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Classes & Workshops

Keep life interesting and exciting by discovering something new. The OFJCC offers an alluring selection of classes and workshops for adults.

We have something for every desire whether it’s learning a new language or a new dance step. Professional instructors and lecturers from the top of their fields will be on hand to guide enthusiastic beginners in their new creative outlets, while helping seasoned pros perfect their proficiency.

  • 8/3/2015 7:30 PM - 11:30 PM

Argentine Tango Class and Practice

Argentine Tango Class and Practice

Argentine Tango is a social dance that originated in Buenos Aires during the late 19th century and has won hosts of fans all over the world.

We offer weekly lessons, workshops and practice for beginners and intermediate level dancers. This is a friendly environment for singles and couples of all ages.

  • 8/7/2015 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Yiddish Club

Yiddish Club
Music, stories and lively conversation are guaranteed to make Yiddish Club a highlight of your week.

Yiddish speakers of all levels who love to reminisce and kibitz in mame-loshn make this a great place to connect with a dynamic facet of Jewish culture.
  • 9/17/2015 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Guitar: Private Lessons | Thursdays

Guitar: Private Lessons | Thursdays
Enjoy learning the beauty of music through the enchanting tone of the guitar. Students of all ages and levels will be exposed to the instrument through the mastery of the works of great composers, past and present.
  • 9/17/2015 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Glee Club | Grades 7+

Glee Club | Grades 7+
This fun and hip choreographed ensemble will draw from the vast repertoire of renowned Jewish Broadway composers as well as some of the great contemporary Jewish pop artists and songwriters such as Billy Joel, Idina Menzel, Pink, Adam Levine (Maroon 5) and Paula Abdul. 

The Glee Club will have performance opportunities throughout the semester.  
  • 9/30/2015 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Guitar: Private Lessons | Wednesdays

Guitar: Private Lessons | Wednesdays
Enjoy learning the beauty of music through the enchanting tone of the guitar. Students of all ages and levels will be exposed to the instrument through the mastery of such works of great composers, past and present.
  • 9/30/2015 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Guitar Intermediate Group Class

Guitar Intermediate Group Class
We will explore a broader repertoire of different styles ranging from Bach, the Beatles to Bruce Springsteen. More advanced guitar technique will be taught such as arpeggios, chords and scales.

 
For this class, the ability to read music is required including knowledge of note location on the fretboard.

  • 9/30/2015 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Guitar Adult Beginners Group Class

Guitar Adult Beginners Group Class
This course will cover the fundamentals of guitar playing and music in general. Different parts of the guitar, posture, hand position, tuning and basics of notation such as rhythm and note recognition, fingerings and location of notes and chords on the fretboard will be taught.
  • 10/12/2015 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Piano: Private Lessons

Piano: Private Lessons
Keyboard orientation, rhythm and note reading skills will be acquired in a fun and playful atmosphere. Students will begin by playing basic pieces and familiar songs. We will touch upon the history of music, how historical events influenced both the composers and their written works and how these works evolved over time. 


  • 10/12/2015 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Percussion: Private Lessons

Percussion: Private Lessons
Lessons will be broken into exploring the four categories of instruments: snare drum, mallet instruments, timpani, and auxiliary instruments. Emphasis will be placed on sound stick technique and over time develop the fine motor skills to execute intricate rhythms and rudiments. Beyond the instruments, students will learn the following skills: setting goals, practicing efficiency, developing a warmup routine, using the metronome, and more.
  • 10/13/2015 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM

Adult Improvisation Classes

Adult Improvisation Classes
Through improvisation, games and exercises, and specific script analysis, students will be introduced to the fundamentals of Acting.  Learning about characterization, motivation, and transition will all be part of investigating the actor’s creative process. Prerequisites: none 
  • 10/13/2015 7:15 PM - 8:30 PM

Song Writing Class and Rock Band | Adults

Song Writing Class and Rock Band | Adults
Come and take the next step with your songwriting and perform them with a group of like-minded musicians. This class offers adult musicians the unique opportunity to work closely with an experienced Bay Area songwriter and performer. Both beginners and those with experience are welcome, as the instructor will work individually with each student on their personal goals, as well as with the entire group in forming our very own rock band. Whether you are just starting to learn to express yourself through songwriting or have a plethora of compositions that you would like to improve and polish, this course will provide the outlet for your artistic growth.

Each student’s original composition will be recorded at the end of the course. 
  • 10/19/2015 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Israel for Reel

Israel for Reel
Through Israeli film, we will tackle some of the most challenging aspects of what it means to create a democratic, Jewish state and thrive as one in the Middle East today. Throughout the program, we will engage in candid, constructive, and respectful dialogue on topics ranging from Israel’s history to geopolitics to scientific contributions and everything in between.  

The Israel for REEL program seeks to engage American and Israeli individuals and deepen their understanding of Israel, regardless of the complexity or taboo nature of the topics.
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