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    Welcome to the OFJCC Virtual Jewish Life Experience!


    Library Resources
    Featured Events
    Social Action During Coronavirus From the Live Fully Blog
    Shabbat Celebrations Other Classes
    Social Distancing: Moldaw-Style
    Recorded Past Events
    Jewish Meditation and Yoga

    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!  Just Added:
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    • Sunday, April 25, 3:00–7:30 PM | Yom Ha'atzmaut | Israel's 73rd Independence Day Community Celebration
    • Sunday, May 2, 4:30–6:00 PM | Lag B'Omer Celebration
    • Sunday, May 9, 10:00 AM | LEAP Year Program Information Session

    Click here for all our new offerings!

    Featured Events

    NEW!  Yom Ha'atzmaut | Israel's 73rd Independence Day Community Celebration
    Car-based treasure hunt and outdoor party

    Sunday, April 25, 3:00–7:30 PM

    Let's celebrate Israel's 73rd birthday together. The [email protected] has partnered with other organizations to bring to you an in-person, interactive, fun-filled party. This Independence Day celebration will be a fun activity for families with children of all ages. For more information and to register, click here.

    NEW!  Lag B'Omer Celebration
    Respecting One Another and Our Planet

    Sunday, May 2, 4:30–6:00 PM

    Join us to celebrate Lag B'Omer complete with campfire songs lead by the amazing Isaac Zones, marshmallow toasting, Earth Day planting and games! To register, click here.

    NEW!  LEAP Year Program Information Session
    Sunday, May 9, 10:00 AM
    LEAP is a life-changing ten-month experience for teens: be truly immersed in Israeli society and culture; learn in a unique secular Jewish style; engage in impactful, hands-on social action in south Tel Aviv and Palo Alto; explore Jewish peoplehood with Israeli and international peers. LEAP combines BINA's expertise in running gap years with the OFJCC's innovative and forward-thinking perspective on American Judaism. Click here for more information and to register.

    Holidays for Heretics
    Wednesdays through May 12, 10:00–10:45 AM
    Holidays for Heretics is a weekly educational experience presented by Tova Birnbaum and Zoe Fertik on behalf of the OFJCC and BINA: The Jewish Movement for Social Change. You can access the classes live on Wednesdays at 10:00 AM PST on Jewishlive.org, or you can access the recordings on demand any time. Holidays for Heretics offers an introductory tour of the Jewish calendar and Jewish holidays. Tova and Zoe host a weekly conversation about the Jewish yearly cycle, and teach about each holiday's major themes. The course topics follow the schedule of the year, so tune in to learn about whatever holiday is coming up next! Online at Jewishlive.org/transgressors.

    Talmud: From The Beginning | Six-Class Series
    Part of "Judaism: The New Basics"
    Wednesdays through May 12, 7:00–8:15 PM

    For six weeks, we will learn the Talmud from the very beginning. No prior experience is necessary. No Hebrew is required. Come willing to open an ancient text. Discover its style and its content. Study with friends and teachers. Push yourself to learn right from the source itself. For more information and to register, click here.

    Moving with the Tree of Life
    7-Week Movement Series with Julie Emden
    Fridays through May 14, 9:30–10:30 AM

    Join us each week between Passover and Shavuot as we embody divine attributes (Sefirot) that map onto the body, based upon the Tree of Life. Each class will include guided movement sequences as well as time for free-form dance, accompanied by carefully curated playlists and infused with Jewish wisdom teachings for the week's attribute. For more information and to sign up, click here.

    Theater J's Israeli Theater Collection
    Available On-Demand
    Theater J's Israeli Theater Collection is the exclusive North American home for filmed productions from many of Israel's leading theater companies. Filmed pre-COVID, these productions—from classic tales to contemporary stories, moving dramas to amusing comedies—represent some of the breadth and diversity in both content and aesthetics of contemporary Israeli theater. For more information, click here.

    Big Jewish Ideas Video Series
    Available On-Demand
    The Big Jewish Ideas series, co-produced by the Z3 Project and Unpacked for Educators, shines a light on seven of the most important issues facing Jews currently. Each video strips down and examines some of the fundamental issues that define Judaism, like community, culture, rituals and identity. Blending insight and observation, each episode raises crucial questions about what it means to be Jewish in today's world. To watch, click here.

    The Dybbukast
    theatre dybbuk's podcast channel
    Through a combination of performed readings and interviews with artists and scholars, The Dybbukast brings Jewish artistic pieces and their historical contexts to life, all while revealing their relationships to issues still present today.

    New episodes will be released the second Friday of the month. Look for them on iTunes, Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts. In addition, within 24 hours of the release of a new episode, learning resources and teaching tools related to the episode's content will be made available on their website at www.theatredybbuk.org/podcast.

    Shabbat Celebrations

    Shabbat Neshama with Elan Loeb—Song and Meditation for People in their 20s and 30s
    Saturdays, 10:30
    11:15 AM

    In partnership with 

    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:

    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)

    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. For more from Judaism Unbound, scroll down.

    Division 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.

    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.

    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.

    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

    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 J. The Jewish News of Northern California.


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