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    Talkback with Zack

    Talkback with Zack is a series of interviews recorded live with OFJCC President and CEO Zack Bodner. In each episode, Zack interviews an OFJCC staff member or lay leader about the outstanding work they are doing at the OFJCC, giving viewers a behind-the-scenes look at what makes this community center great.

    Talkback with Zack: Maccabi Sports Camp Head Baseball Coach Will Chapman

    OFJCC President and CEO Zack Bodner sits down with Will Chapman, the Head Baseball Coach at Maccabi Sports Camp in Atherton, CA, to talk about his professional accomplishments and life advice from coaching.
    Released August 6, 2021
    Talkback with Zack: A Conversation with OFJCC Board Chair Tali Ronen

    In June of 2021, the OFJCC made history by inaugurating its first-ever Israeli Chair of the Board. There's so much Board Chair Tali Ronen has to offer the community besides her love of shawarma. A veteran organizational leader who has lived in Japan and served on the Boards of the Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School and the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, Tali offers a wealth of organizational knowledge and makes a "passion for governance" look cool.
    Released July 25, 2021
    Talkback with Zack: Employee Engagement and Creative Team Building

    OFJCC President and CEO Zack Bodner sits down with two masterminds of OFJCC employee engagement, Jamie Winslow-Mozzetti and Ed Bancroft. Together, they share the highlights of the past ten years of creative activity design, from chugging lime juice to what actually makes employee engagement activities successful on the ground.
    Released July 4, 2021
    Talkback with Zack: Youth and Teens Department

    In this episode of Talkback with Zack, the Oshman Family JCC's Youth and Teens department takes a trip down memory lane. Program directors Dave Rosenfeld, Rebecca Bigman and Cyrus Mallare-Diethorn share not only their challenges and accomplishments from the past 12 months, they also share a bit of their past through old childhood photos.
    Released April 9, 2021
    Talkback with Zack: Ronit Jacobs, [email protected] Director and Tova Birnbaum, Director of Jewish Content

    Zack is faced with an absolute cliffhanger as his venerable role as host of Talkback is challenged by the OFJCC's very own ICC Director Ronit Jacobs and Director of Jewish Content Tova Birnbaum.
    Released April 13, 2021
    Talkback with Zack: Seth Leslie, OFJCC Chief Development Officer

    This episode of "Talkback with Zack" affords us a peek into the celebration of community and resilience that is the OFJCC Annual Benefit: Gathering. It also offers us a peek into the inner workings of Seth Leslie's mind and the longstanding relationship between Seth and Zack.
    Released April 5, 2021

    Talkback with Zack: Lauren Berman, Director of the Leslie Family Preschool

    CEO Zack Bodner and Lauren Berman, Director of the Leslie Family Preschool, discuss what makes the preschool stunning and impactful, from the people to the values taught through curriculum. From parents to educators to senior staff, as Lauren sums up, "if we were not a strong community coming into this pandemic already, we would not have been able to do this."
    Released March 15, 2021 
    Talkback with Zack: Josh Steinharter, Senior Director, Maccabi Sports Camp

    CEO Zack Bodner converses with Josh Steinharter, our senior director for the JCC Maccabi Sports Camp—the only Jewish overnight camp focused on sports on the West Coast.
    Released March 1, 2021
    Talkback with Zack: Madeline Chaleff, Racial Justice Task Force Member and Monique Schulter, JEDI Committee Member

    CEO Zack Bodner in conversation with Racial Justice Task Force member Madeline Chaleff and Staff JEDI Committee member Monique Schulter
    Released February 16, 2021
    Talkback with Zack: A Conversation with Luba Palant, Senior Director of Community Engagement

    As part of our "Talkback with Zack" series, CEO Zack Bodner talks with Luba Palant, the OFJCC's Senior Director of Community Engagement, about how social justice and community events are changing in 2021.
    Released January 29, 2021



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