Readers’ Choice 2021: JCC

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JCC of San Francisco

(415) 292-1200 •

The pool is open! Such a happily received statement, as one JCCSF member said. Covid took its toll on every fitness center, and the JCCSF was no exception.  Now that they are able to move back to traditional in- person classes, some have remained online in addition to in person. Lectures and events are happening, too. JCCSF has been on the J. Readers’ Choice list for about as long as it’s been going. Founded in 1877, the JCC has served 75,000 people annually.



CCJCC/Under One Tent

(925) 322-0958 •

Even during this challenging time of Covid “pulling in,” Under one Tent began Young Families’ Programming, which features a select number of in-person, family-focused, mostly outdoor events. The CCJCC sees themselves themselves as the one stop for Jewish culture in Contra Costa and the Tri-Valley, and Under One Tent is the community-wide programming arm of the Contra Costa Jewish Community Center. Another new series, We Are the Jews, celebrates the vibrancy and wonderful diversity of the global Jewish community through the lens of music, food, history, ritual, society and film.

JCC East Bay

(510) 848-0237  BERKELEY
(510) 595-9222  OAKLAND

The JCC East Bay always strives for excellence with affordability. Since becoming the recipient of a large grant a few years ago, the JCC East Bay has been expanding key programs and reaching new audiences. They recently offered a wonderful four-part virtual speaker series, Choosing Justice: Bringing Tikkun Olam Home to our Communities with Rabbi Tirzah Firestone in conversation with 4 different changemakers in the social justice arena. Another recent program, LABA East Bay, bills itself as a laboratory for Jewish culture.  They recently held their first COVID-safe LABAlive! Featured offerings included art, teachings and live music inspired by ancient Jewish texts throughout the JCC site. These programs, along with others and their usual fare of Yiddish conversation, fitness and cultural offerings make the JCC a continuing Readers’ Choice recipient.



Oshman Family JCC

(650) 223-8700  •

Virtual OFJCC continues to offer talks and adult programs, fitness programs, children events, all manner of entertainment available online. In-person events require vaccination proof or negative testing, and include fun future offerings of Music in the Afternoon, community gathering for Hanukkah and other holidays. The OFJCC continues to focus on activities for youth, seniors and the large Israeli- and Russian-speaking communities. Fitness and swimming, recognized in Palo Alto Weekly and Best of Mountain View for 2021 as well as here in J. are some of the outstanding offerings.



Osher Marin JCC

(415) 444-8000  •

Osher Marin JCC in San Rafael offers a full range of activities and events, focusing on fitness with a swimming and fitness complex. Activities and events for seniors, all adults, all ages of children and teens. Current and upcoming programs run the gamut and include in-person tastings with local family-owned businesses, extensive online musical offerings, virtual “traveling,” mindfulness meditation, and Jewish programming.

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