Author: Andrea Longini

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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...

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Lettuce Break Bread Together

A great man once said, “Too many cooks spoil the broth.” That man was never part of the Salad Club. Because apparently four chefs working together can make a great salad. Vera, Mila, Raj and Elena prove that together, people can solve the conundrum about what to have for lunch every...

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Volunteer Spotlight: The Chocolate Lady

What makes you happy? For Jo Kadis, it’s bringing joy to others with food. “I never wanted to retire from catering,” says Jo, a vibrant 82. She found her post-career calling by serving food at the popular Community Tuesdays lunch and concert series and being an escort for day trips. Jo...

Gunn High School students Keshav Nand and Jerry Liu in front of their Idea Challenge creation.

One Man’s Trash…

For the past two weeks, an unusual sculpture has graced the lobby of the Goldman Sports & Wellness Complex at the Oshman Family JCC. It is bright blue and green and is made of…what is that? Kat Korhonen, OFJCC Customer Service Desk Representative says, “People are asking what the sculpture is in...

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Welcome to The Breakfast Club

No matter how you look at it, The Breakfast Club defined a generation. When hearing this phrase, many people think of the classic 1985 John Hughes film about teenagers in high school. They each come from different cliques, standing in for different stereotypes, and must serve a day’s worth of...

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What kind of driver are you?/!

Have you ever been guilty of committing a California rolling stop, also known as a “California roll”? Some driving maneuvers may be very common but are unsafe or even against the law. However, for better or worse, we’re easily influenced by those around us. An article from the academic journal Accident Analysis...

OFJCC Board Member Hilary Weisfeld and her family enjoying the outdoors.

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...