Discover campus treasures on Oct. 18 and other highlights of the OFJCCgrand opening

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The Oshman Family Jewish Community Center will celebrate its grand opening by offering an array of activities for all ages from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 18.

“Treasures of the Oshman Family JCC” will showcase the JCC’s programs and facilities at its new home on the Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life at 3921 Fabian Way in Palo Alto. All entertainment and activities are free.

“We’ll have something for everyone, from teens to seniors to families with young children,” said Amy Grossmann, community events director of the OFJCC. “Our grand opening is a chance to sample everything we have to offer and to experience firsthand what a special place this is.”

The day’s activities are designed to entice people to wander the 8.5-acre campus and discover its “treasures,” including yoga classes, Israeli folk music, lectures and hands-on art projects.

Children and adults can complete a treasure map and enter to win prizes along the way. A full day of musical performances will take place in the Albert and Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, and tours of the campus highlighting its secrets and stories will be given in English, Russian and Hebrew. 

An outdoor concert by Israel’s Moran Choir will close out the day.

Located in south Palo Alto, the OFJCC has significantly improved its educational, cultural and recreational programming and now offers everything from adult-ed classes to Hebrew storytelling to cardio kickboxing.

“We’re excited to share our new home with the entire South Peninsula community,” said Alan Sataloff, CEO of the OFJCC.  “It’s been a long time in coming, and now it’s time to celebrate.”

For details on opening day events, visit www.paloaltojcc.org.


Grand opening highlights


10 a.m. to 11 a.m. — Fantasy Dance Group

11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. — Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival coming attractions

11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. — Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra Quartet

11:15 a.m. to 12 p.m. — Jeff Sanford’s Big Band Jazz

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Vocolot

11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. — Tel Aviv @ 100: From Sand to Rock

12:45 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. — Exclusive performance by San Francisco Opera’s Adler Fellows (meet the stars of tomorrow)

1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. — Elana Jagoda

1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. — Mira Leytes

2:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. —MusiCa Israeli Band

2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. — The Klezmakers, with Yiddish dancing presented by KlezCalifornia and led by Bruce Bierman

3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. — Wade Peterson Ensemble

4 p.m. to 5 p.m. — Moran Choir, from Israel


12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. — Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness in Jewish Law, lecture by professor Nitzhia Shaked

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. — A Taste of Melton

1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. — JCC Volunteer Corps: Get the Whole Scoop!

1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. — Building a Community, led by Susan Stone Belton, part of the Early Childhood Parent Speaker Series

3 p.m. to 4 p.m. — A Taste of Jewish Women’s Spirituality


10 a.m. to 12 p.m. — Games, prizes & playground exploration at T’enna Preschool (for families)

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Mitzvah Project: no-sew blankets for Project Linus

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Tzedakah Project: Coats and Jackets Drive for JFCS (drop-off locations throughout campus)

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Honoring the Earth: Through Tikkun Olam and Going “Green” Projects (for families)

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — A Taste of Challah: Making, Baking and Tasting Our T’enna Challah (for families)

10 a.m. to 11 a.m. — Best of Bodypump in the Fitness Center (for adults)

10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. — Israeli Folk Dancing with Karina

10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. — Hebrew Creative Movement with Hadara, in Hebrew

11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. — J-Camp’s Favorite Game: Ga Ga!

11 a.m. to 12 p.m. — A Yoga Experience (for adults)

11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. — Music and Movement for Kids (3 to 6 months), in Russian

11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. — Magic Show with Michael the Magic Guy (5- to 12-year-olds)

12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Learn Magic with Michael the Magic Guy (5- to 12-year-olds)

12:10 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. — The Art of Jewish Paper Cutting (for adults)

12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. — HangTime! In the Teen Center

1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. — Wii Tournament