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Community Tuesdays

Tuesdays are special at the Oshman Family JCC. Taste a full scope of OFJCC Programming!

Every Tuesday between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM, spend the day at the J working out, attending a lecture, enjoying a concert and much more. All Tuesday lectures are on a drop-in basis; no need to make reservations. Monthly Music at Noon concerts require advanced reservations so we will know how many people to expect.

Payment for all events can be made with an affordable Community Tuesday punch card or cash at the door.

Morning Exercise:

If you are not currently a member of the Fitness Center, you can attend classes and use the facility on Tuesdays with only a punch of the Community Tuesdays punch card. For a full list of classes check http://paloaltojcc.org/groupfitness.

Suggested classes are:

Community Tuesdays Music at Noon Rides:

The OFJCC provides free rides to our monthly Music at Noon concerts for mobility-impaired seniors. Email mrosengaus@paloaltojcc.org to reserve a seat. Funded in part by the Senior Mobility Initiative at the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund.


  • 2/9/2016 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Men’s Breakfast Club

Weekly Meeting

Men’s Breakfast Club
Calling all men to drop by on Tuesday mornings for the Men’s Breakfast Club. Enjoy coffee and breakfast with stimulating conversation, listen to invited guest speakers, tell jokes and build camaraderie.
  • 2/9/2016 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Art of the Surrealists: Dali, Miro and Magritte

Two-part Lecture with Dr. Brigid Barton

Art of the Surrealists: Dali, Miro and Magritte
This two-part lecture will explore the emergence of Surrealism and its relation to Dada in 1920s’ Paris, the philosophy and techniques of various Surrealist artists, and the immense variety of works by individual Surrealists.
  • 2/9/2016 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Mah Jongg

Weekly Meeting

Mah Jongg
Mah Jongg is growing in popularity again! Join a wonderful group for an afternoon of Mah Jongg, every Tuesday from 2:30 to 4:30 PM.
  • 2/16/2016 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Piano Trio Masterpieces

Music at Noon Performances

Piano Trio Masterpieces

The accomplished trio of Markus Pawlik, David Chernyavsky and Angela Lee will perform the most exciting examples of the piano trio literature. The program will include music by Mendelssohn, Rachmaninoff and others.

 Music at Noon performances include lunch. Early admittance at 11:40 AM for people with RSVPs by February 14 to Michelle Rosengaus at (650)223-8616 or mrosengaus@paloaltojcc.org.


  • 2/23/2016 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Buddy Ebsen & Ray Bolger

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

Buddy Ebsen & Ray Bolger
This six-lecture series with Bonnie Weiss highlights the lives and talents of musical masters of the stage and screen.

Both Buddy Ebsen and Ray Bolger brought zany, comedic flair to the world of dance.

Best known for his TV roles in The Beverly Hillbillies and Barnaby Jones, Buddy Ebsen started out as a stage and screen song and dance man during the 30s and 40s. We'll view scenes from several of these films.

Ray Bolger is best known for his role as the Scarecrow in the classic film The Wizard of Oz as well as his starring role in the stage and screen versions of Where's Charley? We'll see numbers performed in both of these productions as well as delightful scenes from several of his other films.
  • 3/1/2016 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Jews Were Gold Rush 49ers Too!

Jews Were Gold Rush 49ers Too!
During the California Gold Rush, Jews were among those willing to risk the journey, but were usually merchandise suppliers rather than gold seekers. Come and learn from Stephen Kinsey, Chairperson of the Commission for the Preservation of Pioneer Jewish Cemeteries and Landmarks in the West, about the Jewish presence, their businesses and communal involvements from this bygone era.
  • 3/8/2016 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Vietnam's "Hard Chargers from the Sky"

Vietnam's "Hard Chargers from the Sky"
Author Peter Henry’s historical novel Hard Chargers from the Sky deals with the difficult subject of those who returned home from the Vietnam War, conflicted in leaving their brothers behind, unable to wash off the blood and escape the horror. Many succumbed to post-trauma and, years later, to complications from Agent Orange. Hard Chargers from the Sky honestly imparts the action and dialog from an unpopular war.
  • 3/15/2016 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Music for Bassoon and Piano

Music at Noon Performances

Music for Bassoon and Piano

Enjoy a recital of works by Mozart and Weber with Stephen Paulson on bassoon and Roxanne Michaelian on piano.

Music at Noon performances include lunch. Early admittance at 11:40 AM for people with RSVPs by March 13 to Michelle Rosengaus at (650)223-8616 or mrosengaus@paloaltojcc.org.


  • 3/22/2016 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

The Psychology of Jewish Humor

With Dr. Nily Shiryon

The Psychology of Jewish Humor

What is Jewish humor? What is not Jewish humor? What is the difference between Jewish humor and Jew humor? After this lecture, you will never again hear a joke the way you used to.

  • 3/29/2016 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Everything I Need to Know About Psychotherapy Can be Found in the Jewish Heritage

With Dr. Nily Shiryon

Everything I Need to Know About Psychotherapy Can be Found in the Jewish Heritage

The Jewish heritage is replete with excellent material, concepts and messages that are conducive to good mental health. From the way one is to treat a human being, to issues of guilt, depression, anger, intimacy, etc., all is contained within the Jewish heritage. You don't even have to be Jewish to enjoy and benefit from it.

  • 4/5/2016 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Made in the USA: The American Sound in Song

A lecture/recital featuring mezzo soprano Deborah Rosengaus and Elena Levina on piano

Made in the USA: The American Sound in Song

Take a whirlwind tour through the Americana musical legacy, performed live. This recital will cover music from the folk traditions that were the building blocks of jazz and rock, to the classical composers that sought to put America on par with the European masters. Hear the story and enjoy selections by Foster, Gershwin, Copland and Bernstein, to name a few.

  • 4/12/2016 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Did the Exodus Really Happen?

Avodim Hiyenu—We Were Slaves?

Did the Exodus Really Happen?
We have retold the story of Passover for over 2000 years. What if it didn't happen? Is there proof using modern archaeological sciences? Join former Israeli Tour Guide Gordon Gladstone for an examination of what modern scholarship has to say about Passover, Jewish history and the origins of the Jewish people.
  • 4/19/2016 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Nonstop to Brazil! With Ed Johnson and the Novo Tempo Sextet

Music at Noon Performances

Nonstop to Brazil! With Ed Johnson and the Novo Tempo Sextet

Enjoy vibrant, original contemporary jazz with a Brazilian and Latin feel. With a refreshing emphasis on harmony vocals and horn arrangements, Ed’s music is evocative of Brazilian pop, but unlike anything you’ve heard before.

Music at Noon performances include lunch. Early admittance at 11:40 AM for people with RSVPs by April 17 to Michelle Rosengaus at (650)223-8616 or mrosengaus@paloaltojcc.org.  

  • 4/26/2016 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Dan Daily and Gene Nelson

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

Dan Daily and Gene Nelson
This six-lecture series with Bonnie Weiss highlights the lives and talents of musical masters of the stage and screen.

Dan Dailey achieved movie stardom in the 1940s and 50s for a series of 20th Century Fox movie musicals, (Mother Wore Tights, You're My Everything) with movie pin-up queen Betty Grable. He appeared as Ethel Merman's husband in the star-studded 1954 movie There's No Business Like Show Business. He also specialized in playing sports figures in films, most notably as baseball legend Dizzy Dean in Pride of St. Louis. Underestimated for his considerable talent as an actor, Dailey was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in When My Baby Smiles at Me.

Gene Nelson was the teenage ice skating partner of ice-queen Sonja Henie before making movies in his mid-twenties. He danced and sang in several films with Gordon MacRae and Doris Day (Tea for Two, On Moonlight Bay and By the Light of the Silvery Moon). He was also an accomplished athlete and gymnastics performer, which he got to showcase in the film She's Working Her Way Through College. His most memorable role was that of Will Parker, the hick who regales the glories of "Kansas City" in the movie version of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma!
  • 5/3/2016 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Musical Family Dynasties: The Bach Family

Part of Four-Lecture Series with Deborah Rosengaus, Mezzo Soprano

Musical Family Dynasties: The Bach Family
Is musical genius a genetic trait? Explore the biological family trees of some of music’s greatest composers, from husband and wife power couples like the Schumans to generations of composers who strove to fulfill the family legacy like the Bach brood.
  • 5/10/2016 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Musical Family Dynasties: The Schus

Part of Four-Lecture Series with Deborah Rosengaus, Mezzo Soprano

Musical Family Dynasties: The Schus
Is musical genius a genetic trait? Explore the biological family trees of some of music’s greatest composers, from husband and wife power couples like the Schumans to generations of composers who strove to fulfill the family legacy like the Bach brood.
  • 5/17/2016 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Twos, Threes and Fours....

Music at Noon for Community Tuesdays

Twos, Threes and Fours....

San Jose Chamber Players present “Twos, Threes and Fours ....,” a delightful program of string duos, trios and quartets, featuring faculty members from the College of Arts and Sciences at Santa Clara University. Enjoy music from the Baroque to the 20th century, spanning some 300 years of music evolution, including Handel, Schubert, Mozart, Gershwin, Albeniz and many others.

Music at Noon performances include lunch. Early admittance at 11:40 AM for people with RSVPs by May 15 to Michelle Rosengaus at (650)223-8616 or mrosengaus@paloaltojcc.org.  

  • 5/24/2016 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Donald O'Connor

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

Donald O'Connor
This six-lecture series with Bonnie Weiss highlights the lives and talents of musical masters of the stage and screen.

Donald O'Connor is best known for his brilliant comic tour de force performance of "Make 'Em Laugh" in the beloved movie musical Singin' in the Rain. But many believe that he also had the best singing voice of any of the song and dance men of the silver screen. And he had a great teacher: Bing Crosby. He made his film debut at the age of 13 playing Bing's kid brother in the movie Sing You Sinners. During his adolescence, he starred in a series of popular teen musicals with terrific dancer/singer/comic Peggy Ryan.
  • 5/31/2016 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Musical Family Dynasties: The Mozarts

Part of Four-Lecture Series with Deborah Rosengaus, Mezzo Soprano

Musical Family Dynasties: The Mozarts
Is musical genius a genetic trait? Explore the biological family trees of some of music’s greatest composers, from husband and wife power couples like the Schumans to generations of composers who strove to fulfill the family legacy like the Bach brood.
  • 6/7/2016 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Musical Family Dynasties: The Strauss Family

Part of Four-Lecture Series with Deborah Rosengaus, Mezzo Soprano

Musical Family Dynasties: The Strauss Family
Is musical genius a genetic trait? Explore the biological family trees of some of music’s greatest composers, from husband and wife power couples like the Schumans to generations of composers who strove to fulfill the family legacy like the Bach brood.
  • 6/21/2016 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

An Afternoon of Gilbert & Sullivan with the Lamplighters

Music at Noon for Community Tuesdays

An Afternoon of Gilbert & Sullivan with the Lamplighters

Now in their 63rd season, the award-winning Lamplighters Music Theatre has been bringing music and laughter to the Bay Area since 1952. Five singers and a pianist will perform a potpourri of delightfully choreographed excerpts from several Gilbert and Sullivan comic operas, using hats and props to suggest the various characters and stories.

Music at Noon performances include lunch. Early admittance at 11:40 AM for people with RSVPs by June 19 to Michelle Rosengaus at (650)223-8616 or mrosengaus@paloaltojcc.org.  

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