Lifelong Learning

Limmud - PSC Learning Opportunities

power of ritual

"Weekly Parshanut"
Saturday mornings from 9:30 to 10:15 am
(start your morning off with learning and a cup of coffee)

Come learn the weekly parasha on Saturday mornings, including on Kesher Shabbat, from 9:15 to 10:15 am with your clergy (on rotation). Questions? Email Rabbi Schatz. We began anew from the "beginning". Join us as we make our way through the 5 Books of Moses, portion by portion. We hope you'll join us after class for services in the sanctuary followed by kiddush lunch.

Adult Education with Rabbi Helfand: The Evolution of Jewish Law
Thursdays from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

gavel bookBeginning in October, we will start our learning on "The Evolution of Jewish Law." Over the course of the fall and winter, we'll learn how the Jewish legal system originated, explore the parallels with the United States judicial structure, and wrestle with the latest and greatest halachic issues.  A few of the topics we will study include the permissibility of using electric/self-driving cars on Shabbat, the kosher status of genetically engineered meat, Jewish views on computer/internet privacy, medical ethics, and more.  Questions?  Please contact Rabbi Corey Helfand. We will announce the spring class topic later this year.

Revealing the Torah One Verse at a Time
Fridays from 9:15 am to 10:15 am
Instructor: Rabbi Corey Helfand

A study of the weekly Torah portion, going line by line, verse by verse through the entire Torah (5 Books of Moses). We'll explore the intricacies of the Torah by looking at the Hebrew language, themes, authorship, and more. This is a great way to learn our tradition in a deep and meaningful way. All texts available in Hebrew and English. Open to all. No prior experience required. Join us for a beautiful way of accessing our sacred tradition.

Midrasha is a cohort of women interested in learning more about their Judaism, the power women have in our culture and religion, and some of the “hot topics” in our world today. If you are interested in being part of this cohort, email Rabbi Schatz at We meet every 3 weeks, hosted in a woman’s home and learn a different topic each time! We hope you will come to learn with us!

Reading & Shabbat Liturgy Course — Level 2!
8 Tuesday Evenings from 7:45 to 9:00 pm

Join Cantor Doron Shapira as we build on Hebrew reading and prayer skills learned (Torah Service) learned in last year's class. The class begins with reading & Torah Service review but will focus on more fluent reading and study of some of our most popular weekday & Shabbat prayers. This class is open to all--previous students or brand new; PSC members or not; Jewish or not. The only requisite is an at least rudimentary Hebrew-reading ability. All materials are provided by the National Jewish Outreach Program and Cantor Doron and include books and recordings. The course if free of charge though registration with Cantor via email ( or phone (650-349-2816) is required. We hope you'll join us for these eight Fall & Winter Tuesday evenings!.....

Dates: 10/30/18, 11/06/18, 11/27/18, 12/11/18, 01/08/19, 01/22/19, 02/05/19, 02/19/19

Coming Soon: The Best of the Talmud
Sunday mornings with Rabbi Corey Helfand (Beginning in November)

talmud setHave you ever wanted to learn the greatest hits of the Talmud? Well, now's your chance. Join us on Sunday mornings, beginning in November, as we study the "Greatest Hits" of the Talmud that everyone must know. How will we choose 10 from 63 tractates and more than 2700 pages of Talmud?  You'll have to join us to find out. No prior experience necessary. Texts will be provided in both Hebrew/Aramaic and English. Questions? Please contact Rabbi Corey Helfand.

Peninsula Sinai Congregation is committed to providing a range of adult Jewish learning for the entire community. Classes and programs are open to all and take place at PSC. Our programs are free and subsidized by PSC. If you’d like to help plan adult educational programming at PSC, please contact Rabbi Corey Helfand at