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Connections Summer 2014 •

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Celebrating Community

Yoga and Wholeness: Portal to Wellness 6

The Joys—and Benefits!—of a Family Pet 9

The Team That Won Through Losing 12

PJCC online Coming this Summer—Make Appointments and Shop Online

PJCC Early Childhood Education Established 1963

At your fingertips soon: book spa appointments, sign up for a Pilates Reformer or group exercise class, and shop for Eminence Skin Care products. No need to make a phone call or stand in line—just go online—coming soon!

Fitness Apps: What Do Zombies Have To Do With Fitness? Today there’s an app for just about anything, including fitness. You can calculate calories, find the distance of your favorite walk, or zone out and meditate. For smartphone addicts, the irony of using a phone to chill out with a meditation app isn’t lost. However, fitness apps can help motivate and challenge, plus they make working out a little more fun. Here are a few Center favorites—just Google them to download:

“I can’t think of sending my kids anywhere but here—the staff and programs are amazing!” — PJCC Preschool parent

Full-or part-time • Ages 2 – Pre-K 650.378.2670 • LoseIt!


Zombies, Run!




Monitor calorie intake, set weight loss goals, and track exercise.

Measure distance walked, calories burned, and pace kept on an interactive map.

An entertaining challenge for runners to escape Zombies.

Additional fitness apps at


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

4 Meet Our Contributors 5

Message from the Publisher


Yoga and Wholeness: Portal to Wellness



14 Member Moments They survived life-threatening incidents and came back stronger than ever

15 Trade Secrets

Learn how this physical practice helps bring attention to the present

Gardening Made Fun for the Family Personal Trainer Cynthia Newman shares her power foods for a power workout

16 Workouts for Your Workout Personal Trainers advise how to prevent injuries when resuming summer sports

18 From Israel to the Classroom Instill in your little ones a lifetime love for gardening

The Joys—and Benefits!—of a Family Pet

More than loyal and playful companions, pets can also teach important life lessons

10 Summer at the Center: Capturing Memories 12 The Team That Won Through Losing These five members lost and came out winners

A Treehouse afterschool teacher makes a life-changing journey to Israel

19 A Trip to Cuba

Yash Snider and his traveling companions on their spiritual journey

20 Jewish Peoplehood Programs and events celebrating Jewish life and culture

23 Programs July/August/ September 2014 27 Free Programs


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Contributors David Danker has a BS Degree in Exercise Science. He was the strength and conditioning coach of the U.S. Rugby Team at the 2013 Maccabiah Games in Israel, and is a four-time Olympic distance triathlon participant. Scott Delucchi is a Sr. Vice President with the Peninsula Humane Society in Burlingame. He adopted his dog, Murray, from the shelter, and could not have found a better match for his family. Connections is a publication of the Peninsula Jewish Community Center, 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City, CA, 94404. Send comments or suggestions to 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 Mateo County for more than 65 years.

Julie Emden has found great joy in bringing Jewish practice, text and wisdom alive via the body and movement for the past 15 years. She directs the Embodied Jewish Learning Initiative at Jewish LearningWorks, and teaches at the PJCC and throughout the Bay Area. Bart Frantz is the Membership Sales Director at the PJCC and has enjoyed a successful career in the fitness industry since 2008.

Ikkarim guiding principles of the PJCC

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

Welcoming all

Marybeth Lybrand is the Manager of the PJCC Justice Garden and a UC Master Gardener. She has certificates in Sustainable Practices from Dominican University and Biointensive farming and gardening from Ecology Action. Vicki McGrath, ACSM-HFS, HFD is the PJCC Fitness and Wellness Manager and is certified as a Health Fitness Specialist, Health Fitness Director, and Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist.

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

Our community of family and friends

April Montgomery is a personal trainer with a degree in Kinesiology. She specializes in general strength and conditioning as well as running, and is a member of a semiprofessional running team on the Peninsula.

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

Repairing the world

Torre Pusey is a personal trainer with a degree in Kinesiology from Indiana University. He specializes in weight training, sports conditioning, and pre- and postrehabilitation exercise. Thomas Schultz is a Lead Teacher at the Treehouse afterschool program and PJCC Preschool. He graduated this spring from San Francisco State University with a BA in early childhood education.

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


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Yash Snider is a retired chemist who enjoys his free time serving as both a PJCC Board Member and volunteer. In addition, he also volunteers at his temple and local schools.



Dear Friends,

Cover and above photos by Sharon Giordano

When asked how they like spending hot summer days, these kids from the PJCC’s afterschool Treehouse program headed directly to the pool to show us! More members, guests and campers are featured on pages 10 – 11 enjoying summer fun at the Center.

Connect with Us!

The PJCC is bustling with summer fun and we hope that you will take full advantage of the abundant opportunities to nourish, move, and engage this season. The celebration of our 10th anniversary in Foster City continues and we are in the mood to party. Join us!


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Programming that intrigues and inspires will include our acclaimed Community Art Show and Something’s Brewin’, the popular J Café Patio Series featuring after-work, live entertainment. Bring your family, pack a picnic, and sit under the stars for our muchanticipated Asheba’s Caribbean Family Concert. It wouldn’t be summer without our annual Summer Fitness Jam and our newly epic Battle of the Sexes Bocce Ball Tournament. Finally, for those who enjoy their wellness with a dash of international flair, you won’t want to miss Fitness Through Dance: A Global Experience. With regard to Center leadership, please join us in congratulating our new president of the Board of Directors, Kathy Reich. Kathy’s family calls the North Peninsula Jewish Campus their second home, and Kathy has generously shared her non-profit governance expertise with our Center for many years. She looks forward to supporting the Center as we build a caring and connected community, grounded in Jewish values, that welcomes all people at every stage of life. When you see Kathy in the Center please say hello and feel free to share your thoughts and ideas about how to make our Center an even more vibrant and remarkable place. This is your community. This is your season. Come meet friends, and experience something new here at the PJCC.


Deborah Pinsky Kathy Reich

PJCC BLOG Connections

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yoga and wholeness: a portal to wellness By julie emden Director, Embodied Jewish Learning Initiative Jewish LearningWorks, San Francisco

Puehr tea. Dog sleeping next to me. Bird singing outside my window. My soft, velvety green yoga pants and silk purple shirt against my skin. The blankets beneath my feet, my sit bones, the feel of these keys against my fingers, the light coming through the windows. All of these “things” of the material world, gashmiut in Hebrew, are works of creation; by science, God, people, circumstances. In the Old Testament, we have the phrase “In the beginning God created the (Et)…” The mystics teach that the word “Et,” which has no literal meaning in Hebrew, actually refers to the alphabet: Aleph—the first letter, through Tet—the last letter. These letters are the building blocks of all matter and form. They exist in every single physical particle of the universe. They are in my tea, in the birds, in the silk, in the velvet of my clothes, and inside of me.

to all levels of being. This is known as the practice of mindfulness; watching our breath and sensing our bodies, we are aware of ourselves being aware. Even when we sit typing, our circulatory, respiratory and digestive systems are moving oxygen, blood, nutrients and fluids through us; our eyes are moving and blinking; our spine is lengthening and folding ever so slightly with every breath. Jewish Yoga is not “Jewish” Yoga

So, how is our awareness of these intricate details related to yoga and wellness?

Yoga is a physical practice that can help raise awareness by bringing attention to the present moment. This toe. This breath. This placement of the feet in a wide stance. My yoga practice is a means for me to enter more deeply into connection with myself. It begins with the physical and expands from there. And for me, because Hebrew, Torah, and love are in my heart, my yoga practice is an integration and expression of all of me, not just my “Jewish” part.

When we bring our attention to our physical world, we expand our awareness

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comes to my Yoga and Wholeness classes at the PJCC is practicing their personal version of yoga. The more we practice on the mat, the more we can begin to invite all of ourselves to be present in other parts of our lives as well. Awareness is a Portal to Wellness On any level, the first step to health and wellness is conscious awareness of our bodies, our thoughts, our feelings, and our habits. I invite you to use yoga, which is based in the material world of the body, as a gateway to expanded awareness of yourself as a work of creation imbued with life and breath, heart, and consciousness. The Embodied Jewish Learning Initiative is powered by Jewish LearningWorks with support from the Joan and Robert Sinton Philanthropic Fund,, Barbara and Christopher Wilson, Richard and Patricia Gibbs, The Opaline Fund, and Paul and Sheri Robbins. For more information, visit www.

Yoga and Wholeness with a Jewish Twist is held Wednesdays at 7:00 pm. To register, call 650.212.7522 or visit Fitness & Sports at


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From Backyard to Dinner Table: Gardening with Children By Marybeth Lybrand justice garden manager

f you love to garden, chances are your sentiment started with someone who took the time to show you how to plant a seed, care for it, and watch it grow. Passing down the art of gardening was once a competence that was expected and necessary only a few generations ago. Consider reawakening this misplaced art in your own family. Kids are naturally curious, learn by doing, and love to dig in the dirt, which makes them the perfect gardener.

Plant both fast- and slow-growing crops. Choose quick-maturing vegetables such as lettuce, spinach, peas, and radishes. You can enjoy harvesting and eating these crops throughout the season, helping to sustain interest in the garden. In the meantime, slower maturing vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, pumpkins, and tomatoes can be cared for over the entire season; kids inevitably discover that they are well worth the wait!

Here are a few tips for making your child’s garden experience interesting and enjoyable.

Celebrate! No garden is complete without celebrating the harvest. Engage kids in the entire process, from seed to table. Discuss the lifecycle of the plants as well as the role of the sun, water, soil, and seasons. Let your kids participate in preparing the food for a meal, and be sure to invite friends and family to share in the celebration.

Provide them with their own area in the garden. Allow children to take ownership for a specific space, whether it’s a raised bed, an inground plot, or a pot on the patio. This encourages a sense of responsibility and pride. If possible, place their plot in the most visible part of the garden to showcase their hard work. Let them plan the garden. Even preschoolers have an idea of what foods they would like to grow and eat. Just make sure the season is appropriate for the crop. You can also list vegetables that grow during specific seasons, and let them choose from that list. A sense of ownership leads to motivation and connection. Start from seeds. Try to start your garden from seeds rather than starter plants. Observing the lifecycle of the plants from seed to harvest is highly valuable. Show off their work. Take pictures to share with family and friends, give garden tours, and specifically point out your children’s garden plots. Giving attention to their hard work is a great motivator. Try something new and unexpected. Think about growing at least one unique plant per season. Enjoy the surprise of growing plants that come in unexpected shapes and colors such as Indigo Rose (dark purple) Tomatoes or Snow White Carrots (available at Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds at


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The Center’s Justice Garden serves as an interactive classroom with a gardening curriculum designed for preschoolers, campers, and Treehouse (afterschool) participants. Young families also enjoy garden service days that combine digging in the dirt with learning.

The Joys—and Benefits!—of a Family Pet By Scott Delucchi Sr. Vice President, Peninsula Humane Society

he world has changed for kids in many ways, yet it’s also remained the same. Kids still experience those same, wonderful moments we did: riding a bike without training wheels, losing a tooth, and playing with a new pet. About that pet: yes, parents inevitably end up as the designated pooper scooper, but consider the benefits that come from raising a child with pets. The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry has stated that, “Developing positive feelings about pets can contribute to a child’s self-esteem and self-confidence. Positive relationships with pets can aid in the development of trusting relationships with others. A good relationship with a pet can also help in developing non-verbal communication, compassion, and empathy … a child who learns to care for an animal, and treat it kindly and patiently, may get invaluable training in learning to treat people the same way.” Food for thought, indeed. My young children beg me to let them feed Murray, our Accidoodle (a shelter special—part Poodle, part accident). They love holding his leash on walks, giving him treats, and helping me at the self-wash places. When they dispense treats, my oldest understands that treats are teaching moments and used as rewards for obeying commands. They

know what Murray needs to be happy and healthy, and eagerly accept the work; my daughter has even offered to floss Murray’s teeth! Pets teach kids about compassion, empathy, trust, and loss. The first loss our kids experienced was Shakey, their grandparents’ dog. How parents talk to their kids about the loss of a companion animal can prepare them for future conversations about the losses of loved ones, as well as other difficult subjects. Talking about loss isn’t easy, but it’s inevitable once you bring a pet into your home. The happier times involve bringing that new pet home. Some parents turn this process into a challenge and reward for their kids. It’s often tied to getting good grades or showing academic improvement. My friends’ daughter relentlessly begged for a snake. They said they would consider it if she maintained her grades and researched proper snake care. She was also tasked with advising if they should purchase or adopt a snake, and why. They ended up adopting a Ball Python from the Peninsula Humane Society. Last year, we placed nearly 4,000 animals into new homes. Each one is special, but I’m especially touched when it’s a family’s first pet. I see the joy and excitement on the kids’ face, and I know their new pet is going to have a profound and lasting impact on their lives.

Meet your new best friend at the PJCC Peninsula Humane Society Mobile Adoption Friday, August 8, 2014 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Smitten with your kitten? Nuts about your mutt? Email your favorite pet photo to for consideration as PJCC Pet of the Week on our Center marquees.


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The PJCC bustles with activity during the

summer months—families swim, friends catch up, campers explore, and just about everyone relishes those “hazy, crazy, lazy days of summer.”

“ Our whole family belongs to the PJCC … it’s a lifestyle center!”


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The Team That Won Through Losing BY EILEEN MITCHELL marketing communications manager

etting fit is always a challenge at best, especially if there’s no one to account to. Then it becomes too tempting to start eating healthy “on Monday” or taking up exercise “tomorrow.” But when PJCC Board Member Sandeep Goel learned about a team fitness challenge through, he embraced the opportunity to get fit, now. He recruited his wife, Manu, and three other Center members: Ran Petel, Leslie Chen, and Debbie Goren, to join him against 182 other teams competing for a monetary prize for most weight lost. But, unlike the competition, this team took it one step further. They agreed to donate their winnings to the PJCC. “That’s why we named ourselves The Winning Team,” said Leslie Chen, who lost 31 pounds. She wanted to lower her blood pressure, get in shape, and set a good example for her daughter, but also found the substantial award


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money a tangible prize to strive for. “When I started losing focus, my teammates were there to encourage and remind me of what an important thing we were doing. We met weekly, shared ideas, and talked about the many great programs that would benefit from our prize money. The fact that we were giving the award to the PJCC was a stronger motivator than if we had planned to keep it ourselves.” Debbie Goren had also tried, and failed, to lose weight but this time met her goal of a 30 pound loss. “I love the PJCC and didn’t want to let the team down,” she said. “Today, I can play ball with my kids, take long walks with my dog Thomas, and fit into my clothes again. It was a great emotional boost to take on such a challenge and meet it!” Indeed, the goal of supporting PJCC scholarships and health-related activities was a driving force. With their collective loss of 147 pounds,

The Winning Team placed second nationwide and won the coveted award of $5,000. “Helping the PJCC was an additional motivation to reach our personal fitness goals,” said team founder Sandeep, who proposed the donation and lost 30 pounds. His wife, Manu, agreed. “I love food and it was hard for me to break my daily habits, but our family loves the Center. When I saw my teammates losing weight, I didn’t want to let them down. As a result, I was able to control my cravings, eat healthier, and exercise every day.” Manu lost 20 pounds. “Working as a group reaffirmed to me the importance of collaboration and teamwork,” said Ran Petel. He lost 36 pounds, enjoys more energy, and now boasts a BMI in a healthy range which he credits, in part, to his teammates. “A team provides support that pushes you beyond what you think you can accomplish.”

So many good things came out of this. I met great people, got healthy, met my goal, and helped others in the process. —Debbie Goren From left: Sandeep Goel, Debbie Goren, Ran Petel, Leslie Chen, Manu Goel.


Member Moments by bart frantz membership sales Director

When trust and confidence are questioned after a traumatic physical experience, rebounding can feel like an impossible task brimming with challenges. But Cynthia Chun and Alex Balakrishnan overcame their obstacles and today are happy, well, and thriving.

Alex Balakrishnan

Cynthia Chun

After surviving a life-altering car accident, PJCC member Alex Balakrishnan was faced with challenging injuries and pain. He was limited in mobility and found himself embarrassed to attempt to execute even the most basic of exercises.

Ask PJCC member Cynthia Chun what helped her regain confidence in her body after surviving a battle against lung cancer, and she’ll tell you it began with taking that first step. Literally.

But almost two years later, Alex finds himself healthier and happier than ever before. Introduced to the PJCC after his accident, he involved himself in a myriad of activities ranging from working with a personal trainer to using the Pilates Reformer under the guidance of a physical therapist. This broad approach involved a workout plan tailored to his specific fitness goals; a balanced and healthy diet, coupled with exploring various methods through massage and rest. The journey has been difficult, but today Alex finds himself in a much better place. He’s flashing a ready smile more regularly, and through his good nature and charm, is cultivating meaningful friendships at the Center. “It was the broad holistic approach to a return to a healthy lifestyle,” he explains. “That did it for me.”


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The first activity she tried was the PJCC’s walking program. The Foster City resident had always avoided trekking over the city’s various bridges for fear of injuring her back, but on her first walk with the group, they encountered one of the daunting bridges. Cynthia had a choice to make: push forward or turn back. A PJCC employee who was leading the group reassured Cynthia she could make the climb—and she did! One step led to the next and before Cynthia knew it, what was once an impossible obstacle in her mind became the catalyst to a newfound confidence in her body. A door opened and today, Cynthia balances her walking workouts with Tai Chi and Mindful Meditation; two activities that help nourish her mind, body, and confidence. Cynthia likes to say that, “Aging is inevitable, but growing old is optional.” Words to live by.

It’s your time. It’s your health. It’s wellness your way®.

You belong at the PJCC. Our tools and facilities will help you cultivate good health, build resilience, and chart your personal wellness journey. 650.378.2701 • Membership Office: Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 8:00 pm • Saturday and Sunday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

What Fuels a Good Workout? PJCC Personal Trainer Cynthia Newman shares a few of her favorites, starting with a protein-rich breakfast like scrambled eggs. “I add mushrooms for vitamin D, and tomatoes, good for the heart and digestion,” she says. “I’ll also have a three-seed bread with a bit of Earth Balance, which is a healthy alternative to butter.” What else is on Cynthia’s workout menu?

Personal Trainer

Trade Secrets

15 minutes prior to a workout: hydrate, hydrate, hydrate • Drink at least 4 – 6 ounces of water; add lime, it’s thought to help control blood pressure • A vitamin water or sports drink with a little sodium, potassium, chloride and other elements will be absorbed faster than pure water • People who sweat profusely might benefit from a sports beverage to replace lost electrolytes 15 – 45 minutes after weight training: protein for muscle recovery • Whey protein shake with one tablespoon of Greek yogurt, a banana, and berries • Cottage cheese with fruit • An apple with cheese or peanut butter • Yogurt with walnuts and berries • If food isn’t readily available, bring a protein bar


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Workouts for Your Workout biking running By Vicki McGrath fitness and wellness manager

By April Montgomery Personal trainer

Core, upper body, and leg strength are key to enjoyable biking. Depending on the type of bike you own, the position of your body may require you to be more forward over your handlebars. Maintaining this position for a period of time requires a strong core. Additionally, you need upper body strength to hold this position and will use your triceps and shoulders. You also need leg strength to keep your legs pumping.

People often tell me that running is hard. They can’t catch their breath, they say. It’s not for them. But with the right training and preparation, anyone can become a runner.

To prepare, challenge yourself with an indoor cycling class, which replicates the hills and grades found on the open road. The instructor guides you through various scenarios by instructing you to increase or decrease the tension on the bike gears. This gives you an idea of what it’s like to shift up and down depending on the landscape and also helps you build strength and endurance. Before you hit the open road, take your bike to your local bike shop for a tune-up. Annual tune-ups are suggested to ensure tires have sufficient tread, inner tubes are new, the chain length is checked, and shifting is smooth. Bike shops will also show you how to change a tire and oil your chain as part of your maintenance program.


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If you’re a beginner, don’t immediately aspire to a 30-minute, four-mile run. Instead, warm up with a slow walk/trot pace to get oxygen to your muscles. Swing your arms in an “L” shape form and after about 10 minutes, gradually start picking up your pace. Then, see how long you can maintain a moderatelypaced jog without having to stop. Set a goal of 30 minutes. Start by running for 2-5 minutes without stopping, then walk for 1-2 minutes, and repeat the run-walk cycle until you hit your goal time. With each run, try extending your run time by 30 seconds to one minute. In time, you’ll reach your goal! Before and after every workout, drink at least eight ounces of water. And wear proper running shoes, which provide important support.

During summer months, exercising outdoors under crisp blue skies is a special joy that Californians relish and embrace. However, if your winter was spent on the sofa watching Survivor, you may benefit from pre-workout workouts. This will help prevent strained muscles and injuries when you resume summer sports or attempt new ones. PJCC personal trainers share their expertise.



hiking By David Danker personal trainer

By Torre Pusey personal trainer

Swimming is a great and low-impact way to build muscle and lose weight. The key to any successful exercise program is to start with small steps. To begin a swim program, combine pool time with twice-a-week strength-training workouts to develop your:

Hiking is one of the richest and most rewarding exercises— visually, mentally, and physically. However, there’s a difference between a good workout and deep fatigue. To combat discomfort on the trail, train ahead of your hike.

• Core muscles so they are strong enough to help you stay afloat • Upper body (shoulders and arms) since swimming requires repetitive movement in your lats, quads, and tricep muscles • Lower body strength and endurance in your legs for flutter kicks End each workout with foam rolling and static stretches. In the pool, start with six laps of the freestyle stroke. Relax and swim nice and slow, without stopping. Then try six laps of just kicking using a kickboard. For a beginner swimmer, a good workout is between 20-30 laps (approximately half a mile). As you get stronger, increase the number of laps so that you eventually work up to a swimmer’s “mile,” which is 70 laps. Once you are able to swim a half-mile comfortably, you might want to add some speed training. For example, sprint for two laps, rest for two minutes, then repeat for a total of 10 laps.

The best training is “good, old fashioned” walking. Stretching and balance exercises are also beneficial since they will help prepare your muscles for uphill and downhill climbing. One simple balance exercise that will help keep your footing on the trail is the front leg lift. Standing parallel to a wall (in case you need to steady yourself), lift the leg furthest from the wall and hold it above the floor extended in front of you for 5 to 30 seconds. Change position and repeat with the other leg. Strength training is also important. Squats and lunges are great exercises to help the legs. Use free weights to build strength, or try a TRX class (suspension training) at the PJCC. Here, you’ll find exercises where you can incorporate flexibility, muscle endurance, and balance all with one device (a hand-held strap from which you leverage your own body weight).

If you aren’t making progress or still struggling with strokes, consider using a swim coach or personal trainer. Connections

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From Israel to the Classroom

Visiting children at the Ethiopian Absorption Center.

By Thomas Shultz treehouse and preschool teacher

hen I learned that I’d been selected to participate in the Israel Staff Seminar last October, I was stunned. I’ve known that the PJCC participates in this annual program with the San Francisco JCC, but never did I think that I’d be chosen for the experience of a lifetime. This trip expanded my knowledge and enlightened my mind to another world. Israel is just 66 years old, but with a history that extends thousands of years. We met Ethiopian Jews who have been isolated from centuries of Jewish history. We met a Preschool Director whose goal is to unite the faiths and relationships of his diverse students. We spoke with news reporters, Pro-Palestinians, and people who work with refugees. We swam in the Dead Sea, boated down the Jordan River, spent an afternoon in a shuk, and stood near the borders of Syria and Lebanon, countries that I’ve only heard about on the evening news. The two-week trip was a life-changing experience. It challenged me, not just physically, but emotionally and intellectually. Not being Jewish, I discovered a much-needed connection to Israel that I didn’t have before.

Watching the sun rise at Masada.


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Now, on Fridays when I take my Treehouse (PJCC afterschool program) students to celebrate Shabbat in the Lobby, I’m back in Jerusalem on the rooftop overlooking The Western Wall, singing the same songs and reciting the same blessings. This experience gave me a newfound insight and respect for the work that I do. I returned to my classroom with the realization that my job is an important part of each student’s world. Now, more than ever, I appreciate every moment my students give me, just as I relish the special moments I enjoyed in Israel.

Jewishing in Cuba By Yash Snider board member

ast December, I embraced the rare opportunity to join a humanitarian trip to Cuba sponsored by the JCCSF. The purpose? Deliver supplies to the approximately 1,200 remaining Jews living in Cuba’s infamous abject poverty. This small, but dedicated, Jewish population enjoys ties to Judaism through the five Jewish Community Centers in Cuba. Although Cuba is officially a secular state, many live their faith despite the political climate, and the JCCs operate openly; there is no anti-Semitism. The centers combine the typical functions of a JCC as we know them, coupled with the services of a Synagogue. Catholic churches also abound. Our group of 14 was asked to bring items such as clothing, school supplies, medicine, and personal hygiene products. While health care is free in Cuba, medicine is difficult to come by, so we came equipped with both prescription and over-the-counter- medicines for common conditions such as high blood pressure, allergies, colds, and migraines. We also brought cash because the five JCCs have minimum financial aid. Money from the U.S. helps support temple services, building maintenance, and also purchases essential needs, such as transportation for the elderly. In rural Guantanamo, when we learned that one JCC was short $2,000 for a new van, a generous couple in our group volunteered the balance. One of our final deliveries was to a state-run pregnancy clinic in Cuba’s oldest town of Trinidad, which was founded in 1514. The clinic houses at-risk women who are in their final month of pregnancy so when the time comes, or if they experience complications, they have convenient access to a hospital. The young mothers-to-be welcomed our supplies of baby clothes, tee-shirts, and cosmetics. From new lives to closing chapters, we also visited two Jewish cemeteries. We learned that the strange shape of a particular style memorial, with its suggestion of an uncompleted top, is a poignant indication that the person died young. The “unfinished” top signifies an unfinished life. Many gravesite slabs (where we would place a monument) are being replaced as more American relatives visit Cuba.

A Jewish headstone at the grave of a young soldier in a Jewish cemetery in Havana.

A sculpture honoring the famous revolutionary Che Guevara appears on a building in a government square in Havana.

For years, the Cuban economy relied on the Soviet Union. When this support ended, Cuba turned to tourism for income, which serves as a testament to the power, optimism, and fortitude of its people. Not only is Cuba a physically beautiful country, but one with a beautiful people as well; a people who triumph and endure in the face of political and economic hardships. In spite of our country’s 54-year embargo against this island nation, Cubans welcome American visitors. We were treated with warmth and respect everywhere we went, and returned home with fond memories of this colorful country.


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Peoplehood Beth El Senior Friendship Club Bring a bag lunch and enjoy a different program each week. Thu • Weekly • 12:00 – 3:00 pm San Mateo • $1/$1

why jewish peoplehood is central in our community the pjcc’s commitment

people, it creates strong

Jewish Book Discussion 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.

connections to local


and worldwide Jewry and

Wonder of Wonders: A Cultural History of Fiddler on the Roof

to Jewish peoplehood supports us in taking pride in our culture and our

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 continued vibrancy and diversity of our cultural and spiritual expression.

Take a Breath: An Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation (FMP) Learn simple and basic instructions in the practice of meditation with Rabbi Lavey Derby. Thu • Weekly • 1:30 – 2:30 pm • BR • 40298 Life, It’s Complicated: Jewish Perspectives (FMP) Join this ongoing discussion exploring Jewish views on important issues and living a meaningful life. Thu • Weekly • 10:30 – 11:30 am • CRA 40297 Yiddish Club (FCCM) Increase your Yiddish vocabulary, learn about Yiddish culture, watch videos and make sure the mamoloshen lives! Peer led. Tue • 7/1, 7/15, 8/5, 8/19, 9/2, 9/16 10:30 am – 12:00 pm • C Public $3.50 per session • 40190, 40196, 40197, 40187, 40199, 40200

by Alisa Solomon Theater critic Alisa Solomon details how and why the story of Tevye the Milkman, the creation of Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem, was reborn as a blockbuster entertainment and a cultural touchstone, not only for Jews and not only in America. Tue • 7/29 10:30 am – 12:00 pm • CR Public $5 • 40185

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


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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.

August My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel by Ari Shavit Veteran Israeli journalist Shavit analyzes episodes in the history of Israel and the Zionist movement through his own family’s experience and through the eyes of fellow Israelis. Tue • 8/26 • 10:30 am – 12:00 pm • CR Public $5 • 40186

September Suddenly, a Knock on the Door by Etgar Keret The 35 brief stories in this new collection focus on everyday life, leavened with the author’s legendary taste for the absurd and the impossible. Tue • 9/30 • 10:30 am – 12:00 pm • CR Public $5 • 40187

New Year Member Mixer Celebrate Rosh Hashannah and welcome the Jewish New Year with a bountiful harvest. Thu • 9/18 • 5:30 – 7:00 pm • 40309 • Hamlin Garden Rabbis Roundtable: Sarah and Hagar (FMP) Surrogate motherhood; conflict between Muslims and Jews; the oppression of the underclass; who is worthy to receive the covenant—the seeds of these issues are found in the story of Sarah and her Egyptian handmaiden, Hagar. Local rabbis will discuss the meaning and relevance of this story, which is read in many synagogues on Rosh Hashanah. Participants include Rabbi Nat Ezray of Congregation Beth Jacob, Rabbi Corey Helfand of Peninsula Sinai Congregation, Rabbis Dennis Eisner and Sara Mason-Barkin of Peninsula Temple Beth El, and Rabbi Daniel Feder of Peninsula Temple Sholom. Reservations required. Wed • 9/10 • 7:00 – 8:30 pm • RCWJDS Ulam Gadol • 40301

Hagar Leaves the House of Abraham, Peter Paul Rubens, c. 1615-1617.


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The PJCC thanks the JCCs of North America for recognizing

Grow Justice: Fight Hunger

2014 Zahav (Gold) Excellence Award for “visionary initiatives with potential for great impact” Todah rabah (thank you) to all our volunteers, participants and supporters

grow justice: fight hunger is made possible by the generous support of the Jewish community Federation and Endowment Fund’s North Peninsula Regional Impact Committee, the Koret Foundation and Taube Philanthropies.


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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

programs July/August/September 2014

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

health & fitness Group Exercise


Yoga & Pilates


Group Training 650.378.2727 Wellness


Stay Fit for Life 650.378.2790 Nutrition 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 or call 650.378.2703.

Monthly Group Exercise Free for Center Members! For schedules, visit and click on the “Schedules” links. Barre classes • Indoor Cycling Kickboxing • Light & Easy • Mat Pilates Tai Chi • U–Jam • Zumba Gold Yoga • Hip Hop • Zumba Stay Fit for Life: Adults 55+ (FC) Participate in free programs specifically designed for you and included in your Center Membership.

Yoga / Pilates Private Pilates & Yoga Training ($) Increase your skill set through one-onone training with your favorite instructor. Partner training available, too. Pilates Reformer Series ($) Develop long, lean muscles, core strength, flexibility, balance, coordination and improve posture. Healing Yoga for Cancer Patients (FMP) Learn how to meditate, unwind, and relax. For cancer patients and their caretakers. Fri • Weekly • 1:30 – 2:45 pm • YS

Personal Training One-on-One Personal Training ($) Choose from convenient, cost-effective packages that include single-, three-, five- and ten-session packages. Buddy-Pack Personal Training ($) Enjoy the benefits of exercising with a friend! Cost-effective options include single–, five– and ten–session packages.

TRX: Suspension Training ($) Leverage your body weight to build power, strength, and flexibility. For current schedules, visit Mon • 10:15 am Tue • 8:00 am, 9:30 am, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm Wed • 10:15 am, 4:30 pm Thu • 8:00 am, 9:30 am, 1:00 pm Fri • 7:00 am, 12:00 pm

Fitness Through Dance: A Global Experience This five-session class for beginning dance enthusiasts has an international flavor with Israeli folk dance, the Hula, and Bollywood-style dance. No partner or experience needed! Pre-registration required. Thu • 7/3 – 7/31 • 2:00 – 2:50 pm GX • $30/$40 • 40184 Summer Fitness Jam (FMP) Join us for a celebration of fitness and health with Zumba, U-Jam Fitness, Bollywood dance, and more! This is the perfect opportunity to sample different dance fitness classes. No registration needed. Sat • 8/23 • 10:00 –11:30 am • DCG • 40761 Women on Weights ($) Learn basic fundamentals of strength training and its benefits. For details, visit or the Fitness Desk.

Wellness Pink Ribbon Program A private, small-group, post-rehabilitation workout for breast cancer survivors. Email or call 650.378.2727. 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 • 40298

sports, clinics & leagues Team Sports & Men’s Basketball


NFL Flag Football


Soccer 650.378.2768

Specialty Classes

Family Gym Returns September 7!

HITT: High Intensity Team Training ($) This boot camp-style class will push your limits! For a free trial class, contact Tue/Thu • 6:00 pm • Lobby

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. No program June through August. Sun • Weekly • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm • DCG

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. • 650.212.PJCC (7522)

Bocce Ball Leagues Come roll with us! Championship t-shirts for everyone on the winning team. Call the Welcome Center at 650.378.2702 to register your winning team! All games played at Foster City Bocce Ball Courts. Mondays: Ages 55+ Mon • 9/8 – 11/10 • 2:00 – 4:00 pm $110/$160/$185 • 40314 Wednesdays Wed • 9/10 – 11/12 • 5:15 – 8:15 pm $110/$160/$185 • 40316 Thursdays Thu • 9/11 – 11/13 • 6:00 – 9:00 pm $110/$160/$185 • 40317

Battle of the Sexes Bocce Ball Tournament Don’t miss this epic, fun-filled day with prizes and awards. Registration required. Sat • 8/16 • 9:00 am – 5:00 pm • $50 • 40313

Team Sports Men’s Basketball League: Monday Night For a blank team roster or questions, call 650.378.2783 or email Registration required. Mon • 7/7 – 9/22 • 6:15 – 11:00 pm • DCG Per team: $710/$750 • 40320 Wed • 7/9 – 9/17 • 7:00 – 11:00 pm • DCG Per team: $710/$750 • 40319 Basketball Skills Academy: Pre-K – 8 Learn from the best with former Golden State Warrior Joe Ellis! Registration required. Novice: Pre-K – Grade 1 Sun • 9/7 – 9/28 • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm • DCG • $85/$105 • 40310 Youth: Grades 2 – 5 Sun • 9/7 – 9/28 • 12:15 – 1:15 pm • DCG $85/$105 • 40311 Middle School: Grades 6 – 8 Sun • 9/7 – 9/28 • 1:30 – 2:30 pm • DCG • $85/$105 •40312 NFL Flag Football Clinic: Ages 7 – 14 Enhance your skills with drills that will increase knowledge and comprehension of the game. Registration required. Ages 7 – 10 Sat • 7/12 – 8/2 • 9:30 – 10:30 am • TF $100/$120 • 40332 Ages 11 – 14 Sat • 7/12 – 8/2 • 10:30 – 11:30 am • TF $100/$120 • 40333 Ages 7 – 10 Sat • 8/9 – 8/30 • 9:30 – 10:30 am • TF $100/$120 • 40334 Ages 11 – 14 Sat • 8/9 – 8/30 • 10:30 – 11:30 am • TF $100/$120 • 40335 Connections

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programs July/August/September 2014

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

sports, clinics & leagues cont’d NFL Flag Football League: Ages 7 – 12 Pee Wee: Ages 7 – 8 Sun • 9/28 – 11/23 • 8:00 – 10:30 am • TF $150/$170 • 40727 Junior: Ages 9 – 10 Sun • 9/28 – 11/23 • 10:30 am – 1:00 pm TF • $100/$120 • 40728 Senior: Ages 11 – 12 Sun • 9/28 – 11/23 • 1:00 – 5:00 pm • TF $100/$120 • 40729

aquatics 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 sitdown 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*

650.378.2764 Please see page 20.

650.378.2703 PJCC Art Gallery presents 2014 Community Art Show On display July 11 – September 17, 2014 Community Art Show Reception and Awards Presentation (FMP) Celebrate extraordinary talent and purchase works of art as city dignitaries honor and award 10 local artists. Reservations suggested. Arrive early to nominate your favorite piece for the Community Choice Award! Ballot box closes at 2:30 pm. Sun • 8/10 • 2:00 – 4:00 pm • HG • 40232 presents


jewish life

the arts

Asheba’s Caribbean Family Concert Pack a picnic (or purchase food onsite) and let us bring the Caribbean to you with this musical storyteller from Trinidad. Free for Camp Keff families and children under 2. Registration suggested. Tue • 6/24 • 6:00 – 7:00 pm (Doors 5:30 pm) • TF • $5/$7 • 40231 Something’s Brewin’: J Cafe Patio Series (FMP) Drop by after work for live entertainment by local talent! Wed • 7/16 – 7/30 • 5:30 – 6:30 pm • HG 40293

grow justice: fight hunger 650.378.2703 Grow Justice: Fight Hunger Garden Service Days (FMP) Help alleviate hunger in San Mateo County by working in our Justice Garden that provides organic vegetables to residents at InnVision Shelter Network. Pre-registration recommended. Sun • 7/27 • 2:00 – 4:00 pm • HG • 40294 Sun • 8/24 • 2:00 – 4:00 pm • HG • 40295 Sun • 9/21 • 2:00 – 4:00 pm • HG • 40296

Grow Justice: Get Growing (FMP) Introduction to Integrated Pest Management Learn how to solve pest problems while minimizing risks to people and the environment. Sun • 7/20 • 2:00 – 3:00 pm • AB • 40209 Learn How to Compost Learn how to recycle kitchen and garden waste while providing organic matter to improve soil. Sun • 8/17 • 2:00 – 3:00 pm • AB • 40210


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Winter Vegetables Which winter vegetables grow best in the Bay Area? Learn about planting and maintenance. Sun • 9/14 • 2:00 – 3:00 pm • AB • 40211

adults 650.378.2703

Monday at the Movies (FCCM with community program pass) Skip the crowded movie theaters and enjoy these award-winning films followed by a lively discussion. Pre-registration recommended. My Best Friend With a prized Greek vase at stake, a French curmudgeon must find a best pal in 10 days or pay up. French with English subtitles. (94 min) Mon • 7/14 • 2:00 pm • BR • 40213 Kandahar This haunting drama shot during the Taliban era follows an Afghani-Canadian woman as she attempts to enter Afghanistan in search of her depressed sister. Persian with English subtitles. (85 min). Mon • 7/28 • 2:00 pm • BR • 40214 The Chorus Music teacher Clement Mathieu lands a job at a boys’ boarding school populated by delinquents and orphans. Sensing potential in the rambunctious ruffians, Mathieu forms a choir to rein in his charges. French with English subtitles. (97 min.) Mon • 8/11 • 2:00 pm • AB • 40215 The Music Never Stopped Nearly 20 years after their son ran away from home, his estranged parents learn he has a brain tumor that prevents him from forming new memories. Desperate to reconnect, the father realizes the best way is through the classic rock music he despises. (105 min) Mon • 8/25 • 2:00 pm • BR • 40216 Stories We Tell Using a mix of interviews and sly home movies, Sarah Polley creates an intriguing profile of her family, especially her mother, Diane, who died when Polley was 11. (108 min). Mon • 9/8 • 2:00 pm • BR • 40217 A Late Quartet Tempers flare, old jealousies reignite and new passions are sparked when the members of a world-renowned string quartet are preparing to celebrate their 25th anniversary and learn of a grim medical diagnosis. (105 min). Mon • 9/22 • 2:00 pm • BR • 40218

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

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

Groups & Clubs Sit and Knit (FMP) Mon • Weekly • 10:30 am – 12:00 pm • AL Drop-in • 40230 Let’s Talk About It (FMP) Lively discussions about topical events. Wed • Weekly • 2:00 – 3:15 pm • AB Drop-in • 40212 Men’s Discussion Group (FCCM) A lively discussion group for all men, regardless of age or viewpoint. Morning Mon • 7/21, 8/18, 9/15 10:30 am – 12:00 pm • AB • Public $3.50 per mtg • July 40220 • Aug 40219 Sept 40221 Evening Wed • 9/10 • 7:00 – 8:30 pm • C • Public $3.50 per mtg • 40222 Jewish Book Discussion See page 20-21

Games People Play Drop-in Bridge (FCCM) For intermediate-level players. Tue • Weekly • 1:00 – 3:30 pm • BR • Public $3.50 per mtg • 40183 Beginning Bridge Learn the basics with an emphasis on bidding and the play of the hand. Some previous experience recommended. Registration required. Tue • 7/8 – 9/23 • 1:00 – 3:00 pm • AB $162/$210 • 40181 Intermediate Bridge with Supervised Play Learn additional conventions with supervised play. Registration required. Fri • 7/11 – 9/19 • 1:00 – 3:00 pm • AB $149/$193 • 40179 Advanced Beginning Bridge Learn the basics with an emphasis on bidding and the play of the hand. Registration required. Thu • 7/10 – 9/18 • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm AB • $149/$193 • 40180 Advanced Bridge with Supervised Play Learn additional conventions with supervised play. Registration required. Tue • 7/8 – 9/30 • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm AB • $162/$210 • 40178 Bridge: Supervised Play Supervised play for all levels of bridge. No instruction provided, but instructor is present for consultation on all hands. Registration required. Wed • 7/2 – 9/17 10:00 am – 12:00 pm • AB Series: $149/$193; Drop-in: $18.50/$20 40182

A Morning of Mah Jongg (FCCM) No instructor present; beginning to intermediate level. Bring your current Mah Jongg card. Fri • 7/11, 7/25, 8/8, 8/22, 9/12 10:30 am – 12:30 pm • Public $3.50 per mtg 40188 An Afternoon of Mah Jongg (FCCM) No instructor present; intermediate level. Bring your current Mah Jongg card. Thu • Weekly • 1:00 – 4:00 pm • AB Public $3.50 per mtg • 40189

Classes Take a Breath: An Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation (FMP) Learn simple and basic instructions in the practice of meditation. Thu • Weekly • 1:30 – 2:30 pm • BR • 40298 Dance: A Global Experience This five-session class for beginning dance enthusiasts has an international flavor with Israeli folk dance, the Hula, and Bollywood-style dance. No partner or experience needed! Pre-registration required. Thu • 7/3 – 7/31 • 2:00 – 2:50 pm • GX $30/$40 • 40184 Food For Thought (FCCM) Learn something new with this enriching and engaging lecture series presenting the best local authors, artists, and educators. To learn about scheduled topics, visit and click on “activities & learning” tab. Mon • 2:00 – 3:00 pm • BR • Public $4 July 7: 40202 • July 21: 40205 August 4: 40206 • August 18: 40207 Sept 15: 40208

programs July/August/September 2014

Rigoletto at Opera San Jose Giuseppe Verdi’s famous masterwork is a renowned tale of chilling revenge. Sun • 9/21 • Day trip • San Jose • $25/$30 40229 This 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 July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015.

Member Mixers Mixers are for Center Members and their guests who are 21 years old and over, except when noted. Limited childcare available. All mixers earn 150 JCC Rewards points when you RSVP and attend. Reserve your spot: 650.378.2703. Celebrate the USA (FC) The 4th of July may have been a few weeks ago, but festivities continue with our pool party celebration of the USA! Thu • 7/24 • 5:30 – 7:00 pm • TF2 • 40304 Aloha! (FC) Join us for a Hawaiian-themed evening that will include live ukulele music guaranteed to put you in an island state of mind! Thu • 8/21 • 5:30 – 7:00 pm • TF2 • 40306 Rise and Shine: Morning Member Mixer (FC) Kick-start your morning with a little noshing and mingling. Wed • 9/17 • 9:30 – 11:00 am • HG • 40308 New Year Member Mixer (FC) Celebrate Rosh Hashanah and welcome the Jewish New Year with a bountiful harvest! Thu • 9/18 • 5:30 – 7:00 pm • HG • 40309

Events, Trips, & Tours

Get Up & Go

Back to Bach Join us for the popular Carmel Bach Festival! For details, call Rachel Goldman at 650.378.2764. July 21 – 23, 2014


Civic Center: A Behind-the-Scenes Look Discover the magic that goes into creating an opera production with this exclusive backstage tour of the War Memorial Opera House! Includes no-host lunch and onehour docent tour of San Francisco’s historic City Hall. Walking and stairs involved. Tue • 7/1 • Day trip • San Francisco $46/$60 40201

Baja Exploring: Whale Watching & Kayaking (FCCM) Marilyn Straka leads an armchair exploration of Baja California, renowned for its beautiful mountains, coastline, and crystal clear waters replete with California gray whales. Wed • 7/9 • 1:00 – 2:00 pm • AB • Public $5 40223

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. • 650.212.PJCC (7522)

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


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programs July/August/September 2014

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

Jack Convery: Toe-Tapping Banjo (FCCM) Formerly known as the director of the San Francisco 49ers band, Jack Convery was also selected as United Artists 1973 Best Banjoist in Northern California. Don’t miss his lively, upbeat program! Wed • 7/23 • 1:00 – 2:00 pm • AB Public $5 • 40224 Frank Sinatra: A Life in Song (FCCM) Join Steve Gill as he narrates, through story and song, the rise, fall and “rebirth” of the most popular singer of the 20th century. Wed • 8/13 • 1:00 – 2:00 pm • AB Public $5 • 40225 Keith Williams: Piano and Vocals (FCCM) Don’t miss composer/performer Keith Williams’ engaging repertoire of classics and standards from across the decades. Wed • 8/27 • 1:00 – 2:00 pm • BR Public $5 • 40226 The Art of Georgia O’Keefe (FCCM) Art historian and artist Marlene Aron presents colorful slides of the work of this American icon, along with fascinating facts about her life and philosophy. Wed • 9/10 • 1:00 – 2:00 pm • BR Public $5 • 40227 Peter Master: Name That Tune and Sing-Along (FCCM) Enjoy familiar and not-so-familiar songs from the Golden Age of 20th century musicals, films and songs. Play “name that tune” for a prize for the most correct guesses. Wed • 9/17 • 1:00 – 2:00 pm • BR Public $5 • 40228 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.

650.378.2703 Family Gym Returns September 7! 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. No program June through August. Sun • Weekly • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm • DCG Grow Justice: Fight Hunger Garden Service Days (FMP) • See page 24 Sun • 7/27, 8/24, 9/21 • 2:00 – 4:00 pm HG

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Asheba’s Caribbean Family Concert Pack a picnic (or purchase food onsite) and let us bring the Caribbean to you with this musical storyteller from Trinidad. Free for Camp Keff families and children under 2. Registration suggested. Tue • 6/24 • 6:00 – 7:00 pm (Doors 5:30 pm) • TF • $5/$7 • 40231

youth & teen 650.378.2704

Classes Afternoon Art: Grades K – 6 Children will create personal masterpieces using materials such as clay, wood and paint. Grades K – 2: Mon, Wed • 6/16 – 6/25 • 3:00 – 4:00 pm TA • $65/$80 • 40321 Mon, Wed • 6/30 – 7/9 • 3:00 – 4:00 pm TA • $65/$80 • 40323 Mon, Wed • 7/14 – 7/23 • 3:00 – 4:00 pm TA • $65/$80 • 40325 Mon, Wed • 7/28 – 8/6 • 3:00 – 4:00 pm TA • $65/$80 • 40327

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. 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 • 6/23 – 8/11 • 9:30 – 10:15 am ECE Rm 7 • $170/$220 • 40347 Mon • 6/23 – 8/11 • 10:30 – 11:15 am ECE Rm 7 •$170/$220 • 40348

Grades 3 – 6: Tue • 6/17 – 6/24 • 3:00 – 4:30 pm • TA $50/$65 • 40322 Tue • 7/1 – 7/8 • 3:00 – 4:30 pm • TA $50/$65 • 40324 Tue • 7/15 – 7/22 • 3:00 – 4:30 pm • TA $50/$65 • 40326 Tue • 7/29 – 8/5 • 3:00 – 4:30 pm • TA $50/$65 • 40328

Kid’s Night Out! Age 3 – Grade 5

Family Activities



Calling all moms and dads… take the night off and send your kids to join their friends in the Treehouse! They’ll enjoy an awesome evening filled with entertainment, dinner, and fun. Registering two or more kids? Receive a sibling discount. Call 650.378.2703. Sat • 7/19 • 6:00 – 10:00 pm • TA Advance $28/$35; Noon Friday prior $33/$40 • 40329 Sat • 8/2 • 6:00 – 10:00 pm • TA Advance $28/$35; Noon Friday prior $33/$40 • 40330 Sat • 9/6 • 6:00 – 10:00 pm • TA Advance $28/$35; Noon Friday prior $33/$40 • 40331

Connections AB = Room AB • AL = Adult Lounge • AR = Art Room • BR = Board Room • C = Room C • CR = Computer Room • CRA = Conference Room A 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 Full program descriptions in previous section

July/August/September 2014

Sit and Knit

Healing Yoga for Cancer Patients

Garden Service Days

Mon • Weekly • 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Fri • Weekly • 1:30 – 2:45 pm

Sun • 7/27 • 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Let’s Talk About It

PJCC Art Gallery presents 2014 Community Art Show

Wed • Weekly • 2:00 – 3:15 pm

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

Life, It’s Complicated: Jewish Perspectives Thu • Weekly • 10:30 – 11:30 am

On display July 11 – September 17, 2014

Community Art Show Reception and Awards Presentation Sun • 8/10 • 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Something’s Brewin’: J Cafe Patio Series Wed • 7/16 – 7/30 • 5:30 – 6:30 pm

Sun • 8/24 • 2:00 – 4:00 pm Sun • 9/21 • 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Introduction to Integrated Pest Management Sun • 7/20 • 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Learn How to Compost Sun • 8/17 • 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Winter Vegetables Sun • 9/14 • 2:00 – 3:00 pm


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Family Labor Day Concert and Picnic!

Joanie Leeds & the Nightlights Labor Day • Monday • September 1, 2014 Doors 11:00 am • Concert 11:30 am • PJCC Turf Field

Looking for something to do with the kids on Labor Day? Pack a picnic (no pork or shellfish, please), spread a blanket, and dance to the sounds of New York’s hottest kindie-rock artist!

Make your reservation today • 650.378.2703

“Shine a light: There’s nothing better than a rock band for kids that can make grownups laugh …” —New York Post

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