Author: Scott Murray


Gun Violence Prevention and Politics with Shannon Watts

The day after the Sandy Hook tragedy, mom-of-five Shannon Watts started a Facebook page which became Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a grassroots movement with a chapter in every state and more than three million supporters. Shannon sat down with moderator Sara Smirin, an early founding member of...


An Evening With Frank Bruni

New York Times columnist and best-selling author, Frank Bruni, discusses his life as a former food critic and addresses some topics from his recent book Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be on the college admissions mania. The conversation is moderated by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anne Kornblut, who currently serves...


Joyce Carol Oates – Genius of the Literary Life

Esteemed writer and novelist Joyce Carol Oates closed out Litquake Palo Alto in discussion with fellow author Keith Raffel. Among her many honors are the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction and the National Book Award. Oates is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University,...


A Special Place for Families

The OFJCC’s Leslie Family Preschool is a special place where children and families are nurtured and supported. Hear what our parents and staff have to say about the program in this new video: Visit our website for more information about the OFJCC and our amazing preschool.


Adventure Awaits: J-Camp 2016

Here we are just a week into 2016 and it’s already time to start planning for an exciting summer. Last year, the Oshman Family JCC welcomed a record number of campers to J-Camp to surf, swim, run, play, build, explore and learn. We went to theme parks, explored nature, performed on...


Playback: Chelsea Clinton and Sheryl Sandberg

On Monday October 5th,  Churchill Club and the Oshman Family JCC proudly welcomed author, activist and former first daughter Chelsea Clinton to our campus to discuss her book It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going! Joining Chelsea on stage was fellow author and activist Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer at Facebook....

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The Giving Garden: Teaching the Next Generation to Give Back

At the OFJCC Leslie Family Preschool, a unique program has emerged that lets students get their hands dirty while tackling lessons in charity and sustainability. Led by longtime staff member Debbie Togliatti, the Giving Garden allows  students to grow their own produce and donate their yield to those in need. During garden...


Push it! 31-Day Side Plank Challenge

This month, get ready to turn your workout on its side. For September, Specialized Trainer Bryan Osuna demonstrates three variants of one of his favorite exercises, the side plank. You’ll flex your abs while strengthening your back and shoulders with this simple balancing act. You can visit our website for a free workout...

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Playback: What’s the Deal with the Iran Deal?

On Tuesday, August 25th the Oshman Family JCC hosted a live panel discussion on the highly-debated Iran Nuclear Deal, featuring well-respected experts on both sides of the topic: Abbas Milani, the Hamid and Christina Moghadam Director of Iranian Studies at Stanford University and Professor (by courtesy) in the Division of Stanford Global...