Jeff Center for Families
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    The Jeff Center for Families

    Note: The Jeff Center will close early on the following dates due to scheduled programming:

    • Friday, March 1 at 4:00 PM
    • Wednesday, March 6 at 4:30 PM
    • Friday, March 15 at 3:00 PM  


    Families with young children are welcome at our newly renovated Jeff Center for Families (Building G, Room G-106), a collaboration of the Oshman Family JCC and Bay Area nonprofit Blossom Birth and Family.

    Both kids and adults will enjoy making new friends—and seeing old ones—in a warm, welcoming and enriching environment. The Jeff Center is a place to bring your children for fun activities and free play, as well as classes and events from Blossom Birth (in English) and Libi (in Hebrew).

    Infused with Jewish values, the Jeff Center has:

    • Kid-friendly books and games
    • Arts and crafts
    • Storytime with PJ Library on select Fun Fridays
    • Information about classes for families

    Join us in the Jeff Center for Families for drop-in play on:

    • Monday: 2:00–5:30 PM
    • Tuesday: 1:00–5:30 PM
    • Wednesday: 9:00 AM–12:00 PM | 1:00–5:00 PM
    • Thursday: 1:00–5:30 PM
    • Friday: 9:00 AM–12:00 PM | 1:00–5:30 PM

    Blossom Birth and Family is officially open! Everyone at Blossom is excited to welcome back expectant parents and growing families to their office space in the Jeff Center, where they can learn about a wide range of classes, services, doulas and other businesses who provide support along the pregnancy and parenting journey.

    To learn more about LIBI or Blossom Birth programming, click here.

    For closures and holiday hours, click here.

    Contact: Tamara Thiel Prizant | (650) 223-8738 | [email protected]


    OFJCC Palo Alto JCC

    The Jeff Center for Families is made possible, in part, by a generous contribution from Merry and Stephen Astor, in memory of their son Jeff (z"l).

    Jeff grew up in Northern California. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, he worked at Goldman Sachs in New York.

    Jeff was a natural athlete and participated and excelled in many sports. He loved tennis, baseball, soccer, snow skiing and water-skiing, and had a tremendous amount of confidence and initiative, always challenging himself with new experiences and activities.

    He had a great sense of humor and was quite social and popular, known for being an especially kind, caring and fun person to be around. Jeff kept in touch with his friends, was a good listener, problem solver and devoted friend. He was intellectually curious, loved learning about people and encouraging them to talk about themselves.

    After spending a semester in college in Israel at the Hebrew University and participating in the Marva army program, Jeff developed a special love for Israel. When he died in a plane crash on July 22, 1991, Jeff was 24 years old.

    Jeff's parents hope that the Jeff Center for Families will be a place of warmth, caring and fun and that the Center will keep Jeff's memory alive.

    Upcoming Events in the Family Center

    MotherTogether
    Tuesday, 3/5/2024 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

    MotherTogether

    In English | In Partnership with Blossom Birth

    Libi Play Space
    Wednesday, 3/6/2024 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    Libi Play Space

    IN PERSON | In Hebrew

    Introduction to Baby Sign Language
    Saturday, 3/9/2024 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

    Introduction to Baby Sign Language

    Pre-requisite to the Baby Sign Language Series | In English | In Partnership with Blossom Birth

    Prenatal Breastfeeding Basics
    Sunday, 3/10/2024 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

    Prenatal Breastfeeding Basics

    In Partnership with Blossom Birth

    Infant Massage
    Monday, 3/11/2024 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Infant Massage

    This class has been cancelled | In Partnership with Blossom Birth

    Breastfeeding Connections
    Tuesday, 3/12/2024 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

    Breastfeeding Connections

    In English | In Partnership with Blossom Birth

    Prioritizing Health & Wellbeing on the Journey of Motherhood
    Thursday, 3/14/2024 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    Prioritizing Health & Wellbeing on the Journey of Motherhood

    With Ricky Trigalo (for Hebrew Speakers)

    Baby Sign Language Blue Series
    Saturday, 3/16/2024 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Baby Sign Language Blue Series

    Jump-start your child's verbal language! | In English | In Partnership with Blossom Birth

    Childbirth Preparation Refresher
    Saturday, 3/16/2024 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Childbirth Preparation Refresher

    In Partnership with Blossom Birth

    Breastfeeding Connections
    Tuesday, 3/26/2024 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

    Breastfeeding Connections

    In English | In Partnership with Blossom Birth

    Kids' Nutrition
    Friday, 3/29/2024 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Kids' Nutrition

    In English | In Partnership with Blossom Birth

    Infant First Aid and CPR
    Saturday, 3/30/2024 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    Infant First Aid and CPR

    In English | In Partnership with Blossom Birth

    Body After Baby
    Saturday, 4/6/2024 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Body After Baby

    These classes have been cancelled

    Infant First Aid and CPR
    Sunday, 4/7/2024 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    Infant First Aid and CPR

    In English | In Partnership with Blossom Birth

    Infant Massage
    Thursday, 4/11/2024 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Infant Massage

    In Partnership with Blossom Birth

    Childbirth Preparation Series
    Tuesday, 4/16/2024 6:30 PM

    Childbirth Preparation Series

    In Partnership with Blossom Birth

    Childbirth Preparation Refresher
    Saturday, 5/18/2024 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    Childbirth Preparation Refresher

    In Partnership with Blossom Birth

    Childbirth Preparation Refresher
    Saturday, 7/13/2024 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    Childbirth Preparation Refresher

    In Partnership with Blossom Birth

    Prenatal Breastfeeding Basics
    Sunday, 7/14/2024 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

    Prenatal Breastfeeding Basics

    In Partnership with Blossom Birth

    Prenatal Breastfeeding Basics
    Sunday, 9/8/2024 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

    Prenatal Breastfeeding Basics

    In Partnership with Blossom Birth

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