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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!

  • 8/30/2015 6:00 PM

"Take My Spouse, Please"

"Take My Spouse, Please"
Join us for a standup comedy and storytelling show and cocktails celebrating a new book, Take My Spouse Please, about long-term love and laughter featuring Dani Klein Modisett, Dan Bucatinsky, Joan Rater and Johanna Stein! Don't miss this hilarious night of laughs.
  • 9/8/2015 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

2000 Years Ago Nobody Celebrated Rosh Hashanah

With Gordon Gladstone

2000 Years Ago Nobody Celebrated Rosh Hashanah
If you ask most Jews what the most important Jewish holidays are, they will say Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Hanukkah. But a close read of the Torah reveals that none of these answers is accurate.

Instead we find the three pilgrimage festivals, Sukkot, Pesach and Shavuot, were when Jews came to the Temple for sacrifices and feasts. This talk will be an exploration of the customs of our ancient holidays - none of which involved having a ticket for services.

  • 9/9/2015 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

The Power of Habit

The Power of Habit

Do you have a habit that you can’t change no matter what you have tried? In this workshop, learn what your habit loop is, how mindfulness is the first step towards changing it, and how to develop a new routine through the power of compassion.

Carley has been studying and teaching about behavior change for over a decade. Join her as she shares the four secret steps to change your habits and your life forever. Are you Ready?

  • 9/11/2015 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Decoded: Inside Stories with Silicon Valley Innovators

With Max Schireson

Decoded: Inside Stories with Silicon Valley Innovators

Please join us for this unique opportunity to hear Max Schireson discuss his personal journey to tech success. This special event is part of the OFJCC’s Decoded series, formerly the High Tech Breakfast Series.



  • 9/15/2015 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Week to Week Political Roundtable and Member Social Silicon Valley

Week to Week Political Roundtable and Member Social Silicon Valley

Week to Week is headed back to Silicon Valley, and it's just in time for a preview of the next night's GOP debate on CNN! Join our panelists for informative and engaging commentary on political and other major news, audience discussion of the week’s events, and our news quiz!


  • 9/30/2015 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Homemade Cooking Class

The Secret to a Healthy, Energetic Body!

Homemade Cooking Class
Oshman Family JCC has partnered with Homemade Cooking to help you build better cooking and eating habits – one delicious meal at a time. This hands-on cooking program was created by a Stanford doctor and an Intuitive Chef who realized that food is the key to wellness and disease prevention.

  • 9/30/2015 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Author Anita Friedman

"Rywka's Diary: The Writings of a Jewish Girl from the Lodz Ghetto"

Author Anita Friedman

A Red Army doctor found a diary of a teenage girl in the ruins of Auschwitz after its liberation in 1945 and took it back with her to the Soviet Union. It has been in her private possession for more than seventy years until it was discovered after her death by her granddaughter. Rywka's Diary is an astonishing historical document and a moving tribute to the many ordinary people whose lives were forever altered by the Holocaust.

  • 10/4/2015 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Author Carol Dweck, Ph.D

Mindset: Helping Children (and Adults) Fulfill Their Potential

Author Carol Dweck, Ph.D

World-renowned psychologist Carol Dweck will discuss her research on how a growth mindset can promote achievement in education and innovation in business. She has discovered that praise for intelligence can actually undermine performance, and she will share some other common pitfalls to help you achieve a growth mindset.

  • 10/6/2015 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

An Evening with Travel Writer Lavinia Spalding

True Stories from Around the World

An Evening with Travel Writer Lavinia Spalding

Enjoy an intimate conversation with Lavinia Spalding, editor of The Best Women’s Travel Writing series. She will be joined by other contributors to the anthology and discuss travel planning and writing. Come prepared to laugh, listen, share and be entertained while enjoying wine and cheese!


  • 10/7/2015 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

"My Kitchen Year:" A Conversation with Author Ruth Reichl

136 Recipes That Saved My Life

"My Kitchen Year:" A Conversation with Author Ruth Reichl

My Kitchen Year follows the change of seasons—and Reichl’s emotions—as she slowly healed through the simple pleasures of cooking. While working 24/7, former editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine Reichl would throw quick meals together for her family and friends. After Gourmet closed its doors, she had the time to rediscover what cooking meant to her.

  • 10/12/2015 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM

Quiet the Body and Mind

A Wellness Workshop

Quiet the Body and Mind
In this class you’ll learn a simple process to renew your spirit and restore ease and comfort in your back. Constructive rest is a guided, easy to learn practice that quiets the body and mind.

  • 10/13/2015 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Fred Astaire

Part of Six-Lecture Series: Song & Dance Men of the Silver Screen with Bonnie Weiss

Fred Astaire
This six-lecture series with Bonnie Weiss highlights the lives and talents of musical masters of the stage and screen.

Even before he became a screen legend, Fred Astaire was a big success in vaudeville and on Broadway, dancing with his older sister Adele. But when Adele left the act in 1930 to marry a British nobleman, Fred was left to fend for himself. He was discovered in the Cole Porter hit show The Gay Divorce by Hollywood Producer David O’Selznick and signed a contract with RKO studios.

In this program, you’ll learn all about Fred’s personal and professional life. You’ll find out why great songwriters like Irving Berlin, George Gershwin and Cole Porter loved to have Fred sing their songs. And, you’ll even learn who Fred Astaire’s very favorite dancing partner was. (Hint:  It wasn’t Ginger!)

  • 10/17/2015 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Skills for Mindful Eating

A Wellness Lecture by Ellen Resnick, LCSW

Skills for Mindful Eating
Shedding pounds is not just about dieting. Many people who attend Ellen's classes have lost and gained weight multiple times over the years. Make this time different by learning the common thought patterns that lead people to eat in unhealthy ways.
  • 10/18/2015 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Hazon Farm to Table Food Fest

Eating for a Sustainable Future

Hazon Farm to Table Food Fest

Spend your day learning, celebrating and hands-on doing at the intersection of food, sustainability and Jewish life. Work together to create a healthier and more sustainable Jewish community, and a healthier and more sustainable world for all (participants of all religious backgrounds are welcome).

  • 10/19/2015 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Author Seth M. Siegel

"Let There Be Water: Israel's Solution for a Water-Starved World"

Author Seth M. Siegel

As every day brings urgent reports of growing water shortages around the world, there is no time to lose in the search for solutions.

Seth M. Siegel’s book Let There Be Water illustrates how Israel can serve as a model for the US and countries everywhere by showing how to blunt the worst of the coming water calamities.

  • 10/20/2015 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Try to Die Young as Late as Possible

Two-Part Lecture Series: Aging Gracefully with Dr. Mehrdad Ayati

Try to Die Young as Late as Possible
The aging process should be a simple, joyful journey. Dr. Ayati will explain how to reach this goal based on his research with the aging population.

Dr. Mehrdad Ayati is Assistant Professor of Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. He is a board certified family medicine physician and geriatrician. He is a well-known national and international physician, author, speaker and educator.
  • 10/20/2015 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Author Roberta Kaplan Interviewed By Kara Swisher

Then Comes Marriage: United States v. Windsor and the Defeat of Doma

Author Roberta Kaplan Interviewed By Kara Swisher

How did one of the nation’s top legal strategists convince the Supreme Court to support marriage equality?

In her riveting new book, Then Comes Marriage: United States v. Windsor and the Defeat of Doma, renowned attorney Roberta Kaplan gives a personal account of her successful argument in favor of this landmark ruling.

  • 10/26/2015 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

An Evening with Peter Greenberg

"Israel: The Royal Tour"

An Evening with Peter Greenberg

What’s it like to get the “royal tour” of Israel?

Peter Greenberg, CBS News travel editor and host of PBS’s The Royal Tour series, details his one-on-one trip through the Holy Land with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

  • 10/27/2015 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

An Evening with Author Sherry Turkle

"Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age"

An Evening with Author Sherry Turkle

Join author Sherry Turkle for a talk about her new book, Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age.

With readers and admirers that span Aziz Ansari to Gish Jen, renowned media scholar Sherry Turkle investigates how a departure from conversation undermines our relationships, creativity and productivity—and why reclaiming face-to-face conversation can help us regain lost ground.


  • 10/28/2015 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

"Find A Way" with Author Diana Nyad

"Find A Way" with Author Diana Nyad

Never, ever give up. You’re never too old to chase your dreams. And it takes a team. That became Nyad’s mantra after four failed attempts to swim from Cuba to Florida. Nyad finally accomplished her lifelong dream at the age of 64.


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