Arts and Culture

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Life is Like Cave Diving

Marla Goodman takes a deep dive beneath surface. Becoming a proficient SCUBA diver is an iterative process. Once you learn the foundational rules of diving, you can then begin learning new skills like proper buoyancy, air control and gaining a general awareness of your surroundings. Diving evolves from being frantic to meditative—you learn...

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Stand Out in a Crowd

OFJCC Personal Trainer Lyndsey Jones shares profound insight from her trip to Japan. The last time I wrote I had just gotten back from my first solo trip to Peru, exhilarated by the perspective I gained. Even so, I couldn’t wait to embark on another journey. My goal in traveling is to experience other...

A flashback to celebrating my son's bar mitzvah at the OFJCC.

Why I’m Giving on #GivingTuesday

My favorite activities at the Oshman Family JCC are the lectures, talks and seminars. Mental exercise! I have always loved learning. My first job out of college was at the Brookings Institution, where going to hear dignitaries, academics and researchers was “part of the job.” Like most of us, my...

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Giving Voice to the Female Role

Opera is not kind to its female characters. Most of them suffer until the bitter end. In their suffering, many female roles are decidedly vocal. In Jewish mythology, a dybbuk is a malicious spirit that possesses the body of a living person until it has accomplished its task. Until recently, S. Ansky’s...

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How Art Changes Your Brain (and Your Heart)

As a child, I distinctly remember the gestalt of singing in a choir, being on stage with my friends and making new friends who share, experience, and exchange ideas, energy and the love of Jewish texts and music. I’m so proud to know that I come from people who have...

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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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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...

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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,...

What Are You Listening To?

It seems everyone has earbuds on around the OFJCC, tuning in to their private audio track—especially in the Fitness Center. So we asked a few members what they are currently listening to: “The Cure is coming to Shoreline Amphitheatre in May and it’s gotten me back into them again.”   —Jill “I’m listening...