Family Life

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Nature Gifts? Here’s How

Sometimes, nature needs a helping hand. Though you often hear to leave nature alone, there is no denying that we are tied to the natural world around us. Walking around the backyard of my parents’ house (and my childhood home) just a few days ago, I came across an American...

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Board Games in a Time of Social Distancing

Greetings from my fancy new office—“Shelter in Place.”  It is quite lovely here and I am adjusting well to my new working conditions and office mates.  My current priority is remembering that my daily Zoom calls focused on helping the OFJCC navigate this unprecedented health and economic crisis warrant at...

Yuval (sixth from left, in burgundy hat) was the youngest cast member in the OFJCC production of Disney's Aladdin JR.

Yuval’s Six Tips for Your Own Neighborhood Musical Production

Introducing our youngest blogger! With the support and encouragement of his parents, Yuval was able to pursue his musical theatre passion and shine in the OFJCC School for the Arts production of Aladdin as the youngest performer in the troupe.  Since then, the eight-year-old has co-produced, co-directed and acted in his...

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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...

Ed (center, in green) and the JCC cohort at Ein Gedi

My Trip To Israel: Where Do You Call Home?

Home is where is the heart is. My wife and I have invested a lot of time and effort in making our home a place that we want to spend as much time as possible. Because I have the opportunity to work at the JCC, I already have a home...

An adult hipster son and his happy senior father in town, hugging.

What Our Inner Lives Say About Our Relationships

Dr. Nathan Szajnberg, Former Sigmund Freud Professor of Psychoanalysis at Hebrew University, recounts how parents today can build towards the future in his latest book, Jacob and Joseph, Judaism’s Architects and the Birth of the Ego Ideal. Catch Dr. Szajnberg at the OFJCC on Thursday, March 7! Jacob and Joseph, Judaism’s Architects...

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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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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...