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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.

Punch cards go on sale for $75 from Monday, August 24 through Tuesday, September 1. Let's start the new season with a blast! (Price returns to $95 after September 1)

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.


  • 9/1/2015 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 at our OFJCC Café on the Square! Drop in at the Men’s Breakfast Club every Tuesday morning. Enjoy coffee and breakfast with stimulating conversation, listen to invited guest speakers, tell jokes and build camaraderie.
  • 9/1/2015 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Love is Here to Stay: Homage to the Brothers Gershwin with Pianist Richard Glazier

Music at Noon Performances

Love is Here to Stay: Homage to the Brothers Gershwin with Pianist Richard Glazier

Pianist Richard Glazier is a leading authority on the music of George Gershwin and the star of three award-winning PBS television specials about American Popular Song.

With a doctorate in Piano Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a lifelong passion for classic films, Glazier is able to offer fascinating, behind-the-scenes stories and brilliant piano performances.

Music at Noon performances include lunch. Early admittance at 11:40 AM for people with RSVPs by August 30 to Michelle Rosengaus at (650)223-8616 or mrosengaus@paloaltojcc.org 


  • 9/1/2015 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.
  • 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.

  • 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!)

  • 10/20/2015 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.
  • 10/27/2015 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

"Carnaval" with the VNote Ensemble

Music at Noon Performances

"Carnaval" with the VNote Ensemble
Enjoy the hot rhythms of the VNote Ensemble playing Carnival music across the Americas, from Venezuela to Brazil and Trinidad to the United States.

The VNote Ensemble is hailed for its spirited performances and its fascinating fusion of Latin and folk rhythms with adventurous jazz explorations. They give voice to the hidden treasure of Venezuelan music. The group is committed to raising that voice by exploring the connection between North American jazz, traditional Venezuelan songs and original musical ideas. The VNote Ensemble defiantly ignores musical boundaries to create a new direction using the infectious rhythms of joropo and swing, gaita and soul and be-bop and calypso among many others.


Music at Noon performances include lunch. Early admittance at 11:40 AM for people with RSVPs by October 25 to Michelle Rosengaus at (650)223-8616 or mrosengaus@paloaltojcc.org.  


  • 11/3/2015 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Germans and Jews and 1963

With Alan Fleishman

Germans and Jews and 1963
Alan Fleishman will present his new historical novel, Lara's Shadow, which tackles Jewish forgiveness in post-Nazi Germany. Amid the tensest moments of the Cold War, we meet protagonist Eli Schneider, a young Jewish-American army officer who hates Germans intensely for making him a war orphan. Then he falls in love with one of them. He uncovers one layer of Lara's secrets after another until he must ask how much he can be expected to forgive. And how much responsibility must she bear for others' sins?

Alan's multi-media presentation illustrates the historical background upon which the novel is based, with particular emphasis on the critical year of 1963. It explores the extent of German atonement for the Holocaust and the limits of Jewish forgiveness.


  • 11/10/2015 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

The Next Disaster of Humanity: Over-Medication in the Aging Population

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

The Next Disaster of Humanity: Over-Medication in the Aging Population
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.
  • 11/17/2015 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Argentine Tango with Tangonero

Music at Noon Performances

Argentine Tango with Tangonero
With members from Russia, Switzerland, Taiwan and the United States, Tangonero is a San Francisco-based ensemble dedicated to preserving the tradition of Argentine Tango.

From the folk styling of Roberto Grela to the jazz-infused grandeur of Ástor Piazzolla, their arrangements cover the broad scope of tango history. Overflowing with intense passion, desire and sorrow, their performances capture the fire of the dance and the essence of a culture.

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

  • 11/24/2015 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Gene Kelly

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

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

Gene Kelly took dance out of the ballrooms and into the streets. He traded a top hat and tails for his own signature white socks and loafers. But Gene was more than a dancer. He also made his mark as a film innovator, choreographer and, later, as a director. Because he insisted that his film On the Town be filmed on location in New York City rather than on a Hollywood sound stage, he started a trend of filming on location that is still in practice today.

In this presentation you'll see Gene performing his most famous song and dance numbers as well as rare and highly innovative performances from films that are not as well known. You'll also learn all about Gene's childhood, education, how he was discovered for the stage and the screen, his personal life and his political concerns.

  • 12/1/2015 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

The Nuremberg Trial

Part of Three-Lecture Series: Famous Trials with Oak Dowling, J.D.

The Nuremberg Trial
Take an in-depth look at three notorious trials. Examine legal issues, watch documentary excerpts and discuss a verdict that is controversial to this day.

Join Oak Dowling, JD, to explore the meeting of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson and Nazi leader Hermann Goering at the Nuremberg Trial. Watch an excerpt of the actual cross-examination from the documentary film of the trial, Nuremberg, The Nazis Facing Their Crimes (2006) and view scenes from the film Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) with Maximilian Schell and Burt Lancaster. Schell won the Academy Award as Best Actor for his portrayal of a German defense attorney for the Nazi Judges.

  • 12/8/2015 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Hanukkah: The Prequel

With Gordon Gladstone

Hanukkah: The Prequel
Discover a family saga of power, corruption and unbridled ambition that set the stage for the story of Hanukkah.

We all know how in the story of Hanukkah the Maccabees rebelled against the Greeks and restored the temple. But how did the Greeks get into the temple in the first place? Meet the Tobiads, the most powerful family of Hellenistic Jerusalem, a family of high priests with connections to the Ptolemaic court in Alexandria and the Selucid court in Antioch. This is a family saga of power, corruption and unbridled ambition that set the stage for Hasmonean ascendancy.
  • 12/15/2015 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Grace Note Chamber Players

Music at Noon Performances

Grace Note Chamber Players
The Grace Note Chamber Players, founded in 2010, is a flexibly-sized ensemble devoted to presenting programs of rare and beautiful chamber music to Bay Area audiences.

They will perform a variety of pieces as a string quartet.

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


  • 1/5/2016 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

The Eichmann Trial in Jerusalem

Part of Three-Lecture Series: Famous Trials with Oak Dowling, J.D.

The Eichmann Trial in Jerusalem
Take an in-depth look at three notorious trials. Examine legal issues, watch documentary excerpts and discuss a verdict that is controversial to this day.

The 50th anniversary of the 1961 “Eichmann Trial” presents an opportunity to study the legal issues of this case. Eichmann was Hitler’s master of death.  Join Oak Dowling, JD, to review and discuss the issues with the aid of documentary films and the 2010 book by Deborah Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies, Emory University.


  • 1/12/2016 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

The Trial and Execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg

Part of Three-Lecture Series: Famous Trials with Oak Dowling, J.D.

The Trial and Execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg
Take an in-depth look at three notorious trials. Examine legal issues, watch documentary excerpts and discuss a verdict that is controversial to this day.

The Rosenbergs were American communists who were convicted and executed on June 19, 1953 for conspiracy to commit espionage during a time of war. Their charges were related to the passing of information about the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union. This was the first execution of civilians for espionage in United States history.

Join Oak Dowling, JD, to review and discuss the issues with the aid of the documentary by the granddaughter of the Rosenbergs, Heir to An Execution (2004).

  • 1/26/2016 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Hal Le Roy, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson & the Nicholas Brothers

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

Hal Le Roy, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson & the Nicholas Brothers
This six-lecture series with Bonnie Weiss highlights the lives and talents of musical masters of the stage and screen.

Hal Le Roy: Teenage comic dance sensation, whose gangly "eccentric dancing" paved the way for later comic dancers like Buddy Ebsen and Ray Bolger.

Bill "Bojangles" Robinson: A terrific tap dancer who became famous when he danced with six-year-old Shirley Temple in the 1934 film The Little Colonel.

The Nicholas Brothers: Two astonishing young song and dance men whose dazzling dance routines amazed moviegoers in the 30s and 40s—especially their flying splits.

  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 5/24/2016 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.
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