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    Virtual OFJCC: Arts & Culture

    Just because the lights are off in the Schultz Cultural Arts Hall does not mean the Arts and Culture team is going dark on us. Please join us virtually!

    Online Events:

    Monday, March 30, 4:00–5:00 PM: Larry Diamond on Coronavirus and Democracy

    Larry Diamond, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and at the Freeman Spogli Institute at Stanford University, will give a talk on anything related to the coronavirus, from the front lines of research. What are the implications for democracy? What are the imperatives for preserving our democracy in the face of this unprecedented challenge? For more information, click here. Join via Zoom

    Tuesday, March 31, 1:00–1:45 PM | Thoughts on the Philosophy of Baruch Spinoza with Ron Rosenfeld
    Fireside Chat for Community Tuesdays

    Baruch Spinoza was excommunicated from the Jewish Faith in 1656 by the leaders of the Amsterdam Sephardic community. He became one of the most famous philosophers of the Enlightenment. Why is Spinoza's philosophy relevant to modern thinking? Join via Zoom

    Thursday, April 2, 10:30–11:15 AM | To Outline or Not to Outline: Writing Without a Map with Author Joan Leegant
    Whether you're writing a novel, a short story or a nonfiction narrative, the temptation is to want to know where you're going. But planning out a work in advance can snuff the life out of it before it's had a chance to live. In this session, we'll talk about how to keep going when you don't have a map and why getting out of your own way can make your work sing. For more information click here. Join via Zoom

    Tuesday, April 7, 1:00–1:45 PM | Making Choices: Bringing a Play to the Stage
    Fireside Chat for Community Tuesdays

    Get insights to the choices stage directors make when putting on a play. How can a director help a modern audience experience a play the way its original audience would have in the past? How can a director support the text using a stage image? Join via Zoom

    Tuesday, April 14, 1:00–1:45 PM | Telomeres—Better Aging at Any Age with Sally Duplantier
    Fireside Chat for Community Tuesdays 

    Join this Fireside Chat to unlock the latest scientific research on telomeres, the end caps on our DNA which protect it and keep it thriving and dividing. Learn how lifestyle choices related to food, exercise, sleep and stress impact the health of our telomeres and our corresponding "healthspan"—the number of years we are physically strong and mentally sharp. Join via Zoom

    Fun for All Ages:
    The Arts and Dialogues Facebook page is offering daily free activities for families. Follow @OFJCCArts on Facebook.

    Board Games in a Time of Social Distancing: Seth Leslie, OFJCC's Chief Development Officer, has a penchant for highly original strategy games. Find his recommendations for the best board games for enjoying sheltering in place with the family here.

    Mah Jongg with Your Mishpucha—Social Distancing Edition: Martha Kokes, Marketing Director at the OFJCC, is a self-described "cheerfully-mediocre" Mah Jongg player. Despite this, she and her husband could not pass up an opportunity to play with their like-minded friends while sheltering in place. Read about her Maj mishpucha's test-drive of an online Mah Jongg platform here.

    School for the Arts:

    The OFJCC School for the Arts is continuing its Musical Theater classes over Zoom during the regular schedule. 

    Still to Come:
    Teachers are recording unique content for us to continue to share through the first part of April. 

    We're connecting with Sammy and the Congregation for online masterclasses and workshops for kids and adults.


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