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Nachito Herrera

Cuban Jazz Virtuoso Pianist Thursday, August 9 | 8:00PM Nachito Herrera is one of the world’s great Cuban pianists. He blends jaw-dropping technique and rich, powerful soulfulness in an amazing display

Arts & Dialogues 2018–2019 Season at the Oshman Family JCC As a steadfast believer in arts as one of the most valuable currencies in building community, the OFJCC’s Arts and Culture team and I have been focusing our curatorial efforts on JEDI: Jewishness, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

of musical power and emotion. Combining Western Classical music with traditional Cuban rhythms, Herrera has been at the forefront of an exciting renaissance in Cuban music.

Art’s transcendent nature and its ability to spark curiosity about the other, to spark dialogue about freedom, values and compassion, had put arts stewardship and education in the forefront of our programming agenda. This year we put the spotlight on pieces and artists who have made it their mission to touch our hearts and broaden our minds. We welcome the entire community to enjoy theatre for families, great thinkers, film and theatrical actors, our thriving School for the Arts classes, award-winning literary minds and scintillating performers at our beautiful Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, a world-class venue with an intimate ambiance. We look forward to seeing you this season. And may the force of art be with you!

Omree Gal–Oz Jazz Quartet Debut Concert and CD Launch Sunday, August 26 | 7:00PM

Omree Gal-Oz is one of the Bay Area’s most promising young jazz piano virtuosos. After hearing his father’s George Gershwin and Art Tatum CDs, twelve-year-old Omree followed his calling and

Ronit Widmann-Levy Director of Arts & Culture

has been playing, composing and improvising ever since with the best jazz masters of our time. An alumnus of Kehillah High School in Palo Alto, Omree went on to attend USC’s Thornton School of Music and has been playing regularly with artists around the Bay Area.


Wednesday, September 5 | 7:30PM At the age of 85, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But without a definitive biography, the unique personal journey of her rise to the nation's highest court has been largely unknown. RBG is a revelatory documentary exploring Ginsburg's exceptional life and career from Betsy West and Julie Cohen and co-produced by Storyville Films and CNN Films.

Phoebe Hunt & the Gatherers Thursday, September 13 | 8:00PM 

Fiddler and singer-songwriter Phoebe Hunt was featured on Rolling Stone's “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know" in 2017. Touched by influences ranging from her native Austin to Brooklyn and India, she has shared a stage with Emmylou Harris, The Infamous Stringdusters, Tony Trischka and Dori Freeman. Join this sensational Americana fiddler and vocalist with her group The Gatherers for an evening of impressive musicianship, powerful lyrics, danceable rhythms and cross-cultural musical exploration.

An Evening with Sean Penn

Author of Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff

Encounter: An Israeli and Arab

Wednesday, September 26 | 7:30PM

Musicians' Collaboration

Menachem Wiesenberg–Piano, Taiseer Elias–Oud, Hillel Zori–Cello, Ronit Widmann-Levy–Soprano Sunday, September 30 | 7:00PM The much-acclaimed artists of Encounter present Western and Arabic music at the intersection of classical and folk genres. The spontaneity of the performance is contagious: Israeli Jews and Arabs meet together to celebrate an ongoing feast of human and musical coexistence! The evening will include pieces for solo instruments, trios, and Wiesenberg’s famous Israeli song cycle Songs of Land.

Photo by Eric Ray Davidson


RBG Film Screening

Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff (Atria Books) by two-time Academy Award®-winning actor, writer and director Sean Penn, is Mr. Penn’s first novel. The darkly humorous novel tells the picaresque story of Bob Honey, a man of many trades— sewage specialist, purveyor of pyrotechnics, contract killer for a mysterious government agency that pays in small bills. “It seems wrong to say that so dystopian a novel is great fun to read, but it’s true. I suspect that Thomas Pynchon and Hunter S. Thompson would love this book." —Salman Rushdie


Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing the Alliance in the 1960s An Evening with Author Marc Dollinger Wednesday, October 3 | 7:30PM

Photo by Shayna Dollinger

In his new book, author and SFSU professor Marc Dollinger shows how Black nationalists enabled Jewish activists to devise a new Judeo-centered political agenda–including the emancipation of Soviet Jews, the rise of Jewish day schools, the revitalization of worship services with gender-inclusive liturgy and the birth of a new form of American Zionism. In scholar Cheryl Greenberg’s words, Dollinger “helps reframe our understanding of Jewish engagement with African-Americans, civil rights and American identity.”

Memories of a Jewish Childhood,1929–1939

Edgar Feuchtwanger's Hitler, My Neighbor Monday, October 8 | 7:30PM Author of the book praised by The New York Times Book Review, New Yorker and Le Figaro, Edgar Feuchtwanger will discuss his work Hitler, My Neighbor: Memories of a Jewish Childhood, 1929–1939 and his unique experience as a young boy, watching Hitler from inside the windows of his home as the world around him crumbled.

Part of the Jewish Luminaries Series

Courtesy of Editions Michel Lafon

The Chosen

The OFJCC Presents a Fountain Theatre Production Saturday, October 20 | 7:30PM Sunday, October 21 | 7:00PM

Photo by Ed Krieger

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the most beloved novel about the American Jewish experience of the 20th century, this acclaimed stage adaptation of The Chosen touches us more than ever. A moving coming-of-age story, set in Brooklyn in 1944, that has been called “funny, poignant, timely and timeless.” (


Mariachi Flor de Toloache Bluegrass Beatles

Thursday, October 11 | 7:30PM Infusions of bluegrass and jazz and topped off with a classical twist. The result: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass, also known as “the world’s premier Beatles tribute.” The band is creating a new sound from the greatest music ever written by the greatest band ever… The Beatles!

Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival

Opening Night, Sunday, October 14 Closing Night, Sunday, November 11 The SVJFF screens films that showcase Jewish spirit, culture, traditions and humor. By bringing a variety of powerful cinematic lenses to the silver screen, the SVJFF strives to spark a dialogue around entertainment, art, politics, society and global issues.

Saturday, October 27 | 8:00PM All-women Mariachi Flor de Toloache offers an edgy, versatile and fresh take on traditional Mexican music. While working to preserve centuries-old traditions of Mariachi, their mélange of traditional and modern pushes the boundaries of the genre and brings Mariachi music to new audiences. The Latin Grammy® nominees’ performances have illuminated renowned stages throughout the United States, Europe and India.


The White Elephant Archive Setting No 3 Thursday, November 8 | 7:30PM The White Elephant Archive Setting No 3 explores the legacy of the Holocaust from the perspective of the third generation living in Austria today. Award-winning multimedia artist Eduard Freudmann’s one-man production uses his family’s archive to explore his family's silence about the Holocaust, and his own attempt to understand the burden of this legacy through art. Made possible by the Future Fund of the Republic of Austria and Federal Chancellery of Austria.

Part of the Jewish Luminaries Series

The Weight of Ink

An Evening with Rachel Kadish Tuesday, November 13 | 7:30PM

Photo by Kevin Day

Winner of a 2017 National Jewish Book Award, The Weight of Ink is set in London of the 1660s and the early 21st century. Electrifying and ambitious, sweeping in scope and intimate in tone, The Weight of Ink is a sophisticated work of historical fiction about women separated by centuries, and the choices and sacrifices they must make in order to reconcile the life of the heart and mind.

Part of the Jewish Luminaries Series

Mandy Patinkin in Concert: DIARY Thursday, November 1 | 7:30PM

Daniel Kahn & the Painted Bird

Before he was an Emmy®-winning TV actor, Mandy Patinkin was already a Tony®-winning Broadway star. Mandy Patinkin in Concert: DIARY presents the acclaimed actor/singer/storyteller in his most electrifying role: concert performer.

Welcome to Jewish Punk Cabaret in 2018! With their new record The Butcher's Share, Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird returns to the road as the original radical Yiddish borderland bandits. Berlin-based Daniel Kahn has been compared to Leonard Cohen or Bertolt Brecht; receiving awards for his phenomenal poetry, composing, playwriting and acting. The live show features projections of images by legendary New York underground artist Eric Drooker as well as material from the band’s new videos.

Photo by Graeme Mitchell

Thursday, November 15 | 7:30PM

“Mandy Patinkin is in the business of showstopping,” raves The New Yorker, and that’s exactly what he does in this powerful, passionate evening of song. From Randy Newman to Stephen Sondheim, from Irving Berlin to Rufus Wainwright, Mandy Patinkin takes you on a dazzling musical journey you’ll never forget.


A Family Hanukkah Concert Saturday, December 8 | 5:30PM Hailed as "one of the finest American klezmer bands" by Songlines Magazine, Metropolitan Klezmer performs an exhilarating range of musical treasures with astonishing agility and refreshing depth. The group brings together stellar musicians with stylistic backgrounds from Latin jazz to funk and folk, Balkan to Zydeco to baroque, and reggae to opera to R&B—complete with a panoramic instrumental array and multi-lingual vocals.


Metropolitan Klezmer

Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs A Cabaret Show

Sunday, December 16 | 7:30PM An evening of song and stories from Scotland’s beloved man-child! Alan Cumming is beyond eclectic. Beloved all over the world for his range of iconic performances in movies, TV and theatre, he is also the author of the recent New York Times best-selling memoir, Not My Father’s Son, an award-winning recording artist and a writer, director, producer and photographer. "Forget sexy. Tony Award -winner Alan Cumming is bringing cabaret back. In the one-man show, the Scottish actor-singer unveils a naughty and comical evening. His visceral banter is balanced by his performance of kooky and mainstream songs. Yes, this irrepressible scamp has feelings. But he is first and foremost fabulous." –Los Angeles Times

Louis Pearl–The Amazing Bubble Man Saturday, December 15 | 11:00AM & 1:30PM

Join us for a fun-filled show with Louis Pearl, the amazing Bubble Man—back by popular demand!


Photo by Kevin Thomas Garcia

Louis Pearl has been thrilling audiences around the world for nearly 30 years with the art, magic, science and fun of bubbles. An Edinburgh Fringe Festival favorite, he has sold out every year since 2007. Louis explores the breath-taking dynamics of bubbles, combining comedy and artistry with audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep everyone mesmerized!



Brazil’s Award-Winning Vocal Group

Black Violin

Thursday, January 17 | 8:00PM

With vibrant harmonies set to infectious Brazilian rhythms and an exuberant stage show, Ordinarius has infused new energy into Brazil's most beloved songs, from traditional choros to the music of Carmen Miranda. The sevenmember vocal group—comprised of six singers and a single percussionist—won first place in the National Vocal Group Competition in Rio de Janeiro in 2014. Catch one of their debut shows on their first U.S. tour!

Sunday, January 27 | 7:00PM Black Violin plays a genre-shattering blend of classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B and bluegrass music. Individually and together, Black Violin has collaborated with the likes of P. Diddy, Kanye West, 50 Cent, Tom Petty, Aerosmith, Aretha Franklin and the Eagles. Of the duo, The New York Times said, “Black Violin works hard, but makes it all look like play…” Bring the whole family for this unique musical experience!

Cantor Azi Schwartz of Park Avenue Synagogue With Colin Fowler on Piano Sunday, January 20 | 5:30PM

The sensational cantorial soloist of New York’s Park Avenue Synagogue comes to the OFJCC. YouTube sensation Azi Schwartz is a world-renowned vocal performer and recording artist whose voice has graced diverse venues from Hollywood to a Papal audience to Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, Madison Square Garden and the Israeli Knesset. Join us for an emotionally moving, spiritually uplifting and artistically dynamic concert featuring piano powerhouse and Park Avenue Synagogue musical director Colin Fowler.

The Second Kind of Impossible: The Extraordinary Quest for a New Form of Matter An Evening with Paul J. Steinhardt

Unravel the mysteries of the universe with Paul J. Steinhardt, Albert Einstein Professor at Princeton University. When Steinhardt began working in the 1980s, scientists thought they knew all the conceivable forms of matter. The Second Kind of Impossible is the story of Steinhardt’s thirty-five-year-long quest to challenge conventional wisdom. His first-hand account is an engaging scientific thriller.

Photo by Colin Brennan

Tuesday, January 29 | 7:30PM


Jewish Women's Theatre

Masters of Hawaiian Music

Monday, February 4, Monday, March 25, Monday, May 20 | 7:30PM

Friday, March 8 | 7:30PM

Show titles to be announced

Jewish Women’s Theatre returns with three new shows! Now in their 10th season, their unique performances engage a variety of writers, actors and audiences to deeply reflect on and celebrate Jewish life. Performances are a unifying experience, providing great entertainment and unexpected opportunities for self-reflection and connection that strengthens our humanity. JWT seeks, develops and adapts stories celebrating a diverse Jewish population that can share the stage, regardless of gender, generation, degree of Jewish observance, ethnicity, cultural background or sexual orientation.


George Kahumoku Jr., Led Kaapana and Jeff Peterson The New York Times dubs Masters of Hawaiian Music “virtuosic keepers of a cultural flame.” George Kahumoku, Jr., Led Kaapana and Jeff Peterson were all raised in rural areas where immersion in Hawaiian music and culture was both entertainment and education. These three master slack key artists share Hawaii’s unique folk styles with origins in early 19th century Hawaiian paniolo (cowboy) culture. Aloha! Presented in partnership with The San Jose Jazz Festival.

Hanna and the Moonlit Dress

Based on the beloved Israeli book Hanna's Sabbath Dress by Itzhak Schweiger-Dmi’el

The Ugly Duckling

Saturday, March 16 | 3:00PM & 5:00PM

Lightwire Theater

In this enchanting and interactive family theatre experience, Hanna has a new, white dress that she must keep clean for Shabbat eve! Through her kind heart and charitable act, her dress becomes stained with coal, but the moon rewards her kindness by turning the black spots into stars. Because the set, props, costumes and masks are all made of white paper, children in the audience will be invited to join in creating Hanna’s world in a pre-show craft activity.

Saturday, February 23 | 3:00PM & 5:00PM We are excited to bring Lightwire Theater back to the Oshman Family JCC with a new show The Ugly Duckling. Of the five eggs in Mother Duck’s nest, one is the largest and last to hatch. Bigger and paler than the others, this last hatchling is treated as an outsider by his family. Combining dance, puppetry and technology, the glow-in-the-dark shows are hailed as captivating and entertaining for all ages.

The Phantom Tollbooth

Enchantment Theatre Company

Saturday, March 30 | 3:00PM & 5:30PM An original stage adaptation of the beloved classic by Norton Juster with illustrations by Jules Feiffer Using puppets, masks, magic, inventive scenic effects and original music, the wonder and delight of Milo’s fantastical adventure come alive on the OFJCC stage! Join ETC as we journey along with Milo to the Lands Beyond and discover that with humor, good friends and a little bit of courage, anything is possible.


Sunday, October 28 | 6:30PM–9:30PM Sunday, May 5 | 10:00AM–3:00PM In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks videos and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x=independently organized TED event.

Gil Shaham, Violin & Akira Eguchi, Piano Recital

Saturday, April 27 | 7:30PM


Part of the Jewish Luminaries Series

Gil Shaham is one of the foremost violinists of our time; his flawless technique combined with his inimitable warmth and generosity of spirit has solidified his renown as an American master. The Grammy® Award-winner, also named Musical America’s “Instrumentalist of the Year,” is sought after throughout the world for concerto appearances with leading orchestras and conductors. Akira Eguchi has performed in the foremost music centers of the United States, Europe and Asia. His appearances in the United States include Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, 92nd Street Y in New York City and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

The OFJCC is proud to sponsor TEDxPaloAlto. Visit for updates and to purchase tickets when they become available.

Photo courtesy of Luke Ratray

Our classes allow kids, teens and adults to explore different art forms, including music, dance, theatre and visual arts in a warm and inclusive setting.

Violins of Hope–Documentary Strings of the Holocaust Thursday, May 2 | 7:30PM

Violins of Hope: Strings of the Holocaust, narrated by Academy Award®-winner Adrien Brody, is a documentary featuring Israeli violinmaker Amnon Weinstein and his efforts to restore violins recovered from the Holocaust. Some were played by Jewish prisoners in concentration camps; others belonged to the Klezmer musical culture, which was all but destroyed by the Nazis. From their amazing stories and Weinstein’s mission to collect and restore the instruments comes the inspiration for this one-hour documentary.

All levels are welcome and classes culminate in a performance, concert or presentation. This year’s projects include Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Musical, our Leonard Cohen and Beatles Community Choir Project, Little Mozarts music class, ballet dance, kids' cartooning and more!


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We are grateful for the financial support of our patrons. If you would like to contribute to the OFJCC’s cultural arts programming, please visit: The Oshman Family JCC is proud to be a part of the Initiative on Jewish Peoplehood, presenting educational and cultural programs that explore Jewish heritage, identity and community. The initiative is co-funded by the Koret Foundation and the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture.

Cultural arts programs are made possible in part through the generosity of Judy and Robert Aptekar, the Koret Foundation, the Oshman Family, the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture, Jill Andre, Guzik Foundation, Randel Seiger, Bonnie and Marty Tenenbaum and the Albert L. Schultz & Janet A. Schultz Supporting Foundation, a supporting foundation of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund. Thank you to Books Inc. Palo Alto for being the official bookseller for OFJCC author events.


Thank you to the Palo Alto Sheraton and Westin Hotels for your generous support of the Oshman Family JCC’s performing arts season.


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2018–2019 SEASON

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8/9 8:00PM Nachito Herrera: Cuban Jazz Virtuoso Pianist 8/26 7:00PM Omree Gal-Oz Jazz Quartet Debut Concert and CD Launch 9/5 7:30PM RBG Movie Screening Documentary 9/13 8:00PM Phoebe Hunt and the Gatherers 9/26 7:30PM An Evening with Sean Penn 9/30 7:00PM Encounter: An Israeli and Arab Musicians' Collaboration 10/3 7:30PM Black Power, Jewish Politics with Author Marc Dollinger 10/8 7:30PM Memories of a Jewish Childhood, 1929–1939 with Edgar Feuchtwanger 10/11 7:30PM Bluegrass Beatles 10/14—11/11 Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival at the OFJCC 10/20 7:30PM OFJCC Presents the Fountain Theatre Production of The Chosen (1st Show) 10/21 7:00PM OFJCC Presents the Fountain Theatre Production of The Chosen (2nd Show) 10/27 8:00PM Mariachi Flor De Toloache 10/28 6:30PM TEDxPaloAltoSalon 11/1 7:30PM Mandy Patinkin: DIARY 11/8 7:30PM The White Elephant Archive Setting Number 3 11/13 7:30PM The Weight of Ink with Author Rachel Kadish 11/15 7:30PM Daniel Kahn and the Painted Bird 12/8 5:30PM Metropolitan Klezmer: A Family Hanukkah Concert 11AM/1:30PM Louis Pearl: The Amazing Bubble Man 12/15 12/16 7:30PM Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs 1/17 8:00PM Ordinarius: Brazil’s Award-Winning Vocal Group 1/20 5:30PM Cantor Azi Schwartz of Park Avenue Synagogue 1/27 7:00PM Black Violin 1/29 7:30PM The Second Kind of Impossible with Author Paul J. Steinhardt 2/4 7:30PM Jewish Women’s Theatre 2/23 3/5:00PM Lightwire Theater: The Ugly Duckling 3/8 7:30PM Masters of Hawaiian Music in partnership with San Jose Jazz Festival 3/10 5:00PM Pocket Opera 3/16 3/5:00PM Hanna and the Moonlit Dress 3/25 7:30PM Jewish Women’s Theatre 3/30 3/5:30PM The Phantom Tollbooth Play 4/27 7:30PM Gil Shaham, violin and Akira Eguchi, piano 5/2 7:30PM Violins of Hope Movie Screening 5/5 10:00AM TEDxPaloAlto 5/20 7:30PM Jewish Women’s Theatre

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OFJCC's Arts & Dialologues: 2018-2019 Season  
OFJCC's Arts & Dialologues: 2018-2019 Season