NEW! Events Just Added:
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- Friday, August 14, 10:00–10:30 AM | Baby Sign Language—Introduction
- September 1–December 1, 2020 | LEAP Internship for High School Graduates
- Fridays, September 11–October 23, 10:00–11:00 AM | Baby Sign Language—Six-Week Session
- Mondays, 2:00 PM and Fridays, 6:00 PM | JCC Maccabi Sports Camp at Home
What Else is New:
- Club J Videos:
A Card Trick with Jorge
Basketball with Cory
- Beged Kefet Hebrew Language School 2020–21 Registration Now Open
Click here for all our new offerings!
NEW! Baby Sign Language—Introduction
Friday, August 14, 10:00–10:30 AM
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 this FREE program, click here.
NEW! LEAP Internship for High School Graduates
September 1–December 1
Are you a high school graduate whose plans for college this fall have suddenly changed? Consider spending September-December interning at the OFJCC in Palo Alto. The OFJCC has teamed up with BINA: The Jewish Movement for Social Change to create LEAP: Learning, Experience, Action and Peoplehood. This program will offer opportunities for local Bay Area high school graduates to spend their fall semester doing serious Jewish learning, volunteering with local social action sites, and building a social network of Jewish peers. For more information, click here
NEW! Beged Kefet Hebrew Language School 2020–21 Registration Now 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.
NEW! Baby Sign Language—Six-Week Session
Fridays, September 11–October 23, 10:00–11:00 AM
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, click here.
Introducing Our Camp Leadership
We are thrilled to share with you our J-Camp leadership team for this summer! Check out the video to get to know the leadership staff and sing along to one of our favorite camp songs!
Message from J-Camp Regarding Summer 2020
We are excited to share with you that under County guidelines, we believe we will be able to hold J-Camp this summer! As we confirm details with the County, we are enthusiastically planning a fun and meaningful modified J-Camp summer experience for our J-Campers that adheres to strict social distancing measures recommended by federal, state and local health departments. We know this time of uncertainty can be frustrating, but rest assured we are working on creating a memorable summer program that will adhere to the following guidelines:
- Limiting group sizes to minimize the risk of COVID-19
- Creating fun, spirit-filled programs on campus in small groups, rather than our traditional field trips and all-camp events
- Utilizing local Hebrew speakers to provide an authentic experience for Tayasim campers
- Likely putting other modifications in place as well, such as the number of weeks being offered, the number of hours that camp will operate and possibly a limited age range of kids we will be able to serve
We realize that these adjustments may have an impact on your ability or desire to participate in camp, and that you will be anxious to know specifics as soon as possible. We are working hard to nail down details, including any changes this might involve for those who have already signed up for camp, as well as to revisit our current refund policy. As it stands, there are no more billings planned for families who have signed up until our adapted structure is offered, so you do not need to worry about canceling right now, unless you are already sure that you will not be needing or wanting camp this summer.
Don't hesitate to reach out to us at [email protected] with any questions that you currently have about J-Camp. We look forward to speaking with you soon. Stay healthy, strong and safe!
Les Mills BORN TO MOVE Workouts for Kids!
Check out these new on-demand, 20- to 40-minute classes for kids from Les Mills, jam-packed with cool music and fitness moves from dance, martial arts and yoga. Sure to leave kids (and parents) feeling great!
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 afternoons for "Last Week Today with Luba and Andy!" Co-hosted by Luba Palant from the OFJCC and Andy, 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.
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.
Multiple tournaments are held each week, with a variety of games available, including NBA2K, FIFA, Madden, Smash Bros., Rocket League and Fortnite. Click here to join today!
Videos from the Club J Team:
NEW! A Card Trick with Jorge and Basketball with Cory
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...
NEW! JCC Maccabi Sports Camp @ Home
Join JCC Maccabi Sports Camp online all summer long! 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].
Jewish Virtual Camps:
Pop-Up Virtual Camp California: Overnight camps are joining forces to offer different programs daily. Awesome virtual camps offered here!
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: