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An Approach to Learning that Puts Kids at the Center

“Each child is unique and the protagonist of his or her own growth.” –Loris Malaguzzi, developer of the Reggio Emilia approach In the world of early childhood education, there are many different philosophies, teaching strategies and beliefs regarding how children learn best. For those of us at the OFJCC Leslie...

The Peninsula-Palo Alto Maccabi Games 2016 Delegation

Jewish Teens Get a Taste of the Olympic Spirit

Thank you for making my first Maccabi Games such a blast! It was the most fun I’d had in a while… I really appreciate all the work you guys put into making the games function as well as they did. I’ll be back next year to help our team take...

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Oasis Play Space: Everything But the Camel

On Sunday, July 17, we opened the floodgates to our new Oasis Play Space on the Jessica Lynn Saal Town Square. After months of planning and construction (and curiosity), our unique and amazing Oasis was opened to the community. The Play Space, which has been featured in J. The Jewish News Weekly...

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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...

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My Passover Memories

What was your favorite childhood Jewish experience? For me, it was our family Passover Seders. Every year, my family would schlep across the country to Maryland or New Jersey or Florida—depending on whose turn it was to host—to join my aunts and uncles, cousins and grandparents, so we could retell...

Why We’re Taking Our Family to Israel This Summer

Mah Nishtana HaVacation HaZeh? What makes the JCC-led Community Israel Trip different from all other tours? For us, figuring out the answer to that question was the key to unlocking our decision to not only join the trip, but to chair it as well.     We’ve been to Israel...

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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.

Our Oasis Playground: The Tinker’s Workshop

What could be better than exploring Charlie’s chocolate factory or visiting Gepetto’s workshop? We think it was our trip to Scientific Art Studios (SAS) where the OFJCC’s Oasis Playground is being fabricated. In January, the OFJCC senior management team visited SAS at their Richmond workshop to see the progress on our Oasis and...