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    Welcome to the OFJCC Virtual Jewish Life Experience!


    Recorded Past Events
    Library Resources
    Featured Events
    LiveFully Blog
    Shabbat Celebrations Social Action During Coronavirus

    Stay connected to the OFJCC Jewish Learning Community from home! Join an online event via Zoom, read an e-book or sign up for a virtual Jewish camp session.


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    On-going Events


    Guided Mindfulness Meditation
    With Rabbi Lavey Derby
    Mondays, Ongoing, 9:30–10:30 AM
    Meditation is an invitation to cultivate awareness of the present moment without judgment. As we practice approaching each moment with courage, curiosity and compassion we are able to ground ourselves and cultivate awareness and calm. Each sit includes teaching drawn from the Jewish spiritual tradition, chanting, silent meditation and an opportunity for questions and sharing. These meditation sessions are appropriate for both beginners and experienced meditators. Everyone is welcome to join us. For more information and the registration link, 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.

    The Dybbukast
    theatre dybbuk's podcast channel
    Through a combination of performed readings and interviews with artists and scholars, The Dybbukast brings Jewish artistic pieces and their historical contexts to life, all while revealing their relationships to issues still present today.

    New episodes will be released the second Friday of the month. Look for them on iTunes, Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts. In addition, within 24 hours of the release of a new episode, learning resources and teaching tools related to the episode's content will be made available on their website at www.theatredybbuk.org/podcast.

    Shabbat Celebrations

    Shabbat Neshama with Elan Loeb—Song and Meditation for People in their 20s and 30s
    Saturdays, 10:30
    11:15 AM

    In partnership with 

    Create a little holy space in your home this Shabbat! Join Elan Loeb, OFJCC's music specialist, for singing and meditation. Feel free to bring a percussion instrument and anything that makes your space feel cozy and holy: candle, tea, your favorite sweatshirt, your pet, etc. Join via Zoom

    Missed an event? Catch the recording:

    Flip the Script: Judaism, Intermarriage and Joy: A Conversation between Rabbi Denise Handlarski and Zoe Jick (April 12, 2020)
    Unorthodox Conversation: An Inside View of the Acclaimed Series with Actress and Film Maker Michal Birnbaum (May 10, 2020)

    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. For more from Judaism Unbound, scroll down.

    Division Ave: A Short Film by Michal Birnbaum
    Division Ave
     is an award-winning short film written and co-produced by Michal Birnbaum, from the Netflix hit Unorthodox, about the fight for justice of a Latina cleaning lady in Hasidic Brooklyn. 

    A few days before Passover, Fernanda, a young Mexican woman, is hired by a Brooklyn cleaning agency to work in the local Jewish Hasidic community. Despite a prolonged wait for her payment, Fernanda continues to faithfully show up for work each day at Nechama's house. An unexpected connection between the two leads to a fight for justice against the cleaning agency at fault, bridging the gaps between their very different worlds. Inspired by true events. Watch the film here.

    Dodi Li Single from Deborah Sacks Mintz Streaming
    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.

    OFJCC Palo Alto JCC

    Judaism Unbound's portal for live-streamed Jewish experiences, from cultural events to spirituality to kids' programming. Explore jewishLIVE here.

    jewishLIVE is the place for curated Jewish content and experiences online. A virtual festival, jewishLIVE offers a stage to world class innovators, thinkers, artists, musicians and ritualists to showcase their creativity and expertise. Together with the best Jewish live-streaming events from across the internet, jewishLIVE assembles an unparalleled line-up. Unconstrained by barriers of time and place, jewishLIVE lives beyond the walls of doing Jewish one way. Sparking individual paths of engagement, participation and discovery, jewishLIVE is a catalyst for generative and unbound Jewish.

    Learn more at jewishLIVE.org (full calendar of events here). Or follow jewishLIVE on Facebook or join the Facebook Group.

    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 for a volunteer orientation/training here.

    Library Resources

    E-Books from Jewish Learning Works: Access a huge selection of Jewish-themed physical books, CDs, and DVDs and to downloadable e-books and audiobooks at no charge! Anybody in the San Francisco Bay Area may apply for borrowing privileges here.

    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. 

    From the Live Fully Blog

    Social Distancing: Moldaw-Style: Our campus-mates at Moldaw Senior Residences show us how it's done! Residents keep their spirits up with daily balcony waves and sing-alongs. We can only hope that they keep them up when campus reopens so the rest of us can join in. Read the story from our fabulous friends at J. The Jewish News of Northern California.


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