October 2015

Young, Jewish, and “ENGAJed”

How do you get busy young adults to embrace an active role in the Jewish community? The answer to the question here in Silicon Valley is a new type of young adult outreach program called ENGAJ. A collaboration between the Oshman Family JCC and Hillel at Stanford, ENGAJ sparks Jewish young professionals...

What’s Your Secret Tip for Saving Water?

We asked members of the OFJCC community to share their favorite water-saving tips: “Instead of using the towels at the JCC after my water exercise class, I bring one from home, then hang it up to dry. I can use the same towel for several classes in a row, cutting...

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When Is a Birdhouse More Than Just a Birdhouse?

When is a birdhouse more than just a birdhouse? When it’s a hands-on lesson in carpentry and a chance to do a mitzvah, a good deed! Watch as the Club J kids learn about the satisfaction of building a birdhouse with their own hands:   Carpentry is just one of many rewarding...

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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....

Bay Area Fall Festivals

Top Ten Bay Area Fall Festivals

Temperatures may be falling and weather worsening elsewhere, but here in the Bay Area, autumn is characterized by clear days, mild temperatures, and some of the best weather of the year. That makes it the perfect time for outdoor festivals, and there are no shortage of them from which to choose....

How Do You Do Jewish?

We are about to celebrate Simchat Torah, the Jewish holiday when we complete the annual cycle of reading the Torah and start all over again. “In the beginning God created…” Famously, the first chapter of the Torah says that God created the human being “in His own image.” That means we...

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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...