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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...

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That Moment When Nature Takes Your Breath Away

Some of my most treasured childhood memories are visiting Rancho San Antonio Nature preserve with my parents and sister. Hearing the rushing sound of the stream, smelling the pungent scent of bay leaves, coming upon a barn owl, seeing a bobcat in the distance, visiting animals at Deer Hollow Farm—all...

Gunn High School students Keshav Nand and Jerry Liu in front of their Idea Challenge creation.

One Man’s Trash…

For the past two weeks, an unusual sculpture has graced the lobby of the Goldman Sports & Wellness Complex at the Oshman Family JCC. It is bright blue and green and is made of…what is that? Kat Korhonen, OFJCC Customer Service Desk Representative says, “People are asking what the sculpture is in...

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What Kids Are Thankful for

This month, kids on campus—whether in Club J, the OFJCC Leslie Family Preschool, or Meira Academy—are getting ready for Thanksgiving. We asked them what they were thankful for this year and they treated us to these gems: “I am thankful for shelter.” -Adi S., 7 “My brother.” Naama M., 9 “I...

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What kind of driver are you?/!

Have you ever been guilty of committing a California rolling stop, also known as a “California roll”? Some driving maneuvers may be very common but are unsafe or even against the law. However, for better or worse, we’re easily influenced by those around us. An article from the academic journal Accident Analysis...

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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...