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- Through July 30 | Give Oakland Some R&R Supply Drive
- Mondays, August 2–23, 11:00 AM–12:15 PM | Still Traveling: Captivating Cambodia
- Thursday, August 5, 7:00–8:30 PM | "Block 12: The Gospel of the Silver Age" | For Russian Speakers
- Tuesday, August 10, 2:00–3:30 PM | Community Conversations Presents Two Short Poignant Comedies
- Wednesday, August 11, 1:00–2:00 PM | Elegant Classical Masterpieces with Pianist Ian Scarfe
- Sunday, August 15, 2:00–3:15 | Terrific Tastings: Appealing Aperitifs
- Wednesday, August 18, 5:00–6:00 PM | Book Fest In Your Living Room Presents Daniel Levin, Proof of Life
- Friday, August 20, 11:00 AM–12:15 PM | A Musical Celebration of Older Adults
- Sunday, August 22, 4:30–6:00 PM | Summer on the Square: Palo Alto Players Presents the Best of Broadway
- Tuesday, August 24, 1:00–2:00 PM | Community Conversations Presents Research on Alzheimer's and Dementia and Advances in Treatments
- Thursday, August 26, 5:00–6:00 PM | Book Fest In Your Living Room Presents Jake Cohen, Jew-ish: Reinvented Recipes from a Modern Mensch
- Wednesday, September 1, 1:00–2:00 PM | The Great Romantics with Pianist Ian Scarfe
- Thursday, September 9, 1:00–2:15 PM | Exploring Broadway: Fabulous Fiddler
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Virtual OFJCC programs for Community Conversations are made possible, in part, by a generous contribution from the John R. Schwabacher Family
A Musical Celebration of Friendship Day
Thursday, July 29, 1:00–2:15 PM
Prepare for International Friendship Day on July 30 or National Friendship Day on August 1 with popular instructor James Sokol and his guided journey through a diverse array of songs. You will hear classical, folk, pop and more, as well as interesting tidbits, all of which celebrate friends and friendship. 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.
NEW! Still Traveling: Captivating Cambodia
Mondays, August 2–23, 11:00 AM–12:15 PM
China, Japan and even Thailand are popular Asian destinations for US travelers. However, tucked in Southeast Asia is the fascinating and often overlooked Kingdom of Cambodia, which offers rich, interesting and beautiful multi-layered experiences to fulfill any curious voyager. Let James Sokol zoom you off across the time zones to join our terrific, local, professional guide Tek for four special visits to Cambodia. For more information and the registration link, click here.
NEW! "Block 12: The Gospel of the Silver Age"
For Russian Speakers
Thursday, August 5, 7:00–8:30 PM
We invite you to attend Anna Kogan's lecture on "Block 12: The Gospel of the Silver Age," the first of three lectures about the other gospels.
You will learn that each time has its own covenant (contract) with God and only a select few can sign it. From the Silver Age and A. A. Blok, we will talk about the poet's strange fate, his dreams, the search for the meaning of life and what is more important: wisdom or love.
You will get an answer as to why Blok did not write a single poem after "12." For more information and to register, click here.
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
NEW! Community Conversations Presents Two Short Poignant Comedies
Tuesday, August 10, 2:00–3:30 PM
Experience two short poignant comedies on the themes of aging, memory and obsolescence live on Zoom. The two plays are written by Ron Rosenfeld and directed by George Werther. The director and some performers join us from Australia.
FREE with registration. For more information and to register, click here.
NEW! Elegant Classical Masterpieces with Pianist Ian Scarfe
Wednesday, August 11, 1:00–2:00 PM
Pianist Ian Scarfe takes us back to the 18th century, with the elegance, wit and drama of the music of Mozart and Haydn. Scarfe will share stories of his studies in Vienna while he was a music student, and talk about how Mozart and Haydn were able to create a dramatic narrative from their elegant and charming classical style. After the program, join the artist for some live Q&A. For more information and the registration link, click here.
NEW! Terrific Tastings: Appealing Aperitifs
Sunday, August 15, 2:00–3:15 PM
Owners and co-founders of Jardesca, Roger Morrison and Marshall Dawson, wanted to make an aperitif that wasn’t just from California but actually tasted like California, sunny, bright and refreshing. After years of experimenting, they discovered the perfect balanced blend that captured "California in a bottle!" Let us ship to your doorstep two bottles of Jardesca—one white, one red—then, join culinary host James Sokol and special guest Roger Morrison for a discussion, guided tasting and mixology class with these light and delicious aperitifs!
Order deadline is Sunday, August 1. For more information and the registration link, click here.
NEW! Book Fest In Your Living Room Presents Daniel Levin, Proof of Life
Wednesday, August 18, 5:00–6:00 PM
Daniel Levin was at his office in New York when he got a call from an acquaintance with an urgent, cryptic request to meet in Paris. A young man had gone missing in Syria. No government, embassy or intelligence agency would help. Could he? Would he? This begins the suspenseful, shocking, and at times brutal true-life story, Proof of Life: Twenty Days on the Hunt for a Missing Person in the Middle East (Publication Date: May 18, 2021; $26.95), that finds Levin, a lawyer turned armed-conflict negotiator, navigating the seedy and dangerous underbelly of the Middle East, where he encounters powerful sheiks, drug lords and sex traffickers in pursuit of the truth. For more information and the registration link, click here.
NEW! A Musical Celebration of Older Adults
Friday, August 20, 11:00 AM–12:15 PM
Prepare for National Senior Day on August 21 with popular instructor James Sokol's guided journey through a diverse array of songs—Broadway, pop, country and more—and interesting tidbits of music composed by, performed by and/or celebrating older adults. Come for the music; stay for the fun!
For more information and the registration link, 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.
NEW! Community Conversations Presents Research on Alzheimer's and Dementia and Advances in Treatments
Tuesday, August 24, 1:00–2:00 PM
Alzheimer's is a global health problem with more than 6 million people living with the disease in the United States alone. Tremendous gains have been made in the understanding of the science and basic biology underlying Alzheimer's and other dementias. These advances are leading to great strides in strategies for treatment, prevention, detection, diagnostics and therapeutic interventions. The Alzheimer's Association is a global leader in research, mobilizing the field to advance the vision of a world without Alzheimer's and all other dementia. For more information and the registration link, click here.
NEW! Book Fest In Your Living Room Presents Jake Cohen, Jew-ish: Reinvented Recipes from a Modern Mensch
Thursday, August 26, 5:00–6:00 PM
When you think of Jewish food, a few classics come to mind: chicken soup with matzo balls, challah maybe a babka if you're feeling adventurous. But as food writer and nice Jewish boy Jake Cohen demonstrates in this stunning debut cookbook, Jewish food can be so much more. A brilliantly modern take on Jewish culinary traditions for a new generation of readers, from a bright new star in the culinary world, join us as Jake demonstrates how to make his famous "Everything Bagel Galette"—just in time for the High Holidays! For more information and the registration link, click here.
NEW! The Great Romantics with Pianist Ian Scarfe
Wednesday, September 1,
Join pianist and historian Ian Scarfe for a live, classical piano concert in which he takes us on a tour of what makes the 19th century "The Romantic Era." After discussing and playing great works by Chopin, Liszt, Mendelssohn and more, join the artist for some live Q&A. For more information and the registration link, click here.
NEW! Exploring Broadway: Fabulous Fiddler
Thursday, September 9, 1:00–2:15 PM
Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock's beloved Fiddler on the Roof is widely considered the last of Broadway's "Golden Age" musicals. Before its premiere, some producers were concerned that it was "too Jewish" to attract mainstream audiences. However, the touching story and beautiful score proved to capture "the essential human longings for love, community, success, freedom and family." Join instructor James Sokol for a one-time exploration—filled with interesting facts, delightful tidbits and nostalgic video clips—of this perennial favorite! For more information and the registration link, click here.
San Francisco Symphony 2021–22 Season Subscription
Thursdays, October 28, 2021; January 13, March 10, April 7, May 5, June 2, 2022
11:30 AM–5:30 PM
Join the OFJCC San Francisco Symphony Subscription Group and enjoy six wonderful Thursday matinee concerts at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco. For more information and the registration link, click here.
Theater J's Israeli Theater Collection
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
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:
- "Chutzpah, Tzuris and Simcha: The Inside Story of Creating our Jewish Campus" with Shelley Hebert, former Executive Director for Development of the Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life (July 21, 2020)
- Clorofil Micro-Sanctuary Tour (October 20, 2020)
- Dr. Ron Rosenfeld's One-Act Play, So Help Me God (December 8, 2020)
- Birth of the Birth Control Pill with Dr. Martin Katz (December 22, 2020)
- Community Conversations Presents Journey Home for the Olomouc Torah (January 5, 2021)
- Tu B'Shvat in Israel: World Food Security, Tikkun Olam and Innovation with Oren Hefetz (January 19, 2021)
- World Water Crisis: How Israel Turned a Problem into a Success (March 2, 2021)
- Wine History in California with Dr Patrick Hunt (March 30, 2021)
- "Housework, Housewives and Advertising" with Diane Claerbout (March 23, 2021)
- Kurdistan Revisited with Margaret Kahn (April 20, 2021)