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Oshman Family JCC

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3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States

December 2018

Puppet show in Hebrew

December 8, 2018 @ 11:00 am
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States

“The Hanukkah Miracle” tells the story of the Maccabees, et al. $15-$17.

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Metropolitan Klezmer

December 8, 2018 @ 5:30 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States

Eclectic, multi-lingual New York klezmer band performs a family Hanukkah concert. $18-$40.

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Metropolitan Klezmer

December 8, 2018 @ 5:30 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States

Eclectic, 24-year-old band from New York plays a Hanukkah concert. $18-$40.

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Zionism 3.0

December 9, 2018 @ 9:00 am
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States

Speakers, panels and breakout sessions related to topics such as the future of Israel and the “divided” Jewish people. With more than 50 speakers, including many big names. $30-$120.

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Kitka

December 9, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States

Vocal group performs Eastern European folk music, including traditional Hanukkah songs. $10-$35.

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Shalom Ireland

December 11, 2018 @ 1:00 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States

Valerie Lapin Ganley screens her 2003 documentary about Ireland’s little-known Jewish community. $15.

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Kabbalat Shabbat workshop

December 14, 2018 @ 6:30 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States

In Hebrew, with Tova Birnbaum. tips for inaugurating Shabbat. Part II from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16.

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January 2019

Tu B’Shevat at the Park

January 13, 2019 @ 11:00 am
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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For families. Includes flower-planting, arts and crafts, field games, dried fruits and storytelling for kids 2-5. In Hebrew. Free.

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Cantor Azi Schwartz

January 20, 2019 @ 5:30 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States

World-renowned cantorial soloist of New York’s Park Avenue Synagogue performs with pianist Colin Fowler. $40-$60.

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Shiri Maimon

January 25, 2019 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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Israeli pop star, judge on Israeli “X Factor” and new Broadway performer (“Chicago”) performs in Hebrew. $65-$75.

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Shanghai lecture

January 28, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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TV documentarian and Shanghai Jewish tour leader Dvir Bar-Gal discusses the city’s history as a home for Holocaust refugees. $15-$18.

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February 2019

Family Secrets

February 4, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States

L.A.-based New Jewish Women’s Theatre production explores stories of youthful indiscretions and naughty activities. $25-$30.

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Making Sense of Israeli Politics

February 6, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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Jerusalem-based professor and political analyst Reuven Hazan speaks in English about the 2019 elections in Israel in two sessions. $15-$18.

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A Painful Hope

February 10, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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An Israeli settler who is an Orthodox rabbi in conversation with a Palestinian youth organizer about building relationships between Israelis and Palestinians. $15-$18.

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What Will Jewish Peoplehood Look Like Next?

February 12, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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Shalom Hartman Institute fellow Mijal Bitton discusses new paradigms of Jewish identity and connections between diaspora Jews and Israel. $15-$18.

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Reception for Edo Rosenberg exhibit

February 16, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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Bay Area Jewish sculptor whose works are on display. Free.

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Hanoch Levin

February 20, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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Actor Roy Horovitz performs and sings selected works by the late Israeli playwright. In Hebrew. $27-$30.

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My Hero Brother

February 21, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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For Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month, a 2016 Israeli documentary about a group of people with Down syndrome on a trek through Himalayas. In Hebrew with English subtitles. $5.

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March 2019

Capriccio Trio

March 5, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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Violinist, cellist and pianist play music and talk about the links between Russian Jews and Argentine tangos. $15.

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Airbnb and BDS

March 6, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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NGO Monitor president Gerald Steinberg looks at Airbnb’s venture in BDS campaign in talk “The Dangers of Mixing Politics and Hi Tech.” $15-$20.

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Nathan Szajnberg

March 7, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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Author presents “Jacob and Joseph, Judaism’s Architects and the Birth of the Ego Ideal,” about the healthiest father-son relationship in the Bible. $5-$18; $42 includes book.

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Israeli-American Idol

March 9, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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Seven local middle-school and high school students compete in singing contest. 8-$10.

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Meet Golda Meir

March 12, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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Historical impressionist Peter M. Small portrays the former Israeli prime minister. $15.

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Hanna and the Moonlit Dress

March 15, 2019 @ 3:00 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States

Interactive family theater based on the beloved Israeli kids’ book “Hanna’s Sabbath Dress.” Two shows (3 and 5 p.m.). $28-$35.

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The Other Story

March 17, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival showcase of Jewish and Israeli cinema kicks off with film about two rebellious Israeli women, one looking to escape her religious background and one eager to embrace her faith. $11-$16.

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Purim festive lunch

March 19, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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Hot buffet lunch on a Community Tuesday, featuring music, belly dancing and storytelling. $20.

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It’s A Life

March 25, 2019 @ 12:00 am
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States

L.A.-based New Jewish Women’s Theatre presents a sad but mostly upbeat performance about ironic, mystifying and sometimes unbelievable events surrounding death. $25-$30.

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What are the Elections in Israel Really About?

March 25, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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Israeli political theorist Micah Goodman discusses the larger philosophical issues at play in the April 9 elections. $15-$20.

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Mediterranean Sea lecture

March 27, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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Israeli researchers Dan Tchernov and Amir Faintuch discuss the sea and its untapped potential in research. In English. $15-$18.

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April 2019

Mayumana

April 9, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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Tel Aviv performing arts group presents “Currents,” a complex video, musical and multimedia performance based on the historic Edison-Tesla electricity battle. $55-$60.

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Passover celebration

April 14, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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Kids and family event includes arts and crafts, storytelling and a miniature river for kids to explore. Free.

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Musically Mostly Pesach

April 23, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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A string quartet from Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra performs music with Passover themes, such as redemption. $20; RSVP required.

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Gil Shaham and Akira Eguchi

April 27, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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Grammy-winning Israeli American violinist and Japanese pianist perform. Post-concert reception with artists is available. $90-$150.

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The Unorthodox

April 28, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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Two screenings of Israeli feature film about the founding of the ultra-Orthodox Shas Party. In Hebrew and Yiddish with English subtitles. $11-$14.

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Jewish Plays Project

April 29, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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Vote for the best of three Jewish plays. Part of a national contest, with the ultimate winner to be produced in New York City. $12-$15.

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May 2019

Violins of Hope

May 2, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States

57-minute documentary narrated by Adrien Brody on Israeli violinmaker Amnon Weinstein’s efforts to restore recovered Holocaust-era violins.

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Violins of Hope

May 2, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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Adrien Brody-narrated documentary on Israeli violin maker Ammon Weinstein’s attempt to restore violins recovered from the Holocaust. In English. Free; RSVP required.

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True Colors

May 20, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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New show from L.A.-based Jewish Women’s Theatre, looking at identity, Jews of color and being Jewish in modern times. $25-$30.

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IsraAid cocktail hour

May 21, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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Learn about the humanitarian organization’s efforts. Free.

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June 2019

Belarus to Brooklyn

June 11, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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Singer-accordionist Jeanette Lewicki leads a “time-traveling tour of Yiddish song” from across the world. $15.

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Inside the Five-Sided Box

June 16, 2019 @ 5:30 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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Former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter discusses decades in the Pentagon and current concerns about security. $25.

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The Last Watchman of Old Cairo

June 19, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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Michael David Lukas discusses his novel about a young man’s connection to a synagogue at the spot where Moses was taken from the Nile. $10-$23.

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Ten-Year Festival

June 25, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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Celebrate 10 years of Palo Alto Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life with family carnival games, a water play area for kids, art fair, food and more. Free.

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A Concert Celebration of Korngold and Zeisl

June 30, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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Vienna-based violinist Johannes Fleischmann on a U.S. tour with a pianist playing works by two Jewish composers who fled Nazi-occupied Austria. $10-$15.

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July 2019

The Code

July 18, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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Margaret O’Mara talks about her new book, subtitled “Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America,” with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anne Kornblut. $18-$30.

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November 2019

Re-Architecting Judaism in Israel

November 9, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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Former Knesset member Ruth Calderon leads discussion on the future of Israel’s Jewish identity. $15-$18.

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January 2020

Is Art the Future of Jewish Practice?

January 26, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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Aaron Henne of L.A.-based Theatre Dybbuk discusses the ways art is connected with and excluded from Jewish practice. $15-$18.

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March 2020

“My Grandfather’s Fiddle”

March 3, 2020 @ 2:30 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$15

Kevin Carr presents a one-man storytelling and musical piece, performing music from many lands on fiddle, banjo, accordion and bagpipes.

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ON ZOOM “New Jews in the Digital Shtetl”

March 15, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$15 – $18

Be’chol Lashon’s Rabbi Juan Mejía discusses connecting to Jewish wisdom and community via the internet and its effect on the “Who Is a Jew?” debate.

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December 2021

“ENGAJ Silent Disco”

December 11, 2021 @ 9:00 pm
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Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$35 – $40

Hanukkah party for 20- and 30-somethings with snacks, open bar and lots of dancing. Presented by ENGAJ and Moishe House Silicon Valley. Proof of vaccination or recent negative covid test required.

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January 2022

“Mitzvah Day”

January 17, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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Free

Oshman Family JCC seeks volunteers for myriad community projects for MLK National Day of Service, with a closing ceremony at Mitchell Park. In partnership with 21 organizations, including  JFCS, Repair the World and Palo Alto Humane Society. At several locations, including OFCC. Registration required. 

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“Sweet Tea and the Southern Jew”

January 31, 2022 @ 7:00 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$35

Artists from L.A.-based The Braid (formerly Jewish Women’s Theatre) perform stories on struggle, humor and finding out what it means to be a Jew in the American South. Proof of vaccination/recent negative test and masks required.

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March 2022

“Master of the Game”

March 17, 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$20

Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk discusses his new book on how U.S. diplomacy operates behind closed doors, based on detailed interviews with Henry Kissinger, newly available documents from U.S. and Israeli archives and Indyk’s own experiences. Registration required. 

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“Star Spangled Sabra”

March 28, 2022 @ 7:00 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$35

Artists from L.A.-based The Braid (formerly Jewish Women’s Theatre) perform Israeli American stories of longing, loss and love in the diaspora. Proof of vaccination or recent negative test and masks required.

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Polyphony Quartet with David Broza

March 29, 2022 @ 7:30 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$30

Group of young Arab and Jewish musicians from Israel perform a Schubert string quartet, a selection of Broza's hits and other masterpieces with Israeli singer-songwriter Broza. Program in English. Proof of vaccination or recent negative test and masks required.

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April 2022

“OFJCC Women’s Seder”

April 7, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$18

Celebrate the holiday and its traditions from a feminist perspective, focusing on women's voices and experiences as they relate to the Passover narrative. With vegetarian kosher-style dinner.

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“Healthy Relationships”

April 7, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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Free

Workshop led by psychotherapist Leemore Federman and Shalom Bayit’s Liana Thomason on improving personal/professional relationships and communication skills. Sponsors include J Leaders and Engaging the Next Generation of Adult Jews. Registration required.

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“Tips in Hebrew for a Meaningful Passover Seder”

April 12, 2022 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$20

Workshop led by Rabbi Mishael Zion, author of “Haggadahs Yisraelit,” translated into five languages and used at thousands of seder tables. For fluent Hebrew speakers. Covid-19 protocols in effect. Presented by Oshman Family JCC. Registration required.

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Palo Alto JCC seder

April 15, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$20

All-ages community seder with haggadah reading, traditional songs, stories, spiritual insights, wine and a kosher-style buffet dinner served at 6 p.m. Proof of vaccination and masks required.

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“Half Moon Bay Habitat Project for Earth Day”

April 23, 2022 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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Free

Oshman Family JCC is seeking volunteers 8 and up for a project to restore a piece of the coastline. In partnership with California State Parks and others. Registration required.

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Bay Area Junior Maccabi Games

April 24, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$18

A first-time Bay Area event of competition, fun, food and Jewish values for athletes aged 10 to 12. Sign-ups welcomed; kids can be placed on teams with their friends. Includes a T-shirt. Presented by Maccabi Sports Camp and Oshman Family JCC. Registration required.

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May 2022

“Israel’s 74th Independence Day Community Celebration”

May 8, 2022 @ 3:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$12 – $25

Celebrate Yom HaAtzmaut at the Oshman Family JCC. Kids and family activities 3:30-6:30 p.m. include face painting, bouncy house, treats from Frena bakery, basketball clinic with Israel-league legend Aulcie Perry, judo clinic with Israeli Olympic medalist Yael Arad, and live music by The Peatot and other bands. Adults 6:30-9:30 p.m. includes a beer garden and screening of documentary “Aulcie.” Registration required.

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“Parent and Me Yoga”

May 15, 2022 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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Free

Jewish Baby Network presents a class for parents and babies (six weeks to pre-walkers) to practice yoga and connect with others. Bring mat and blanket. Registration required. 

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“Isaac Mizrahi: Moderate To Severe”

May 15, 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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Free

The fashion designer, singer and judge on “Project Runway” performs a cabaret show with his jazz band, and offers his often comedic opinions on current events and pop culture. Proof of vax/booster or negative test required; masks required indoors.

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“Land, Sea, Air”

May 22, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$10

Oshman Family JCC presents an artist reception with Tel Aviv–born and Los Altos resident Ronit Shalem, who’ll be exhibiting her colorful, folk-style paintings that employ a mixture of techniques and materials. Includes a glass of wine and live music. Registration required.

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“Wide Open”

May 23, 2022 @ 7:00 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$35

Actors from The Braid, an L.A.-based Jewish story troupe, perform personal and inspiring stories by Jewish authors about being true to oneself, opening up to the unknown, doing good or finding connections. Proof of vaccination or recent negative test and masks required. Registration required.

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October 2022

“Pizza in the Hut”

October 12, 2022 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$10

Sukkot celebration for 20- and 30-somethings with dinner, drinks and a holiday trivia game. Registration required.

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November 2022

“How Architecture Tells”

November 3, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$25

Robert Steinberg, the architect behind the Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life in Palo Alto, discusses his 2022 book, subtitled “9 Realities That Will Change the Way You See,” on how architecture shapes lives, communities and feelings. Followed by signing.

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The Guy Mintus Trio

November 12, 2022 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$25

Israeli pianist-composer Guy Mintus leads a performance of original compositions described as “George Gershwin meets the great Israeli songbook” and “Beethoven meets the Jewish Nigun,” from the their latest album “A Gershwin Playground.”

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December 2022

“Tanach Stories and History: Hanukkah”

December 2, 2022 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$15

Class in Hebrew for 1st- to 3rd-graders about Hanukkah and its important lessons. Bring a flashlight and dreidels. Registration required.

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“Popovich Comedy Pet Theater”

December 4, 2022 @ 3:30 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$35 – $55

Show that blends comedy, juggling and the talents of more than 30 furry rescue costars who have been given a new leash on life.

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January 2023

“Sunday Funday Havdalah”

January 22, 2023 @ 10:30 am
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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Free

Playtime for kids under 3 with singing, movement, puppets and a Havdalah ceremony. Presented by Jewish Baby Network. Reservation required.

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Alan Zweibel

January 22, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$65

The man who has written for TV shows from “Saturday Night Live” to “Curb Your Enthusiasm” talks about his career and experiences writing for some of television's most beloved comedies.

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Josh Warshawsky and Chaverai Nevarech Band

January 28, 2023 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$15 – $20

Rabbi Warshawsky performs a Shabbat-ending concert with violinist Coleen Dieker, bassist Brock Pollock, percussionist Lior Shragg and singer Rabbi Amanda Russell.

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February 2023

“Remembrance of Things Present”

February 6, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$35

A play by L.A.-based The Braid (formerly Jewish Women’s Theatre) telling the stories of descendants of Holocaust survivors. Followed by Q&A with actors and artistic director.

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March 2023

“Do Israel’s Election Results Endanger Relations with American Jews?”

March 2, 2023 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$15

Attorney Orly Erez Likhovski (CEO of Israel Religious Action Center) and scholar Mashua Shagiv (Koret visiting prof at Berkeley Law) discuss how the recent elections are affecting relationships between Israel and world Jewry.

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Purim Extravaganza!

March 3, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$14 – $22

Celebration with game stations, kids’ arts and crafts, Shabbat dinner, costume parade, dance party and music by Octopretzel. Kids: $14, adults: $22, under 2 free.

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Family Cooking: Hamentaschen for Purim!

March 5, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$40

Hands-on baking workshop led by Michelle Greenebaum of Together In The Kitchen. Parents and kids team up to bake Purim treats. $40 per family.

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“Out Loud”

March 27, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$35

A play by L.A.-based The Braid (formerly Jewish Women’s Theatre) that relates stories of love and finding one’s place in the LGBTQIA+ community through a Jewish lens. Followed by Q&A with actors and artistic director.

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April 2023

“Real Life Journeys from the Ultra-Orthodox to the Modern World”

April 16, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$10

Lani Santo, CEO of N.Y.-based Footsteps, discusses what services her firm provides to people who have left or are contemplating leaving an ultra-Orthodox community. With OFJCC’s Tova Birnbuam, who grew up in that world. Registration required.

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“Spots of Light: Women of the Holocaust”

April 17, 2023 @ 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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Free

Exhibition of photographs documenting different aspects of Jewish women’s life during the Holocaust, curated by Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem. Through April 21.

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“Ver Vet Blaybn?” (“Who Will Remain?”)

April 18, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$10 – $20

60-minute 2021 documentary about Israeli actress Hadas Kalderon traveling to Vilnius, Lithuania, and using the diary of her grandfather, Yiddish poet Avrom Sutzkever, to trace his story. In four languages, with English subtitles. Followed by Q&A with directors, snacks and info about Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project. Ages 15 and older.

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Netta Barzilai in concert

April 28, 2023 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$60

Israeli pop star Netta, the Eurovision 2018 winner with the song “Toy,” performs her most popular hits. Masks recommended.

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May 2023

“Silicon Valley Jewish Playwriting Contest”

May 15, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$18

Watch three Jewish-themed plays then vote for your favorite as part of a competition that spans U.S., Israel and beyond. Presented by Jewish Plays Project and the Silicon Valley Community Readers Panel.

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“Ladino, Yiddish and Mizrachi Musical Gems”

May 16, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$20

Oshman Family JCC presents a short concert divided into three parts: Sephardic-Ladino, Yiddish-klezmer and Mizrachi, all sung in their original language, with stories and anecdotes behind the music. Performed by trio Noa Levy, Achi Ben-Shalom and Asaf Ophir. With snacks, beverages.

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“Family Cooking: Shavuot”

May 21, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$40

Hands-on class for preschool and elementary-age kids to make berry cheesecake muffins and rainbow fruit parfaits with their parents. Led by Michelle Greenebaum of Together in the Kitchen.

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“What a Surprise!”

May 22, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$35

A play by L.A.-based The Braid (formerly Jewish Women’s Theatre) that celebrates stories of life’s unexpected moments, from joyous to deep losses and everything in between. Followed by Q&A with actors and artistic director.

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June 2023

“Musical Summer Shabbat”

June 23, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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Free

Jewish Baby Network outdoor, casual Shabbat event for newborns through age 5, and siblings. With music, shakers, puppets, dancing, challah and grape juice. Bring blanket, picnic dinner. Co-presented by Congregation Beth Jacob. Reservation required. 

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July 2023

“ENGAJ Goes to Napa”

July 16, 2023 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$75

Daylong excursion to Napa for Jewish young adults in their 20s and 30s featuring a tour and tasting at Hagafen Cellars and a picnic lunch from Loveski Deli. With charter bus transportation.

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“Healing the Broken, Creating Hope”

July 26, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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Free

Tisha B'Av event for mourning the brokenness in our hearts and world and sharing stories of hope and resilience. With singing, conversation, chanting from the Book of Lamentations, poetry reading and a short guided meditation. Advance registration required.

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August 2023

“The Art of Repentance: A Journey into the Hebrew Month of Elul”

August 23, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$10

Israeli community leader Mor Shimonie discusses various Selichot (forgiveness prayers) traditions and explores themes of repentance. With vegetarian, kosher-style lunch.

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September 2023

“High Holidays UX: Rethinking Ancient Rituals with a User-Centered Approach”

September 7, 2023 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$10

Interactive workshop exploring the Rosh Hashanah seder using the “Jewish UX framework,” which encourages creative, modern-day interpretations of rituals. Led by Tova Birnbaum, OFJCC director of Jewish content.

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“The Merchant of Venice (Annotated)”

September 9, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$30 – $40

Performance of Shakespeare’s classic, in this case subtitled “In Sooth I Know Not Why I Am So Sad,” peppered with news from modern times and a look at how society displaces fears on the “other” during times of upheaval. Presented by Theatre Dybbuk.

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“Taste of Palo Alto Community Talmud Circle”

September 10, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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Free

Introductory session led by Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan, who will explain, reveal and demystify Talmud study. Livestream option. Registration required.

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October 2023

Feeding Our Unhoused Neighbors

October 1, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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Volunteer to prepare meals in JCC sukkah and/or distribute them with ENGAJ: Engaging the Next Generation of Adult Jews. For people in 20s and 30s. With talk by a speaker from LifeMoves housing center that will receive the meals. Free, donations for LifeMoves accepted.

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Z3 Conference

October 24, 2023 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$36

Annual, all-day conference explores ways to elevate the relationships between Israeli Jews and the diaspora. This year’s theme is “Charting a Path Forward.” With big-name speakers, workshops, etc. Free livestream of opening and midday plenary, with registration.

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Jewish Baby Network Pool Party

October 29, 2023 @ 2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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Free

Oshman Family JCC and JBN present event for families and children up to age 3, with one hour in the indoor baby/toddler splash pool with baby friendly water toys. Older siblings welcome. Registration required.

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November 2023

Cocktails and Cookbooks

November 16, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$25

Erin Gleeson discusses her book, “The Forest Feast,” which features vegetable-focused recipes illustrated by her own watercolors, hand-lettering and photography. With cocktails, light reception, Q&A and book signing. Register by Oct. 31.

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“Why Not? Lessons on Comedy, Courage and Chutzpah”

November 19, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$5

Comedian Mark Schiff discusses his new book about his journey from growing up without community to discovering the comedy scenes in N.Y. and L.A. to ultimately finding his purpose in L.A.'s Jewish community.

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March 2024

“The Terrifying Realm of the Possible”

March 21 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA United States
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$25

Actor and comedian Brett Gelman discusses his new book, a collection of comedic short stories following five characters who each navigate a uniquely strange stage of life.

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