T uesday, July 21, 2020. Issue 26.
Online events and programming are introducing us to so many new joys! So a hearty thank-you to all who have braved new technologies and logistics. We love that you're adapting with us, and we look forward to seeing you online! See the new events below.
Cultural Arts & Trips
USA: One-Hour Musical Tour
Virtual Music & Morsels Concert
Ian Scarfe: An American Road Trip
Wednesday, July 22 — 1:00 to 2:00pm
via Zoom and Free

Join us on a musical excursion as classical pianist and historian  Ian Scarfe  performs and discusses a range of lyrical and expressive 20th-century masterpieces that celebrate American composers:
  • Three Preludes, a jazzy homage to Bach and Chopin by Jewish-American composer George Gershwin
  • The Hermit Thrush at Evening, a modern, impressionistic-style piece by Amy Beach
  • Quiet Lake and her signature piece Barcarolle by African-American composer Florence Price
  • Mystic Pool, a dreamy composition by African-American composer William Grant Still

Be entertained live and enriched by Scarfe’s insights into these beautiful works. Afterwards, stay for a live Q&A.

Advance registration required.
Thanks to our donors, this program is free!
Jewish Peoplehood
Shabbat Dinner Order Deadline
Place your orders for a complete Shabbat Dinner by Tuesday, July 21.

The meal kits contain everything you need for a Shabbat dinner for four!

There is also a menu of challahs, bagels, and more.

Shabbat Meal Pick-Up
Friday, July 24 — 10 to 11:00am
Shabbat Dinner: $110
  • 2 Shabbat Candles
  • 1 Braided Challah Loaf
  • Assorted Pickled Veggies
  • Apricot Chicken Leg Quarters
  • Shmaltz Roasted Potatoes
  • Kale Salad with Dill Ranch Dressing
  • 4 Sprinkle Cookie Cheesecake Parfaits

Include Wine: $130
  • 2 Bottles, 375 ml, J. Lohr Cabernet
Tikkun Marin Spotlight
Life-Giving Donation
Osher Marin JCC
Thursday, July 23
11:00am to 4:00pm

The pandemic has caused critical blood shortages. Donating blood is essential today and every day. Please give someone a new beginning by giving blood at this week's drive.

Advance sign-up required.
This program is in partnership with Vitalant and Congregation Rodef Sholom. It is part of Tikkun Marin, the Osher Marin JCC's community service initiative.
Adult Learning & Living
Poetry to Soothe the Soul
We’ve all been touched by this pandemic. Some have lost loved ones, while others have placed their dreams on hold. Join us for poetry readings selected to inspire and heal us in this challenging time.

We can help one another by sharing our losses, honoring our grief, and embracing our resilience to move forward.
Flattening The COVID Grief Curve:
Healing Poetry with Dale Biron
Monday, July 27 at 1:00pm
via Zoom and Free

Advance registration required.
You will automatically receive an email confirmation. If the email is not in your inbox, please check your “junk” or “spam” folders. Still no confirmation? Please re-register making sure to enter the correct email. Still no confirmation? Please contact Danielle at dvierra@marinjcc.org

Thanks to our donors, this program is free!
Be a part of rebuilding our programs. Donations of any amount help make free and low-cost programs such as this possible. Visit www.marinjcc.org/donate and designate your gift to Adult Learning & Living.
Jewish Peoplehood
Seniors Rock Iconic Albums
With senior care facilities on COVID lockdown for four months and counting, we love Sydmar Lodge's antidote to the resulting isolation.

The British residents recreate iconic rock 'n' roll album covers in collaboration with Activities Coordinator Robert Speker. The results are brilliant.

See how these spirited Jewish seniors strike a pose like Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Madonna, Adele, Bruce Springsteen, and more.
Kanbar Center for the Performing Arts
We have had to make the very difficult decision to close our Kanbar Center for Performing Arts for the duration of this pandemic crisis. The program will be on hiatus for a minimum of 12 months.

We are saddened that this decision adds to the tremendous impact on the arts community across our globe as we will be yet another venue that cannot help to support their vital contributions. We are deeply heartbroken on the impact this decision has on our own JCC and the extraordinary Kanbar staff.  Linda Bolt and Heidi Paul will be moving on from the J given this 12-month hiatus of performing arts events. Their vision and dedication will be greatly missed, and we are forever grateful for all of the joy they created and shared.

We look forward to the day when we can yet again open our doors and gather together to listen, dance, sing, learn, and connect.
Jewish Engagement
Show Favorites
If you haven't binge-watched the first few seasons of the Israeli TV show  Shtisel , it's time. Season Three is now in production!

Shtisel  star Michael Aloni posted photos from the set of himself and Shira Haas in costume as Akiva and Ruchami. You may recognize Haas from her portrayal of Esty Shapiro in the acclaimed miniseries  Unorthodox .
And that's not all. I'm sure you've heard that a film version of the musical Hamilton is now streaming on Disney Plus. Here's a hot tip: Watch it with subtitles!

Now enjoy a short clip of Cantor Azi Schwartz singing "Adon Olam" to the tune of "You'll Be Back" from Hamilton .
Feelin' Groovy

Have fun making your very own colorful tie-dye or themed shoes —with Sharpie markers! It's definitely one of my family's most enjoyable and favorite projects.

I've always wanted to do this at Camp Kehillah, but haven't had the chance yet. But now your family and friends can try this at home!

Be inspired and enjoy experimenting with colors and designs.
Adult Learning & Living
Free Zoom Training Through July!
Take a look at our Learning Zoom webpage for easy step-by-step manuals and registration for live online practice sessions.

Advance registration required.

Zoom classes require a minimum of five registrants by 10:00am on the Friday morning of the program.
Thanks to our donors, these sessions are free!
Special Event

A Must-See Free Show!

Transcendence Theatre Company's popular "Broadway Under the Stars" has transitioned to "Best Night Ever" for Summer 2020.

Join us on August 16 as we partner with Transcendence Theatre Company as their Nonprofit Partner for their free online performance of I Hope You Dance. With this partnership, 10% of all online donations that Transcendence receives on the August 16 show date will be donated back to Osher Marin!
Brilliant TV Worth Watching!
They once called it "the idiot box." But for many years, television has brought us the finest dramatic series, documentaries, smart sitcoms, interviews with world leaders, and classical theatre and music.

While we are spending more time at home, it's the perfect time to rediscover and appreciate some of these classic shows, available on a variety of streaming services.
Planet Earth
(Premiered 2006)

Planet Earth is a partnership between the BBC and Netflix. Eleven episodes span the globe featuring gorgeous cinematography and intelligent scripts. Sir David Attenborough takes us on incredible journeys, from the jungles of Uganda to the Arctic to the ocean depths. A way to travel during our challenging times.

My life was changed forever when my mother sat us down to watch Skokie in 1981, a true story that happened in the town of Skokie, north of Chicago. Neo-Nazis decided to hold their rally there, regardless of the community outrage. Over 40% of the town was Jewish, and many were Holocaust survivors. This powerful TV movie stars Eli Wallach, Carl Reiner, and an unforgettable performance by Danny Kaye.
Northern Exposure
(1990 to 1995)

When you need to laugh or at least find your smile, one of my favorite shows is Northern Exposure. From 1990 to 1995, we spend time in a rural community in Alaska. A doctor comes from New York to serve his first four years of practice there and discovers eccentrics and often weird events based on traditions and the harsh environment. From an ex-con disc jockey who quotes Nietzsche to moose having the right of way, our doctor is truly a "gefilte fish" out of water. I genuinely love this show and am glad it won the Peabody and several Emmys. There are 110 episodes.
The Twilight Zone
(1959 to 1964)

Blast off in The Twilight Zone...but only the original, please! This science-fiction/fantasy series ran from 1959 through 1964. Writer, host, and narrator Rod Serling tells stories around main characters encountering paranormal or weird events, leading to a moral at the end. There have been spin-off series, but the original is the best.
The Dick Cavett Show
(1968 to 1986)

The Dick Cavett Show is worth watching for his unusual approach and remarkable guests. Cavett interviews some of the more outrageous personalities of our time, from Gore Vidal and Janis Joplin to Salvador Dali and Marlon Brando.
And finally, check out Acorn TV, where you'll find great British mysteries like Inspector Morse, Endeavour, and Midsomer Murders.
Expect Issue 27 on Tuesday, July 28.  
Stay well, Friends. We miss you!