Welcome to the JCC: Designers have created an urban village for Jews of all ages

Welcome to the new Oshman Family JCC on the Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life. While it has taken nearly 50 years to find and build a permanent home for the JCC in the South Peninsula, the wait has been worth it!

At our Grand Opening Celebration, we are excited to showcase all of the incredible facilities and programs on the campus. We are not only a Jewish Community Center — we are part of a unique multigenerational campus where people of all ages and interests are welcome to learn, play, connect and even reside.  We have created an “urban village” in collaboration with our partner, Moldaw Family Residences, whose progressive senior living community includes beautiful, terraced apartments throughout the Taube Koret Campus.

A great deal of thought went into designing the Oshman Family JCC. Our goal was to create a space that promoted interaction and engagement in both formal and informal ways. Throughout the campus, there are multitudes of meeting spots for people to socialize — under trees, in welcoming indoor lounges and outdoor seating. With the JCC’s expanded facilities, we will offer programs that appeal to all ages, with everything from fitness and aquatics to performing arts to our Israeli Cultural Connection, Russian programs, senior trips, youth camps and classes, adult social events and our award-winning T’enna Preschool.

Alan Sataloff and Paul Resnick photo/courtesy ofjcc

As the new nexus of the South Peninsula Jewish community, the campus is also home to regional offices of other Jewish organizations. These include the Jewish Community Federation, the Bureau of Jewish Education, Jewish National Fund, Jewish Coalition for Literacy, Anti-Defamation League and the Jewish Community Relations Council, creating a vibrant gathering point for joint programming and community engagement.

The Taube Koret Campus was designed by Steinberg Architects, with a deep sensitivity to Jewish symbolism and to our historical roots. But they also created a place that is grounded in the Jewish value of tikkun olam — repair of the earth — as our facilities include many innovative and eco-conscious features that make us a candidate for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.

We could go on about the Oshman Family JCC, our state-of-the-art Richard and Rhoda Goldman Sports and Wellness Complex, the Jessica Lynn Saal Town Square, the Leslie Family Early Childhood Education Center and the Albert and Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall. But words alone will not do this new JCC justice because we have always believed that the essence of a JCC is not the buildings it comprises, but the people who fill its spaces with life, community and learning.

We invite you to see for yourself this wonderful new Jewish destination in Palo Alto. Join us at the Grand Opening Celebration on Oct. 18 — or come visit any day.

And, finally, to all of the donors and leaders who helped build and support the creation of our permanent home, thank you from all of us at the Oshman Family JCC.

See you at the JCC,


Paul Resnick, Chairman, OFJCC Board of Directors

Alan Sataloff, Chief Executive Officer, OFJCC