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Lectures & Dialogues

Expand your world view: Listen, question and learn with local and international speakers.

The OFJCC proudly boasts lectures on a vast array of exciting topics such as music, dance, literature and much more!

  • 9/6/2016 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Famous Trials: The Alfred Dreyfus Affair

With Oak Dowling, J.D.

Famous Trials: The Alfred Dreyfus Affair

Explore the drama and back story behind some of the most pivotal trials in history with notable jurist and teacher, Oak Dowling, J.D.

Examine the trials of Captain Alfred Dreyfus and his eventual exoneration and investigate contemporary French antisemitism with reference to the Dreyfus Affair.  

  • 9/13/2016 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

What's It Like to Be Stranded on an Island with Fidel Castro?

With Jim Colton

What's It Like to Be Stranded on an Island with Fidel Castro?
How has Cuba changed from before the Revolution? Using photography, we'll explore the political conditions that made Cuba ripe for a revolution and how it affected the average person.
  • 9/18/2016 11:30 AM - 7:00 PM

Zionism 3.0: In Search of the Shared Dream

Zionism 3.0: In Search of the Shared Dream
The groundbreaking Zionism 3.0 conference returns to the Oshman Family JCC on Sunday, September 18!

This year's conference will feature discussion and debate about the defining aspirations and challenges facing the Israeli and American Jewish communities today.
  • 9/24/2016 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

The Dybbuk: A Multimedia Chamber Opera

Exclusive West Coast Premiere

The Dybbuk: A Multimedia Chamber Opera

A young woman, near death, awakens to the whisper of a clarinet. She must choose between life with a man she does not know and death with her beloved, who has possessed her as a dybbuk—a deceased soul who takes possession of a living body.

Join the OFJCC at the exclusive West Coast premiere performed in both English and Hebrew with supertitles.

  • 9/25/2016 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

The Dybbuk: A Multimedia Chamber Opera

Exclusive West Coast Premiere

The Dybbuk: A Multimedia Chamber Opera

A young woman, near death, awakens to the whisper of a clarinet. She must choose between life with a man she does not know and death with her beloved, who has possessed her as a dybbuk—a deceased soul who takes possession of a living body.

Join the OFJCC at the exclusive West Coast premiere performed in both English and Hebrew with supertitles.

  • 9/26/2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

BRCA Awareness—Learn the Facts about Hereditary Cancer

BRCA Awareness—Learn the Facts about Hereditary Cancer

Join in a panel discussion to understand the risks of hereditary cancer and to learn about genetic testing options. There will be an opportunity after the presentation to take the Color genetic test to screen for the BRCA mutations.

  • 10/9/2016 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Let There Be Laughter

A Night of Hilarity with Michael Krasny

Let There Be Laughter
Beloved radio personality Michael Krasny has been telling Jewish jokes since he could say "Oy vey!" It's even been said that he knows more of them than anyone on the planet, and that's saying a lot! In his new book Let there be Laughter, to be released this September, Michael pairs the most iconic Jewish jokes with wise and entertaining explanations, illuminating the cultural expressions and anxieties behind the laughs.
  • 10/10/2016 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

An Evening with Larry Brilliant

An Evening with Larry Brilliant
Learn more about the inspiring life and journey of Larry Brilliant, chairman of Skoll Global Threats, former executive director of Google.org, and author of Sometimes Brilliant: The Impossible Adventure of a Spiritual Seeker and Visionary Physician Who Helped Conquer the Worst Disease in History.
  • 10/13/2016 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

A Talk with Jamie Metzl

Author of "Eternal Sonata"

A Talk with Jamie Metzl
Jamie Metzl is author of the novels Genesis Code and The Depths of the Sea and Senior Fellow for Technology and National Security of the Atlantic Council. A globally syndicated columnist, he appears regularly on national and international media exploring genetics, national security and Asian affairs issues.
  • 10/26/2016 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Origami: Between the Folds of Art and Technology

Origami: Between the Folds of Art and Technology
Origami is the centuries-old Japanese art of folding paper into decorative shapes and figures. Robert Lang, a world-renowned origami artist and physicist has taken this traditional art form one step further.
  • 11/1/2016 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Open to Interpretation: How Karaite Judaism Addresses the Difficult Questions

With Shawn Lichaa

Open to Interpretation: How Karaite Judaism Addresses the Difficult Questions
Karaite Jews derive their laws from the Tanakh, not the Talmud. Learn how Karaite Judaism offers a different paradigm to interpret biblical verses that most of us take for granted.
  • 11/8/2016 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Famous Trials: The Menahem Mendel Beilis Trial

With Oak Dowling, J.D.

Famous Trials: The Menahem Mendel Beilis Trial

Explore the drama and back story behind some of the most pivotal trials in history with notable jurist and teacher, Oak Dowling, J.D.

Examine the blood libel claiming that Jews engage in ritual murder and its connection to the Tsar's hoax of hate, the anti-Semitic 1905 booklet entitled The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion.  

  • 11/22/2016 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Islam: Origins, Development and the World of Today

With Gordon Gladstone

Islam: Origins, Development and the World of Today
Gordon Gladstone explains how understanding the intersections of history and religion that brought about Islam will help us make more sense of the conflicts in the Middle East today.
  • 11/29/2016 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Meeting the Challenge of Climate Change

With Will Travis

Meeting the Challenge of Climate Change
Will Travis, a consultant on sea level rise adaptation planning, will discuss the impacts that climate change will have on California, and particularly on the Bay Area.
  • 12/6/2016 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Famous Trials: The Leo Frank Trial

With Oak Dowling, J.D.

Famous Trials: The Leo Frank Trial

Explore the drama and back story behind some of the most pivotal trials in history with notable jurist and teacher, Oak Dowling, J.D.

Discuss how the south's antisemitism led to the conviction of the wrong man, Leo Frank, for the death of a young girl.  

  • 12/13/2016 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

The Brain, the Mind, Magic and Music: Making a Fool Out of Parkinson's Disease

With Dr. Richard Horn

The Brain, the Mind, Magic and Music: Making a Fool Out of Parkinson's Disease
Neuroscientist, musician, magician and professor Dr. Richard Horn will give his perspective on how to cope with medical adversities using sleight-of-hand magic and humor.
  • 1/10/2017 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Famous Trials: J. Robert Oppenheimer Trial

With Oak Dowling, J.D.

Famous Trials: J. Robert Oppenheimer Trial

Explore the drama and back story behind some of the most pivotal trials in history with notable jurist and teacher, Oak Dowling, J.D.

Robert Oppenheimer's life and legacy are inextricably linked to America's most famous top-secret initiative, the Manhattan Project. But after World War II, this brilliant and intense scientist fell from the innermost circles of American science, and at the height of the Red Scare, the veil of suspicion fell over him.  

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