Tuesday, May 5, 2020. Issue 15.
Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to have a good attitude while waiting. Patience is a calm acceptance that things can happen in a different order than what you had in mind. Patience is concentrated strength. Patience usually conceals impatience. Patience is often bitter, but its fruit is usually sweet. And, yes, it's difficult to wait, but regret is usually worse. The secret to patience? Do something else in the meantime. — a collage of common quotes
If you're like the staff of the JCC, you're oh-so-eager/antsy/itchy to resume your usual routine, including frequent visits to the JCC. Please be patient. We can't wait to see you, too!
So, in the meantime , we hope you enjoy our thoughts and offerings below.

Tuesday, May 5, is the emergency global day of giving and in direct response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Your support and generosity are needed so that our JCC may continue to bring programs, classes, and performances to you while you stay safe at home. It also helps us prepare for the wonderful day when it is safe to reopen our doors and welcome you back!
Thank you in advance to our wonderful community!
Cultural Arts & Trips
Puebla, Mexico

Time to head south of the border (over the wall) to fete Mexico’s culture and heritage and watch musicians and dancers perform in the merriment of this colonial city’s celebration.

Commemorating the 1862 Battle of Puebla (Note: This is not "Mexican Independence Day"), Cinco de Mayo is more festive here than in any other place in the country. With cultural exhibitions and performances taking place over the three weeks preceding, May 5 begins with a battle reenactment, before the parties and parades begin.

Start with a city tour.
From ABC News’ Cinco de Mayo: A Brief History.
For a deeper dive into the holiday’s history, watch this interview with David E. Hayes-Bautista, Director of UCLA’s Center for the Study of Latino Health & Culture:
To watch the 150th anniversary celebration (in 2012) with a spectacular multimedia show held at the city’s Guadalupe Fort.

For Act I:
El Espíritu de la Tierra (“The Spirit of the Earth”)
For Act II:
El Espíritu de la Gente (“The Spirit of the People”)
Performing Arts
This coming Saturday was supposed to be an evening with Paula Poundstone and her funny business. We'll miss her!
Meanwhile, if you need your Paula fix and you'd like to prove her wrong, check out her current podcast.
With co-host Adam Felber, Paula welcomes expert guests for a musing interviews and insightful discussions that amount to a "comedic field guide to life...to help us navigate in the 21st century." She offers valuable advice like what to do if you encounter a bear and how to translate a Verizon bill.

Paula Poundstone is a nationally known comedian, legendary for her smart, spontaneous humor. She and Adam are regular panelists on NPR's #1 show, Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
Tikkun Marin Spotlight
Help us save lives
on May 28, 10-4 pm.

Healthy individuals are constantly needed now to help patients counting on lifesaving blood. On Thursday, May 28th, the Osher Marin JCC, Congregation Rodef Sholom, and The American Red Cross are partnering to host a blood drive at the JCC. Space is extremely limited, so advance registration is required.

To learn more or to sign up, go to https://www.redcrossblood.org/ and use the code MARINBLOODDRIVE in the space that reads Find a Blood Drive (upper right corner).

Each pint of blood we collect can help save up to three lives and will touch the lives of so many more.

This program is part of the Osher Marin JCC"s Tikkun Marin community service initiative.

Please note, the Osher Marin JCC continues to be closed to the public due to the coronavirus and will be closed for all other activities on that day.

To learn more about the safety protocols on the day of the blood drive, click here .
Jewish Peoplehood
Crowded Living—Then and Now

For those with a penchant for New York history, the Tenement Museum has one of the best virtual sites to explore. Their virtual exhibits are incredibly relevant to our reality today: Beyond Statistics: Living in a Pandemic, traces the stories of five former residents of the Museum’s tenement buildings, from the 1860s through the 1990s and The Census: Reading Between the Lines offers a glimpse into how the museum historians have used the census to learn how residents of the Lower East Side lived. Both interactive exhibits can be found here.
The exhibits present historical parallels, which is why today the museum is also gathering a special collection of objects that bring comfort in challenging times. You are invited to contribute your own stories and those of your ancestors. Show us which objects bring you comfort. Read more about the project and how your family history can be included in this museum collection.
Camp & Youth
Uh...THAT one?

While we know our time outdoors is a bit limited, we can take a nature walk and enjoy the beautiful sunshine and fresh air with family.

Did you know that you can also go "shopping" for activity supplies in nature too?

Check out this awesome memory matching game that you and your loved ones can create and then play!
Now, don't forget...
Early Childhood Education
Can you tell me how to get
(how to get) to a virtual playdate?

During this challenging time, what if kids could connect with their Sesame Street pals for a virtual playdate filled with fun, stories, and songs?

Coming to you from Elmo's Apartment in the heart of Sesame Street, join Elmo, his friends, and his special celebrity guests for thirty minutes of dancing, laughing, singing…and even snacks with Cookie Monster!
Adult Learning & Living
Introducing Virtual Music & Morsels
Ian Scarfe: The Passion of Classical Piano
Wed, May 6th at 1:00 pm
On Zoom via Your Computer, Tablet, Smartphone
Join us for the launch of what we hope will turn into a new, live, online program: Virtual Music & Morsels (VM&M)! We provide the music, you bring the “morsels” in the comfort of your own home.

Back by popular demand, pianist & historian Ian Scarfe will perform and discuss an exciting program showcasing dramatic, classical masterpieces including Frederic Chopin's Spanish-flavored dance Bolero, Op. 19, and Franz Joseph Haydn's stormy and dramatic Sonata in B Minor.

Ian Scarfe brings us this enriching opportunity to be entertained live as he reveals mysteries of these outstanding musical works. Afterwards, stay for some live Q&A to ask Ian about the music, the general repertoire, his training and more! We hope to see you then!

Registration is required by Wed, May 6th at 10:00am (PST), click here.

The performance is free; however, please consider making a donation designated to Adult Learning & Living to support our live music and learning. Just click here.

The program will be held using Zoom. If you are not familiar with Zoom and would like to join us, click here for helpful manuals & classes.

A Very Special Thanks
To the following lead donors who, through their generosity and quick response to a last-minute request, are helping to launch this new program and to make this and a few other upcoming, private concerts, and discussions possible for all of our viewers! Thank you.
Marilyn Beller
Nancy Ellenbogen & Joel Lurie
Lori & Michael Ferguson
Liz & Joe Greenberg
Joan & Jim Kirsner
Susan & Mark Lachtman
Edie Pankratz
Damien Keller & James Sokol
Jewish Engagement
Small Jewish World

Obscured by the fear, financial insecurity, and loneliness of the Covid-19 pandemic are some powerful blessings. I’ve been fortunate enough to join Writers Near & Far, a group of women writers who meet virtually from all over the world. Each week, participants write short pieces in response to a prompt: How has your experience of home changed? Write about what you’ve gained and lost in the quarantine. Share about a time that you wore a mask, literally or metaphorically.

Listening to a woman in Jerusalem eloquently describe what it means to skip through the city at dawn gave me such a feeling of connection. A writer in Tel Aviv shared how she flew to Glaskow, just before the shutdown, as her father was dying. From London, we heard about the figurative mask a woman wore with her young children as she battled breast cancer.

Sharing reactions and reflections to this unprecedented moment with others around the world has provided both solace and inspiration.

Please email jgreene@marinjcc.org if you’d like to learn more about Writers Near & Far.
Health & Fitness
Jocelyn Freid
Personal training while at home? Yes!

We have online personal training with Jocelyn Freid.

Sessions will be taught on Zoom and we have a special rate of $199 for 3 one-hour sessions.

To purchase a package, email brosenstein@marinjcc.org

For more information about training sessions, email jocelynfreid@msn.com
Adult Learning & Living

Let's celebrate online!

James Sokol is creating a fun, interesting, delicious, and educational celebration of National Wine Day (May 25).

Rockpile Vineyards and the Osher Marin JCC are partnering for a very special, live, online, and private guided “ terroir ” wine tasting.

What is a “ terroir ” tasting? Loosely translated from French as “earth,” “ terroir ” refers to the specific location where the grapes are grown. The soil in different plots of land often has different qualities: amounts and types of minerals, soil make-up, the amount of sunlight, stress, etc.—all of which affects the grapes and the resulting flavors.

So, our tasting will include three wines, each from the same vintage, using the same varietal, but grown in separate vineyards at different altitudes within the same region. 
For this tasting, participants have the option to order a specially-curated and generously-discounted ( just for us!) collection of three 750ml bottles of 2017 Rockpile Vineyards Zinfandels, one from each of three different vineyard designations: Florence, Leigh Thomas, and Rockpile Ranch Park’s.

Online tasting event includes
  • Discussion of the Sonoma County growing regions with a focus on the Rockpile “AVA,” its history, vineyards, and terroir
  • Live tasting and discussion of each wine
  • Emailed tasting notes and technical data for each wine
  • The fun banter and tall tales (re: interesting history) from Rockpile Manager Sean Beehler and Wine Club Coordinator Tori Hendel

Many participation options
  1. Order the wines, open all and do the complete tasting.
  2. Order the wines, open one bottle for the tasting, and listen to the discussion of the other wines.
  3. Order the wines, don’t open any bottles, and listen to the discussion.
  4. Don’t order the wines, listen to the discussion, and order the wines at our group discount any time before/on Wed, May 27.
  5. Don’t order the wines, listen to the discussion, and enjoy the learning.

Sunday, May 24. 3:00pm (PST) / 6:00pm (EST), please join the Zoom meeting a few minutes before to make sure it’s working for you.

Zoom (a link to join the tasting will be sent after you have registered).

You must register by Friday, May 22, at 12:00pm (PST)/3:00pm (EST). To register, click here.

This event is FREE.
 The wine is discounted.

Order your wine by:
Non-California Residents by Friday, May 8 at 12:00pm (PST)/3:00pm (EST).
California Residents by Friday, May 15 at 12:00pm (PST)/3:00pm (EST).

To order, please call the Rockpile Vineyards at (707) 433-9206.

$119.00 plus applicable state taxes (in CA and a few other states, please ask when ordering) + Complimentary shipping ($20 -$36 Value). NB: Regular full price would be $200-$216 for the three bottles plus shipping! Unfortunately, shipping is not available to the following states: IL, KY, MI, MS, UT.

Stay well, Friends. We miss you!
Expect Issue #16 on Tuesday, May 12th.