Author: Andrea Longini

From L to R: Ayelet, Gvanim Alumni; Heidi, Runnymede teacher and Shuli of Beged Kefet 0

A Room of Supplies

Shuli Zilberfarb Sela is closing the door on a meeting room so full of school supplies, you can’t sit down. It all came out of the power of weaving an idea across multiple groups who were primed to help. Two weeks ago, in a Hebrew-speaking Facebook group where people can give...

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We ♥ Aunt Deb

If you’re picturing an absolutely irresistible, hilarious member of the community who you wish was your aunt, you’ve found her in Deb Kurland. A retired LCSW, Deb and her husband got involved in this JCC in 1984. “My kids went through preschool, summer camp and our daughter became a counselor...

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Our Campus Origin Story

For longer than the biblical Israelites wandered in the desert, the Jewish Community Center of Palo Alto wandered in search of a home. Although the Palo Alto JCC existed in some form since 1961, we didn’t have a permanent location until 2009. It was a miracle that the Taube Koret...

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...