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    Virtual OFJCC: Kids & Families

    NEW!  Just Added:
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    • Thursday, May 21, Tuesday, May 26, Thursday, June 4 | 5:00 PM | College 101: Intro to Campus Life
    • Wednesday, May 27 | 12:00 PM PDT | JCC Association and Shalom Sesame Present: Countdown to Shavuot!
    • Thursday, June 4 | 5:00 PM | Ready or Not: Preparing Our Kids to Thrive
    • Sunday, June 21 | 10:30–11:00 AM | Kids Universe Concert: My Favorite Day
    • New time for Last Week Today with Luba and Andy
    • New Club J Videos:
          Ants on a Log
          Sing Along with Jess and Franklynn!
          Magic with Josh
    • Les Mills BORN TO MOVE Workouts for Kids
    • JCC Camps of North America Flagpole "Live" Series

    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.

    Schedule:

    • 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.


    NEW! 
    JCC Association and Shalom Sesame Present: Countdown to Shavuot!
    Wednesday, May 27, 12:00 PM PDT

    JCC Association of North America and Shalom Sesame are proud to present "Countdown to Shavuot!" Join on Facebook LIVE as the JCC Movement comes together to join Muppets Avigail and Brosh to learn all about Shavuot! Click here to watch.

     

    NEW!  Ready or Not: Preparing Our Kids to Thrive
    Thursday, June 4, 5:00–6:30 PM

    Join us as New York Times bestselling author Madeline Levine, PhD, and Dr. Anita Friedman discuss what they are seeing in parents and children as we all navigate through the pandemic. Register here.


    NEW! 
    Kids Universe Concert: My Favorite Day
    Sunday, June 21, 10:30–11:00 AM

    Join Zhanna Shpits on Zoom for a fun, upbeat kids' concert! In the spirit of bringing families together through music, Zhanna encourages you to come dressed up as your favorite story book character with an open heart to enjoy a blend of inspiring originals along with classic favorites. $20 per household. Purchase tickets 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!




    NEW!  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!

     



    NEW TIME!  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 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



    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.


     

    Videos from the Club J Team:

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    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... 


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

     



    Arts Activities for Families:

    The Arts and Dialogues Facebook page is offering daily free activities for families. Follow @OFJCCArts on Facebook.

    The OFJCC School for the Arts is continuing its Musical Theater classes over Zoom during the regular schedule.

     

    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:

     

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