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Leaps ‘n’ Bounds Discover programming that awakens your spirit and revitalizes your soul!

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2016 – 2017 Senior Excursions

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Dying to Know An afternoon devoted to compassionate consideration of end of life concerns

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Up Close Concert: Tammy Hall’s Stevie Wonder Tribute

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PBS Documentary: Being Mortal Screening and Discussion

Leaps n’ Bounds is a quarterly publication of the Peninsula Jewish Community Center 

FALL 2016 October – November 2016

Co-sponsored with Mission Hospice & Home Care and Seniors At Home

Dying to Know Sunday, October 30, 2016  |  12:30 – 5:00 pm An afternoon devoted to compassionate end of life concerns. See page 8 for details.

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION

FROM THE STAFF

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Dear Current and Future Participants,

2 Dying to Know

Our culture tends to avoid talking about end-of-life issues, and death brings about fear and anxiety. Dying, death and bereavement are a natural part of the life cycle, so several movements are seeking to shift this perspective to one of awareness and acceptance. Talking about dying makes it more likely that you will die as you might have wished, and it will make it easier for your loved ones if they know you have a “good death.”

3 For Your Information

The Adult Department is proud to offer a half-day symposium this fall, “Dying to Know” (page 8). Our partners at Mission Hospice & Home Care and Seniors At Home bring a lot of knowledge and expertise to the table. We hope this event will help participants talk more openly about end-of-life issues, be prepared for it, and live more fully as a result. Please join us on Sunday, October 30. Best, Jane Skinner

4 Trips 6 Lectures 7 Wellness 8 Games & Leisure 10 The Arts 11 At the Movies 12 Discussion Groups 13 Get Up & Go 14 Beth El Senior Friendship Club 14 Transportation Services 15 Volunteers 15 In the Community 17 October Calendar 18 November Calendar BC The Israel Forum: The Battle for Israel’s Soul

ADULT DEPARTMENT STAFF Kimberly Gordon, Department Director Betty Burr, MA, Get Up & Go Outreach Organizer Jane Skinner, MSW, Adult Programs Manager Crystal DyFoon, Lead Driver Nena Guthrie, Transportation Administrative Assistant

REGISTRATION INFORMATION • Phone: Call the Welcome Center at 650.378.2703. We accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. • Online: (for programs that do not involve transportation). Go to pjcc.org and click on “Register Online for Classes.” Select the program, add it to your basket, and follow the instructions to obtain a Login ID and PIN. • Mail: Include a note with your name, address, phone number, and program name and code. If transportation is involved, indicate your pick-up location, and seating request, if applicable. Enclose your check. If paying by credit card, include the number and expiration date.



On behalf of the Adult and Design departments at the PJCC, we hope you enjoy our updated Leaps ‘N’ Bounds publication, with color covers and magazine-quality paper. All of the programming information remains listed by category. Rest assured, we’ve kept all the same content ­— especially the ever-popular calendar feature for your at-a-glance reference!

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TRIPS

TRIPS

to Mission Cheese where a cheesemonger will guide us through a tasting of 3–4 cheeses of different styles with an interactive Q&A session.

Hakone: Garden Tour and Tea Ceremony Wed  | 9/21 |  Hakone Gardens, Saratoga $50 M/$60 P  |  Code: 46693

Depart 12:15 pm

One of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s premier sites and 100 years old, Hakone is one of the oldest Japanese estate, retreat and gardens in the Western Hemisphere. Established in 1915, Hakone is an authentic replica of Japanese Samurai or Shogun’s estate garden. Join us for a no-host picnic lunch, followed by a docent-led tour of the gardens and tea ceremony. Wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes. Depart 11:00 am 11:15 am

Return PJCC San Carlos Caltrain Station

SF MOMA

4:30 pm 4:15 pm

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

After a three-year closure, the newly transformed and expanded San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) opened its doors to the public in May 2016. Purpose-built to showcase the museum’s celebrated collection over ten breathtaking floors, the new SFMOMA has nearly three times more gallery space than before. Spend the day exploring curated selections, special exhibitions, cherished favorites from the permanent collection, and works specially commissioned for the new museum. No-host lunch in the museum café. Return

9:15 am 9:30 am 9:45 am

San Carlos Caltrain Station PJCC 5th & El Camino



(in front of Sleep Train)

4:00 pm 3:45 pm 3:30 pm

Thu  | 11/10 |  San Francisco  $65 M/$75 P  |  Code: 47590

5:00 pm

The Brothers Le Nain: Painters of 17th-Century France Wed  | 12/28 |  Legion of Honor, San Francisco $50 M/$65 P  |  Code 47931 The Fine Arts Museums present the first major exhibition in the United States devoted to the Le Nain brothers. Unmarried and childless, the brothers lived and worked together as they produced some of the most enigmatic and arresting paintings of their time. Tickets also include access to the main galleries as well as the “Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection” special exhibition. Audio guides may be rented at the museum for $6. No-host lunch in the museum café. FAMSF members may deduct $17. 9:30 am 9:45 am 10:00 am 10:05 am 10:15 am

Returns San Carlos Caltrain Station PJCC 5th & El Camino (in front of Sleep Train) Peninsula Regent Woodlake Apartments

4:00 pm 3:45 pm 3:30 pm 3:25 pm 3:15 pm

2017 San Francisco Symphony Sampler Subscription $285 M/$335 P

Join us for this 3-concert Thursday matinee subscription to the San Francisco Symphony. The day tips include transportation and time for a no-host lunch in Union Square or near Davies Symphony Hall. Subscribers also have access to the 1:00 pm pre-concert lectures. Contact Rachel Goldman at 650.378.2764 for more information and to register. Thu  | 1/26 Thu  | 2/9 Thu  | 3/6

Chocolate & Cheese

Join us for an afternoon of educational indulgence! Get a behind-the-scenes look at how hand-crafted, artisan chocolates are made at Charles Chocolates. Watch as chocolatiers are in production in the kitchen, learn about the inspiration behind flavor combinations, and sample five of their most popular confections. Then, head over

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PJCC

Departures

Thu  | 10/27 |  San Francisco $55 M/$70 P  |  Code: 47632

Depart

Return

Price key: M = Member / P = Public

Thibaudet plays Ravel Bronfman, Beethoven, and Herbert Blomstedt MTT conducts Tchaikovsky’s No. 6

TRIPS

San Francisco Ballet 2017 Repertory Season Enjoy the beauty of ballet with this five-performance Saturday matinee subscription series. Tickets available with or without transportation. Seats available at all price levels. For rates and additional information, please call Rachel Goldman at 650.378.2764. Sat  |  2/4

Sat  | 2/18 Sat  | 3/18

Sat  | 4/8

Sat  | 4/29

Haffner Symphony  Jiri Bubenicek World Premiere In the Countenance of Kings Frankenstein North American Premiere Stravinsky Violin Concerto  Prodigal Son  |  Diamonds Trio  |  Myles Thatcher World Premiere  Within the Golden Hour Cinderella

Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2016

Sold O ut

Wed, 10/19 – Sun,10/23

For more information or to be placed on the waitlist, please contact Rachel Goldman at 650.378.2764.

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Announcing: Our 2016 –2017 Senior Excursions! Join us on your choice of one of five deeply-discounted, grant-supported cultural outings. All trips are $25 for Members/$30 for Public, which includes transportation. Limited availability. For more details and to register, call Rachel Goldman at 650.378.2764. FOOD & ARCHITECTURE

Places Not-to-Miss in San Francisco and

ChouChou French Restaurant Thu  |  9/29/16

BROADWAY

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s

FEATURE FILM WITH SF SYMPHONY

On the Waterfront

THE KING AND I

with the SF Symphony

Wed  | 11/30/16 Golden Gate Theatre, SF

Sun  | 1/8/17 Davies Symphony Hall, SF

JAZZ

Songs of Love with

Dianne Reeves

OPERA

La Bohème Sun | 4/30/17 California Theatre, SJ

Sun  | 2/19/17 SFJazz Center, SF These 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 of five Senior Excursion trips between 7/1/2016 and 6/30/2017.



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LECTURES

Saving For Your Future Needs

LECTURES

Wed  | 11/9 |  7:30 – 8:30 pm Free  |  Board Room  |  Code: 47600

Food for Thought An enriching and engaging lecture series presenting the best local authors, artists and educators. Spend the afternoon learning something new! Mon  |  2:00 – 3:00 pm  Free M/$4 P per session  |  Board Room  Registration suggested

People today are living longer and a large number of people will need long-term care sometime during their life. This risk is very real and, unfortunately, much more likely than most people perceive. Does your financial strategy account for potential long-term care needs? This may be the time to re-evaluate your situation. Registration suggested. Led by Svata Pearce, Financial Professional with AXA Advisors, LLC.

No meeting in October due to holidays

• Meeting the Rising Sun 11/7  |  Code: 47594

American animosity with Japan leading to Pearl Harbor did not begin during the 1940s. A long fuse had been slowly burning for almost a century, which began when President Fillmore dispatched Commodore Perry at the command of an American naval squadron to Tokyo. Commanders believed theirs had been a mission of “friendship.” Imperial officials viewed it otherwise. Japan’s response was 88 years in the making. Michael Svanevik is a former professor of American History at the College of San Mateo. He is the author of a dozen books and has written historical columns for local newspapers for almost 30 years.

• What Now? New President, Divided Country 11/21  |  Code: 47595

We’ve just had an election — and this year conventional wisdom proved to be neither. Whether your candidates won or lost, don’t miss this opportunity to examine the issues and candidates on the ballot. Mark Simon is host of The Game, a public affairs show that airs on the Peninsula cable Channel 26. He was a political reporter and columnist for Bay Area newspapers for more than three decades. He has presented at the PJCC before elections in 2010 and 2014, and he’s back again to talk about this most recent election.

• Jewish Superstition/Symbolism through Arts

Philosophy Circle: The Zohar Mon  |  Nov 7 & 21; Dec 5 & 19; Jan 9 & 30; Feb 13 & 27; Mar 13  |  7:00 – 8:30 pm  $175 M & P/ $195 M & P after 10/10  |  Conference Room A

The Zohar is the great compendium of Jewish mysticism, myth and esoteric teaching. Daniel Matt, the great scholar of the Zohar, writes that it is “a challenge to the normal workings of consciousness [that] dares to examine one’s assumptions about tradition, God, and self.” Join this Bay Area-wide exploration of the Zohar, taught at the PJCC by Rabbi Lavey Derby, Director of Jewish Life. Sponsored by Lehrhaus Judaica. For questions contact Abra Greenspan at [email protected] To register, visit www.lehrhaus.org or call 510.845.6420.

Walking the Path of the Jewish Mystic Sun  | 12/4 |  4:00 – 5:30 pm $10 M/$13 P  |  Board Room  |  Code: 47645

Explore how we use the seminal teachings of the Kabbalistic tradition to deepen our self-knowledge and live our lives with greater meaning and awareness. Rabbi Yoel Glick has been guiding seekers on the path of meditation and Jewish spirituality for over thirty years. A renowned teacher and spiritual mentor, he is also the director of Daat Elyon, an online center for spiritual training. He is the author of Walking the Path of the Jewish Mystic among several other books.

12/5 | Code: 47717

Joshua Horowitz, founding member of the musical ensemble Veretski Pass and composer/librettist of the chamber folk opera “Lilith the Night Demon,” traces the history, meaning and embodiment of Jewish superstitions—those serious and silly—and provides samples of how these superstitions have been represented in art, classical music and his own work.

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WELLNESS 

WELLNESS

Annual PJCC Pink Ribbon Events

Yoga & Wholeness with a Jewish Twist Wed  |  9/7 – 11/30  |  12:35 – 1:35 pm Free M / $20 P per class  |  Yoga Studio 

Education    Awareness    Empowerment Bay Area premier screening of the documentary

No class 10/5, 10/12  |  Register in MindBody*

Join us for a gentle, grounding Iyengar-based yoga and movement practice rooted in Jewish mystical teachings as we explore themes of reflection, realignment, and renewal during this High Holiday season. No previous experience with yoga or Judaism is required. Pre-registration recommended. Instructor: Tracey Green is a graduate of the Yoga and Jewish Wisdom Teacher Training and has 20 years of experience teaching yoga.

Pink & Blue: Colors of Hereditary Cancer Thu  |  10/20  |  6:30 pm  |  Board Room Donations Welcome

This documentary raises awareness of the hereditary gene mutations that dramatically increase the chance of developing breast cancer, in both women and men. Cheese & Wine Reception with Executive Producer Amy Byer Shainman and Director Alan M. Blassberg follows the screening.

Vinyasa Flow with a Jewish Twist Wed  |  10/26 & 11/30  |  7:15 – 8:30 pm  Free M/$20 P per session  |  Board Room

Pink Ribbon Day Events Sun  |  10/23

Register in MindBody*

Feel great in your body and soul while connecting with powerful Jewish wisdom in this dynamic vinyasa yoga flow class. Registration recommended. Earn 100 JCC Rewards for registering and attending. Instructor: Tracey Green (above)

— KEYNOTE ADDRESS ­—

BRCA Basics: Research, Testing and Surviving 10:30 am –12:30 pm  |  Donations Welcome Moderator Gail Fisher, JD, MSS, Dept. Dir., BRCA Foundation

Laughter Yoga

Panel

Amy Byer Shainman, Executive Producer, Pink & Blue

Thu  | 10/27 |  10:30 – 11:30 am Free  |  Board Room  Register in MindBody*

Laughter is the best medicine! In Laughter Yoga, movement is fueled by the breath of laughter. Whether laughter is fake or real, the benefits are the same. It burns calories, enhances your mood, and reduces stress. Preregistration recommended. Offered as a free community benefit by Care Indeed. Instructor: Jessica Huckabay is a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader and Professional Health Educator.

Allison Kurian, M.D., M.Sc. Associate Professor of Medicine and of Health Research and Policy at Stanford University School of Medicine Pamela Munster, M.D. Professor, Department of Medicine (Hematology/ Oncology), UCSF, Co-leader, UCSF Center for BRCA Research Emily Kaplan Two-time BRCA Breast Cancer Survivor —  MORE EVENTS & ACTIVITIES  — 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Marketplace Shopping | Genetic testing | Breast and Ovarian Health Education | Health Workouts for a Cause: Special Group Exercise Classes, and more. Space is limited. To register or learn more about all Pink Ribbon event times and details, pick up flyer, call 650.378.2703 or visit pjcc.org/pink



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WELLNESS

Take a Breath: An Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation

Presented in partnership with Mission Hospice & Home Care and Seniors At Home

Dying to Know

Thu  |  10/6 – 11/17  | 1:30 – 2:30 pm  Free  |  Board Room  |  Code: 47644 No class 11/24

An afternoon devoted to compassionate consideration of end of life concerns for ourselves and loved ones. Registration required.

Sunday, October 30, 2016 12:30 – 5:00 pm Free  |  Board Room  |  Code: 47592

­—  Schedule of the Day ­—

Meditation is one of the most natural and rewarding of all human activities. It brings balance, rest and a growing inner peace, and contributes to physical, emotional and mental well-being. Drawing on the experience of mindfulness and on insights of the Jewish spiritual path, we will give ourselves the gift of wellness through meditation. This class is open to all, Jews and non-Jews alike, and includes simple and basic instructions in the practice of meditation. Instructor: Rabbi Lavey Derby has practiced meditation for more than twenty years and has been teaching meditation for the past ten years.

12:30 pm

Welcome

12:40 pm

Go Wish Advance Directives Icebreaker

1:00 pm

Hope & Opportunities at End of Life Dr. Gary Pasternak, Keynote speaker, Mission Hospice & Home Care

Wed  | 11/2 |  7:15 - 8:30 pm Free M/$20 P  |  Board Room 

2:00 pm

Coffee break

Register in MindBody*

2:15 – 3:10 pm Breakout Workshops

Sacred Dance Circle for Women

Free your mind, body, heart and spirit as we explore and embody themes of rest and stillness (for the Hebrew month of Cheshvan) through movement, music, and free-style dance. No previous experience with dance or Judaism required. Registration recommended. Earn 100 JCC Rewards for registering and attending.

Choose one: ß •  Palliative Care Traci Dobronravova, Director, Seniors At Home • Mapping the Journeys of Mourner and Soul Rabbi Me’irah Ilinsky

Instructor: Julie Emden of Jewish LearningWorks.

• Navigating Loss and Grief Roby Newman, Bereavement Social Worker, Mission Hospice & Home Care

3:15–4:40 pm Breakout Workshops Choose one: • End of Life To Do List Rebecca Paul, Director, Fiduciary Services, Seniors At Home • Death Café Susan Barber, Mission Hospice & Home Care and Betty Burr, PJCC

* Register online using MindBody

If you are not already in the system, you will need to create a new account. From your computer, visit pjcc.org/registeronline. Click on “new to our site.” Enter first and last name, then click “next” and find your account. Click on “this is me.” Verify your identity. Create Login.

4:45–5:00 pm Reflective Wisdom Gathering

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WELLNESS  |  GAMES & LEISURE

Bridge Conventions I Thu  |  9/15 – 11/17  |  7:00 – 9:00 pm $138 M/$169 P  |  Classroom AB  |  Code: 46676

Kaiser Permanente and the PJCC present

Session begins Thursday, September 15

Stepping Up to Prevent Falls Tue  | 11/15 |  10:30 am–12:00 pm Board Room  |  Free   |  Code: 47598

Learn about the causes of falls and how to conduct a home safety check. Get safety tips and learn ways to improve your strength, balance and coordination from Scott Cahn, Clinical Health Educator with Kaiser Permanente. This event, presented free of charge in partnership with Kaiser Permanente, is open to the entire community. Pre-registration required. Call either the PJCC at 650.378.2703 or Agnes Arzadon, MPH, at Kaiser Permanente at 650.299.4950.

Master the conventions learned in Bidding and Play class. Required text 25 Bridge Conventions You Should Know by Barbara Seagram and Marc Smith, which is available on Amazon, is a great reference book for every player. Subjects include: Takeout Double, Overcall, Stayman, Jacoby Transfer, Weak 2 Bids, Strong 2 Club Bids, Slam Bidding, and Reverses. (10 classes) Pre-registration required. Instructor: Carol Knowles (previous column)

Drop-in Bridge Tue  |  10/11 – 11/29  |  1:00 – 3:30 pm Free M/$3.50 P per session  |  Board Room  |  Code: 47591 No meeting 10/4

Intermediate players may drop in for a weekly afternoon game of bridge. Earn 150 JCC Rewards points for pre-registering and attending.

Sit & Knit Mon  |  10/10 – 11/28  |  10:30 am – 12:30 pm Free  |  Adult Lounge  |  Code: 47633  No meeting 10/3, 10/17, or 10/24

Many people use knitting and crocheting as a creative outlet and escape from life’s hectic pace. All it takes is a pair of knitting needles and yarn. Drop-in; no instructor present.

GAMES & LEISURE

Bridge Defense Course Tue  |  9/13 – 11/15  |  1:00 – 3:00 pm $125 M/$152 P  |  Classroom AB  |  Code: 46678 Session begins Tuesday, September 13  |  No class 10/4

Defense is 50% of the game of bridge. Lessons include: Leads, Second and Third Hand Play, Defensive Signals, Developing Defensive Tricks, Interference of the Opponents, and the Negative Double. Students must purchase the required text ACBL Bridge Series: Defense in the 21st Century, which is available on Amazon. (9 classes) Pre-registration required.

Instructor: Carol Knowles is an experienced and accredited ACBL (American Contract Bridge League) Teacher and Life Master and loves to share her passion for bridge.



An Afternoon of Mah Jongg: Drop-in Play Thu  |  10/6 –11/17  |  1:00 – 4:00 pm Free M/$3.50 P per session  |  Classroom AB  Code: 47601

For intermediate to advanced-level players. No instructor will be present. Bring your current Mah Jongg card. Pre-registration recommended.

A Morning of Mah Jongg: Drop-in Play Fri  |  10/14 & 28, 11/11  |  10:30 am – 12:30 pm Free M/$3.50 P per session  |  Classroom AB  Code: 47604

For beginning to intermediate-level players. No instructor will be present. Bring your current Mah Jongg card. Pre-registration recommended.

Price key: M = Member / P = Public

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GAMES & LEISURE  |  THE ARTS 

Mah Jongg Class for Beginners

THE ARTS

Wed  |  10/19 – 11/16  |  10:00 am – 12:00 pm $59 M/$74 P  |  Classroom C  |  Code: 47603

This five-session class for beginners teaches the basics of American-style Mah Jongg. Basics to strategy will be covered. Fee includes current Mah Jongg card. (5 classes) Pre-registration required. Attendance at first meeting is mandatory. Space is limited. Call 650.378.2717 with questions. Instructor: Lisa Bernstein is an experienced and enthusiastic Mah Jongg teacher and player who will share her love of the game.

Fifth Annual PJCC Mah Jongg Tournament A fundraiser to benefit PJCC Adult Programs and Services

Sunday, February 12, 2017

BALADINO Sat  | 9/17 |  5:00 pm  Hamlin Garden  |  Code: 46748 $20 M/$25 P/$10 Youth (2 – 17) / Free under 2

“. . . lively, engaging, enthralling . . .” — ChicagoNow

Intermediate/Advanced Level Play Cash Prizes for First, Second, and Third Places $45 early bird registration through 1/27/17 $55 beginning on 1/28/17 Last day to register is 2/6/17

Internationally-acclaimed Mediterranean folk band BALADINO is coming to the PJCC! Its members hail from Berlin and Tel Aviv, offering fresh, deeply authentic interpretations of Sephardic and Ladino melodies. With stunning vocals, unexpected instruments, and a pitch-perfect sense of arrangement, the group melds everything from Armenian dukduk to instrumental improvisations. Pack a picnic or purchase food on site. No pork, shellfish, or alcohol, please. Doors open at 4:40 pm. A perfect close to Shabbat with outdoor music, friends, and Havdalah to conclude the concert.

Play Bunco! Join a fun game on the second and last Fridays of the month, 1:30 – 3:00 pm. Bunco is easy to learn and fun to play. For more information, contact Diane White at 650.341.4152 or [email protected]

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THE ARTS

Beginning Watercolors

Up Close Concert   at the PJCC 

Fri  |  10/28 – 12/9  |  9:00 am – 12:00 pm $180 M/$225 P  |  Treehouse A  |  Code: 47586 No class 11/25

Learn basic watercolor techniques such as washes, gradation, color mixing and blending, with a strong emphasis on design and composition of subject matter. (6 classes)

Beautiful music in an intimate cabaret-style setting

Tammy Hall’s Stevie Wonder Tribute

Instructor: Shirley Lim worked as a graphic designer in New York, Toronto, and San Francisco for more than 15 years before becoming a watercolor painting instructor for children and adults in early 2009.

Still Life in Oils Sun  |  11/ 6 – 12/18  |  1:00 – 4:00 pm $180 M/$225 P  |  Treehouse A  |  Code: 47678

Sat  | 10/29 |  8:00 pm, doors at 7:30 pm $25 M/$30 P  |  Code: 47637

No class 11/27

Discover the many ways to use oils in this class for beginning to intermediate students. Learn composition, design, value, and making smart color choices using unique still life displays. Classes are hands-on. Instructor will provide demonstrations and individual instruction to students. Instructor: Laurie Johnson Lepkowska started painting at the age of 12, majored in art in college, and studied with many notable artists. She studied with the Jeffrey Watts Atelier School and teaches classes and workshops throughout the Peninsula. She works primarily in oils and paints figure and still life.

The music of Stevie Wonder has been, and is still, the soundtrack for so many of us. Please join Tammy L. Hall (keys, vocals), lauded for her “rich, emotional quality,” and her jazz band as we revel in the wonder of Wonder. Be sure to keep an ear out for “Superstition,” part of the PJCC’s fall series on superstitions, omens, and amulets. Guests are greeted with wine and cheese. Each 60-minute concert is followed by a “Meet the Artists” dessert reception. It is our pleasure to reserve tables for parties of four or more.

Introduction to Chinese Brush Painting Sat  | 11/5 |  10:00 am – 12:00 pm $35 M/$45 P  |  Treehouse A   |  Code: 47589 Learn, experience and create! Explore tools and techniques of Chinese brush painting in this workshop. Create your own panda and bamboo painting guided by step-by-step demonstrations. All materials are included. Pre-registration required. Instructor: Marina Wang, a teaching artist in the Bay Area, has multiple degrees from mainland China and the United States. She started painting Chinese brush painting at 6 years old.

PJCC Farmers’ Market Wed  |  9:00 am – 1:00 pm  |  PJCC Lobby



Price key: M = Member / P = Public

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AT THE MOVIES  |  DISCUSSION GROUPS

AT THE MOVIES

PBS Documentary: Being Mortal Screening and Discussion

The Best in Cinema: Monday at the Movies

Tue  | 10/18 |  7:00 – 9:00 pm Free  |  Board Room   |  Code: 47588

Mon  |  2:00 pm  |  Board Room Free M/P Community Program Pass required; inquire at the Welcome Center

Skip the crowded movie theaters and enjoy these award-winning films in a comfortable, intimate setting. A lively discussion follows each film. Registration required. Space is limited.

• Buena Vista Social Club 10/10  |  Code: 47605

In this fascinating Oscar-nominated documentary, American guitarist Ry Cooder brings together a group of legendary Cuban folk musicians (some in their 90s) to record a Grammy-winning CD in their native city of Havana. The result is a spectacular compilation of concert footage from the group’s gigs in Amsterdam and New York City’s famed Carnegie Hall, with director Wim Wenders capturing not only the music but also the musicians’ life stories. (105 min)

You’re invited to a free screening and discussion of the PBS documentary Being Mortal, co-presented by Mission Hospice & Home Care. Take part in a national dialog that asks, “Have you and your family had the tough conversations and planned ahead?” The documentary, based on the non-fiction best-seller by surgeon and writer Dr. Atul Gawande, investigates the practice of caring for the dying and explores the relationships between patients and their doctors. After the screening, participate in a guided conversation on how to take steps to identify and communicate wishes about end-of-life goals and preferences, facilitated by Mary Matthiesen, Community Engagement Consultant with Mission Hospice & Home Care. Pre-registration strongly recommended. Made possible by a grant from The John and Wauna Harman Foundation in partnership with the Hospice Foundation of America.

• The Short Game 11/14  |  Code: 47606

Eight grade-school golfers must navigate parents, coaches, and their own pint-sized rivals as they compete in a junior-level championship at the prestigious Pinehurst golf course in North Carolina. (100 min)

• Mile…Mile & A Half

DISCUSSION GROUPS

Yiddish Club

11/28  |  Code: 47607

A group of artists leave their daily lives behind to hike California’s John Muir Trail, the 219-mile stretch from Yosemite to Mount Whitney. Their goal: complete the journey in 25 days while capturing amazing sights and sounds along the way. (88 min)

Tue  |  10/18, 11/1 & 15  |  10:30 am – 12:00 pm Free M/$3.50 P per session  |  Classroom C  |  Code: 47635

Keep Yiddish alive with others who share your love of the language through conversion, songs, and food. Fluent Yiddish mastery not required. Peer led.

Let’s Talk About It Wed  |  10/19 – 11/30  |  2:00 – 3:15 pm Free  |  Classroom AB  |  Code: 47599 No meeting 10/5 or 10/12

Meet for lively discussions about topical events, led on alternate weeks by David Nigel and Jon Levinson. All opinions are welcome, creating a forum for stimulating and thought-provoking conversations.

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DISCUSSION GROUPS

Life, It’s Complicated: Jewish Perspectives

Women’s Support Group 

Thu | 10/6 – 11/17  |  10:15 – 11:15 am Free | Conference Room A | Code: 47643

Tue  |  10/11 & 11/8  |  10:30 am – 12:00 pm Free M/$7 P  |  Classroom AB  |  Code: 47612

No meeting 11/24

Most women know the value of support and understanding from other women. Be part of a monthly women’s discussion group to focus on sharing the ideas, challenges and viewpoints particular to women in our society.

Join Rabbi Lavey Derby for this highly popular, ongoing discussion exploring Jewish views on important issues and living a meaningful life.

Men’s Morning Discussion Group Mon  |  10/10 & 11/21  |  10:30 am – 12:00 pm Free M/$3.50 P per session  |  Classroom AB  Codes: Oct / 47610, Nov / 47611

All men are welcome, regardless of age or viewpoint. The focus of this group is on intelligent conversation, not arguing or therapy. The group is peer-led by Marvin Goldman and Peter Klein.

Each month the group will decide on a topic for the next monthly meeting. Possible topics: managing relationships with adult children, how to get along when living alone, and accepting life and health changes. Betty Burr, life coach and PJCC staffer, will serve as facilitator/participant. For more information, call Betty at 650.378.2698. No drop-in; registration required.

Jewish Book Discussion Group Tue  |  10/25 & 11/29  |  10:30 am – 12:00 pm Free M/$5 P per session  |  Classroom D

Join other readers for a lively discussion of Jewishthemed books on loan from the Jewish Community Library’s Book Club in a Box. Facilitator Jim Van Buskirk leads an interesting and intelligent discussion each month.

• The Aleppo Codex by Matti Friedman 10/25  |  Code: 47596

A large portion of the Aleppo Codex, considered the most accurate manuscript of the Hebrew Bible, went missing in the mid-20th century. This account of the document’s strange path reads like a detective thriller, with equal parts history and mystery.

Men’s Evening Discussion Group Wed  |  10/19 & 11/9  |  7:00 – 8:30 pm Free M / $3.50 P per session  |  Classroom C Codes: Sep/47608, Nov/47609

• Orphan #8 by Kim van Alkemade

Can’t make our morning meeting? Join our evening group for men of all ages and backgrounds to meet and discuss the challenges facing them. Topics will include, but are not limited to, men’s health, their changing roles in society and more. For more information, call 650.378.2717. Pre-registration recommended. Neil Hersh, PhD will serve as a participant/facilitator.



11/29  |  Code: 47597

This historical novel tells the fascinating story of a woman who must choose between revenge and mercy when she encounters the doctor who subjected her to dangerous medical experiences in a Jewish orphanage years before.

Price key: M = Member / P = Public

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GET UP & GO  |  BETH EL SENIOR FRIENDSHIP CLUB

GET UP & GO Get Up & Go offers senior socialization programs, and errand transportation service for older adults who no longer drive. Programs are open to all adults and are free. A low-cost lunch is served at 12:00 pm. Advance registration required. Request a schedule and register for Get Up & Go programs by calling 650.378.2750 no later than Wednesday the week before a program. Transportation is $6 round-trip and $3 one-way

Get Up & Go Programs at the PJCC Wed  |  Board Room 12:00 pm Lunch (with reservations only)  |  $5.50 M & P 1:00 pm

Program  | Free

• Songs with the EJs 10/19  |  Code: 47629

With Joan Connolly on piano and Eric Riberio on vocals, you are always guaranteed an upbeat musical experience. Come prepared to hear many of your old favorites that celebrate Fall, like “Autumn Leaves” and “September Song.” And no matter what the weather, the program will be sunny!

BETH EL SENIOR FRIENDSHIP CLUB in conjunction with the PJCC Group meets Thursdays at Peninsula Temple Beth El, 1700 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo. Transportation available depending on location. Cost is $6 round-trip. Call 650.378.2717 for more information. 12:00 pm 1:00 – 2:00 pm

The first Thursday of every month, members are invited to bring their creative handiwork for display during the meeting. Items must be taken home at the end of the meeting. 10/6

Michael Mendelsohn is a professional opera singer and guitarist. When she’s not singing with him, Erfert Fenton runs a horse stable. Despite their different backgrounds, (“chorale” and “corral”), the emphasis is on harmony. They perform a variety of songs from arias to show tunes and your favorites.

• The Trio Amoré 11/16  |  Code: 47631

The Trio Amoré, an ensemble of professional artists, features the voices of soprano Maria Fassio Pignati and tenor Peter Girardot with accompanist Ron Borelli on accordion and keyboard. They have been performing together since 1994, presenting an abundance of traditional Italian music and opera. The ensemble adds a touch of humor and dramatic flair to each performance, eliciting laughter and tears from their listeners. 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; Mills-Peninsula Health Services; May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust; and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s New Freedom Fund.

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No meeting

10/13 Members are invited to bring their creative handiwork for display during the meeting. Items must be taken home at the end of the meeting. Baritone Richard Fey will return with a varied and interesting program — Richard Fey, A Classical Cabaret. Accompanied by pianist Lisa Wu, Richard will sing fun and interesting repertoire from opera to art songs to musical theater.

• The Eclectics 11/2  |  Code: 47630

Brown Bag Lunch  Program

10/20

Rap with the Rabbi: Engage in conversation with one of the Rabbis from Peninsula Temple Beth El.

10/27

Daphna Rahmil on violin and Bruce Barley on guitar sing and play songs to laugh, smile, cry and tap your toes to. From Yiddish tunes to Americana, they love sharing their music and their hearts.

11/3 Members are invited to bring their creative handiwork for display during the meeting. Items must be taken home at the end of the meeting.

Rap with the Rabbi: Engage in conversation with one of the Rabbis from Peninsula Temple Beth El.

11/10

Whether laughter is fake or real, the benefits are the same. It burns calories, enhances your mood, and reduces stress. Jessica Huckabay, with Care Indeed, will introduce us to Laughter Yoga, where movement is fueled by the breath of laughter. This gentle activity will be practiced while sitting on a chair.

Price key: M = Member / P = Public

BETH EL FRIENDSHIP CLUB  |  TRANSPORTATION SERVICESVOLUNTEERS  |  IN THE COMMUNITY 11/17

Join the South Bay Jammers Trio (trumpet, banjo, and washboard) as they delight us with New Orleans style jazz, as well as waltzes and Latin rhythms. Sit back and listen, or get up and dance along!

11/24

No meeting. Happy Thanksgiving!

TRANSPORTATION SERVICES

Errand and Appointment Transportation Dates Mon  |  Oct 10, 31; Nov 7, 14, 21, 28 Tue  |  Oct 11, 18, 25; Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Fri  |  Oct 7, 14, 21, 28; Nov 4, 18

Shabbat Rides Schedule The PJCC offers door-to-door transportation to Friday night services at synagogues on the Peninsula. Make your reservations by calling the PJCC at 650.378.2750 by the Friday of the week before. There is no charge. This service is made possible by a grant from the Jewish Community Endowment Newhouse Fund of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties.

10/7

7:30 pm

Peninsula Sinai Congregation

10/14

6:30 pm

Peninsula Temple Beth El

10/21

6:00 pm

Peninsula Temple Sholom

10/28

7:30 pm

Congregation Beth Jacob

11/ 4

7:30 pm

Peninsula Sinai Congregation

11/11

6:30 pm

Peninsula Temple Beth El

11/18

6:00 pm

Peninsula Temple Sholom

11/25

No ride service

We need volunteer drivers, outreach phone callers, and escorts for seniors who might need a supportive arm and/or help with reading labels while shopping.



VOLUNTEERS

Barbara Morin Frank Pepsin Barbara Regan Norm Rizzi Barbara Saunders Linda Stone Frank Talavera Mareth Vedder Cristina Weglinski Steve Wilson

Discussion Group Leaders Marvin Goldman Neil Hersh Peter Klein Jon Levinson David Nigel Get Up & Go Admin Susan Goldberg Susan May

Get Up & Go Escorts Don Belaief

Get Up & Go Drivers Dorean Barnes Michele Casari Patricia D’Larzelere Barbara Freeman Kellee Gilbert Robert Highsmith Dennis Keane Susan Kern Evva Kim Andy Klase Barbara Klase David Kuo Donald Lahann Ana Mazlumian Ed Mitchell

Get Up & Go Outreach Judy Sherman Reina Tolchin Karen Tunnell Librarians Boris Ragent Dorothy Ragent Program Food Delivery Morris Cohn Frank Jonas Program Organizers Sandy Morse Marcyl Seidscher Cindy Strause

IN THE COMMUNITY

Grow Justice: Fight Hunger Garden Service Day Sun  | 10/9 |  2:00 – 4:00 pm  Hamlin Garden  |  Code: 47640

Do a Good Deed Volunteer for Get Up & Go!

Call Betty Burr at 650.378.2698

VOLUNTEERS

Get your hands dirty and join us for a service day in the PJCC Justice Garden! Our garden will help alleviate hunger in San Mateo County by growing organic vegetables for distribution to residents of the LifeMoves. Activities include hands-on gardening work and learning about food justice issues. All levels of experience are welcome. This program is designed for adults of all ages and children ages 4+.

Funded by the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund’s North Peninsula Regional Impact Committee

Price key: M = Member / P = Public

Grow Justice: Fight Hunger is a joint project of the PJCC and Kevah.

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IN THE COMMUNITY 

Confused about Medicare? Get free Medicare counseling from a HICAP counselor at the PJCC. Appointments are required and are available at the PJCC every Thursday, 9:30 – 11:30 am. No drop-ins please! Call 800.434.0222 or 650.627.9350.

Circle of Life Fund The gift that lives forever

To learn how you can support the PJCC with a planned gift. Contact Maria Burns at [email protected] or 650.378.2759.

YOUR GENEROSITY WILL DO AMAZING THINGS

KEEPING SENIORS ACTIVE Hundreds of non-driving seniors each year use Get Up & Go to get to their doctor, pharmacy, grocery store and more. Your gift keeps the program going, and helps us secure an essential government grant.

FEEDING THE SOUL Much more than simple chicken soup, our life-enhancing programming nourishes minds, moves bodies, and engages spirits throughout our diverse community. Your gift brings exceptional programs to life.

HICAP of San Mateo County is sponsored by Self-Help for the Elderly, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the independence, dignity and self-worth of senior citizens. Non-profit ID# 94-1750717

DID YOU KNOW…

FIGHTING LOCAL HUNGER Grow Justice: Fight Hunger grows food, builds knowledge and leadership, and brings families together to feed the hungry and eliminate hunger locally. Your designated new or increased gift will be matched dollar for dollar by the Koret Foundation’s Jewish Peoplehood Initiative. Our most life-affirming programs and services rely on your generosity. While membership dues and program fees keep us running, your tax-deductible gift makes a huge difference in people’s lives.

PLEASE GIVE GENEROUSLY TODAY! To make your gift, please contact Maria Burns at 650.378.2759 or [email protected]

A beneficiary agency of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties. The Peninsula Jewish Community Center acknowledges the Jewish Community Endowment Newhouse Fund, the Senior Excursion Fund, and the Paul and Ruth Steiner Permanent Endowment Fund of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties, as well as the Koret Foundation, for their continued support of Adult programs and transportation.

The PJCC is proud to be a part of the Initiative on Jewish Peoplehood, co-funded by the Koret Foundation and Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture. Through this initiative, we present programs and celebrations that bring community together, travel and education programs that build connections to Israel and the heritage of the Diaspora communities, innovative classes and participatory experiences that elevate Jewish literacy and invigorate Jewish practice. The PJCC believes that the ongoing vitality of the Jewish people lies in the richness of its communal life, the vibrancy and diversity of its cultural and spiritual expression, and the shared experiences that inspire a sense of connectedness to Jews everywhere and in every generation.

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Price key: M = Member / P = Public

OCTOBER CALENDAR

SUN

MON

TUES

WED

THURS

FRI

SAT

1 Center Closed: Rosh Hashanah

Center Closed: Rosh Hashanah

Center Closed

10:15 am Jewish Perspectives 1:00 pm Afternoon of Mah Jongg 1:30 pm Mindfulness Meditation 7:00 pm Bridge Conventions

Get Up & Go Errands Shabbat Rides 7:30 pm Services @ Peninsula Sinai Congregation

2 3 4 5 6 7 8 2:00 pm Garden Service Day

Sit & Knit

10:30 am Men’s Morning Group 2:00 pm Monday at the Movies 9

Center Closed: Yom Kippur

Get Up & Go Errands

Get Up & Go Errands 10:30 am

10:30 am Women’s Support Group 1:00 pm Drop-in Bridge 1:00 pm Bridge Defense

10 Offices Closed: Sukkot

16

11 Get Up & Go Errands 10:30 am Yiddish Club 1:00 pm Drop-in Bridge 1:00 pm Bridge Defense 7:00 pm Being Mortal screening

17 Offices Closed: Shemini Atzeret

10:15 am Jewish Perspectives 12:00 pm Beth El Senior Friendship Club 1:00 pm Afternoon of Mah Jongg 1:30 pm Mindfulness Meditation 7:00 pm Bridge Conventions

12

13

10:00 am Mah Jongg Class 12:35 pm Yoga and Wholeness 1:00 pm Get Up & Go at the PJCC 2:00 pm Let’s Talk About It 7:00 pm Men’s Evening Group

10:15 am Jewish Perspectives 12:00 pm Beth El Senior Friendship Club 1:00 pm Afternoon of Mah Jongg 1:30 pm Mindfulness Meditation 7:00 pm Bridge Conventions

18

Get Up & Go Errands 10:30 am Morning of Mah Jongg Shabbat Rides 6:30 pm Services @ Peninsula Temple Beth El 14

15

Get Up & Go Errands Shabbat Rides 6:00 pm Services @ Peninsula Temple Sholom

19

20

21

Get Up & Go Errands

10:00 am Mah Jongg Class

10:30 am Jewish Book Discussion Group

12:35 pm Yoga and Wholeness

1:00 pm Drop-in Bridge

2:00 pm Let’s Talk About It

1:00 pm Bridge Defense

7:15 pm Vinyasa Flow with a Jewish Twist

Day Trip: SFMOMA 10:15 am Jewish Perspectives 10:30 am Laughter Yoga 12:00 pm Beth El Senior Friendship Club 1:00 pm Afternoon of Mah Jongg 1:30 pm Mindfulness Meditation 7:00 pm Bridge Conventions

Get Up & Go Errands 9:00 am Beg Watercolors 10:30 am Morning of Mah Jongg Shabbat Rides 7:30 pm Services @ Congregation Beth Jacob

22 8:00 pm Up Close Concert: Tammy Hall’s Stevie Wonder Tribute

23 24 25 26 27 28 29 12:30 pm Dying to Know Symposium

Get Up & Go Errands 10:30 am Sit & Knit 30 31



Price key: M = Member / P = Public

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NOVEMBER CALENDAR

SU

MON

TUES

WED

Get Up & Go Errands

THURS

10:00 am Mah Jongg Class 12:35 pm Yoga & Wholeness 1:00 pm Get Up & Go at the PJCC 2:00 pm Let’s Talk About It 7:15 pm Sacred Dance Circle for Women

10:30 am Yiddish Club 1:00 pm Drop-in Bridge 1:00 pm Bridge Defense

FRI

10:15 am Jewish Perspectives 12:00 pm Beth El Senior

Friendship Club

1:00 pm Afternoon of Mah Jongg 1:30 pm Mindfulness Meditation 7:00 pm Bridge Conventions

SAT

Get Up & Go Errands 9:00 am Beg Watercolors

10:00 am Chinese Brush Painting Workshop

Shabbat Rides 7:30 pm Services @ Peninsula Sinai Congregation

1 2 3 4 5 1:00 pm Still Life in Oils

Get Up & Go Errands

Get Up & Go Errands

2:00 pm Garden Service Day

10:30 am Sit & Knit

10:30 am Women’s Support Group

2:00 pm Food For Thought 1:00 pm Drop-in Bridge 7:00 pm 1:00 pm The Zohar Bridge Defense 6

1:00 pm Still Life in Oils

7 Get Up & Go Errands

2:00 pm Monday at the Movies

13 1:00 pm Still Life in Oils

20

8 Get Up & Go Errands 10:30 am Yiddish Club 10:30 am Stepping Up to Prevent Falls 1:00 pm Drop-in Bridge 1:00 pm Bridge Defense 5:30 pm Happier Hour 7:00 pm Israel Forum

10:30 am Sit & Knit

14 Get Up & Go Errands

Get Up & Go Errands

Get Up & Go Errands

10:30 am Sit & Knit

10:30 am Jewish Book Discussion Group

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12:35 pm Yoga & Wholeness 1:00 pm Get Up & Go at the PJCC 2:00 pm Let’s Talk About It

Day Trip: Chocolate & Cheese 10:15 am Jewish Perspectives 12:00 pm Beth El Senior Friendship Club 1:00 pm Afternoon of Mah Jongg 1:30 pm Mindfulness Meditation 7:00 pm Bridge Conventions

9:00 am Beg Watercolors

10:15 am Jewish Perspectives 12:00 pm Beth El Senior Friendship Club 1:00 pm Afternoon of Mah Jongg 1:30 pm Mindfulness Meditation 7:00 pm Bridge Conventions

Get Up & Go Errands

10:30 am Morning of Mah Jongg Shabbat Rides 6:30 pm Services @ Peninsula Temple Beth El

10

16

17 Offices Closed: Thanksgiving Holiday

12:35 pm Yoga & Wholeness

1:00 pm Drop-in Bridge

21

27

9 10:00 am Mah Jongg Class

15

Get Up & Go Errands 10:30 am Sit & Knit 10:30 am Men’s Morning Group 2:00 pm Food For Thought 7:00 pm The Zohar

2:00 pm Monday at the Movies

10:00 am Mah Jongg Class 12:35 pm Yoga & Wholeness 2:00 pm Let’s Talk About It 7:00 pm Men’s Evening Group 7:30 pm Saving For Your Future Needs

11

12

9:00 am Beg Watercolors Shabbat Rides 6:00 pm Services @ Peninsula Temple Sholom

18

19

Offices Closed: Thanksgiving Holiday

2:00 pm Let’s Talk About It

22

1:00 pm Drop-in Bridge

29

23 Day Trip: The King & I 12:35 pm Yoga & Wholeness 2:00 pm Let’s Talk About It 7:15 pm Vinyasa Flow with a Jewish Twist

30

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IN THE COMMUNITY

So far this year, your

950 Campers

300 Preschoolers

256 Housebound seniors  

16 Post-operative breast cancer survivors

membership dollars helped our non-profit serve and support:

2,000 Jewish Life participants 320 Preschoolers



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YOUR CENTER FOR LIFE

Peninsula Jewish Community Center 800 Foster City Blvd. Foster City, CA 94404

Non-Profit Organization U.S. Postage PAID Permit No. 822 San Mateo, CA 94402

DON’T MISS this engaging debate between left and right The Israel Forum: The Battle for Israel’s Soul Hear two leading experts discuss the future of Israel Tue  | 11/15 |  7:00 – 8:30 pm $15 M/$20 P  |  Code: 47642 Ulam Gadol Room at Wornick Jewish Day School

J. J. Goldberg

Jonathan S. Tobin

Editor-at-large of the Forward newspaper and former U.S. bureau chief of the Israeli newsmagazine The Jerusalem Report

Senior online editor and chief political blogger of Commentary Magazine

As Israel stands on the front line of a global conflict between Islamist terrorism and Western democracy, will the pressure of American liberals on Israel to appease terrorists threaten Israel’s security and weaken the West in an existential struggle? Will Israel face continuing Palestinian violence and ever-worsening diplomatic isolation by retaining control of Judea and Samaria?