Featuring images from our new Justice Garden

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A Case for the Missing Mitzvah, #614 Teaching children a love for the arts

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You Can Make Amazing Things Happen Thousands of people, of all ages, rely on the PJCC as a valuable community resource

20 Savory Dishes with Winter Produce Learn how to make nutritious winter produce a welcome addition to your menu.

12 Trade Secrets Personal Trainer Chris Luera rocks our world with his favorite workout tunes 13

Three Essential Moves for a Hard-Core Core Sneak these three effective moves into every workout for that coveted core

21 Programs (Jan/Feb/Mar 2014) 27 Free Programs

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Contributors Rabbi Lavey Derby is Director of Jewish Life at the PJCC and founder of “The Idra: A Community for Jewish Spiritual Learning and Practice.” Lavey is part of a family line of rabbis that traces back to the year 1500.

Connections is a publication of the Peninsula Jewish Community Center, 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City, CA, 94404. Send comments or suggestions to editor@pjcc.org. The mission of the Peninsula Jewish Community Center is to build a caring and connected community, develop leadership and strengthen Jewish identity and values in a center with an environment that is welcoming to all people at every stage of life. The PJCC has been serving people of all ages, faiths and backgrounds throughout San

Maria Duzon is the Associate Director of Marketing at InnVision Shelter Network (IVSN), a nonprofit dedicated to serving homeless families and individuals.

Mateo County for more than 60 years.

Ikkarim guiding principles of the PJCC Jewish life

Bart Frantz is the Membership Sales Director at the PJCC and has enjoyed a successful career in the fitness industry since 2008.

Chavaya Yehudit We celebrate the dynamic gifts of Jewish culture, tradition, ethics and community we received from generations before us.

Welcoming all Hachnasat Orchim Our house is open wide to all, and we embrace the diversity of culture, opinion, religion and identity.

Kimberly Gordon is the Cultural Arts and Adult Programs Director for the PJCC. She joined the PJCC seven years ago after completing the Arts Management Fellowship at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Our community of family and friends Kehilla u’Mishpacha We are a hub for all events and activities that enrich our lives and community.

Wholeness of body, mind and spirit Shleimut

Monique Molino is the Pilates Coordinator at the PJCC and a contributing columnist for Wellness Matters magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance from Mills College.

We respect and nurture each individual’s journey toward wholeness and see our role as a catalyst.

Repairing the world Tikkun Olam Each person makes a difference, and together we are responsible for improving the world through our actions.

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Jeannie Solomon is a Nutrition and Wellness Coach and Certified Chef, and a contributing columnist for Wellness Matters and the Foster City Islander. Jeannie graduated from the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts Chef’s Training Program in New York City.


DEBORAH PINSKY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

MICHAEL BERMAN PRESIDENT, BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Dear Friends, Welcome to the inaugural issue of the PJCC’s new magazine, Connections. We created this publication for you, our members, in response to your feedback and requests. It takes the best of our Program Guide and CenterView newsletter and creates a publication that will help you be better informed, entertained, and educated for your greatest health and wellness. We hope that it becomes your family’s trusted resource.

Our cover features a small section of the Center’s Grow Justice Mural, recently completed by Jay Wolf Schlossberg-Cohen and 745 members of the community in the Mark Hamlin Garden. Also shown above is our Justice Garden, which yields fresh produce year-round for the InnVision Shelter Network.

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We are proud to sponsor the Peninsula Jewish Community Center as a key part of the

Initiative on Jewish Peoplehood, presenting educational and cultural programs that explore Jewish heritage, identity, and community. The Initiative is funded by the Koret Foundation and the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture.

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On the Cover

Now that the New Year is upon us, our thoughts turn to improved health and getting ourselves moving. Join us and learn about our unique PJCC approach— Wellness Your Waysm. We have the nutrition experts,

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group exercise classes, personal trainers, Pilates coaches, swim programs, mindfulness meditation, and Jewish wellness activities to help you create and support your own personal wellness formulasm. There are so many opportunities to come together in community at the PJCC this winter season. Join us for an outstanding Scholar-in-Residence series with the incomparable David Saperstein, bring your family for Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) in our Justice Garden, and expand your perspective with our arts programs and Up Close concerts. Start your year off right. What we have in store is not to be missed!

Deborah Pinsky Executive Director

Michael Berman President, Board of Directors

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PJCC online At Your Fingertips, Anytime, Anywhere

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Download the PJCC’s new mobile app on your smart phone or tablet and enjoy the convenience of up-to-date information right at your fingertips! You’ll find classes, schedules, last-minute changes, and more. www.pjcc.org/app

Did you miss a recent lecture with one of our distinguished speakers? Maybe you want to see your favorite fitness instructor perform a particular workout? Look for archives of lectures, classes, events and more on our PJCC YouTube channel. www.pjcc.org/youtube

J E W I S H   C O M M U N I T Y   F E D E R AT I O N   &   E N D O W M E N T   F U N D

Do you have a Pinterest account? Follow “Peninsula JCC” for fresh ideas on fitness, activities for all ages, Jewish holidays, healthy recipes, and more. www.pinterest.com/peninsulajcc

Thank you PJCC for providing  MEANINGFUL EXPERIENCES that build a caring and connected Jewish community

T H E   J EW I S H  CO MMU NI T Y   FEDERATION AND ENDOWMENT  FUND  was created over 100 years ago 

by a group of innovative leaders who  knew that when smart, passionate,  dedicated people come together with  common purpose, they can have a big  impact on the challenges of their time.

➳ A S PART OF OUR LONG TRADITION

of collective impact, we are proud to  support the work of PJCC—  developing leaders, strengthening  Jewish identity and welcoming all  people at every stage of life. 

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Putting Food on the Table

by Maria Duzon

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endy, a single mother of three young children, lives at InnVision Shelter Network (IVSN), a nonprofit that provides shelter and services for homeless families. When the rent on Wendy’s onebedroom apartment unexpectedly increased 50%, she could no longer afford to pay the bills. She and her children stayed with friends for as long as possible, but eventually they became homeless. Wendy’s top priority is taking care of her children. At IVSN, her family is able to stay together in a transitional apartment at the shelter, equipped with a full kitchen. After long days of school and work, the young mother makes sure her family eats dinner together every night. “It’s difficult going through so much change,” shared Wendy. “There are a lot of compassionate, caring people here, but ultimately it’s up to us as a family to be there for each other. That’s why family dinners are so important—so my kids know I’ll always be there for them.” Cooking has long been one of Wendy’s favorite hobbies. Despite her struggle with homelessness, she is able to put healthy, delicious meals on the table, thanks to a partnership between IVSN and PJCC.

Wendy’s six-year old son adds tomatoes to the family dinner at the shelter managed by nonprofit InnVision Shelter Network.

I’m so grateful for organizations like IVSN and the PJCC that are ready to help when people need it.

The PJCC recently began donating fresh fruits and vegetables from their Justice Garden to the families at IVSN. This family-to-family partnership enables residents to give back, while providing freshly-grown foods for the kitchens at InnVision Shelter Network. “You never know when life might take an unexpected turn,” said Wendy. “I’m so grateful for organizations like IVSN and PJCC that are ready to help when people need it.”

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Since the Justice Garden was planted in April 2013, our community has embraced Grow Justice: Fight Hunger, contributing in meaningful ways to fight hunger in San Mateo County. On monthly Garden Service Days, individuals and families of all ages are learning about gardening while tending to produce beds. On Wednesdays, farmers and vendors from the PJCC Farmers’ Market are contributing their excess perishable and prepared goods to our weekly delivery to InnVision Shelter Network. By practicing the Jewish value of tikkun olam (repairing the world) our community is literally sowing the seeds of justice for people in need. To learn how to support or participate in this program, visit pjcc.org/grow.

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THE CASE OF THE MISSING MITZVAH, #614 BY KIMBERLY GORDON

“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” — Albert Einstein

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ast summer, 150 Camp Keff campers, ages 5 – 10, created design elements integral to the vibrant and personal murals that now adorn the Preschool gate and Hamlin Garden wall. Know what else these amazing kids did? They wrote songs. Songs that were performed live in a family concert by JUNO-award-winning singer/songwriter Norman Foote. I love it when our youth programs offer a first-rate opportunity for children to experience cultural arts, and studies confirm the value. According to UCLA’s Imagination Project, Graduate School of

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Education and Information Studies, and countless other reports and testimonials, involvement in the arts “fosters critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and innovation.” It also contributes to “a greater involvement in community service.” That’s without recounting the data on improved standardized test scores and confidence levels.

“One said her teacher has been sarcastic because she painted a blue snowman (every child’s painting was pinned to the wall except hers),” Johnstone writes. “The other girl had drawn trees up the sides of her paintings (like Paul Klee) and the teacher drew a ‘correct’ tree on top of hers. She remembered thinking, ‘I’ll never draw for you again.’”

Now this is a real “quality over quantity” situation. In the chapter titled Spontaneity of his inspirational and spot-on book IMPRO, Keith Johnstone recounts an experience he had when surveying students who claimed they “couldn’t” draw.

Unfortunately, I suspect that these anecdotes strike a chord with more of us than not. Moment of truth: As children, how many of you were instructed to lip sync in a recital because your singing was off-key? How many of you were publicly


Involvement in the arts fosters critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and innovation.

ridiculed when your clapping was offrhythm or were told not to scribble, but to “draw inside the lines?” I’m raising my hand. According to a 2010 international survey of CEOs conducted by IBM, the number one most crucial skill for future success was creativity. The Torah contains 613 Mitzvot (commandments from God), but I’d like to put in a request for a 614th. Children are inherently creative—even the ones that say they aren’t. Fostering this creativity while it is still boundless is something I’d consider a mitzvah.

Children from the PJCC Treehouse program participate in painting the “benches” surrounding the palm trees in the Hamlin Garden as part of the “Grow Justice” mural project.

This is why I’m so excited to be working this year with Story Pirates, a non-profit whose core mission celebrates the words and ideas of young people. Headquartered in New York and Los Angeles, Story Pirates paid a visit to our Treehouse (afterschool program) students in November, where they led two inspiring story writing workshops. As you read these very words, the Story Pirates are busy originating musical sketches with our students’ stories as their source material. And the “Tony for Best Musical” based on a 2nd grader’s story goes to? You can decide for yourself when our students perform their sketches live from Hillbarn Theatre on Saturday, February 22, 2014.

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YOU CAN MAKE AMAZING THINGS HAPPEN Are you aware that thousands of young people, and adults of all ages, rely on our PJCC as a resource for community, education, health, and happiness?

tax-deductible donation, you will help ensure that life-affirming programs and services are available for everyone who needs them. The great news is that this year there are two matching gift opportunities that can make your gift go even further and accomplish more.

Each year the PJCC invests hundreds of thousands of dollars in program subsidies and financial assistance to ensure that we meet the needs of all those who depend on us for support.

Please know that your investment will have a very real human impact. Your generosity will make amazing things happen. And who among us doesn’t want to do that?!

Membership, program fees, and ticket prices simply do not cover all our costs. Therefore, as a missioncentered non-profit, we engage our community to help us bridge the financial gap.

To make your gift online, please visit pjcc.org/donate. For more information, contact Art Wolf at 650.378.2759 or awolf@pjcc.org.

We recently kicked-off our annual support campaign. By making your

PJCC personal What does Chris Luera listen to when he’s in the mood for a heart-pumping workout? “It’s 39 minutes of solid rock and roll. It’s pretty intense and powerful, so be prepared,” he warns. It’s not for the faint of heart.” Rock on, dude.

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three essential core moves One of the most common questions a Pilates instructor hears is, “What are the best exercises for strong abdominals?” Sneak these three simple but effective moves into every workout and you’ll soon find yourself by Monique Molino

sporting that coveted hard-core core.

Slow Single Bent Knee Stretch Moving slowly, begin on your back with hips and knees bent towards chest. Inhale. Hugging one knee, exhale and extend one leg in front of you approximately 45 degrees. Inhale as you fold it back in, then repeat on other side. Once you feel your abdominals supporting your back, bring in one leg as you extend the other. Repeat 10 – 20 times.

The Walking Plank This exercise simultaneously works your abdominals, back, chest, shoulders, and glutes. Start in a plank position with your torso aligned from ear to ankle. Squeeze your glutes together; do not tuck your hips under, but elongate the spine into neutral all the way through the tailbone. Slide the shoulders down, wrapping the shoulder outward. Keep your abdominals braced. Keeping a neutral spine, walk the hands forward, and then walk back. Repeat 5 – 10 times.

Moves

For additional core moves, visit pjcc.org/pilates

Like the Walking Plank, this requires healthy shoulders, wrists, and hands. Begin seated over one hip with knees bent, your top foot placed just in front of your bottom foot, ankles crossed. Your bent elbow will be right under your shoulder, with the forearm facing forward. Inhale to prepare. As you lift up on the exhale, shoulders depressed, squeeze the legs together into a side plank. Then, bending the knees, sink straight down onto the ground, with control, into the seated position. Avoid tilting the top shoulder in front or behind you by keeping the shoulders down, collarbones open (chest open and wide). Repeat 5-10 times on each side.

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Using Politics to Change the Fabric of Society By Rabbi Lavey Derby

IN 2009, newsweek NAMED The 2014 North Peninsula Scholar-in-residence the “most influential and important rabbi in the country”

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is commonplace to believe that Jewish wisdom places a premium on what is called Tikkun Olam, the repair or healing of the world. This is understood to mean that it is our duty as human beings to make the world a better place through acts of charity and kindness. Social justice has come to be thought of as acts of loving kindness. But ask Rabbi David Saperstein and you’ll get a different understanding. For Saperstein, the 2014 North Peninsula Jewish Community’s Scholarin-Residence, the core activity of social

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justice is politics. Of course, it’s important to give charity and provide what we can for the poor, but the essential act of Tikkun Olam is engaging in political activity to make substantive changes in the fabric of society. To be effective in the arenas of economic, environmental, and food justice requires engaging in political action that fundamentally corrects the way we function in these areas. That’s exactly what Rabbi Saperstein has done for the past three decades as the Director and Counsel of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. Under his direction, the Religious Action Center

has advocated with Congress and the Administration on a broad range of social justice issues, and has provided extensive legislative and programmatic materials to synagogues nationwide. The Washington Post described Rabbi Saperstein as the “quintessential religious lobbyist on Capitol Hill,” and in 2009 Newsweek selected him as “the most influential and important rabbi in the country.” The Wall Street Journal described him as “among the country’s most influential shapers of religious issues in national elections.”


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Rabbi Saperstein addresses the 2013 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting.

As our community Scholar-in-Residence, Rabbi Saperstein will discuss the relationship of religion in general and Judaism in particular to political issues. He will address the roots of Jewish social justice, a Jewish view on “just war theory,” and the use and abuse of religion in American elections, among many other topics.

Rabbi Saperstein will be in residence from January 30 through February 12, 2014 and will present twelve lectures throughout the community. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to learn from an expert about the relationship of Judaism to politics and social justice.

Saperstein has been described in a Washington Post profile as “the quintessential religious lobbyist on Capitol Hill.”

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member MOMENTS BY bart frantz

Wellness means different things to different people: for one, connecting with people was the missing ingredient. for another, a marathon was the impetus to get in shape.

Cecile Meneghelli Pays it Forward “Pay it forward” is the idiom used by PJCC member Cecile Meneghelli to phrase her membership at the PJCC. However, her outlook wasn’t always so benevolent. Cecile recalls her early days as a new member: walking directly to the back of each group exercise class and hiding out of embarrassment. Thankfully, she didn’t let her shyness deter her; she kept coming back. After taking a variety of classes and sparking wonderful relationships with

New World Opens with Exercise Ask Mike Loo why he comes to the PJCC and he’ll cite the supportive environment that makes exercising fun and enjoyable— surprising words from a man who once claimed to be too busy to exercise. But when Mike set his sights on the Disneyland Half Marathon, he realized he first needed to get in condition. And so he signed up with a personal trainer. Twelve months later, exercise is just one slice of the pie that Mike now credits to his improved overall wellness. Equally important was a change in diet, which included acquiring a basic knowledge of nutrition. By implementing his newfound

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knowledge, Mike not only lost 30 pounds, but also found that his healthier eating fueled workouts that were longer and of higher intensity. As a result, the man who was once “too busy to exercise” now finds himself in the best shape of his life. Better yet, he’s discovering a whole new world that entwines fitness with fun. “Now that I am in better physical condition, doing outdoor activities such as road biking and running have become entertaining activities,” Mike says. “I don’t just perceive them as exercise, but as social activities that I’m now capable of participating in and enjoying.”

others, Cecile has blossomed with confidence. Now, she “shakes her hips” in the front row of each Zumba® class she attends. And, most importantly, through her own experiences as the “new kid on the block,” she welcomes fresh faces in class and warmly introduces them to the PJCC family. While she has made tremendous progress with her own physical health, in her opinion the most important gift is enhancing the feeling of community and inspiring others to do the same.


In Your Words What’s the best advice you ever received?

PJCC Wellness Expo and Open House Sunday January 26, 2014 11:00 am – 3:00 pm Free use of fitness center 7:00 am – 8:00 pm!

Lisa Tow, Center Member since 2012 A previous boss stressed the importance of managing my time. To learn how to squeeze the most time out of my busy schedule in order to enjoy a happy and healthy work/life balance. I started to prioritize everything in my daily life and focus on what’s important. Quickly I realized how efficient I had become. Managing my time well has enabled me to enjoy more quality time with my family.

Wendy Riedel, PJCC Online Marketing Manager My grandmother was always a very social person and would entertain a lot. I rarely did because I was always too self-conscious that my home wasn’t nice enough or my dishes weren’t fancy enough. She told me that people aren’t coming for your surroundings, they are coming to spend time with you. Now I don’t worry so much about the external stuff.

• Raffle prizes • Interactive activities • Free group exercise classes Explore fun and innovative ways to incorporate exercise and healthy eating into your everyday life Nourish your mind at wellness lectures presented by Kaiser Permanente and Art of Living Foundation Move your body in free fitness classes Engage with health, food and wellness vendors

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John Crowell Center Member since 2004 When I turned 50 I spent good money on a 1966 Nova SS. That’s right, a hot rod! I had it for about two years before realizing I didn’t have the time or money to enjoy my new toy. I have two college-age kids and this was not money wisely spent, so I sold the car, luckily for what I paid. From then on, I heeded the common advice, “Think things through before making a decision.” Lesson learned!

Wellness Expo co-sponsored by Kaiser Permanente

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Jewish

Peoplehood

why jewish peoplehood is central in our community the pjcc’s commitment to Jewish peoplehood supports us in taking pride in our culture and our people, it creates strong connections to local and worldwide Jewry and israel, and it makes certain that we are literate about the ideas, values and practices of jewish living. embracing our roots as we focus on present-day jewish engagement ensures the

Take a Breath: An Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation (FMP)

The Israel Forum: Israel in a Post- “Arab Spring” World

Learn simple and basic instructions in the practice of meditation with Rabbi Lavey Derby. Thu • Weekly • 1:30 – 2:30 pm • BR • Free 38313

Explore the impact that the regime change in Egypt and the on-going civil war in Syria have had on Israel and on Israel’s relations with the Palestinians. Eran Kaplan is the Goldman Professor in Israel Studies at San Francisco State University and the author of The Jewish Radical Right: Revisionist Zionism and Its Ideological Legacy. Thu • 1/9 • 7:00 – 8:30 pm • BR • $7/$10 38310

Yiddish Club (FCCM) Increase your Yiddish vocabulary, learn about Yiddish culture, watch videos and make sure the mamoloshen lives! Peer led. Tue • 10:30 am – 12:00 pm • C • Free/$3.50 each 1/7: 38272 • 1/21: 38273 • 2/4: 38274 2/18: 38275 • 3/4: 38276 • 3/18: 38277 Let’s Talk About It (FMP) Lively discussions about topical events. Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi David Saperstein leads the discussion on February 5 and registration is required. Wed • Weekly • 2:00 – 3:15 pm • AB • 38245 Yoga and Wholeness with a Jewish Twist (FCCM) Experience a gentle, Iyengar-based yoga with themes of renewal, purification and reflection. Wed • 2/5 – 3/26 • 7:00 – 8:30 pm • BR Free/$100 series or $20 class • 38280

continued vibrancy and

Life, It’s Complicated: Jewish Perspectives (FMP)

diversity of our cultural

Join this ongoing discussion with Rabbi Derby to explore Jewish views on important issues and living a meaningful life. Preregistration requested. Thu • 1/2 – 3/27 • 10:30 – 11:30 am • CRA 38311

and spiritual expression.

Practical Kabbalah: Applying Ancient Wisdom to our Lives Today Daniel Matt will explore passages from the Zohar that offer insight into our life’s purpose and ways to overcome challenges we face (or deny) daily. Dr. Daniel Matt is one of the world’s leading authorities on Kabbalah and the author of over ten books, including The Essential Kabbalah. Sun • 1/12 • 9:30 am – 1:00 pm • BR $20/$25 • 38317

Lunch with Rabbi Lavey (FMP) Bring a dairy brown bag lunch and enjoy an informative lunchtime discussion with Rabbi Lavey Derby while asking anything you’ve ever wondered about Jews and Judaism. Pre-registration suggested. Wed • 1/22 • 12:00 – 1:00 pm • CRA • 38312 Rhythms of the Jewish Calendar: Movement and Dance Workshop for Women Explore Jewish mystical teachings and use music, free-style dance, art, and journaling to deepen your spiritual practice in community. Registration recommended. Instructor Julie Emden directs the Embodied Learning Initiative of Jewish LearningWorks. Sun • 2/9 • 2:00 – 4:00 pm • YS • $20/$25 38243 Sun • 3/9 • 2:00 – 4:00 pm • YS • $20/$25 38244

FC = Free for Center Members • FCCM = Free for Center & Community Members • FMP = Free for Members and Public

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PJCC Art Gallery presents

My Judaism Unlocked

January 15 – March 27, 2014

Paintings with paper inspired by artist Ronni Jolles’ fondest Jewish memories and feelings.

Tashlich Monday at the Movies presents The Flat Filmmaker Arnon Goldfinger makes shocking discoveries as he sorts through his deceased grandmother’s Tel Aviv apartment. Mon • 1/27 • 2:00 pm • BR • 38251

The Syrian Bride This provocative import sheds light on Middle East frictions through the prism of a wedding. Mon • 3/24 • 2:00 pm • BR • 38255

Jewish Social Justice at a Time of Crisis and Opportunity (FMP)

Jerusalem Quartet at CalPerformances The internationally acclaimed string quartet performs an all-Shostakovich program. Sun • 3/16 • Day trip • Berkeley • $25/$30 38239. The previous trip is made possible by a grant from the community-wide Senior Excursion Fund of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma, for seniors who are mobility, financially, or physically impaired and for whom this trip would not otherwise be possible. Participants may attend only one of five Senior Excursion trips between 7/1/2013 and 6/30/2014.

Jewish Book Discussion

Rabbi David Saperstein will discuss how the Jewish imperative for justice should be applied to contemporary social justice issues. Pre-registration required. See page 14. Thu • 1/30 • 7:00 – 8:30 pm • BR • Free 38318

Facilitator Jim Van Buskirk’s essays have been featured in various books, magazines and other publications. Books are available from the Book Club in a Box program at the Jewish LearningWorks’ Jewish Community Library. Pre-registration suggested.

Food For Thought: Jewish Traditions in Contemporary Debates (FMP)

January: A Guide for the Perplexed by Dara Horn (FCCM)

How does the Jewish tradition view religion’s role in shaping political policies? What does it have to say about some of the urgent and vexing moral challenges of our day? How is it used and abused in the polemics of contemporary political debates? Rabbi David Saperstein addresses these questions and more. Registration required. Mon • 2/3 • 2:00 – 3:00 pm • BR • 38237

February: The Paternity Test by Michael Lowenthal (FCCM) Having relocated from New York City to Cape Cod, two men in a long-term relationship enlist a Brazilian Jewish immigrant to serve as a surrogate mother. Complications ensue as gay marriage, Jewish identity and continuity, family dynamics, sexuality, and fidelity are explored. Tue • 2/25 • 10:30 am – 12:00 pm • CR Free/$5 • 38241

March: The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker (FCCM) An immigrant tale that combines elements of Jewish and Arab folk mythology, this inventive historical novel describes two supernatural creatures who arrive separately in New York in 1899. They work to create places for themselves in this new world until they meet, becoming friends and soul mates. Tue • 3/25 • 10:30 am – 12:00 pm • CR Free/$5 • 38242

After Josie Ashkenazi develops a digital archive that collects and organizes every single moment of the user’s life, her jealous sister persuades her to accept a consulting gig in post-revolutionary Egypt. Interwoven is the true story of a 19th century professor obsessed with fate and free will, family and destiny. Tue • 1/28 • 10:30 am – 12:00 pm • CR Free/$5 • 38240 Connections

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Savory Dishes with Winter Produce By Jeannie Solomon Creamy Polenta Topped with Cinnamon Spiced Roasted Cauliflower Cauliflower is low in fat, low in carbohydrates but high in fiber and vitamin C. Cinnamon not only adds a touch of flavor, but has been shown to possibly improve blood sugar levels. Serves 4 1 head of cauliflower cut into medium to large florets

Use creative techniques to make nutrientdense winter produce a welcome addition to your menu. For example, root vegetables, including parsnips and turnips, can become a sweet and interesting addition alongside their more popular cousin, the carrot. Pair roasted cauliflower with creamy polenta and a pinch of cinnamon to make a homey and nutritious comfort dish. A medley of roasted root vegetables makes the perfect bed for poached eggs, and brighten up a hearty kale salad with ruby red grapefruit and avocado. In winter, there’s no better time to stay inside, cook, and enjoy the nutritious and tasty results! Share your favorite recipes with us. Email them to editor@pjcc.org.

2 1/2 cups vegetable broth, or reduced-sodium chicken broth

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 cup water

½ teaspoon cumin

3/4 cup stone ground polenta or cornmeal

½ teaspoon cinnamon

½ cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese, preferably Parmigiano-Reggiano, additional to taste

1 teaspoon salt pepper to taste Cauliflower

Polenta

1. Preheat oven to 500°F. 2. Removing florets from the cauliflower head: cut off the outer leaves, and with the head upside down, cut off the individual stems of florets from the center core. Break or cut florets into medium to large pieces. 3. Toss cauliflower in a large bowl with oil, cumin, cinnamon, salt and pepper. Spread on a baking sheet. 4. Roast, stirring once, until tender and browned in spots, 25 to 30 minutes.

1. Combine broth and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Slowly whisk in cornmeal and 1 tsp. of salt. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until very thick and creamy, 10 to 15 minutes. 2. Stir in cheese; remove the polenta from the heat. Serve the vegetables over the polenta. Note: If you end up with lumps of polenta, use a handheld mixer or immersion blender after you remove polenta from the heat.

www.pjcc.org/recipes

The PJCC is proud to be a part of the Initiative on Jewish Peoplehood presenting educational and cultural programs that explore Jewish heritage, identity, and community. This initiative is co-funded by the Koret Foundation and The Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture.

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programs

Member / Public • $ = Additional fee • FC = Free for Center Members FCCM = Free for Center & Community Members • FMP = Free for Members and Public

Jan / Feb / Mar 2014

The 5-digit class code number is now located at the end of the bold day/date/time section underneath the class description. Program, registration, instructor, and schedule information at www.pjcc.org or call the number listed below each department.

health & fitness

Yoga and Wholeness with a Jewish Twist (FCCM)

Yoga & Pilates Group Training Wellness Stay Fit for Life Nutrition

Experience a gentle, Iyengar-based yoga with themes of renewal, purification and reflection. Wed • 2/5 – 3/26 • 7:00 – 8:30 pm • BR Free / Series $100; $20 class • 38280

650.378.2771 650.378.2727 650.378.2727 650.378.2790 650.378.2722

Discover the path to healthy living with the PJCC’s state-of-the-art fitness center. You’ll find a variety of exercise programs to develop and improve your body, mind and spirit. Please check current schedules at www.pjcc.org or call 650.378.2703.

Monthly Group Exercise For schedules, visit www.pjcc.org. Mat Pilates • Kickboxing • Indoor Cycling Yoga • Hip Hop • Light & Easy • Tai Chi Zumba • Zumba Gold • Indoor Cycling

Bring-a-Friend Fridays (FC) Center Members, grab up to three pals and work out together on the last Friday of each month! 1/31, 2/28, 3/28 • All day

Stay Fit for Life: Adults 55+ (FC) Participate in free programs specifically designed for you and included in your Center Membership.

Pink Ribbon Program A private, small-group, post-rehabilitation workout for breast cancer survivors. Email vmcgrath@pjcc.org or call 650.378.2727.

Bollywood Dance Series A complete workout set to Bollywood choreography and music. No experience needed. Sat • 1/18 – 3/1 • 11:00 am – 12:30 pm • GX Series $70/$84; Drop-in $12/$15 • 38227

Yoga / Pilates Private Pilates & Yoga Training ($) Increase your skill set through one-onone training with your favorite instructor. Partner training available, too.

Personal Training One-on-One Personal Training ($) Choose from convenient, cost-effective packages that include single-, three-, fiveand ten-session packages.

Buddy-Pack Personal Training ($) Certified trainers help you and your workout partner meet health and fitness goals together.

Specialized Group Training ($)

For details, visit www.pjcc.org/openhouse. Sun • 1/26 • 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

sports, clinics & leagues

Family Gym

HITT: High Intensity Team Training ($) This bootcamp-style progressive class will push your limits! For a free trial class, contact mmandell@pjcc.org. Tue/Thu • 6:30 pm • Lobby

Impact Training ($) Fri • 6:30 pm • Group Ex Studio Learn boxing/kickboxing to enhance your overall fitness, coordination, and agility. For a free trial class, contact mmandell@pjcc.org.

TRX: Suspension Training ($) Leverage your body weight to build power, strength, and flexibility. For current schedules, visit www.pjcc.org. Mon & Wed 10:15 am • 4:30 pm Tue 8:00 am • 12:00 pm • 4:30 pm Thu 8:00 am • 9:30 am Fri 7:00 am • 12:00 pm

Women on Weights ($)

Wellness

Learn specific hip and shoulder stretches. All levels welcome. Sat • 1/25 • 1:00 – 3:00 pm • YS • $35/$45 38140

Wellness Expo and Open House

Specialty Classes

Develop core strength, flexibility, balance, coordination and improve posture.

Yoga Hip & Shoulder Openers Workshop: Ages 13 +

Wed • 2/5 • 11:00 am • AB Tue • 2/11 • 7:00 pm • AB Sun • 2/16 • 11:00 am • AB Sat • 2/22 • 7:00 pm • AB

Team Sports & Mens Basketball 650.378.2769 NFL Flag Football 650.378.2776 Soccer 650.378.2768

Pilates Reformer Series ($)

Cancer survivors, patients and their caretakers will learn gentle yoga postures, guided meditation and breathing techniques to relax. Fri • 1/10 – 3/28 • 1:30 – 2:45 pm • YS • 38810

Learn breathing and yoga techniques to help relieve stress. To register, visit secure.artofliving.org. Presented in partnership with the Art of Living Foundation.

Basic fundamentals and benefits of strength training in intensive, small-group, Boot Camp-type classes.

Learn basic fundamentals of strength training and its benefits. For details, visit www.pjcc.org or the Fitness Desk.

Healing Yoga for Cancer Patients (FMP)

Art of Living Course

Take a Breath: An Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation (FMP) Mindfulness and insights of the Jewish spiritual path—discover the gift of wellness through meditation. Thu • Weekly • 1:30 – 2:30 pm • BR • 38313

Living Healthy Workshop (FMP) Learn tools for making realistic lifestyle changes for health and well-being. Offered in partnership with Sequoia Healthcare District. Tue • 1/14 – 2/11 • 1:00 – 2:30 pm • AB • 38246

Discounts on Public rates available to Foster City residents for most programs. Quantities are limited; please call for details. Member rates apply to Center Members; however Community Members may qualify for these rates. www.pjcc.org • 650.212.PJCC (7522)

Free for parents and children who are Center Members

Kid-friendly gym equipped with soft mats, climbing structures and more. Wristband required; available at Welcome Center. Sun • Weekly • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm • DCG

Team Sports Men’s Basketball League Mon • 1/27 – 3/31 • 6:15 – 11:00 pm • DCG Per team: $670/$725 • 38295 Wed • 1/29 – 3/26 • 7:00 – 11:00 pm • DCG Per team: $670/$725 • 38902

NFL Flag Football League Includes an NFL reversible jersey and awards for all. Turf shoes allowed, but no cleats. Price listed is per team. Novice Coed Grades K - 1 Parents welcome as coaching assistants. Sun • 1/19 – 3/30 • 10:00 – 11:00 am • TF2 $145/$165 • 38296 Pee Wee Coed Ages 7 – 8 Sun • 1/19 – 3/30 • 8:00 – 10:30 am • TF $145/$165 • 38297 Junior Coed Ages 9 – 10 Sun • 1/19 – 3/30 • 10:30 am – 1:00 pm • TF $145/$165 • 38298 Senior Coed Ages 11 – 12 Sun • 1/19 – 3/30 • 1:00 – 3:00 pm • TF $145/$165 • 38299 Master Coed Ages 13 – 14 Sun • 1/9 – 3/20 • 3:00 – 5:00 pm • TF $145/$165 • 38737

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programs

Member / Public • $ = Additional fee • FC = Free for Center Members FCCM = Free for Center & Community Members • FMP = Free for Members and Public

Jan / Feb / Mar 2014

The 5-digit class code number is now located at the end of the bold day/date/time section underneath the class description.

sports, clinics & leagues cont’d Youth Basketball League: Grades 2 – 7

jewish life

grow justice: fight hunger

650.378.2764 Please see page 18.

650.378.2703

Register individually or as a team. Registration required.

the arts

Grow Justice: Fight Hunger Garden Service Days (FMP)

Pee Wee Coed Division Grades 2 – 3 Sun • 1/12 – 3/23 • 2:30 – 3:30 pm • DCG Team $690/$730; pp: $95/$110 • 38300

650.378.2703

Help alleviate hunger in San Mateo County by providing organic vegetables to residents at InnVision Shelter Network. Pre-registration recommended. Sun • 1/19 • 2:00 – 4:00 pm • HG • 38307 Sun • 2/23 • 2:00 – 4:00 pm • HG • 38308 Sun • 3/23 • 2:00 – 4:00 pm • HG • 38309

Story Pirates

Senior Boys Division Grades 6 – 7 Sun • 1/12 – 3/23 • 4:30 – 5:30 pm • DCG Team $690/$730; pp: $95/$110 • 38302

Don’t miss the premiere of an original musical “Monty Python meets Schoolhouse Rock”-type sketch based on a story created at the PJCC’s Treehouse afterschool program. Sat • 2/22 • 2:00 pm • Hillbarn Theatre $12/$15 • 38284

Basketball Skills Academy: Grades K – 1

Up Close at the PJCC Presents: duoW in Concert

650.378.2703

Learn from the best with former Golden State Warrior Joe Ellis. Registration required.

Violinist Arianna Warsaw-Fan and cellist Meta Weis dazzle with their beautiful interpretation of the Handel-Halvorsen Passacaglia. Includes a “meet the artists” dessert reception. Sat • 1/25 • 8:00 pm • LB • $25/$30 • 38281

Monday at the Movies (FCCM with community program pass) Skip the crowded movie theaters and enjoy these award-winning films in a comfortable, intimate setting. A lively discussion follows each film. Pre-registration recommended.

Duo Equilibrium

The Queen of Versailles This documentary follows the Siegels, whose rags-to-riches success stories reveal the innate virtues and flaws of the American Dream. Mon • 1/13 • 2:00 pm • BR • 38250

Junior Coed Division Grades 4 – 5 Sun • 1/12 – 3/23 • 3:30 – 4:30 pm • DCG Team $690/$730; pp: $95/$110 • 38301

January Sun • 1/5 – 2/2 • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm • DCG $80/$100 • 38291 February Sun • 2/23 – 3/16 • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm DCG $80/$100 • 38292

aquatics 650.378.2782

Pre–Swim Team: Seals Ages 5 – 12 Prepare for the Barracuda swim team! Swimmers will learn: • To swim 50 meters freestyle (no fins) with flip turns • To swim 50 meters backstroke (no fins) with a crossover turn • To swim 25 meters butterfly and breaststroke (no fins) with correct breathing • The required list of nine stroke drills • The correct use of a pace clock • To develop a correct start from a sit-down dive for each of the four strokes • The correct turns for all four strokes

Barracuda Youth Swim Team: Ages 5 – 18 Year-Round Program Focus on technique, endurance and speed in the outdoor pool. Swimmers must make arrangements to try out if they are new to our team. Bronze Level • For swimmers competent in 50 yards freestyle, breaststroke, and backstroke, with knowledge of butterfly. Silver Level • For swimmers competent in all four racing strokes, starts and turns, who can swim continuously for 20 minutes. Gold Level • For swimmers who can train autonomously, read a pace clock and swim distances of 200 yards or greater. Monthly Fees: $105/$127*

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Yuri Liberzon and Patrick O’Connell combine their talents for an evening of virtuoso guitar. Includes a “meet the artists” dessert reception. Sat • 3/8 • 8:00 pm • LB • $25/$30 • 38283

PJCC Art Gallery presents My Judaism Unlocked January 15 – March 26, 2014 Paintings with paper inspired by artist Ronni Jolles’ fondest Jewish memories and feelings.

March Center Member Mixer (FC and their guests) Wed • 3/26 • 5:30 – 7:00 pm • CRA Meet artist Ronni Jolles, whose work is on display in the PJCC Art Gallery. Includes a guided tour. RSVP 650.378.2703.

Painting with Paper: Art Workshop with Ronni Jolles Join artist Ronni Jolles and learn the captivating technique of creating art with paper. No experience necessary. Wed • 3/26 • 7:00 – 9:30 pm • AR • $30/$36 38282

adults

The Flat Filmmaker Arnon Goldfinger makes shocking discoveries as he sorts through his deceased grandmother’s Tel Aviv apartment. Mon • 1/27 • 2:00 pm • BR • 38251 Elsa & Fred A reserved septuagenarian widower moves into a small Madrid apartment, where sparks fly with a fiery 82-year-old widow. Mon • 2/10 • 2:00 pm • BR • 38252 The Window Ailing 80-year-old Antonio plans a reunion with his estranged son, but the gorgeous day beckons and he recklessly decides to take a walk as he contemplates life. Mon • 2/24 • 2:00 pm • BR • 38253 My Afternoons with Margueritte An illiterate handyman befriends a highly educated 95-year-old woman. Mon • 3/10 • 2:00 pm • BR • 38254 The Syrian Bride This provocative import sheds light on Middle East frictions through the prism of a wedding. Mon • 3/24 • 2:00 pm • BR • 38255

is returning to the PJCC! Starting January 7, 2014 • Tuesdays • 5:15 – 6:45 pm

AB = Room AB • AL = Adult Lounge • AR = Art Room • BR = Board Room • C = Room C • CR = Computer Room • CRA = Conference Room A

Connections DCG = Daniel Cook Gymnasium ECK = ECE Kitchen • GX = Group Ex Studio • HG = Hamlin Garden • MPR = ECE Multi-Purpose Room

L = Lobby • TA = Treehouse A • TB = Treehouse B • TF = Turf Field TF2 = Turf Field Near Pool • WK = Wornick School • YS = Yoga Studio


programs

Member / Public • $ = Additional fee • FC = Free for Center Members FCCM = Free for Center & Community Members • FMP = Free for Members and Public

Jan / Feb / Mar 2014

Program, registration, instructor, and schedule information at www.pjcc.org or call the number listed below each department.

adults cont’d

Intermediate to Advanced Bridge with Supervised Play

Groups & Clubs

Learn additional conventions with supervised play. Tue • 1/7 – 3/25 • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm • AB $162/$210 • 38231

Sit and Knit (FMP) Bring your knitting, embroidery and crocheting projects and stitch yourself a good time. All levels welcome. Mon • Weekly • 10:30 am – 12:00 pm • AL 38271 Let’s Talk About It (FMP) Lively discussions about topical events. Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi David Saperstein leads the discussion on February 5 and registration is required. Wed • Weekly • 2:00 – 3:15 pm • AB • 38245 Yiddish Club (FCCM) Increase your Yiddish vocabulary, learn about Yiddish culture, watch videos and make sure the mamoloshen lives! Peer led. Tue • 1/7 , 1/21, 2/4, 2/18, 3/4, 3/18 10:30 am – 12:00 pm • C • Free/$3.50 each 1/7: 38272 • 1/21: 38273 • 2/4: 38274 2/18: 38275 • 3/4: 38276 • 3/18: 38277

Beth El Senior Friendship Cub Bring a bag lunch and enjoy a different program each week at Peninsula Temple Beth El, 1700 Alameda, San Mateo. Thu • 1/9 – 3/27 • 12:00 – 3:00 pm San Mateo • $1/$1

Men’s Discussion Group (FCCM)

Beginning Chess Exercise your brain and develop analytical and critical thinking skills with this fun and stimulating game. Mon • 2/3 – 3/31 • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm • C $108/$140 • 38234

A Morning of Mah Jongg (FCCM) No instructor present, beginning to intermediate level. Bring your current Mah Jongg card. Fri • 1/10, 1/24, 2/14, 2/28, 3/14, 3/28 10:30 am – 12:30 pm • AB • Free/$3.50 each 38247

An Afternoon of Mah Jongg (FCCM) No instructor present, beginning to intermediate level. Bring your current Mah Jongg card. Thu • 1/2 – 3/27 • 1:00 – 4:00 pm • AB Free/$3.50 each • 38248

Mah Jongg Class for Beginners Attendance at first class is mandatory. Fee includes current Mah Jongg card. Fri • 2/7 – 2/28 • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm • C $45/$59 • 38713

PJCC Mah Jongg Tournament

Prep for the Met Opera singer Deborah Rosengaus discusses how the combination of libretto, music, and spectacle of the theatre combine to create masterpieces. Fri • 2/7 & 3/14 • 1:00 – 2:30 pm • BR $22/$28 38270

Photography Photography Overview Workshop (FMP) Members of the Peninsula Camera Club share their expertise regarding basic concepts of composition, light, and camera techniques. Mon • 1/13 • 7:30 – 9:00 pm • CR • 38262 Introductory Photography Course Compose and execute better images, understand basic camera operations, and become familiar with photo editing software. In partnership with Peninsula Camera Club. Mon • 2/3 – 3/3 • 7:30 – 9:00 pm • CR Sun • 3/16 • 6:30 – 8:00 pm • CR $140/$170 • 38263

Get Growing Planning Your Vegetable Garden (FMP) Includes site selection, layout, sample plans, best vegetables for certain climates, and when to plant. Sun • 1/12 • 2:00 – 3:00 pm • AB • 38314

(Morning) A lively discussion group for all men, regardless of age or viewpoint. Mon • 1/27, 2/24, 3/17 • 10:30 am – 12:00 pm AB • Free/$3.50 each • 1/27: 38256 2/24: 38257 • 3/17: 38258

A fundraiser to benefit PJCC adult programs and services. For details or to register, contact Rachel Goldman at 650.378.2764 Sun • 1/12 • 9:30 am – 3:00 pm • ECE MPR $50 • 38249

Soil Preparation and Composting (FMP) Learn about raised beds, amending and preparing the soil, maintaining good soil, and home composting. Sun • 2/9 • 2:00 – 3:00 pm • AB • 38315

Men’s Discussion Group (FCCM)

Classes

Seed Starting, Potting Up and Transplanting (FMP)

(Evening) Wed • 1/8, 2/12, 3/12 7:00 – 8:30 pm • C • $3.50 each • 1/8: 38259 2/12: 38260 • 3/12 : 38261

Jewish Book Discussion See page 19

Games People Play Drop-in Bridge (FCCM) For intermediate-level bridge players. Tue • 1/7 – 3/25 • 1:00 – 3:30 pm • BR Free/$3.50 each • 38232

Beginning Bridge Learn the basics with an emphasis on bidding and the play of the hand. Some previous experience required. Thu • 1/9 – 3/27 • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm • AB $162/$210 • 38229

Advanced Beginning Bridge Learn the basics with an emphasis on bidding and the play of the hand. Fri • 1/10 – 3/28 • 1:00 – 3:00 pm • AB $149/$193 • 38230

Take a Breath: An Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation (FMP)

Get your seeds started for transplanting when warm weather arrives! Sun • 3/16 • 2:00 – 3:00 pm • AB • 38316

Learn simple and basic instructions in the practice of meditation. Thu • Weekly • 1:30 – 2:30 pm • BR • 38313

Food For Thought (FCCM)

Beginning Watercolors

January: Reaching for Utopia

Learn basic skills with an emphasis on design and composition of subject matter. Fri • 1/10 – 2/14 • 9:00 am – 12:00 pm • AR $180/$225 • 38235

Learn about the growth and development of the kibbutz movement in Israel with Sigal Kletter, Contemporary Jewish Museum docent. Mon • 1/6 • 2:00 – 3:00 pm • BR • 38236

Living Healthy Workshop (FMP) Learn tools for making realistic lifestyle changes for health and well-being. Offered in partnership with Sequoia Healthcare District. Tue • 1/14 – 2/11 • 1:00 – 2:30 pm • AB • 38246

February: Jewish Traditions in Contemporary Debates For details see page 19; pre-registration required. Mon • 2/3 • 2:00 – 3:00 pm • BR • 38237

Rhythms of the Jewish Calendar: Movement and Dance Workshop for Women For details, see page 18. Sun • 2/9 • 2:00 – 4:00 pm • YS • $20/$25 38243 Sun • 3/9 • 2:00 – 4:00 pm • YS • $20/$25 38244

Discounts on Public rates available to Foster City residents for most programs. Quantities are limited; please call for details. Member rates apply to Center Members; however Community Members may qualify for these rates. www.pjcc.org • 650.212.PJCC (7522)

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Jan / Feb / Mar 2014

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Dudamel Conducts The Los Angeles Philharmonic

March: Being a Chosen People The concept of “chosen-ness” in Judaism with its positive and negative connotations will be discussed. Mon • 3/3 • 2:00 – 3:00 pm • BR • Free/$4 38238

March: The Story of Human Language Learn how language originates and how our capacity for language and its rules is universal, not cultural. Mon • 3/17 • 2:00 – 3:00 pm • BR • Free/$4 38735

Events, Trips, & Tours Member Mixers (FC & their guests) 21 years and over please; childcare is available but limited. Call 650.378.2703 to RSVP.

• New Year, New You! Meet and mingle with other members. Thu • 1/30 • 5:30 – 7:00 pm • CRA • 38285

• Network and Nosh Local business professionals mingle, cosponsored by the Foster City Chamber of Commerce. Senator Jerry Hill guest speaker. Thu • 2/20 • 5:00 – 6:30 pm • CRA • 38286

• Artist Ronnie Jolles Meet the artist and tour her exhibit. Wed • 3/26 • 5:30 – 7:00 pm • CRA • 38287

2014 San Francisco Symphony Sampler Subscription

Program includes: John Corigliano’s Symphony No.1 and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5. Tue • 3/11 • Evening trip • San Francisco $25/$30 • 38134 The previous two trips are made possible by a grant from the community-wide Senior Excursion Fund of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma, for seniors who are mobility, financially, or physically impaired and for whom this trip would not otherwise be possible. Participants may attend only one trip between 7/1/2013 - 6/30/2014.

Get Up & Go 650.378.2750 Get Up & Go is an activity and errandtransportation service for older adults who no longer drive. Programs without transportation are open to all adults.

The Soft Vocal Styling of Mary Elizabeth Boutte (FCCM) Mary Elizabeth Boutte performs the Great American Songbook as well as other popular tunes. Wed • 1/8 • 1:00 – 2:00 pm • BR • Free/$5 38264

Jazz Swings (FCCM) Jazz violinist Benito Cortez, guitarist Michael McMorrow and drummer Steve LaPorta perform popular swing tunes and talk about jazz. Wed • 1/22 • 1:00 – 2:00 pm • BR • Free/$5 38265

One Piano, Four Hands (FCCM)

Three-concert series includes transportation, time for a no-host lunch and pre-concert lectures. Thu • 1/9, 1/30, 3/6 • Day trip • San Francisco $285/$335 • 38081

Piano virtuosos Alex Bootzin and Brian Whitten team up to present popular classics. Wed • 2/5 • 1:00 – 2:00 pm • BR • Free/$5 38266

Matisse and Music at the Legion of Honor

Learn about diamonds with jeweler and appraiser Mark Watson, who will also bring his collection of famous replicas. Wed • 2/19 • 1:00 – 2:00 pm • BR • Free/$5 38267

Enjoy an afternoon of art followed with a performance by the Stanford Woodwind Quintet and acclaimed pianist Paul Hersh. Sun • 1/19 • Day trip • San Francisco • $52/$68 38233

San Francisco Ballet 2014 Series Enjoy the beauty of ballet (and good seats) with this special subscription series just for adults, ages 65 and up. Sat • 2/1, 2/22, 4/5, 4/12, 5/3 • Day trip San Francisco • $395/$465 • 36901

Jerusalem Quartet at CalPerformances The internationally acclaimed string quartet performs an all-Shostakovich program. Sun • 3/16 • Day trip • Berkeley • $25/$30 38239

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Famous Diamonds (FCCM)

A Swingin’ Affair (FCCM) Jeff Wessman sings great American Standards from the big band swing era. Wed • 3/5 • 1:00 – 2:00 pm • BR • Free/$5 38268 Violin and Piano Duets (FCCM) Hailing from Romania and Japan, Adrian Borcea (piano) and Eri Ishigaki (violin), perform Mozart, Elgar, Bach, Debussy and Faure. Wed • 3/19 • 1:00 – 2:00 pm • BR • Free/$5 38269

Family Activities 650.378.2703

Family Gym Free for parents and children who are Center Members

Kid-friendly gym equipped with soft mats, climbing structures and more. Wristband required, available at Welcome Center. Sun • Weekly • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm • DCG

Explore the Fun of Family Cooking! Learn how to make nutritious and mouthwatering dishes as a family! Thu • 1/16 • 5:00 – 7:00 pm • ECK • $25/$30 38335 Thu • 3/13 • 5:00 – 7:00 pm • ECK • $25/$30 38336

Grow Justice: Fight Hunger Garden Service Day (FMP) Help alleviate hunger in San Mateo County by providing organic vegetables to residents at InnVision Shelter Network. Sun • 1/19 • 2:00 – 4:00 pm • HG • 38307 Sun • 2/23 • 2:00 – 4:00 pm • HG • 38308 Sun • 3/23 • 2:00 – 4:00 pm • HG • 38309

Story Pirates Don’t miss the premiere of an original musical “Monty Python meets Schoolhouse Rock”-type sketch based on a story created at the PJCC’s Treehouse afterschool program. Sat • 2/22 • Time TBA • Hillbarn Theatre $12/$15 • 38284

youth & teen 650.378.2704

Seals Pre-Swim Team: Ages 5 – 12 See page 22

Barracuda Youth Swim Team: Ages 5 – 18 See page 22

Fundamentals of Fitness Certification: Ages 11 – 12 Children with Center Memberships are invited to enroll in this private or semi-private course that introduces the fundamentals of physical fitness and safe use of exercise equipment. Email acousin@ pjcc.org to schedule an appointment.

Sports Youth Soccer: Grades K – 2 Children will learn soccer basics, participating in age-appropriate games and exercises. Wed • 1/8 – 3/26 • 3:45 – 4:45 pm • TF2 $230/$280 • 38376

Get Up & Go is supported by gifts to the PJCC and grants from: The Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund and The Jewish Community Endowment Newhouse Fund; Sequoia Hospital/Dignity Health; the Peninsula Health Care District; and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s New Freedom Fund.

AB = Room AB • AL = Adult Lounge • AR = Art Room • BR = Board Room • C = Room C • CR = Computer Room • CRA = Conference Room A

Connections DCG = Daniel Cook Gymnasium • ECK = ECE Kitchen • GX = Group Ex Studio • HG = Hamlin Garden • MPR = ECE Multi-Purpose Room

L = Lobby • TA = Treehouse A • TB = Treehouse B • TF = Turf Field TF2 = Turf Field Near Pool • WK = Wornick School • YS = Yoga Studio


programs

Member / Public • $ = Additional fee • FC = Free for Center Members FCCM = Free for Center & Community Members • FMP = Free for Members and Public

Jan / Feb / Mar 2014

youth & teen cont’d Beginning Soccer Clinic: Grades Pre K – K Co-ed clinic emphasizing individual and team soccer skills. Sat • 1/11 – 3/29 • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm • DCG $210/$260 • 38326

Youth Soccer Clinic: Grades 1 – 5

Kid’s Night Out! Age 3 – Grade 5 Moms and dads—take the night off and send your kids to join their friends for an awesome evening filled with entertainment, dinner, and fun. Sat • 1/11 • 6:00 – 10:00 pm • TA Advance $28/$35; Noon Friday prior $33/$40 38334

A fun and educational clinic emphasizing individual and team soccer skills.

Sat • 2/8 • 6:00 – 10:00 pm • TA Advance $28/$35; Noon Friday prior $33/$40 38345

Grades 1 – 2 Sat • 1/11 – 3/29 • 12:00 – 1:00 pm • DCG $210/$260 • 38374

Sat • 3/15 • 6:00 – 10:00 pm • TA Advance $28/$35; Noon Friday prior $33/$40 38346

Grades 3 – 5 Sat • 1/11 – 3/29 • 12:00 – 1:00 pm • DCG $210/$260 • 38375

Dance

Gymnastics: Grades K – 2 (FC) Develop overall body awareness, strength, flexibility, conditioning, and self-esteem through basic elemental gymnastics skills. Wed • 1/8 – 3/26 • 2:00 – 3:00 pm • DCG Free/$140 • 38337

Classes Chess Wizards: Grades K – 5 Learn the fundamentals of chess, tactics and strategies. No experience necessary. Mon • 1/6 – 3/24 • 4:00 – 5:00 pm • CR $170/$220 • 38332

Ceramics: Grades K – 2 Learn techniques to create and glaze pottery, from pinch pots to coil pots, decorative pieces and more. Tue • 1/7 – 3/25 • 4:15 – 5:15 pm • AR $230/$280; $20 materials fee • 38330

Krafty Kids: Grades K – 2 (FC) Explore a variety of materials and learn new techniques to create amazing take-home projects. Tue • 1/7 – 3/25 • 5:15 – 6:15 pm • AB Free/$140 ; $40 materials fee • 38348

Construction Kids: Grades 2 – 5 (FC) Explore the process of invention through hands-on building challenges. Tue • 1/7 – 3/25 • 4:00 – 5:00 pm • AB Free/$140 (Materials fee $40) • 38734

Book Travelers: Grades K – 2 (FC) Imaginations will soar as characters from your child’s favorite storybooks come alive through music, science, and more. Thu • 1/9 – 3/20 • 3:45 – 4:45 pm • AR Free/$140 ; $40 materials fee • 38328

Center Stage: Grades K – 5 Children tap into their creativity as they perform improvisation and put their talents to work in the production of their very own show! Thu • 1/9 – 3/20 • 4:00 – 5:30 pm • WK Rm 211 $210/$260 • 38329

Introduction to Bollywood Dancing for Kids: Grades 2 – 5 (FC) Combine fun moves, different styles and awesome beats in this fun, high energy class. Wed • 1/8 – 3/12 • 5:30 – 6:30 pm • MPR Free/$140 • 38340

Jazz Dance: Grades K – 2 (FC) Explore the styles and techniques of Jazz, an innovative form of dance emphasizing individuality and improvisation. Mon • 1/6 – 3/24 • 3:45 – 4:45 pm • MPR Free/$140 • 38341

Youth Fitness Pre-registration required for each full series.

Kids’ Yoga: Grades 3 – 5 (FC) Mon • 1/6 – 3/24 • 4:30 – 5:25 pm • GX Free/$140 • 38039

Kids’ Fitness: Grade K – 2 (FC) Tue • 1/7 – 3/25 • 4:00 – 4:55 pm • GX Free/$140 • 38040

Kids’ Fitness: Grades K – 2 (FC) Tue • 1/7 – 3/25 • 4:00 – 4:55 pm • Meet in lobby • Free/$140 • 38045 Sporty Kids: Grades 3 – 5 (FC) Wed • 1/8 – 3/26 • 3:30 – 4:25 pm • DCG Free/$140 • 38041

Kids’ Fitness: Grades 3 – 5 (FC) Thu • 1/9 – 3/27 • 4:00 – 4:55 pm • GX Free/$140 • 38042

Kids’ Fitness: Grades K – 2 (FC) Fri • 1/10 – 3/28 • 3:30 – 4:25 pm • GX Free/$140 • 38043

early childhood education 650.378.2670

PJCC Preschool: Ages 18 months – 5 years The PJCC Preschool offers a creative, values-oriented, educational environment that is open to the entire community. Our staff is an experienced group of dedicated early childhood professionals who combine a strong educational background with a love and appreciation for young children. Open to all faiths and backgrounds, children enjoy a curriculum that cultivates positive childhood experiences through social, cognitive and physical development.

Parent Information Meeting and Tour (FMP) Tour the PJCC Early Childhood Education Center, meet our Directors and hear about the exciting curriculum and programs for children. Adults only please. Wed • 1/15 • 4:00 – 5:00 pm • MPR • 38304 Wed • 2/19 • 4:00 – 5:00 pm • MPR • 38305 Wed • 3/19 • 4:00 – 5:00 pm • MPR • 38306

2014 Winter ECE Enrichment Registration Priority Registration for Center Members Monday, December 2 – Thursday, December 4, 2013 Starts 9:00 am

Registration for Community Members and Public Thursday, December 5 – Friday, December 20 Starts 9:00 am

Kids’ Fitness: Grade K – 2 (FC)

Enrichment Programs

Thu • 1/9 – 3/27 • 4:00 – 4:55 pm • Meet in lobby • Free/$140 • 38046

Mini Hoops: Ages 3 – 5

Kids’ Fitness: Grades K – 2 (FC) Sat • 1/11 – 3/29 • 9:00 – 10:15 am • DCG Free/$140 • 38044

Discounts on Public rates available to Foster City residents for most programs. Quantities are limited; please call for details. Member rates apply to Center Members; however Community Members may qualify for these rates. www.pjcc.org • 650.212.PJCC (7522)

Beginning hoopsters will learn basketball basics through positive coaching and actual games. Mon • 1/6 – 3/24 • 1:05 – 1:55 pm • DCG $190/$240 • 38357 Wed • 1/8 – 3/26 • 2:00 – 3:00 pm • MPR $230/$280 • 38358

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Member / Public • $ = Additional fee • FC = Free for Center Members FCCM = Free for Center & Community Members • FMP = Free for Members and Public

Jan / Feb / Mar 2014

early childhood education cont’d

Edible Art of Cooking: Ages 3 – 5

Tumble Tot: 2 – 4 years

Enrichment Programs cont’d

Blossoming cooks will explore healthy cooking through recipes, food preparation and tasting. Thu • 1/9 – 3/27 • 1:00 – 2:00 pm • ECK $230/$280 (Material fee $20) • 38334

Tiny Two Steppers: Ages 3 – 5

Happy Feet Dance: Ages 3 – 5

Little ones will develop coordination, gross motor skills, and learn basic gymnastics skills. Includes parental/caretaker participation. Thu • 1/9 – 3/13 • 11:30 am – 12:30 pm DCG • $190/$240 • 38371

Little dancers will be introduced to basic techniques of Jazz and Hip Hop while instilling a joy of being active through creative movement. Mon • 1/6 – 3/24 • 2:00 – 3:00 pm • MPR $190/$240 • 38370

Develop balance, rhythm, flexibility, coordination, and self-esteem while learning tap, Jazz and ballet using fun props. Fri • 1/10 – 3/28 • 1:00 – 1:55 pm • GX $230/$280 • 38339

Yoga Sprouts: Ages 3 – 5

Games and drills help develop balance, coordination, strength and reflexes, as well as improve discipline and listening skills. Fri • 1/10 – 3/28 • 1:00 – 2:00 pm • MPR $230/$280 • 38369

Grow and stretch physically through relaxing and meditative yoga that also aides emotional and mental health. Mon • 1/6 – 3/24 • 1:00 – 2:00 pm • MPR $190/$240 • 38372

Kee Tov Soccer: Ages 4 – 5 Children thrive in this non-competitive curriculum while learning soccer basics in age-appropriate games and exercises. Tue • 1/7 – 3/25 • 1:00 – 2:00 pm • TF2 $210/$260 • 38342 Thu • 1/9 – 3/27 • 1:00 – 2:00 pm • MPR $230/$280 • 38343

Sense-ational Kids: Ages 3 – 5 Activate your child’s senses and support learning in this sensory-rich class that cultivates skills through guided activities. Tue • 1/7– 3/25 • 1:00 – 2:00 pm • MPR $210/$260 • 38367

Pee Wee Soccer: Age 3 Develop gross motor skills, enhance coordination, promote physical fitness and increase self-confidence in a noncompetitive environment. Wed • 1/8 – 3/26 • 1:00 – 2:00 pm • MPR $230/$280 • 38366

Gymnotot: Ages 3 – 5 Develop coordination, body awareness and basic gymnastics skills while building strength and increasing self-confidence. Wed • 1/8 – 3/26 • 1:00 – 2:00 pm • DCG $230/$280 • 38338

Young Rembrandts: Ages 3 – 5 Future artists will learn to draw through an engaging method that also helps develop fine motor skills and academic, conceptual, and critical thinking skills. Wed • 1/8 – 3/26 • 1:00 – 2:00 pm ECE Rm 12 • $230/$280 • 38373

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Tiger Tots Martial Arts: Ages 3 – 5

Clay Creations: Ages 3 – 5 Little ceramicists will sculpt clay into wondrous creations, develop fine motor skills, and partake in sensory exploration. Fri • 1/10 – 3/28 • 1:00 – 2:00 pm ECE Rm 12 • $230/$280; $20 materials fee 38333

Baby and Me Music Together: 1 month – 4 years This national early childhood music program involves both children and parents in informal musical activities that are developmentally appropriate for very young children. Mon • 1/6 – 3/24 • 10:15 – 11:00 am • BR $205/$240 • 38364 Mon • 1/6 – 3/24 • 11:15 am – 12:00 pm • BR $205/$240 • 38363

Babilates: 1 month – 1 year Tone your body and get in shape as you bond with your little one through various Pilates exercises. Wed • 1/8 – 3/12 • 10:00 – 10:55 am • CRA $190/$240 • 38320

Baby Picassos: 2 – 4 years Using various media, your little one will gain sensory exploration and develop fine motor skills as the two of you create works of art. Tue • 1/7 – 3/11 • 3:00 – 4:00 pm • AR $190/$240 • 38322

Movers and Shakers: 1 – 2 years Adults and children will engage in funfilled classes with singing, dancing, and movement that highlight and stimulate important developmental skills. Wed • 1/8 – 3/12 • 9:30 – 10:30 am • BR $190/$240 • 38362

Little Feet Dance and Yoga: 1 – 4 years Explore the fundamentals of dance and yoga while bonding with your child! Includes parental/caretaker participation. 1 – 2 years Thu • 1/9 – 3/13 • 10:00 – 10:45 am • BR $190/$240 • 38349 3 – 4 years Thu • 1/9 – 3/13 • 10:45 – 11:30 am • BR $190/$240 • 38349

Challah and Blocks: 1 – 2 years Adults and children will love these funfilled activities geared to stimulate a child’s cognitive development through music and movement. Fri • 1/10 – 3/14 • 9:30 – 10:30 am • BR $190/$240 • 38331

Mom’s Morning: Newborn – Crawling Have you recently given birth? Enjoy this structured atmosphere to meet, bond and talk with other mothers about common issues. Fri • 1/10 • 10:00 – 11:30 am • C • $25/$30 38359 Fri • 2/14 • 10:00 – 11:30 am • C • $25/$30 38360 Fri • 3/14 • 10:00 – 11:30 am • C • $25/$30 38361

My First Cooking Class: 2 – 3 years Sensory exploration will be emphasized as you and your little one make healthy, nutritious, and yummy snacks to eat. Fri • 1/10 – 3/14 • 10:30 – 11:30 am • ECK $190/$240 • 38365

Soccer Stars: 2 – 3 years Age-appropriate and field-tested curriculum engages children (and caretakers) with entertaining activities that promote motor skill development, teamwork and cognitive ability. Sat • 1/11– 3/15 • 10:15 – 11:00 am • DCG $170/$220 • 38368

Parent Education Workshops Baby Sign Language Introductory Workshop For parents of newborns to 24 months. Learn 40 basic signs based on American Sign Language and teach your pre-verbal baby to sign. Additional family member/$15. Tue • 1/14 • 10:00 – 11:30 am • BR • $40/$50 38324

AB = Room AB • AL = Adult Lounge • AR = Art Room • BR = Board Room • C = Room C • CR = Computer Room • CRA = Conference Room A

Connections DCG = Daniel Cook Gymnasium ECK = ECE Kitchen • GX = Group Ex Studio • HG = Hamlin Garden • MPR = ECE Multi-Purpose Room

L = Lobby • TA = Treehouse A • TB = Treehouse B • TF = Turf Field TF2 = Turf Field Near Pool • WK = Wornick School • YS = Yoga Studio


free programs Jan / Feb / Mar 2014

One of the PJCC’s Guiding Principles is Hachnasat Or’chim, or “welcoming all.” In this spirit, our Center doors are open to the entire community. We invite you to enjoy these complimentary programs and events as our guest. For program details and Sit and Knit Living Healthy Workshop Jewish Social Justice at a Time of Crisis new additions, please visit www.pjcc.org. Mon • Weekly • 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Tue • 1/14 – 2/11 • 1:00 – 2:30 pm

and Opportunity

Let’s Talk About It

PJCC Art Gallery presents: My Judaism Unlocked

Thu • 1/30 • 7:00 – 8:30 pm

1/15– 3/27

Wed / Sun • 2/5, 2/16 • 11:00 am Tue / Sat • 2/11, 2/22 • 7:00 pm

Wed • Weekly • 2:00 – 3:15 pm

Take a Breath: An Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation Thu • Weekly • 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Preschool Parent Information Meeting and Tour

Healing Yoga for Cancer Patients

Wed · 1/15, 2/19, 3/19 · 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Fri • Weekly • 1:30 – 2:45 pm

Grow Justice: Fight Hunger Garden Service Day

Life, It’s Complicated: Jewish Perspectives

Sun • 1/19, 2/23, 3/23 • 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Lunch with Rabbi Lavey

Get Growing: Planning Your Vegetable Garden

Wed • 1/22 • 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Photography Overview Workshop

Get Growing: Planning Your Own Vegetable Garden Sun • 1/12 • 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Get Growing: Soil Preparation and Composting Sun • 2/9 • 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Thu • 1/2 – 3/27 • 10:30 – 11:30 am

Sun • 1/12 • 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Art of Living Introductory Workshop

Jewish Traditions in Contemporary Debates

Get Growing: Seed Starting, Potting Up and Transplanting Sun • 3/16 • 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Mon • 2/3 • 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Mon • 1/13 • 7:30 – 9:00 pm

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award-winning group & private lessons

650.378.2782 Discounts on Public rates available to Foster City residents for most programs. Quantities are limited; please call for details. Member rates apply to Center Members; however Community Members may qualify for these rates. www.pjcc.org • 650.212.PJCC (7522)

kids & adults special needs instruction heated indoor & outdoor pools

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“Can summer camp change your life? I think it can. It did for me.” — Seth Godin Author / Entrepreneur / Marketer / Public Speaker

Other Famous Campers Ben Affleck • Ben Bernanke • Mel Brooks • Bob Dylan Michael Eisner • Mayor Rahm Emanuel • Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison Norah Jones • Anne Landers • Barry Manilow • Penny Marshall Lorne Michaels • Gwyneth Paltrow • Neil Simon Steven Sondheim • Reese Witherspoon

Imagine how camp can change your child’s life!

2014 registration starts: January 9: January 16: Preschool • K – 6 • Teens

Returning Campers and Members General Public

650.378.2703 • pjcc.org/camp


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