Oshman Family JCC Blog

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Five Steps You Can Take for a Healthier Environment

With reports of this past month being the hottest August since recordings began, it’s important to take a moment to think of how we are treating the environment and the world around us. There is a story that comes from the Mishnah, part of the Hebrew oral Torah. There is a...

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Honoring 9/11 through the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam

Pirkei Avot, the traditional compilation of Hebrew ethical teachings, contains a well-known line attributed to Rabbi Tarfon about accomplishment: “You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to desist from it (2:21).” The meaning of this line is that while it may not be possible...

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Why Was Campus Closed for A Day? And Other Questions

You may have noticed that the Oshman Family JCC was closed on Friday, August 26. If you were wondering why, the answer is simple: preparedness.  Many people are vaguely aware that an emergency disaster situation is possible but few of us have taken concrete steps to prepare for it. Friday, August 26 at...

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How to Beat the Post-Grad Blues at Back-to-School Time

For the past eighteen years, school was all I knew. I realized that being a student had become my identity after someone asked me what I liked to do for fun, and I just stood there trying to come up with an answer. During my time at San Jose State, I pulled all-nighters to cram...

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Interns Reflect: The Top Five Things We Learned This Summer

Many professionals have had the experience of interning during their college years. Completing an internship can have a formative effect on students and their soft skills. This summer, four college students had the opportunity to intern in a variety of departments at the Oshman Family JCC including Member Services, Camps,...

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Jewish Teens Get a Taste of the Olympic Spirit

Thank you for making my first Maccabi Games such a blast! It was the most fun I’d had in a while… I really appreciate all the work you guys put into making the games function as well as they did. I’ll be back next year to help our team take...

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The Secret to Energizing Your Zumba Workout

Teaching over 200 Zumba® participants per week, I have had every type of student: the professional dancer, the front row diva, the can’t-remember-the-moves-but-giving-it-my-all student, the high-impact guru, the leisurely dancer and more. But I’ve noticed there is one type of Zumba®  participant who gets the most out of every workout. No matter...

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12 Inspired Hummus Recipes to Knock Your Socks Off

Hummus – what’s not to like? At the OFJCC, we’re big fans of the chickpea-and-tahini spread which originated in the Middle East and has become a staple of our diet. Hummus is an excellent dish because of its versatility and health benefits. It contains no dairy, nuts or gluten and helps...

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Oasis Play Space: Everything But the Camel

On Sunday, July 17, we opened the floodgates to our new Oasis Play Space on the Jessica Lynn Saal Town Square. After months of planning and construction (and curiosity), our unique and amazing Oasis was opened to the community. The Play Space, which has been featured in J. The Jewish News Weekly...

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How Art Changes Your Brain (and Your Heart)

As a child, I distinctly remember the gestalt of singing in a choir, being on stage with my friends and making new friends who share, experience, and exchange ideas, energy and the love of Jewish texts and music. I’m so proud to know that I come from people who have...