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- Through July 30 | Give Oakland Some R&R Supply Drive
- Sunday, August 22, 4:30–6:00 PM | Summer on the Square: Palo Alto Players Presents the Best of Broadway
NEW! Outdoor Musical Tot Shabbat
Friday, July 30, 5:15–6:45 PM
Join us as we celebrate Shabbat with music, puppets, a Shabbat story and more! FREE to attend. For more information and the registration link, click here.
NEW! Give Oakland Some R&R Supply Drive
Through July 30
Please join us in collecting supplies, such as socks, hygiene kits and flashlights, to help communities in Oakland. For the complete list, click here.
Sunday, August 8, 10:00 AM–12:00 PM
Bring the whole family as we hike, enjoy nature and connect with our Jewish values. Make new friends in this active, outdoor group for families with young children! Click here to sign up.
Summer on the Square: Ziva, Til the Morning Light
Sunday, August 8, 4:30–6:00 PM
Looking for a relaxing Sunday afternoon? Missed live music? Want to reconnect with your friends? Join us for Summer on the Square every other Sunday for live music, schmoozing with old and new friends, and light refreshments.
Folk-infused rhythm and blues, delivered with a dynamic soulful voice, is what San Francisco-based singer-songwriter Ziva is all about. With a background in classical music, funk and jazz, Ziva's music draws inspiration from many different genres and is eclectic, soulful, seductive and lush.
FREE with registration. For more information and to register, click here.
Scrumptious Summer Scissor Salsa
Sunday, August 15, 10:00–11:00 AM
Come be a willing participant while we make salsa with tomaotes from Teacher Debbie's farm. Meet us at the farm, where we will make delicious salsa to take home to enjoy with our families. To register, click here.
Baby Sign Language – Six-Week Series
Fridays through August 20, 10:00–11:00 AM
Jump-start your child's verbal language! 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. For more information and to register, click here.
NEW! Summer on the Square: Palo Alto Players Presents the Best of Broadway
Part of Summer on the Square
Sunday, August 22, 4:30–6:00 PM
Palo Alto Players presents the Best of Broadway. Local artists perform your favorite songs from the Great White Way and beyond, including Chicago, Into the Woods, Hairspray, Smash, highlights from the company's upcoming musical Working, and many more! For more information and to register for this FREE concert, click here.
Baby Sign Language – Introduction
Friday, August 27, 2:30–3:00 PM
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. For more information and to register, click here.
From the Farmers' Market to the Table
Sunday, August 29, 9:30 AM–12:00 PM
Join us for a fun, hybrid in-person and virtual, hands-on, cooking experience where parents and kids cook side-by-side, using ingredients fresh from the Farmers' Market.To register, click here.
Rosh Hashanah Apple Picking
Sunday, September 5, 10:00–11:45 AM
Come be a willing participant while we harvest Teacher Debbie's farm! In this session, we will meet at the farm, conveniently located in Los Altos Hills, where we will harvest apples and honey.
To register, click here.
Sunday, September 26, 10:00 AM–11:45 AM
Come be a willing participant while we harvest Teacher Debbie's farm! In this session, we will meet at the farm, conveniently located in Los Altos Hills, where we will harvest in honor of Sukkot. Stay a bit longer for a short, easy hike to Redwood Grove. Bring a snack or a picnic lunch to enjoy afterward!
For more information and to register, click here.
Club J Registration Now Open for 2021–22
Our Club J program is a one-of-a-kind, licensed program that provides a wide range of activities that will engage children from transitional kindergarten-aged children through 12 years of age. The Club J program supports children in several educational components such as arts and humanities, physical activities and literacy, as well as a wide range of free elective classes that will keep every child learning and having fun. Click here for more information and to register.
Kehillah Virtual Admissions Open House
Kehillah High School's Virtual Admissions Open House is now live. This evolving, interactive web portal has been designed to provide prospective students and parents with ways to learn about our school through videos and other media that show our program and culture in action.
If you know of families considering options for high school, please invite them to visit this new portal to explore the possibility of Kehillah as their high school home. Click here to visit.
American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra Children's Corner
American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (AFIPO), which supports the world-class Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO), has launched "Children's Corner," a series of free digital music education resources created especially for homebound audiences. AFIPO invites parents, educators and program directors alike to utilize these fun and easy-to-use digital materials to supplement their at-home curriculum.
Simply click here and enter your email to download.
Lost Tribe Esports: Free Gaming Tournaments for Jewish Teens
Various Days and Times
Lost Tribe Esports is serving Jewish communities, offering online e-sports and social opportunities for Jewish teens 12–18 years old free of charge on a private, monitored and safe Discord channel. Click here for more information.
Videos from the Club J Team:
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...
Introducing Jewish Sports Now: On Demand Training for Young Athletes
Maccabi Sports Camp is thrilled to introduce "Jewish Sports Now", an exciting new collaboration from the leaders in the Jewish sports world. Young Jewish athletes from all over the world now have access to elite coaching—for free—to work on their game from their living room, basement, backyard or neighborhood park! Jewish Sports Now presents a digital library of sports training videos from top professional coaches. Presented in partnership with Maccabi USA, Maccabi Canada, JCC Maccabi Games, Ramah Sports Academy, and URJ 6 Points Sports Academy. Check them out here.
Maccabi Sports Camp @ Home
Join JCC Maccabi Sports Camp online! FREE events include:
- Skill development workouts led by JMSC Coaches for baseball, basketball, soccer, tennis and volleyball
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: