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    Virtual OFJCC: Arts & Culture

    Recorded Past Events
    From the Living Fully Blog
    Featured Events
    Fun for All Ages

    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!

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    • Tuesday, July 14, 1:00–2:00 PM | Community Conversations: Author Alan Fleishman and A Collection of Characters
    • Sunday, July 26, 3:00 PM | Terrific Tastings: Cheese Please! 
    • Tuesday, July 28, 11:00 AM | Excursions in Classical Music: Interactive Presentations, Storytelling and Musical Performances with Pianist Ian Scarfe

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    Featured Events:


    New!  Community Conversations: Author Alan Fleishman and A Collection of Characters
    Tuesday, July 14, 1:00–2:00 PM

    Author Alan Fleishman will discuss his work A Collection of Characters, consisting of 14 short stories. The lead story, Frannie Potter, is set during the Spanish Civil War. Fleishman will discuss the history underpinning this story. In 1937 a young American woman named Frannie Potter goes off to fight in the Spanish Civil War to save the Spanish Republic and keep her friend alive. Together, the two best friends join the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, a band of idealistic young American volunteers determined to fight the rising tide of fascism. Register here.

    NEW!  Terrific Tastings: Cheese Please!
    Sunday, July 26, 3:00 PM
    We are excited to partner with our friends at the Osher Marin JCC! Hop in our virtual coach and come experience a bit of the California Cheese Trail with its founder and meet fantastic award-winning Marin County cheesemakers from two farmsteads. A curated collection of cheeses will be mailed to you upon registration. Enjoy the guided cheese tasting. Pour yourself a glass of vino, lay out the crackers, maybe a few grapes, and join in our fun, interesting and delicious experience from the comfort of your living room! For details, pricing and registration, click here. Tickets are very limited and must be purchased by Sunday, July 12.

    NEW!  Excursions in Classical Music: Interactive Presentations, Storytelling and Musical Performances with Pianist Ian Scarfe
    Tuesday, July 28, 11:00 AM

    Pianist Ian Scarfe presents a special Zoom concert, designed to capture the spirit of travel. Musical selections will include Samuel Barber's Excursions, Op. 20, a journey into various folk-music styles of the United States, and Frederic Chopin's tour of the canals of Venice, the romantic Barcarolle, Op. 60. To receive a Zoom link, register by clicking here.


    Missed an event? Catch the recording:

        Sally Duplantier: Telomeres—Better Aging at Any Age (April 14)
        Sandra Shpilberg: New Startup Mindset (April 20)
        An Evening with Alan Kaufman, Author of The Berlin Woman  (May 21) [Access Password: 8D&=M0&@]
        Cliff Kennedy, Communications Success Coach (May 27) [Access Password: 5g$L$=2W]


    Judaism Unbound: Becoming Unorthodox with Tova and Michal Birnbaum
    Sisters Michal Birnbaum, a cast member from the hit Netflix series Unorthodox, and Tova Birnbaum, Director of Jewish Content at the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto, join Dan Libenson and Lex Rofeberg for a conversation reflecting on what Unorthodox can teach us. Topics include what it was like for the Birnbaums to grow up in an Ultra-Orthodox community, their journeys to other forms of Jewish community, and their migrations to the United States. Listen here.


    Dodi Li Single from Deborah Sacks Mintz Streaming Now
    Renowned New York musician Deborah Sacks Mintz and the Hadar ensemble present their latest single from the album, The Narrow and The Expanse. The recording of this track is proudly sponsored by the OFJCC. Listen to it here.

    Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks on TED Connects

    How We Can Navigate the Coronavirus Pandemic with Courage and Hope
    Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks offers thoughts on how we can navigate the coronavirus pandemic with courage, hope and empathy. With wisdom and clarity, he speaks on leadership, fear, death, hope and how we could use this moment to build a more just world. Watch for a special, impromptu prayer about halfway through the conversation. (This virtual conversation is part of the TED Connects series, hosted by head of TED Chris Anderson and head of curation Helen Walters. Recorded March 30, 2020.)  Watch here.


    Fun for All Ages:

    PJ Library Podcast—Have I Got a Story for You:  Every episode of Have I Got a Story for You takes a classic Jewish folk tale and gives it a modern twist. You can explore episodes here and if you find one you really like, be sure to click on the episode page to find activities and book lists, and keep the fun going. Produced by PJ Library, a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.


    From the Live Fully Blog:

    Saturday Night Seder Favorite Moments: There was a lot to love in Saturday Night Seder's delightful Passover shtick on YouTube, but here are OFJCC staffer Andrea's favorite moments. Plus: learn the hidden OFJCC connection!

    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.

    The Drink That's Taking the Internet by Storm: In these days of heat and necessary hydration, your beverage kingdom matters now more than ever. Why not take a bit of inspiration from J. The Jewish News of California and, you know, the internet? Fortunately, OFJCC Staffer Yana Z. is here to walk us step-by-step through the photogenic beverage recipe that's taking the internet by storm: whipped coffee. Check it out here. We'll drink to that. L'chaim!



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