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    • Sunday, April 25, 8:00–9:30 AM | The Tale of Alexei Tolstoy: The Golden Key, or the Adventures of Buratino
    • Sunday, April 25, 5:00 PM | Kehillah Jewish High School Presents Laugh Off Lockdown
    • Tuesday, April 27, 1:00–2:00 PM | Community Conversations Presents in Concert: Italian Opera Favorites
    • Thursday, April 29, 7:00–8:30 PM | Hohenzollerns: From a Small Family to the Emperors of Prussia
    • Mondays, May 3–31, 11:00 AM–12:15 PM | Still Traveling: Magical Morocco More Than Marrakech
    • Monday, May 3, 2:00–3:15 PM | Still Traveling: Haunted Broadway
    • Wednesday, May 5, 11:00 AM–12:15 PM | Songs of Mexico for Cinco de Mayo
    • Wednesday, May 5, 3:00–4:15 PM | Terrific Tastings: Salsas for Cinco
    • Tuesday, May 11, 1:00–2:00 PM | Community Conversations Presents Classical Dance Music
    • Tuesdays, May 18 and 25, 1:00–2:30 PM | Community Conversations Presents New Paris and Impressionism with Dr. Brigid Barton
    • Thursday, May 20, 11:00–12:15 PM | Songs of Money
    • Sunday, May 30, 1:00–2:15 PM | Terrific Tastings: Distinctively Delicious (Baked!) Donuts
    • Tuesday, June 8, 1:00–2:00 PM | Community Conversations Presents Classical Piano: Scenes from Childhood
    • Tuesday, June 22, 1:00–2:00 PM | Community Conversations Presents Jewish Stars of Broadway


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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


    Community Conversations Presents Kurdistan Revisited with Margaret Kahn
    Tuesday, April 20, 1:00–2:00 PM

    Where is the land the Kurds call "Kurdistan" but which the world thinks of merely as the mountains of Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Syria? How did the United States government manage to betray them and their cause of a nation-state in 1975 in Iraq and then again in 2019 in Syria? Margaret Kahn will talk about her experiences getting to know Iranian, Iraqi and Turkish Kurds beginning in the mid-1970s when she went to teach and do linguistic research in Iran. For more information and the registration link, click here.


    French "Chansons," Songs and Stories
    Wednesday, April 21, 1:00–2:00 PM
    Join jazz chanteuse Gilda Solve as she takes us to Paris to explore the great chansons françaises ("French songs"). Click here to register; please enter Oshman Family JCC as the Program Partner.

    NEW!  The Tale of Alexei Tolstoy: "The Golden Key, or the Adventures of Buratino"
    Sunday, April 25, 8:00–9:30 AM

    Enjoy an author's lecture by Anna Kogan discussing "The Tale of Alexei Tolstoy: The Golden Key, or the Adventures of Buratino—we read between the lines." For more information and to register, click here.


    The Power to Heal Film and Discussion Addressing Health Disparities In America
    Presented by Beth Am's Race, Equity and Justice Committee
    Sunday, April 25, 4:00—5:15 PM
    The film Power to Heal tells the story of how the twin struggles for racial justice and health care have intersected. It shows both the destructive legacy of racism in American health care and the potential for collective action to redress these wrongs. This story was a key achievement of the Civil Rights Movement which is foundational to the work many continue to build upon to end health care disparities in America. Free to attend. Click here for more information and the registration link.


    NEW!  Kehillah Jewish High School Presents Laugh Off Lockdown
    Sunday, April 25, 5:00 PM
    Featuring Comedians Lisa Geduldig of Kung Pao Kosher Comedy, Cathy Ladman of Curb Your Enthusiasm and Samson Koletkar of Comedy Oakland. For more information and to register, click here.


    Exploring Opera: Popular Paris
    Monday, April 26, 2:00–3:30 PM

    Embark on an operatic journey to Paris with popular San Francisco Bay Area instructor James Sokol, who will touch on an array of repertoire from beloved masterpieces (such as Puccini’s La Boheme and Verdi’s La Traviata) to rarely-staged gems (such as Meyerbeer’s Les Huguenots and Donizetti’s Ugo, Conte di Parigi)—each set in "The City of Light." For more information and to get the registration link, click here.

    NEW!  Community Conversations Presents in Concert: Italian Opera Favorites
    Tuesday, April 27, 1:00–2:00 PM
    Enjoy a live afternoon concert of operatic favorites from the Italian repertoire. You will hear selections from Mozart to Verismo with a little Americana for fun! This concert will feature baritone Igor Vieira, mezzo soprano Deborah Martinez Rosengaus and pianist Jonathan Erman. For more information and to register, click here.


    Virtual Nutrition Group
    Mondays and Wednesdays through April 28, 5:00–5:55 PM

    Re-energize your life by making small changes in your diet. We all know how important nutrition is to our overall health and well-being but many of us don't know where to begin. This educational program will give you the basic tools to start making positive changes. Free for members. Click here for more information.


    NEW!  Hohenzollerns: From a Small Family to the Emperors of Prussia
    Thursday, April 29, 7:00–8:30 PM

    Everyone knows the Prussian Empire, which ceased to exist after the First World War. And who remembers the ancestral name of the Prussian emperors—Hohenzollerns? No German family has had such an impact on the history of Europe as the Hohenzollerns. For more information and to register, click here.

    Songs of Paris
    A Multi-Genre Musical Celebration of the City

    Friday, April 30, 11:00 AM–12:15 PM
    "The City of Light" has inspired seemingly countless artists, authors, composers, designers, and others to create. Today, join popular San Francisco Bay Area instructor James Sokol to focus on songs from an array of musical genres—Broadway, pop, opera, jazz and more—which pay tribute or are set in this glorious city. For more information and to get the registration link, click here.


    NEW!  Still Traveling: Magical Morocco More Than Marrakesh
    Mondays, May 3–31, 11:00 AM–12:15 PM
    Many visitors go to Morocco to visit its most famous city, Marrakesh. But, the country holds countless interesting treasures throughout the land, from its coasts to its deserts. Pour yourself a cup of mint tea and let James Sokol zoom you away on our virtual "trips" to this magical North African country, so different from most Arab-dominant countries. For more information and the registration link, click here.


    NEW!  Still Traveling: Haunted Broadway
    Monday, May 3, 2:00–3:15 PM

    On National Paranormal Day, let our JCC colleague James Sokol zoom you to Times Square for a truly spooky adventure. For more information and the registration link, click here.


    NEW!  Songs of Mexico for "Cinco de Mayo"
    A Multi-Genre Musical Celebration

    Wednesday, May 5 11:00 AM–12:15 PM

    Commemorating the 1862 Battle of Puebla (not Mexican Independence Day), Cinco de Mayo ("the 5th of May") has become a favorite celebration outside of Mexico, in Mexican communities, and for all in restaurants and bars throughout the world. Join popular San Francisco Bay Area instructor James Sokol for a festive, musical journey through songs of a variety of genres—classical, pop, Broadway, opera, country and more—that are from or about Mexico. For more information and the registration link, click here.


    NEW!  Terrific Tastings: Salsas for Cinco
    Wednesday, May 5, 3:00–4:15 PM

    Celebrate Cinco de Mayo! After our sold-out salsa tasting last year, we're thrilled to partner again with our dear friends at the Santa Fe School of Cooking to explore one of American's favorite condiments, dips, ingredients—salsa! Let us deliver a curated collection of four salsas to your doorstep and join culinary host James Sokol and a special guest chef for a fun, interesting and delicious, guided salsa tasting and discussion, including tips for using salsas as more than a dip. For more information and the registration link, click here.

    NEW!  Community Conversations Presents Classical Dance Music
    Tuesday, May 11, 1:00–2:00 PM

    Enjoy an afternoon of wonderful classical music inspired by folk song and dance. The spirit of the dance has been entwined with classical music for centuries. This program by pianist Ian Scarfe and violinist Philip Brezina will share music from their new album California Classical, including works from different countries and cultures. For more information and to get the registration link, <a="" href="/Events/community-conversations-presents-classical-dance-music" target="_blank">click here.</a="">


    NEW!  Community Conversations Presents New Paris and Impressionism with Dr. Brigid Barton
    Tuesdays, May 18 and 25, 1:00–2:30 PM

    The rebuilding of Paris in the 19th century by designer Baron Haussmann transformed the city into the "New Paris". The Impressionist painters of the time recorded this enormous change and its effect on society through their artwork. Art Historian Dr. Brigid Barton, will describe the profound life changes in Paris as depicted in Impressionist paintings, in a two-part series. For more information and to get the link to register, click here.


    NEW!  Songs of Money
    Thursday, May 20, 11:00–12:15 PM
    After paying taxes, join popular San Francisco Bay Area instructor James Sokol for a fun and interesting journey through diverse genres of music—Broadway, pop, opera and more—exploring the theme of money along the way. Come for the music; stay for the fun! For more information and to get the registration link, click here.


    NEW!  Terrific Tastings: Distinctively Delicious (Baked!) Donuts
    Sunday, May 30, 1:00–2:15 PM
    What happens when a donut fanatic meets a flavor-obsessed pastry chef? Pure bliss! Imagine intense, full-bodied layers of flavor on small donuts that are baked, not fried, which allows the flavors to bloom without being weighed down by oil; almost like mini-Bundt cakes, but, better …way, Way, WAY better! A perfectly-sized mini indulgence! Real fruits, nuts and spices are chopped, squeezed, zested and roasted to create delicious, evocative flavors. For more information and the registration link, click here.

     


    NEW!  Community Conversations Presents Classical Piano: Scenes from Childhood
    Tuesday, June 8, 1:00–2:00 PM
    Pianist Ian Scarfe brings us a unique program of classical masterpieces that connect with our memories and specifically the nostalgia of childhood. He will perform a variety of classical and romantic works for piano. For more information and to get the registration link, click here.


    NEW!  Community Conversations Presents Jewish Stars of Broadway
    Tuesday, June 22, 1:00–2:00 PM
    Who are the Jewish Broadway mega stars? Take a look at the performers who came to define the glitz, glamour and drama of Broadway. Go behind the scenes with Mezzo Soprano Deborah Rosengaus and explore Broadway music through some of the most iconic stars! We’ll examine lifestyle and the philosophy around the making of this art. For more information and the registration link, click here.



    On-Going Series (individual sessions available):
     

     

    Still Traveling: April in Paris
    Mondays through April 26, 11:00 AM–12:15 PM

    Join trip leader James Sokol and zoom away to spend a few hours of "April in Paris". Our terrific, professional guide with perfect English will lead this series of interesting tours in four different neighborhoods in the gorgeous and romantic "City of Light!" For more information and to register, click here. Please enter Oshman Family JCC as Program Partner.

    Jewish Repertory Theatre Staged Reading: Exquisite Potential by Stephen Kaplan
    Available On-Demand through April 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.


    Bringing Israel Home with Chef Michael Solomonov

    Wednesdays through 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.


    Give Shoes, Give Love
    Through April 30
    We're hosting a shoe drive to collect new and gently used shoes to create opportunities for women in developing nations to start and sustain a small business. During the month of April, you can help by simply donating your gently used shoes! Drop off at the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Sports and Wellness Complex (Building A). For more information, click here.


    Theater J's Israeli Theater Collection
    Available On-Demand
    Theater J's Israeli Theater Collection is the exclusive North American home for filmed productions from many of Israel's leading theater companies. Filmed pre-COVID, these productions—from classic tales to contemporary stories, moving dramas to amusing comedies—represent some of the breadth and diversity in both content and aesthetics of contemporary Israeli theater. For more information, click here.


    Big Jewish Ideas Video Series
    Available On-Demand
    The Big Jewish Ideas series, co-produced by the Z3 Project and Unpacked for Educators, shines a light on seven of the most important issues facing Jews currently. Each video strips down and examines some of the fundamental issues that define Judaism, like community, culture, rituals and identity. Blending insight and observation, each episode raises crucial questions about what it means to be Jewish in today's world. To watch, click here.

    Missed an event? Catch the recording:

    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 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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