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    Welcome to the OFJCC Virtual Jewish Life Experience!

    Stay connected to the OFJCC Jewish Learning Community from home! Join an online event via Zoom, read an e-book or sign up for a virtual Jewish camp session.


    NEW!  Events Just Added:
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    • Celebrate Shavuot All Week:
        Wednesday, May 27, 7:30 PM and Thursday, May 28 | 5:00 PM–12:00 AM | Tikkun Leil Shavuot—Virtual!
        Becoming: A Virtual Tikkun Leil Shavuot Experience

    What Else is New:

    • Registration Now Open for Becoming: A Virtual Tikkun Leil Shavuot Experience
    • New Time for Last Week Today with Luba and Andy
    • New Dodi Li Single from Deborah Sacks Mints Streaming Now

      Click here for all our new offerings!

      NEW!  College 101: Intro to Campus Life
      Organized by IAC Mishelanu and Friends of the Israeli Scouts
      Thursday, May 21, 5:00 PM | Tuesday, May 26, 5:00 PM | Thursday, June 4, 5:00 PM

      IAC Mishelanu and Friends of the Israeli Scouts have partnered together to host College 101: Intro to Campus Life, a college prep program designed to empower and prepare the incoming freshman class so that they are successful in their blossoming academic careers and teach them how to become active members of the Israeli-American and Jewish-American community.


      • Thursday, May 21 | 5:00 PM | Virtual Exposition Fair
      • Tuesday, May 26 | 5:00 PM | Connectivism Workshop
      • Thursday, June 4 | 5:00 PM | Tips for College Success Workshop

      For more information and to register for this event, click here.

      Celebrate Shavuot All Week with Two Separate Events!

      NEW!  Tikkun Leil Shavuot—Virtual!
      Wednesday, May 27–Thursday, May 28

      Co-sponsored by Congregations Kol Emeth, Beth Am, Etz Chayim, and Keddem, together with Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School, Kehillah Jewish High School, Jewish LearningWorks and the Oshman Family JCC to celebrate Shavuot with Torah and community. 

      Wednesday, May 27
      7:30 PM | Pre-Shavuot Kickoff | Celebrate the 49th Night of the Omer with Learning and Song
      Thursday, May 28
      5:00–6:00 PM | Tikkun Leil Shavuot
      7:00–8:10 PM | Shavuot Celebration for Kids and Families
      8:20–8:50 PM | "Torah for this Time": Panel Discussion with Rabbi Janet Marder, Rabbi David Booth, Rabbi Chaim Koritzinsky and David Zimand. Moderated by David Waksberg
      9:00 PM–12:00 AM | Shavuot Evening Service Choices: Contemplative, Yoga/Stretching, Musical, Traditional
      Learning sessions every hour.
      Midnight | Closing Gathering: Receiving Torah Together

      Click here to register.

      Becoming: A Virtual Tikkun Leil Shavuot Experience

      Night Shift | Saturday, May 30 | 8:30–11:30 PM
      Day Shift | Sunday, May 31 | 10:00 AM–12:30 PM

      Join us for a virtual, bilingual English and Hebrew Shavuot experience with a rich variety of lectures, workshops, hands-on experiences and musical performances. For more information and to register click here.

      The Writings: A Six-Class Series

      A Free Online Series, Part of "Judaism: The New Basics"
      Wednesdays, April 22–May 27, 7:00–8:00 PM | 7:30 PM on May 27
      Offered through a partnership between the Oshman Family JCC, 929 and BINA, an Israeli nonprofit that combines Jewish learning, social action and community building. BINA's international programs include opportunities to live, study, explore, teach and volunteer in Israel.

      The Jewish Bible is comprised of three sections—the Torah, the Prophets and the Writings. In this six-part learning series, we will explore the third and final section, "The Writings." Some of The Writings might be familiar to you—Psalms, Proverbs, Esther, Job. But some are more obscure to us—Lamentation, Ezra, Ecclesiastes. This course will provide an overview of them all. There isn't much coherence to the miscellaneous books of The Writings, and this is exactly what makes this section of the Bible particularly interesting! As we learn The Writings together, this six-part course will help us understand the variety of types of literature that were included in the Bible. Perhaps we can even uncover the meaning behind the Bible's multi-vocality and many perspectives.

            Upcoming Sessions:

      • May 27: The Book of Ruth | Facilitated by Zoe Jick | Session begins at 7:30 PM | Part of the Virtual Community Tikkun Leil Shavuot Join by Zoom

             Missed a class? Find the recording here:

      • April 22: The Book of Ketuvim | Facilitated by Zoe Jick
      Recording here Source Sheet
      • April 29: The Book of Esther | Facilitated by Tova Birnbaum
      Recording here Source Sheet
      • May 6: Song of Songs | Facilitated by Zoe Jick
      Recording here Source Sheet
      • May 13: The Book of Ezra | Facilitated by Tova Birnbaum
      Recording here Source Sheet
      • May 20: The Proverbs | Facilitated by Rabbi Amitai Fraiman
      Recording here Source Sheet


      Shabbat and Holiday Celebrations

      Last Week Today with Luba and Andy
      Fridays, 4:30–4:45 PM 

      As you and your families get ready for Shabbat, join us weekly on Friday afternoon for "Last Week Today with Luba and Andy!" Co-hosted by Luba Palant from the OFJCC and Andy Palant, her young son, this 15-minute event will combine ritual and conversation ... and is bound to get your family in the mood for Shabbat! Join us on Facebook Live on the OFJCC Hang & Learn Group page


      Shabbat Neshama with Elan Loeb–Song and Meditation for People in their 20s and 30s
      Saturdays, weekly at 10:3011:15 AM
      In partnership with Bina

      Create a little holy space in your home this Shabbat! Join Elan Loeb, OFJCC's music specialist, for singing and meditation. Feel free to bring a percussion instrument and anything that makes your space feel cozy and holy: candle, tea, your favorite sweatshirt, your pet, etc. Join via Zoom

      Missed an event? Catch the recording:

      OFJCC Community Seder (April 8)
      Flip the Script: Judaism, Intermarriage and Joy: A Conversation between Rabbi Denise Handlarski and Zoe Jick (April 12)    
      Unorthodox Conversation: An Inside View of the Acclaimed Series with Actress and Film Maker Michal Birnbaum (May 10)

      Divison Ave: A Short Film by Michal Birnbaum
      Division Ave is an award-winning short film written and co-produced by Michal Birnbaum, from the Netflix hit Unorthodox, about the fight for justice of a Latina cleaning lady in Hasidic Brooklyn. 

      A few days before Passover, Fernanda, a young Mexican woman, is hired by a Brooklyn cleaning agency to work in the local Jewish Hasidic community. Despite a prolonged wait for her payment, Fernanda continues to faithfully show up for work each day at Nechama's house. An unexpected connection between the two leads to a fight for justice against the cleaning agency at fault, bridging the gaps between their very different worlds. Inspired by true events. Watch the film here.

      New! 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.

      OFJCC Palo Alto JCC

      Judaism Unbound's portal for live-streamed Jewish experiences, from cultural events to spirituality to kids' programming. Explore jewishLIVE here.

      jewishLIVE is the place for curated Jewish content and experiences online. A virtual festival, jewishLIVE offers a stage to world class innovators, thinkers, artists, musicians and ritualists to showcase their creativity and expertise. Together with the best Jewish live-streaming events from across the internet, jewishLIVE assembles an unparalleled line-up. Unconstrained by barriers of time and place, jewishLIVE lives beyond the walls of doing Jewish one way. Sparking individual paths of engagement, participation and discovery, jewishLIVE is a catalyst for generative and unbound Jewish. 

      Learn more at jewishLIVE.org (full calendar of events here). Or follow jewishLIVE on Facebook or join the Facebook Group.

      Social Action During Coronavirus

      Help IsraAID Distribute Vital Relief Supplies to Our Community
      Our friends at IsraAID are urgently seeking volunteers to assist efforts in providing vital relief supplies to our most vulnerable communities. Operations are conducted in accordance with CDC guidelines. Activities include:

      • In San Jose Warehouse: Sorting and packing of relief supplies
      • From San Carlos: Distribution of food packages to people's homes

      Get more information or sign up for a volunteer orientation/training here.

      Game Changers
      The OFJCC is proud to partner with Unpacked in presenting this series to our community. 

      Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:00 PM Pacific / 3:00 PM Eastern 
      A live interview series whose line-up includes innovators, change makers and influencers who challenge the status quo. Each episode features a thought leader in the Jewish community who is pushing boundaries and reaching beyond their comfort zone. New episodes every Thursday. Find the schedule and more information here.

      NEW!  JCC Camps of North America Flagpole "Live" Series!
      Wednesdays, 8:00 PM

      Let's sing and rally our camp communities at the  JCC Camps of North America Flagpole gathering of solidarity and song! The weekly Flagpole series is hosted by nationally touring Jewish artist Rick Recht, featuring inspiring news from JCC Camp community leaders, directors, counselors, campers and alumni. Also featured will be touring artists Nefesh Mountain, Hadar and Sheldon, @happiehoffman, Isaac Zones, שמעון סמיט—Shimon Smith, and Mikey Pauker. Join every Wednesday evening LIVE on the Jewish Community Centers of North America Facebook page! Click here to join.

      Jewish Meditation and Yoga with Shalem

      The following are programs of Shalem, the Jewish Wellness Initiative of the Peninsula JCC, Embodied JewishLearning, the Addison-Penzak JCC and the Oshman Family JCC. Shalem promotes wellness and well-being infused with Jewish wisdom to help support the entire community. Learn more about Shalem on the registration page for each event.

      Guided Meditation, Mondays, 9:30–10:00 AM
      Join Rabbi Lavey Derby from the Peninsula JCC every Monday morning at 9:30 for 30 minutes of guided meditation to help us find our center and to cultivate calm during this unusual time. 

      Registration and password required; join Zoom at the start time. Email [email protected] in advance for assistance.)

      Lovingkindness Meditation, Thursdays, 4:00–4:30 PM
      In this meditation, we silently repeat blessings of lovingkindness for ourselves and others. Join Rabbi Lavey Derby from the Peninsula JCC in this practice that opens the heart and cultivates compassion. 

      Registration and password required; join Zoom at the start time. Email [email protected] in advance for assistance.)


      Dance for Release: Embodying the Sefirot—A Six-Week Series with Julie Emden
      Wednesdays, April 22–May 27 at 9:30 AM Pacific / 12:30 PM Eastern
      During this time of shelter-in-place, join us each week through Shavuot as we embody divine attributes (Sefirot) that map onto the body, based upon the Tree of Life. Each class is a 50-minute movement and dance practice, accompanied by a carefully curated playlist, infused with Jewish wisdom teachings that cultivate balance and wholeness. 

      • May 27: Embodying Malchut (Grounding Presence)

      Multiple payment levels are offered to make this workshop accessible; select your ticket level at check-out. Advance registration required; a Zoom link for the session will be provided upon registration. Register here.

      Jewish Virtual Camps

      California Pop-Up Virtual Camp: Overnight camps are joining forces to offer different programs daily. Awesome virtual camps are offered here!

      Library Resources 

      E-Books from Jewish Learning Works: Access a huge selection of Jewish-themed physical books, CDs, and DVDs and to downloadable e-books and audiobooks at no charge! Anybody in the San Francisco Bay Area may apply for borrowing privileges here.

      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, book lists, and keep the fun going. Produced by PJ Library, a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

      PJ Library Resources for Quarantined Families: A program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, PJ Library provides oodles of ways for your family to stay busy and have fun at home. Offerings are organized by: Family Together Time, Activities for Babies & Toddlers, Learning Languages, Arts & Crafts, Unplugged Time, Kids in the Kitchen and Hands On Activities from Favorite PJ Library Books. PJ Library also includes a section on How to Talk to Your Kids about Scary Situations to help with conversations about the COVID-19 crisis. 

      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!

      Social Distancing: Moldaw Style

      Our campus-mates at Moldaw Senior Residences show us how it's done! Residents keep their spirits up with daily balcony waves and sing-alongs. We can only hope that they keep them up when campus reopens so the rest of us can join in. Read the story from our fabulous friends at The Jewish News of Northern California.





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