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800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA United States

January 2017

Understanding Islam

January 19, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - January 30, 2017 @ 12:00 am
Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA United States
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Want to learn more about Islam? Take advantage of the opportunity to deepen your knowledge on the subject with the Peninsula JCC’s scholar-in-residence Reuven Firestone, starting with “The Pillars of Islam” on Jan. 19. The professor and author from Hebrew Union College in L.A. will give 12 lectures around the North Peninsula through Jan. 29. Firestone is an acclaimed expert on all things Muslim, and topics will run the gamut from past to present.

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April 2017

Passover Live!

April 15, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA United States

Interactive Passover experience for children and their families. Build pyramids, cross the Red Sea, taste varieties of haroset. Free with RSVP.

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May 2017

Yom HaAtzmaut Family Celebration

May 2, 2017 @ 1:00 pm
Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA United States

Yom HaAtzmaut family celebration. Israeli food and two performances of puppet show “Mitz Petel,” one in English and one in Hebrew. Free.

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North Peninsula Lag B’Omer celebration

May 14, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA United States

Kosher barbecue, s’mores, archery and live music by Israel singer Ninet Tayeb. $12+, under 2 free.

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June 2017

A Reason to Remember

June 6, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA United States

Opening reception of exhibit chronicling the stories of five Jewish families from the German community of Roth between 1933 and 1942. On display through June 28. Free.

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September 2017

Alan Fleishman

September 27, 2017 @ 12:30 pm
Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA United States

Local author presents his novella “Odyssey of Chaos,” about the Holocaust in Athens. Free.

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October 2017

Alan Fleishman

October 2, 2017 @ 2:00 pm
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Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA United States

Local author presents his novella “Odyssey of Chaos,” about the Holocaust in Athens. Free.

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Sukkot Sing-Along

October 8, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA United States

Sing-along, vegetarian dinner in the PJCC sukkah, crafts, stories, new baby blessings. For families with babies, toddlers and young children. Sponsored by PJCC, Peninsula Temple Beth El and Jewish Baby Network. Dinner $5.

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November 2017

The War of 1948: A Fresh Look

November 9, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA United States

Historian Benny Morris explores recent research on the first Arab-Israeli war and its lasting effects. $20.

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December 2017

Latkepalooza Unplugged

December 16, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA United States

Family Hanukkah party. Arts and crafts, dancing, latkes, candlelighting, music. Wine and vodka tasting for adults. Free.

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January 2018

Yehuda Kurtzer

January 24, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA United States

Shalom Hartman Institute of North America president is the scholar-in-residence for the North Peninsula Jewish Community Jan. 18-24. Lecture entitled "American Jews at Home: How the Jewish American Experience Challenges and Informs Zionism." Free with RSVP.

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February 2018

Shabbat Unplugged at PJCC

February 10, 2018 @ 3:00 pm
Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA United States

Screen-free family Shabbat event includes music by Karina Zilberman, arts and crafts, animal experience with Tree Frog Treks, storytelling and drum circle. Kosher wine tasting for adults; Havdalah at 5:15 p.m. Free.

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March 2018

Imam Abdullah Antepli

March 6, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA United States

Duke University’s chief representative of Muslim affairs, and previously the school’s first Muslim chaplain, talks about his experience studying Jewish and Zionist history. $15-$20.

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The Art of Civil Communication

March 7, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA United States

Malka Kopell, founder of Civity, leads a workshop on fostering conversation and ”putting differences on the table.” $15.

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The Other Son

March 15, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
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Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA United States

French drama, with English subtitles, about an Israeli and Palestinian who discover they were switched at birth. Discussion with Center for Jewish Peoplehood director Shlomi Ravid. Free.

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Bamakom

March 27, 2018 @ 5:30 pm
Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA United States

Reception for 40-year retrospective of photos by Nino Herman, a former government press photographer and former photo editor of Israeli newspaper Maariv. Herman will speak at 7 p.m. Exhibit through May 23. Free.

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April 2018

Yom Ha’atzmaut: Peninsula JCC

April 19, 2018 @ 10:00 am
Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA United States

Israeli food, music, dancing and panels on Israeli farming and tech. Concludes with 3:30 p.m. puppet show in Hebrew and English. Free.

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The Band’s Visit

April 23, 2018 @ 2:00 pm
Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA United States

Comedy-drama about an Egyptian band that mistakenly travels to Israel. Followed by discussion. Free.

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Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path to the End of Life

April 26, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA United States

Dr. Jessica Zitter, ICU and palliative care specialist, presents her book. $15-$20.

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May 2018

German Again

May 11, 2018 @ 10:30 am
Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA United States

Do you have an ancestor who lost German citizenship under the Nazis? Find out how you can reclaim it. Free; RSVP required. Contact Miriam Zimmerman at germanagain2018@aol.com

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June 2018

PJCC community art show

June 6, 2018 @ 5:00 am
Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA United States

Opening of exhibit showcasing work from members of the Peninsula Jewish community. Through August 26. Free.

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July 2018

Tu B’Av Feel The Love Family Game Night

July 27, 2018 @ 5:30 pm
Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA United States

Hosted by Peninsula JCC. Pizza available; otherwise, bring your own family picnic. Games available. Pre-registration required. Free.

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August 2018

The Day After the High Holidays: Keeping the Spirit Alive

August 22, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA United States

Senior rabbis from the community discuss how we can apply the teachings of the High Holidays to our daily lives. Free, but RSVP required.

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Hiking, Yoga and Meditation at Wunderlich Park

August 26, 2018 @ 9:00 am
Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA United States

Tracey and Scott Green lead nature hike that combines yoga with Jewish wisdom. Free.

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September 2018

Sukkah Schmooze

September 27, 2018 @ 5:30 pm
Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA United States

Sukkot social for PJCC members and a guest, with live music by Joe Stinson and beer from Fieldwork Brewing Company. 21-and-over. Free.

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October 2018

Shabbat Unplugged

October 20, 2018 @ 3:00 pm
Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA United States

150 minutes of Shabbat activities free of personal electronic devices. Includes food, drinks, Scotch tasting, a babka booth, live music, arts and crafts. Free.

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Shabbat Unplugged

October 20, 2018 @ 3:00 pm
Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA United States

150 minutes of Shabbat activities free of personal electronic devices. Includes food, drinks, Scotch tasting, a babka booth, live music, arts and crafts. Free.

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November 2018

Havdalah with Mister G

November 3, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA United States

Latin Grammy-winning performer of children’s music performs at PJ Library family event. $8; kids under 2 free.

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Avraham Burg

November 13, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA United States

Talk by the politician, author and one-time interim president of Israel. Free; RSVP required.

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December 2018

Light It Up! A Hanukkah Extravaganza

December 2, 2018 @ 2:30 pm
Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA United States

Hanukkah party with silent disco, shadow puppets and community lighting.

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Robert Rosenthal

December 3, 2018 @ 2:00 pm
Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA United States

Award-winning journalist on the importance of the free press in PJCC “Food for Thought” lecture series. Free.

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March 2019

Sikhism & Judaism: Separated at Birth?

March 6, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA United States
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Sikh educator Amrik Singh Pannu and Jewish educator Ken Blady discusses the similarities and difference between two ancient monotheistic faiths. $8-$10.

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Zip Up Your Cardigan

March 24, 2019 @ 3:30 pm
Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA United States
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Screening of “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” documentary about the life of TV host Fred Rogers, followed by conversation with Pittsburgh JCC’s Melissa Hiller on being a “good neighbor” amid a spike in anti-Semitism. Open to all, geared toward adults and teens. Free.

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Rep. Jackie Speier

March 31, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA United States
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Jewish community town hall with Bay Area member of Congress, who will discuss domestic and foreign policy and take questions. Co-sponsored by JCRC. Free, RSVP required by March 27.

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April 2019

Matza Baby Boogie!

April 7, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA United States
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Jewish Baby Network hosts Passover-themed event for kids, with crafts, storytelling, puppets and more. Free.

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May 2019

The Plot Against America: Then And Now

May 19, 2019 @ 3:00 pm
Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA United States
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Panel discussion on Philip Roth’s alternate history and how its vision echoes today. One Bay One Book event. Free.

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Lag B’Omer celebration

May 23, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA United States
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Live reggae by Lior Ben-Hur, kosher BBQ dinner, archery and other activities. $10-$15.

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IsraAid volunteer presentation

May 28, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA United States
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Hear from professional volunteers at the humanitarian aid agency. Free.

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June 2019

The Spaces Between

June 7, 2019
Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA United States
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Opening of photo exhibit by Maya Gelfman and Roie Avidan, creators of the ongoing photography project "Mind the Heart!" Through Aug. 25.

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Shabbat Outdoor Art & Mindfulness Experience

June 8, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA United States
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Participatory art experience with Maya Gelfman and Roie Avidan, the Israeli artists behind the global art project "Mind the Heart!" Meet in PJCC lobby. Free.

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July 2019

John Santos Quintet

July 28, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA United States
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$10 – $25

The percussionist plays a mixture of Latin-inspired jazz with his quintet.

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September 2019

“On the Consequences of Hate Speech”

September 11, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA United States
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Reception, tour and panel about Robin Atlas and Nancy Current’s exhibit about hate speech and its consequences. Exhibit through Nov. 24.

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“Shabbat Unplugged”

September 14, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA United States
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Free

Rosh Hashanah edition features a shofar showdown, Riveropolis, PJ Library story time and hard cider for 21 and over.

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“Rabbis’ Roundtable”

September 18, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA United States
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Free

Discussion with multiple local rabbis about meanings and teachings for the High Holidays. Led by Rabbi Lavey Derby, the Peninsula JCC director for Jewish life. RSVP required.

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“A New Color: The Art of Being Edythe Boone”

September 23, 2019 @ 2:00 pm
Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA United States
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$5

A discussion about the Bay Area muralist-activist, unity and racial justice in conjunction with “Words Hurt, Words Heal.” Free for members.

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“Mindfulness Meditation”

September 26, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA United States
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Rabbi Lavey Derby leads a session with four individuals in mind: ourselves, someone who loves us, a neutral person and someone we’re having difficulties with.

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October 2019

“Community Sukkot Celebration”

October 13, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA United States
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Free

Gather in and around the sukkah for food, crafts and a family concert.

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Israel/Palestinian coexistence

October 23, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA United States
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$15 – $20

Wahat al-Salam/Neve Shalom (Oasis of Peace) members Samah Salaime and Lihi Joffee will discuss their commitment to raise their families in a shared community and prospects for peace in Israel today.

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“Count Me In Cocktail Hour”

October 24, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA United States
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Free

Socialize and learn about volunteer opportunities in and out of the Jewish community.

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“Torah in a New Light”

October 25, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA United States
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$15 – $80

Five-part course about the Torah texts and how it has shaped Jewish life.

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“Mindfulness Meditation”

October 31, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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One event on October 31, 2019 at 1:30 pm

Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA United States
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Free

Rabbi Lavey Derby leads a session with four individuals in mind: ourselves, someone who loves us, a neutral person and someone we’re having difficulties with.

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November 2019

Being a Jewish teenager

November 3, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA United States
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Youth-led discussion about some of the most pressing topics facing Jewish teens today. Peninsula Jewish Youth for Community Action event.

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“Food for Thought: Not My White Savior”

November 4, 2019 @ 2:00 pm
Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA United States
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$5

Poet, essayist, activist and educator Julayne Lee shares her collection of poems that explore what it means to be a transracial and inter-country adoptee. Free for members.

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“Jewish Birth Prep”

November 17, 2019 @ 3:00 pm
Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA United States
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$18

For new/expectant parents, a Jewish Baby Network workshop on labor/delivery rituals, Hebrew names, circumcision, ceremonies and perspectives on parenting.

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“The Invisible Damage: Trauma and Mental Health”

November 19, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA United States
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A look at IsraAid’s community-based approach to psychosocial programs. Light snacks provided. $18 suggested donation.

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“Bogdan’s Journey”

November 20, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:45 pm
Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA United States
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$10

2016 documentary about a Catholic man in Poland who launched a campaign to memorialize Jews killed in the 1946 Kielce pogrom. Partly in Polish with English subtitles. Q&A with co-directors and the film’s subject, Bogdan Bialek.

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“Pop Rocks” pop-up

November 21, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
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Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA United States
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Decorate a rock with a word of chesed (lovingkindness) and spread a little love. Part of Words Hurt, Words Heal initiative.

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“Rabbi Lavey’s Joyous Learning Table”

November 23, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA United States
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A Shabbat afternoon gathering with stories, singing, snacks and spirits. 21 and over.

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December 2019

“The Weinsteins’ Workshop”

December 4, 2019 @ 10:00 am
Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA United States
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Opening day of Daniel Levin photo exhibit that looks into an eclectic shop that takes a forensic-like approach to restoring Holocaust-era violins. Through Feb. 24, 2020.

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“Breakfast, Bounce House and Big Screen”

December 25, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA United States
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$12 – $36

Family-oriented event.

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January 2020

Founders of Violins of Hope

January 16 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA United States
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Violin technicians Amnon and Avshalom Weinstein of Israel in conversation with PJCC scholar-in-residence Michael Berenbaum. Violinist Hannah Tarpley to perform on Holocaust-era restored violins. Registration requested.

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“MLK Jr. Day of Service”

January 20 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA United States
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$3

Peninsula JCC’s day of service in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Volunteers sign up for projects such as making sandwiches for hungry people, habitat restoration, etc.

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February 2020

“PJCC Mah Jongg Tournament”

February 9 @ 9:30 am - 3:15 pm
Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA United States
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$55

Peninsula JCC fundraiser. For intermediate and advanced players in American style.

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Ariel Quartet

February 15 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA United States
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$36

Israeli string group performs as part of the Violins of Hope Musical Conversation.

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