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- Mondays, March 1–22, 11:00 AM–12:15 PM | Still Traveling: Beguiling Buenos Aires
- Wednesday, March 10, 5:00–6:00 PM | Virtual Club J Open House
- Sunday, March 14, 12:00–1:00 PM | Terrific Tastings: Ritual Reubens (for all ages)
- Wednesday, March 17, 1:00–2:00 PM | Community Conversations Presents Argentinian Ardor (for all ages)
- Sunday, March 21, 3:00–4:15 PM | Terrific Tastings: Valley Ford Cheese (for all ages)
- Sunday, March 21, 4:00–4:45 PM | Family Cooking: Virtual Matzah Making for Passover
- Monday, March 22, 2:00–3:15 PM | Still Traveling: Argentinian Crafts and Craftspeople
- Sundays, April 11 and 18, 11:00 AM–12:30 PM | Still Traveling: Jewish Argentina
Click here for all our new offerings!
NEW! Still Traveling: Beguiling Buenos Aires
Mondays, March 1–22, 11:00 AM–12:15 PM
Join our JCC colleague James Sokol to escape the winter by enjoying summer in "the Paris of South America." Meet our local guide, Pablo, who will lead four interesting "trips" showing diverse aspects of Buenos Aires, the beguiling capital of Argentina. For more information and to get the registration link, click here
Baby Sign Language – Introduction and Six-Week Series
Friday, March 5, 2:30–3:00 PM | Introduction
Fridays, March 12–April 16, 10:00–11:00 AM | Six-Week Series
Baby Sign Language gives babies the opportunity to communicate long before they can verbalize their wants and needs. Signing with babies accelerates language acquisition, reduces frustration, enhances a child's self esteem and deepens the bond between parent and child. For more information and to register for the introductory session, click here. To register for the six-week series, click here.
NEW! Virtual Club J Open House
For families with kids in grades K–5
Wednesday, March 10, 5:00–6:00 PM
Enrollment for the 2021–2022 school year starts at our Open House. Come see what Club J is all about! Click here for more information and to register.
NEW! Terrific Tastings: Ritual Reubens
For all ages
Sunday, March 14, 12:00–1:00 PM
Since Zingerman's, one of the US's most famous delis, first opened their doors in 1982, their most popular sandwich has been the Reuben. People line up around the block for the massive sandwich, which has been lauded as one of the best sandwiches available anywhere. Let us deliver a kit of goodies to your doorstep, then join culinary host James Sokol and a special guest on Zoom for a journey "back to the days" of an almost ritual lunch at the local Jewish deli.
To register, click here.
NEW! Community Conversations Presents Argentinian Ardor
Wednesday, March 17, 1:00–2:00 PM
The tango—not only the dance, but also its music—is one of Argentina's most prized possessions. Join Gilda Solve for a live performance of songs and stories exploring the beauty of this traditional music. Experience the proud cultural gift of song and feel the tempo, the ardor, the passion of this glorious tribute to Argentina. For details and tickets, click here.
NEW! Terrific Tastings: Valley Ford Cheese
Sunday, March 21, 3:00–4:15 PM
Let us deliver a curated cheese collection with a special gift to your doorstep, then join culinary host James Sokol and Valley Ford Cheese owner Karen Bianchi-Moreda for a cheesy discussion and a guided tasting of her California-made, Italian-style cheeses. For more information and to register, click here. When registering, please enter the Oshman Family JCC as the Program Partner.
NEW! Family Cooking: Virtual Matzah Making for Passover
Sunday, March 21, 4:00–4:45 PM
Join Michelle Greenebaum, owner of Together in The Kitchen, and make matzah for Passover! This virtual class is sure to be a good time, giving you and your children the opportunity to roll up your sleeves and learn something new.
For more information and to sign up, click here.
NEW! Still Traveling: Argentinian Crafts and Craftspeople
Monday, March 22, 2:00–3:15 PM
Let our JCC colleague James Sokol zoom you to Buenos Aires to meet our delightful guest, Adriana, who specializes in promoting the works created by native craftspeople. See and learn about an array of beautiful crafts as well as age-old techniques, and hear about these creative people and their communities.
For more information and to get the registration link, click here.
NEW! Still Traveling: Jewish Argentina
Sundays, April 11 and 18, 11:00 AM–12:30 PM
For this special double-header, let James Sokol zoom you to meet a local guide who specializes in the Jewish history of Argentina. Part 1 focuses on the immigration and history of the Jews in Argentina between the 16th century and WWII. Learn about the inquisition in Latin America, Jewish gauchos (re: cowboys) and a pogrom in Buenos Aires. Part 2 looks at the country during WWII through today, including the Nazis and Eichmann, terror attacks, the political and economic crisis, emigration waves, antisemitism and Jewish life and culture today.
For more information and to get the registration link, click here.
J-Camp Registration Is Open
After an awesome 2020, we are back and getting ready for an amazing 2021. We can't wait to welcome you to camp again this summer for a safe, fun and meaningful experience! For more information about sessions and activities, and to register, click here.
JCC Maccabi Sports Camp Registration is Open
The JCC Maccabi Sports Camp is an overnight Jewish sports camp located just outside of San Francisco in Atherton, California. We welcome campers entering grades 3–11 from around the United States, Canada and the world. Registration for summer 2021 is now open! Click here for dates, activities, parent information and registration.
For Young Families
Sundays through June 27, 10:00 AM–12:00 PM
Looking for inclusivity and belonging? Please consider joining Grow Together. This program will create small, pod-like cohorts to foster connecting safely, learning and growth and lasting friendships. Programs will be held in English and in Hebrew. For more information, click here.
Kehillah Virtual Admissions Open House
Kehillah High School's Virtual Admissions Open House is now live. This evolving, interactive web portal has been designed to provide prospective students and parents with ways to learn about our school through videos and other media that show our program and culture in action.
If you know of families considering options for high school, please invite them to visit this new portal to explore the possibility of Kehillah as their high school home. Click here to visit.
American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra Children's Corner
American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (AFIPO), which supports the world-class Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO), has launched "Children's Corner," a series of free digital music education resources created especially for homebound audiences. AFIPO invites parents, educators and program directors alike to utilize these fun and easy-to-use digital materials to supplement their at-home curriculum.
Simply click here and enter your email to download.
Lost Tribe Esports: Free Gaming Tournaments for Jewish Teens
Various Days and Times
Lost Tribe Esports is serving Jewish communities, offering online e-sports and social opportunities for Jewish teens 12–18 years old free of charge on a private, monitored and safe Discord channel. Click here for more information.
Videos from the Club J Team:
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 to a volunteer orientation/training here.
A Guide for Teen Social Action During Coronavirus
Tzedek America has created a guide for teens and others seeking ways to help others during the COVID-19 crisis. Download it here.
From the PJ Library:
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.
A Message from the Staff of the JCC Maccabi Sports Camp:
Our fun-loving JCC Maccabi Sports Camp staff created a wonderfully upbeat video for campers and their families to let them know how much they care about camp, each other and the JMSC camp community. This lighthearted video will put a smile on your face as well as give you some other ways to use a certain stockpiled item...
Introducing Jewish Sports Now: On Demand Training for Young Athletes
JCC Maccabi Sports Camp is thrilled to introduce "Jewish Sports Now", an exciting new collaboration from the leaders in the Jewish sports world. Young Jewish athletes from all over the world now have access to elite coaching—for free—to work on their game from their living room, basement, backyard or neighborhood park! Jewish Sports Now presents a digital library of sports training videos from top professional coaches. Presented in partnership with Maccabi USA, Maccabi Canada, JCC Maccabi Games, Ramah Sports Academy, and URJ 6 Points Sports Academy. Check them out here.
JCC Maccabi Sports Camp @ Home
Join JCC Maccabi Sports Camp online! FREE events include:
- Skill development workouts led by JMSC Coaches for baseball, basketball, soccer, tennis and volleyball
- Brand new talk show with camp leadership, ""Josh & Eytan in the Morning" every Monday at 2:00 PM pm on Facebook Live. Check out their first broadcast here!
- Join on Facebook Live for Shabbat, Fridays at 6:00 PM. Contact Eytan Graubart, Camp Director, for more information at [email protected].
Family Activities from the Live Fully Blog:
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.
Still More Game Resources: Our friends at NPR put together a list of resources for taking your favorite board games online so you can play with friends while still social distancing.
Enjoy videos from the Leslie Family Preschool: