Author: Andrea Longini

Krakow JCC Teachers Marika and Magda enjoy the OFJCC Leslie Family Preschool garden.

From Poland to Palo Alto

This week, two preschool teachers from the Krakow JCC are spending a week of intensive learning at the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto, California. The visit is focused on incorporating Jewish values into their teaching practice and also learning more about the constructivist educational philosophy followed by the Oshman...

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Zhibo Z.: My OFJCC Fitness Journey

What’s your background? My name is Zhibo and I’m an engineer at Google. My hobbies include traveling to Europe, mathematics and weight loss. I joined OFJCC in January 2018 and I’ve been coming to the gym six times a week. Why did you decide to change your lifestyle? My original weight was...

Andrea (second from right) with her niece Teja, sister Kate, niece Hannah and mother Margie in December 2017

Behind Every Great Parent is a Supportive Community

In January of this year, my husband and I welcomed our first child, Noah, to the world. Our joy was unimaginable. Could it be? Our wish for a child had come true? He was more precious to us than diamonds. We wrapped him in a silky blanket and called him our “Torah scroll.”...

Red White and Blue Brownie Pizza from Jo Cooks, jocooks.com

Recipes for Your Fourth

Happy Fourth of July! This national holiday means different things to different people. One of my favorite July 4th memories is watching my then two-year-old niece see fireworks for the first time. The look of wonder on her face was unforgettable. If you are gearing up for a BBQ or picnic,...

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101 Ways to Make Your Kids Smarter [Infographic]

If you love books, the hard thing about parenting is that there’s no definitive instruction manual. While a single source text may not exist, there is lots of research. Why hasn’t someone put all of it together for easy reference? The good news is that the Best for the Kids...

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Doctor’s Warning: These Bikes May be Habit-Forming

In honor of National Bike Month, Antoinette Rose, MD, internal medicine physician and the volunteer captain of the Oshman Family JCC Expresso Bike Team, takes a moment to explain the program’s appeal and why her team is in the lead of the JCC Expresso Bike Challenge. OFJCC: What are Expresso bikes? Dr....

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My First Bike to Work Day

OFJCC Staffer Andrea Longini opens up about overcoming her fear of biking in time for Bike to Work Day. As part of National Bike Month, tomorrow, May 11, is Bay Area Bike to Work Day. Local bicycle advocacy groups are asking folks to dust off their old iron steed and take...

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OFJCC to Pilot Afterschool Program to Space

The OFJCC introduces an innovative program to send kids to space. April 1, 2017—Palo Alto—In partnership with their neighbors at Loral, Lockheed and NASA, the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto will pilot an afterschool initiative to explore the outer reaches of the galaxy. “As the incubator for new expressions...

Preschoolers watch a Purim spiel at the OFJCC.

Fabulous Purim Costumes You Can Whip Up in No Time [DIY]

Make the most out of the festive holiday with fun and creative costume ideas. Purim is a time of hidden miracles. For this reason, is it customary to disguise ourselves with masks and creative costumes on the holiday. Purim tells the story of a kingdom in ancient Persia where the newly-appointed queen...

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Don’t Kids Say the Funniest Things?

Every now and then, children are known to dispense real nuggets of wisdom – and sometimes hilarity. So OFJCC’s own Edgar Ochoa took some time to speak to J-Camp kids to find out the tunes that brighten their day and their favorite fauna, learning something about the flying speed of a falcon along the...