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3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States

July 2018

Mourning the Loss, Healing the Broken

July 21, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States

A night of mourning and sharing stories in commemoration of Tisha B’Av. Free. tinyurl.com/mourning-loss

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January 2019

Sefaria lecture

January 13, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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Brett Lockspeiser, co-founder and chief technology engineer for expansive, free digital library of Jewish texts, discusses his work. $15-$18.

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Azi Schwartz

January 20, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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World-renowned cantorial soloist of New York’s Park Avenue Synagogue performs with pianist Colin Fowler. $40-$60.

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Shores of Light

January 29, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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2015 documentary about Jewish survivors en route to Israel landing in Southern Italy after WWII. In Hebrew, Italian with English subtitles. Part of International Holocaust Day event that also includes an exhibit honoring 30 diplomats who saved people from the Nazis. Free, RSVP required.

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February 2019

OFJCC annual benefit

February 9, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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Oshman Family JCC dinner includes circus performers and an “after-party” with Israeli singer-songwriter David Broza and Trio Havana. $360.

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March 2019

Marina Maximilian

March 19, 2019 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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Israeli jazz singer and pianist performs in English. $65-$75.

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August 2019

Joy Ladin

August 4, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$15 – $18

Yeshiva University professor and author gives a talk titled “What Being Jewish Taught Me About Being Transgender, and Vice Versa.” Also Aug. 5, she addresses “Gender Roles and Transformations in the Torah.”

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Ten-Year Festival

August 18, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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Free

Celebrate 10 years of Palo Alto Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life with family carnival games, a water play area for kids, art fair, food and more.

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“The Chinese and the Iron Road”

August 28, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$15 – $30

Gordon H. Chang and Shelley Fisher Fishkin discuss their new book, subtitled “Building the Intercontinental Railroad.”

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September 2019

Piano recital

September 8, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$55 – $250

As part of Jewish Luminaries Series, acclaimed Soviet-born Israeli American pianist Yefim Bronfman performs in celebration of Russian conductor Yuri Temirkanov’s 80th birthday.

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“Gonzo Judaism”

September 10, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$15 – $18

Rabbi Niles Goldstein of Beth Shalom in Napa, and founder of New Shul in New York city, discusses his book about combating out-of-touch Jewish institutions with bold, new visions for the future.

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Adeena Sussman

September 10, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$30

Author of upcoming “Sababa: Fresh, Sunny Flavors From My Israeli Kitchen” in conversation with J. contributing editor and food writer Alix Wall. Admission price includes book. Also at 12 p.m. Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. Free.

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“Persona Non Grata”

September 12, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$10 – $20

Drama-biopic about Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara, who saved thousands of Jews during the Holocaust. 139 minutes; in Japanese and English, with English subtitles. With director, plus ambassadors from Japan, Israel.

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“The Third Wave”

September 12, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$360 – $380

A 10-week course for teens 14 to 17 based on a social experiment in the 1960s that asked questions like: How could the Holocaust happen? How could a nation commit such heinous crimes? Culminates in a play and discussion.

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“Cirque Mei”

September 18, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$30 – $55

Chinese circus and acrobatic show with colorful costumes and music.

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“Shulem in Concert”

September 22, 2019 @ 5:30 pm
At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$20 – $25

Tenor from Brooklyn, reportedly the first Hasidic Jew signed to a major recording label, performs songs from his debut album, “The Perfect Dream.”

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“Here All Along”

September 23, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$32

Former Obama speechwriter Sarah Hurwitz discusses her new book about rediscovering her Jewish roots.

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“Jews in Irish Music”

September 24, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$10 – $15

Blogger Riggy Rackin leads a talk on high level of Jewish involvement in Irish music scene. Concert by Rackin, Marla Fibish and Lewis Santer.

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“Ill Winds”

September 24, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$18 – $25

Local author Larry Diamond talks about his new book on threats to American democracy.

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October 2019

“Bialik: The King of Jews”

October 1, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$20 – $22

Documentary for Hebrew speakers about the life and art of Hebrew poet pioneer Hayim Nahman Bialik (no English subtitles).

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“Return: A Yom Kippur Experience”

October 5, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$36

Breakout sessions offering opportunities to turn inward and toward one in another in spirit of High Holidays, plus communal meal.

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Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival

October 27, 2019 @ 6:30 pm
At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$45

Opening night gala. Includes 70-minute documentary “Picture of His Life,” reception and guests: famous wildlife photographer Amos Nachoum and Israeli director Israeli Dani Menkin. Partially in Hebrew with English subtitles. Festival runs through Nov. 14 at AMC Saratoga 14 in San Jose, OFJCC and CinéArts in Palo Alto.

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“Street Corner Cabaret”

October 29, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$25

Lunch and concert with vocalist Deborah Rosengaus, accordionist Ron Borelli and dancers. Music includes Broadway, folk and popular favorites.

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“Secrets of Sand Hill Road”

October 30, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$25 – $40

Scott Kupor, managing partner at Andreessen Horowitz, discusses Silicon Valley and his new book, subtitled “Venture Capital and How to Get It.” With KQED radio’s Michael Krasny.

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November 2019

“Pop-Up Shabbat: Ukrainian”

November 1, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$12 – $48

Chef Anna Voloshyna’s dinner will include hot veggie borscht, pampushki (garlic buns) and blinis filled with homemade cottage cheese and raisins. 2 and under free.

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“Border Wars: Inside Trump’s Assault on Immigration”

November 4, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$20 – $32

Authors Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Michael D. Shear of the New York Times discuss their new book on how Trump eroded the longstanding bipartisan consensus that immigration makes positive contributions to America. Book available for purchase.

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Keren Peles

November 5, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$78 – $84

Israeli singer-songwriter in concert, singing her all-time greatest hits and sharing the stories behind the songs. In Hebrew.

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“Re-Architecting Judaism”

November 9, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Palo Alto, CA United States
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$15 – $18

Former Knesset member Ruth Calderon discusses the future of Israel’s Jewish identity. Part of Architects of the Jewish Future Series.

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“Z3 Conference”

November 10, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$45 – $135

Fifth annual. The Z3 Project hosts speakers to discuss diaspora Jewish life and Israel.

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Polyphony concerts

November 18, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
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Palo Alto, CA United States
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$15 – $20

String quartet of graduates of an Israeli program that brings together Arabs and Jews. Followed by Q&A with leader, musicians. Also Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. for free at Congregation Kol Shofar, Tiburon.

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Hatikva 6

November 19, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$55 – $60

Popular hip-hop artists from Israel perform a concert. In Hebrew.

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“Born Under Fire”

November 26, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$15

Rina Z. Neiman discusses her debut novel, based on the story of her mother, a child prodigy pianist in 1940s pre-state Israel.

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December 2019

Jason Alexander

December 1, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$85 – $90

“Seinfeld” actor discusses stories of his life, career and social activism as part of the Jewish Luminaries Series.

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“Family Cooking: Donuts for Hanukkah”

December 8, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$35

Cooking class for young kids and parents led by Michelle Greenbaum. Make cinnamon-sugar donuts with raspberry dipping sauce.

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“Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Bedouin Women in Israel”

December 9, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$12 – $15

Discussion with Professor Rivka Carmi, the first and only female to serve as president of a public university in Israel, Ben Gurion University of the Negev. Facilitated by J.'s Sue Fishkoff.

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Mitch Albom

December 10, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$22 – $25

“Tuesdays with Morrie” author discusses his new nonfiction book “Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family," about a child in Haiti.

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Raphael Bob-Waksberg

December 15, 2019 @ 5:30 pm
At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$25

Bay Area creator of Netflix series “BoJack Horseman” discusses his new book of short stories, “Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory.” In conversation with the New Yorker’s Emily Nussbaum. City Arts & Lectures.   Also Dec. 16 at Sydney Goldstein Theater at 7:30 p.m. (tinyurl.com/waksberg-cityarts).  

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“A Yiddishe Khanike”

December 17, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$25

Trio including vocalist-accordionist Jeanette Lewicki performs Yiddish songs and klezmer music. With pre-concert hot buffet lunch.

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January 2020

“Mitzvah Day”

January 20, 2020 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$5

Oshman Family JCC seeks volunteers for more than 25 hands-on service projects addressing issues such as poverty, hunger, homelessness, aging, the environment and more. Kids and teens welcome. Part of MLK Day national day of service.

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“Life Will Smile”

January 27, 2020 @ 6:30 pm
At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$10

2017 documentary about an entire European Jewish community surviving the Holocaust, on the island of Zakynthos. In Greek with English subtitles.

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February 2020

“Mapping of the Mind”

February 3, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$25 – $30

L.A.-based Jewish Women’s Theatre performs stories of individuals “whose brains operate a bit differently.”

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“Four the Love of Cello”

February 11, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$25

Four acclaimed cellists perform the works of Bach, Vivaldi and David Popper. Includes hot buffet lunch.

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“Sammy Miller and the Congregation”

February 22, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$30 – $35

Seven-piece band gives an energetic theatrical jazz performance, including songs from debut album “Leaving Egypt.”

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“Ethics Seminar”

February 23, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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Free

Jewish Study Network hosts a four-hour workshop, with two morning sessions then a keynote speech, “Anti-Semitism: A Spiritual Response,” by a a rabbi after lunch.

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Veretski Pass

February 29, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$25 – $30

Klezmer band performs on instruments preserved and restored from the Holocaust as part of the “Violins of Hope” project.

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March 2020

Healthy tech use

March 15, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
Free

Meira Academy presents Eli Shapiro and Temima Feldman, creators of Digital Citizenship project, with a talk for parents and teens about controlling their digital worlds.

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April 2021

Oshman Family JCC car treasure hunt

April 25 @ 3:00 pm
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Palo Alto, CA United States
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Free

JCC’s Israeli Cultural Connection presents an in-person treasure hunt/escape room with bands Plaster Band and The Peatot, in honor of Israel’s 73rd birthday. Starts at JCC.

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July 2021

“Healing the Broken, Rebuilding Hope”

July 18 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Palo Alto, CA United States
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Free

In-person gathering on Tisha B'Av to mourn the destruction of the temples in Jerusalem and reflect on our world as the pandemic eases. Includes singing, chanting, guided meditation and poetry reading. Registration required. 

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“It’s Hot Jew Summer”

July 24 @ 9:00 pm - July 25 @ 2:00 am
At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$20 – $30

Tu B’Av party to celebrate the Jewish day of love, with music, munchies, games and open bar. Sponsored by ENGAJ, Moishe House Silicon Valley and Young Adults at Addison-Penzak JCC.

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“Summer on the Square: Tu B’Av”

July 25 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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Free

Vocalist Sigal Vardi leads a kid-friendly sing-along for Tu B’Av, the Jewish day of love, in OFJCC’s Jessica Lynn Saal Town Square. Songs about love and summer. Limited attendance. Registration is required.

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August 2021

“Havdalah Spectacular”

August 8 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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Free

Jewish Baby Network event with music, puppets, storytelling, Shabbat blessings and play time. Bring blanket and snacks. Co-sponsored by Beth Am, Kol Emeth, Beth Jacob and PJCC. At the Oasis outdoor play area. $10 suggested donation. 

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“Singing at the Square: The Female Version”

August 14 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$18

Noa LeBren and Yoss Reuven sing feminine interpretations of well-known Israeli songs typically sung by men. Outdoors at Jessica Lynn Saal Town Square. In Hebrew.

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“WalkWithFC”

August 29 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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Annual fundraiser for Chabad’s Bay Area Friendship Circle, which creates friendship and inclusion for young people with special needs. Dress as your favorite superhero. Goodie bags include swag, snacks and walk map. Staggered starting times for social distancing.

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“Making a Holiday at Home: Rosh Hashanah”

August 31 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$20 – $100

In Hebrew, primarily for Israelis living in the Bay Area. First in a six-part education series about Jewish holidays, how they’ve changed over the years and ideas for making them special in the U.S. $20 per session, $100 for series.

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September 2021

“Rosh Hashanah: The New Basics”

September 5 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$8

Gathering on a covered outdoor terrace to learn the origins of customs such as shofar blowing, apples and honey and tashlich, and why there are so many Jewish holidays all in one month. Presented by OFJCC and BINA: The Jewish Movement for Social Change.

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“Birth Stories in Hebrew”

September 8 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Palo Alto, CA United States
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Panel of three women who recently gave birth at different hospitals in Silicon Valley share their insights and experiences. For Hebrew-speaking expectant moms with/without their partners. Registration required. 

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“Musical Celebration”

September 11 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Palo Alto, CA United States
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$25

Event in Hebrew for families with kids 6 and under featuring singing, movement and props, led by concert pianist Efrat Levy. Song lineup includes classics such as “Do-Re-Me” from “The Sound of Music.” $25 per parent and child, $5 each additional child. 

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“Return: Can Yom Kippur be God-Optional?”

September 12 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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Palo Alto, CA United States
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$8

Song circle and conversation with Rabbi Dan Ain of Congregation Beth Sholom and OFJCC Jewish content director Tova Birnbaum. Co-presented by Bina: the Jewish Movement for Social Change.

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“Yossi Zabari on Stage”

September 12 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$35

Spoken-word performance in Hebrew by the Jewish Yeminite Israeli actor, director, comedian and poet.

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“Israeli Yom Kippur”

September 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Palo Alto, CA United States
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$5 – $18

Outdoor Kol Nidre service for fluent Hebrew speakers includes traditional prayers with modern Israeli music and poetry. Activities for kids, adult Torah study. Ne'ilah service 6:30-7:45 p.m. Sept. 16. Under-2 free. 

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“ENGAJ Break-fast”

September 16 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Palo Alto, CA United States
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$10

Outdoor festive meal to break the Yom Kippur fast. Hosted by ENGAJ, a group for young Jewish professionals and grad students in the South Peninsula area.

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October 2021

“Parent and Me Yoga”

October 11 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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Free

Class includes breathing exercises, easy yoga poses and soothing melodies for babies 6 weeks to pre-walkers. Bring mat and blanket. Sponsored by Jewish Baby Network and other Jewish organizations. Free, registration required.

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“Why Do Jewish?”

October 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$15

Oshman Family JCC President and CEO Zack Bodner leads a launch event for his new book, subtitled “A Manifesto for 21st Century Jewish Peoplehood,” on making Jewish identity a meaningful and relevant part of everyday life. Drinks, snacks provided. Ticket includes book. 

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“The Stories Behind The Songs”

October 17 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$40

Lecture in Hebrew by Israeli songwriter Noam Horev, author of “A Draft of Happiness,” about his process and inspirations. Includes video and audio. Masks and proof of vaccination or recent negative test required.

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“Rise Up, Again! The Great Big Challah Bake”

October 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$15 – $45

An outdoor event for women and teens 12 and older to make challah, reconnect and recharge, and put together Shabbat packs for seniors. All ingredients and materials provided. Discounts before Oct. 10. 

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