Oshman Family JCC Blog

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...

JCC leadership planning the new campus (with dreidels on the table) circa 2007. 0

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...

Judith S. (right) and Chef Roberto at Nourish Cafe 0

When Things Fall Into Place

Judith Stubbs is a retired educational therapist who is active in the arts and in giving back to the community. A Palo Alto native, her life journey took her near and far in the  world until fate brought her back home to Palo Alto,  and “things began falling into place.”...

The extended clan gathered in Spain for a family journey.

Shabbat out of the Shadows

For our family vacation this summer, we chose to go back to discover our roots. We started in Poland, where the Ashkenazi side of the family could learn more about our past, and ended in Spain to explore our Sephardic heritage. In each country, we captured images of castles and...

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Women, Social Justice and Jewish Peoplehood

“Women see texts differently than men do, ask different questions and bring different answers.” This is a quote that has inspired the Kol Isha learning cohort throughout their study, community-building and social justice work. This week, OFJCC Director of Jewish Content Tova Birnbaum and I along with 13 participants from Palo...

Yana (second from left) en route to the great outdoors with camping buddies.

Yana Z. Goes Camping and We Are Here for It

OFJCC Social Media Specialist Yana Z. does not do things halfway. When she went on a camping trip earlier this summer, she and her friends enjoyed a top-notch outdoorsy experience. Here, she shares with us five unexpected tips to win at camping all summer long. I am what you’d call a...

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...

Glenn enjoying the scenery above Chamonix, France, one of the typical starting points for the TMB hike.

Conquering the Mont Blanc Trail

Sure, Glenn Martinson picks up the phone when people have questions about their membership at the OFJCC. But did you know he is also a dedicated hiking enthusiast? Despite an appreciation for the sport, he had never hiked a long trail before. That all changed last year when Glenn and...

Talia and Zack Bodner at AIPAC

I Brought My 14-Year-Old to AIPAC. Here’s What Happened.

What are you teaching your children?  I mean – what are you really teaching your kids? As I focus on teaching Jewish values to my own kids, it is vital that Israel be one of them. I want my children to know Israel, support Israel, wrestle with Israel and love...