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    Welcome to the OFJCC Virtual Jewish Life Experience!


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

    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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    • Wednesdays, October 14–December 9, 7:00–8:00 PM | Introduction to Modern Jewish Philosophy (Eight-Class Series) | Part of Judaism: The New Basics
    • Tuesday, October 27, 11:00 AM–12:00 PM | 25 Years After Rabin – Can Israel be both Jewish and democratic?
    • Wednesdays, October 28, 2020–May 12, 2021, 10:00–10:45 AM | Holidays for Heretics
    • Sunday, November 1, 9:30–10:45 AM | A Night That Changed Our Lives: Three Stories of How Yitzhak Rabin's Assassination Transformed Our Community
    • Kol Isha Women's Leadership Program Applications Due December 1, 2020

    Click here for all our new offerings!

    Featured Events

    NEW!  Introduction to Modern Jewish Philosophy | Eight-Class Series

    Part of Judaism: The New Basics
    Wednesdays, October 14–December 9, 7:00–8:00 PM
    Join us for an introductory tour of Modern Jewish philosophy and philosophers. Each week will focus on a different thinker, including: Buber, Arendt, Leibowitz, Heschel and more. This course is a good fit for those who are interested in understanding the major topics of Jewish thought, and how major questions of Jewish life were influenced by the history of the last hundred years. Register for the series or individual classes. For more information and to register, click here.

    NEW!  25 Years After Rabin – Can Israel be both Jewish and democratic?
    Tuesday, October 27, 11:00 AM–12:00 PM
    On November 4, we will mark the 25th anniversary of the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yizhak Rabin, an event that crystalized the tension between Judaism and democracy that is imprinted in Israel's DNA. As the debate over the freedom of religion and protest continues to intensify in Israel, join us for a unique webinar to explore Rabin's legacy and the relationship between Judaism and democracy today. What has changed in the last 25 years and what does the future hold? Is Jewish democracy possible? For more information and to register, click here.

    NEW!  Holidays for Heretics
    Wednesdays, October 28, 2020–May 12, 2021, 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.

    NEW!  A Night That Changed Our Lives: Three Stories of How Yitzhak Rabin's Assassination Transformed Our Community
    Sunday, November 1, 9:30–10:45 AM
    In honor of the 25th anniversary of the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin, we will hear from three presenters about their connection to the event. Dr. Ruth Calederon, Rabbi Josh Weinberg and Tova Birnbaum will share their stories, telling the impact of this political event in their personal, professional and spiritual lives. Their memories can help us understand the transformations that were ignited from this one night, and how the legacy of that moment has remained vital to Jews and Israelis in understanding ourselves and our community. For more information and to register, click here.

    NEW!  Kol Isha Women's Leadership Program: Applications now open!
    Kol Isha is an 18-month program for women in our community to create stronger relationships to each other, deeper connections to the tradition of Jewish learning, and more meaningful experiences to opportunities for social justice. For more information and for the application, please click here.

    Beged Kefet Hebrew Language School 2020–21 Registration Open
    Registration is now open for Beged Kefet Hebrew language afterschool program for kids learning modern Hebrew in grades kindergarten through high school with college accreditation. Learn all about our weekly Hebrew courses in all levels, the amazing team of teachers, community celebrations of Israel and the Jewish holidays. Visit the Beged Kefet website for more information and to register.

    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.

    Game Changers

    Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:00 PM Pacific / 3:00 PM Eastern
    The OFJCC is proud to partner with Unpacked in presenting this series to our community.

    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.

    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.


    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

    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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