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    • J-Camp Registration Now Open
    • Wednesdays, January 13–March 3, 7:00–8:15 PM | Shabbat Eight-Class Series | Part of "Judaism: The New Basics"
    • Wednesdays, January 13–April 28, 5:00 PM | Bringing Israel Home with Chef Michael Solomonov
    • Thursday, January 14, 7:00–8:30 PM | The Jewish Odessa | For Russian Speakers
    • Fridays, January 15–February 26, 10:00–11:00 AM | Baby Sign Language—Six-Week Series
    • Monday, January 18; start times vary | 2021 Mitzvah Day
    • Monday, January 18, 1:00–2:00 PM | Soul To Soul: African American and Jewish Music Meet in Celebration of Two Cultures
    • Tuesday, January 19, 1:00–2:00 PM | Community Conversations Presents Tu B'Shvat in Israel: World Food Security, Tikkun Olam and Innovation
    • Thursday, January 21, 5:30–6:30 PM | J-Camp Information Meeting
    • Friday, January 22, 11:00 AM–12:00 PM | Exploring the Land of Israel: Tel Aviv | For Russian Speakers
    • Sunday, January 24, 4:00–4:30 PM | Planting Seeds for the Future: Virtual Tu B'Shvat Seder
    • Monday, January 25, 1:30–3:00 PM | Community Conversations Presents Exploring Opera in Seville
    • Tuesday, January 26, 1:00–2:00 PM | Community Conversations Presents "A Midwinter's Night" Classical Concert with Pianist Ian Scarfe
    • Tuesday, February 2, 1:00–2:00 PM | Community Conversations Presents The Politics of Opera
    • February 4–24 | Available On-Demand | The Year My Mother Came Back
    • Tuesday, February 9, 1:00–2:00 PM | Community Conversations Presents The Third Daughter with Author Talia Carner
    • New Dates | April 8–28 | Available On-Demand | Exquisite Potential
    • Available On-Demand | Dr. Ron Rosenfeld's One-Act Play So Help Me God
    • Available On-Demand | Community Conversations Presents journey Home for the Olomouc Torah


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    Featured Events

    Virtual OFJCC programs for Community Conversations are made possible, in part, by a generous contribution from the John R. Schwabacher Family.


    NEW!  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.


    Bridge Club
    Tuesdays and Thursdays, January 5–28, 1:00–2:00 PM

    Join the JCC's online bridge club and learn from a team of experts! Stimulate your brain and hone your skills in this fun learning environment, which includes lessons, notes, accessible recorded sessions, weekly quizzes and the ability to email the panel with your questions. For more information and to register, click here.
    NEW!  Baby Sign Language – Six-Week Series
    Six-Week Series: Fridays, January 15–February 26, 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. To register, click here.

    NEW!  Shabbat Eight-Class Series
    Part of "Judaism: The New Basics"
    Wednesdays, January 13–March 3, 7:00–8:15 PM
    Shabbat is one of the foundational, fundamental and formative aspects of Jewish life—but how much do we really know about Shabbat?

    This eight-part series about Shabbat will present an extended investigation of Shabbat, including its origins, its themes, its iterations and its meaning. For more information and to register, click here.


    NEW!  Bringing Israel Home with Chef Michael Solomonov
    Wednesdays, January 13–April 28, 5:00 PM
    "Bringing Israel Home" is a new digital series with a live-at-home cooking and Q&A component featuring five-time James Beard award-winning chef/co-owner of Zahav, Michael Solomonov. Join him as he cooks a mix of new and signature dishes that are centered on the gastronomic subject of the episode, such as Israel’s Diversity, The Port City of Akko, Yemenite Soup for the Soul, The Israeli Bakery and The Shuk. Registration not required. Free to attend.

    Click here for the recipes; click here to join.


    NEW!  The Jewish Odessa
    Еврейская Одесса | For Russian Speakers
    Thursday, January 14, 7:00–8:30 PM

    Hear the fascinating story of the people and events related to Judaism and the renowned city of Odessa, one of the most important Jewish cultural centers within the Russian Empire. Learn about the role Odessa played in the formation of the State of Israel and its prominent doctors, scientists, violinists, and, of course, its legendary outlaws.For more information and to register, click here.


    NEW!  2021 Mitzvah Day
    Monday, January 18; start times vary
    Join hundreds of your neighbors for a virtual community-wide day of "tikkun olam" ("repair of the world") as part of a National Day of Service to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year's event will feature a range of projects addressing issues of poverty, hunger, homelessness, aging, the environment and more.

    Each project will be led by a non-profit organization focusing on one of these issues and doing good for our community every day. Each organization will give a short presentation about their work on Zoom and offer a hands-on project for participants to complete from the safety of their homes. Participants are expected to drop off completed projects at the OFJCC by the end of the day. For a list of the projects and to register, click here.


    NEW!  Soul To Soul
    African American and Jewish Music Meet in Celebration of Two Cultures

    Monday, January 18, 1:00–2:00 PM
    The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene and the JCC Association of America proudly present "Soul to Soul," a concert depicting the historical journeys, and shared cultural legacy of the African American and American Jewish communities in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

    For more information and the registration link, click here.


    NEW!  Community Conversations Presents Tu B'Shvat in Israel: World Food Security, Tikkun Olam and Innovation
    Tuesday, January 19, 1:00–2:00 PM
    Israel helps third world countries develop modern agriculture and advanced water technology. Hear how nature becomes accessible and celebrate Tu B'Shvat with us. For more information and to get the registration link, click here.

    NEW!  J-Camp Information Meeting
    Thursday, January 21, 5:30–6:30 PM

    Have questions about summer 2021 and want to talk to the J-Camp leadership team? Join us to learn about our plans for summer 2021 and ask any questions you have in preparation for the summer. For more information and to register, click here.


    The Followers of Repin
    For Russian Speakers

    Thursday, January 21, 7:00–8:30 PM

    Join an author lecture by Anna Kogan on "The Followers of Repin are so Different, but Equally Worthy of their Great Teacher”.
    The lecture is dedicated to the life, work and legacy of F.A. Malyavin, I.I. Brodsky and I.E. Grabar. To register, click here.

    NEW!  Exploring the Land of Israel: Tel Aviv
    For Russian Speakers
    Friday, January 22, 11:00 AM–12:00 PM
    Visit Tel Aviv during this virtual lecture on "Exploring the Land of Israel". For more information and to register, click here.

    NEW!  Planting Seeds for the Future: Virtual Tu B'Shvat Seder
    Sunday, January 24, 4:00–4:30 PM

    Tu B’Shvat, the Jewish earth day, is the traditional reminder that spring is just around the corner. Join us for a family-friendly virtual musical Tu B’Shvat Seder and seed planting. For more information and to register, click here.

    NEW!  Community Conversations Presents Exploring Opera in Seville
    Monday, January 25, 1:30–3:00 PM

    The glorious capital of Andalusia is the setting of more than 100 operas! There are works by Rossini, Bizet, Mozart, Verdi and others with equally beautiful music. Join popular San Francisco Bay Area opera appreciation instructor and trip leader James Sokol for an operatic journey though Seville, seeing a few of the works' sites and basking in performance video clips of some of these musical masterpieces. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here. Please enter 'Palo Alto' as the Program Partner.


    Community Conversations Presents "A Midwinter's Night" Classical Concert with Pianist Ian Scarfe
    Tuesday, January 26, 1:00–2:00 PM

    Pianist Ian Scarfe brings his signature style of performance highlighted by entertaining and engaging discussion, with a program celebrating the long nights of winter. The musical selections will include all types of "night music", from the romantic nocturnes of Chopin, Grieg, and others, to music of dreams as well as odes to the moon such as Claude Debussy's famous "Clair de Lune". For more information, click here.

    Learning the Land: Virtual Civil Rights Tour
    Part of Amplifying Voices Series

    Sunday, January 31, 2021, 3:00–4:00 PM
    Participate in a virtual civil rights tour and interactive discussion with an emphasis on the cities of Birmingham, Montgomery and Selma with T. Marie King. Moderated by Samantha Dubrinsky. For more information and to register, click here.

    NEW!  Community Conversations Presents: The Politics of Opera
    Tuesday, February 2, 1:00–2:00 PM
    Join Mezzo Soprano Deborah Rosengaus for an enlightening and entertaining lecture on the politics of opera. Click here for more information and to get the Zoom link.


    NEW!  Jewish Repertory Theatre Staged Reading: The Year My Mother Came Back by Alice Eve Cohen
    February 4–24, 2021
    Thirty years after her death, Alice's mother appears during the hardest year Alice has had to face. She learns that she must walk in her mother's shoes in order to understand her, forgive her and rediscover her love for her. In this story of a parent lost and found, Alice finds her mother and rediscovers herself. A love story. A ghost story. A contemporary tale that reaches back through generations. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here. When you make your purchase, please enter 'Palo Alto' as your home JCC.


    NEW!  Community Conversations Presents The Third Daughter with Author Talia Carner
    Tuesday, February 9, 1:00–2:00 PM

    Join award-winning author, activist and internationally acclaimed speaker Talia Carner for an interesting discussion on her new novel "The Third Daughter."

    Fleeing poverty, strife and pogroms of Eastern Europe in the late 1800s and early 1900s, over 150,000 Jewish girls who dreamed of America fell to the false promises of marriages and jobs by members of Zwi Migdal. Instead, this legal traffickers' union that operated with impunity throughout South America for 70 years, forced them into prostitution. Talia Carner will reveal how the cries of these women, also shunned by the Jewish community, forced her to expose the most shameful chapter in Jewish history. Ms. Carner takes on sex-trafficking, educating audiences about actions that can be taken today to abolish the horror of modern human enslavement in your own backyard. For more information and to get the Zoom link, click here.


    Musical Freedom Seder Featuring the Afro-Semitic Experience
    Sunday, February 21, 2021, 3:00–4:00 PM
    Tune in to a musical Freedom Seder featuring the Afro-Semitic Experience in celebration of what unites the Jewish, Black and Jewish-Black communities. For more information click here.

    Jewish Repertory Theatre Staged Reading: Beau Jest by James Sherman
    March 11–31, 2021
    What's a nice Jewish girl to do when her parents expect her to marry a nice Jewish doctor even though she's already in love with another man? Hiring an actor to play her imaginary beau in front of the family seemed like a good idea until the charade is a little too successful and the "hired" boyfriend begins to capture her heart. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here. When you make your purchase, please enter 'Palo Alto' as your home JCC


    NEW DATES!  Jewish Repertory Theatre Staged Reading: Exquisite Potential by Stephen Kaplan
    April 8–28
    All parents think their children are brilliant. Alan Zuckerman just happens to think his three-year-old son, David, is the Messiah. Thirty years ago, Alan and his wife, Laura, visited their rabbi to verify David's possible divine nature. Thirty years later, everyone older and wiser, it appears that dad might have been onto something. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here. When you make your purchase, please enter 'Palo Alto' as your home JCC.



    Missed an event? Catch the recording:

    NEW!  Dr. Ron Rosenfeld's One-Act Play So Help Me God
    Available On-Demand
    So Help Me God
    is the world premiere of a one-act play about mortality by Dr. Ron Rosenfeld. You will see a live international cast portray Adam and Eve speaking about death with God in the Garden of Eden. Unhappy about their ultimate eviction, they are convinced that God did not fully appreciate their innocence and, furthermore, tricked and entrapped them into biting the apple. They decide to sue God in court, seeking to annul his decision and regain entry into the Garden, as well as their forfeited immortality. Click here to view the recording.


    Clorofil Micro-Sanctuary Tour

    Available On-demand
    Isabelle Cnudde and her husband Peter gave us a tour of the animal sanctuary they have built in their backyard. We learned about the rescued animals living there and about the plight of farmed animals. Click here to view their presentation.

    Part of the visit included their dog Skye, rescued from the dog meat trade in Asia. Selected by the International Vegan Film Festival, click here to watch a short film about Skye.


    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.


    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.

    Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks on TED Connects
    How We Can Navigate the Coronavirus Pandemic with Courage and Hope

    Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks offers thoughts on how we can navigate the coronavirus pandemic with courage, hope and empathy. With wisdom and clarity, he speaks on leadership, fear, death, hope and how we could use this moment to build a more just world. Watch for a special, impromptu prayer about halfway through the conversation. (This virtual conversation is part of the TED Connects series, hosted by head of TED Chris Anderson and head of curation Helen Walters. Recorded March 30, 2020.) Watch here.


    Fun for All Ages:

    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 and book lists, and keep the fun going. Produced by PJ Library, a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.


    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.

    Mah Jongg with Your Mishpucha—Social Distancing Edition: Martha Kokes, Marketing Director at the OFJCC, is a self-described "cheerfully-mediocre" Mah Jongg player. Despite this, she and her husband could not pass up an opportunity to play with their like-minded friends while sheltering in place. Read about her Maj mishpucha's test-drive of an online Mah Jongg platform here.

     

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