T uesday, June 9, 2020. Issue 20.

Woo-hoo!
Outdoor Lap Swimming
& The Tot Pool
Open on Monday, June 15!



Get Ready to Swim in Two Steps

1.   Define your membership.

Un-freeze and re-activate your full-facility membership, 
...or confirm your active membership, 
...or become a new member.

Click the button below to send us an email.
Write UNFREEZE, CONFIRM ACTIVE, or NEW MEMBER
in the subject line.
2.   Make your reservation.

On Thursday, June 11, l ook for a more detailed email with new  procedures  for making your reservation for lap swim and the tot pools. 
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Development
Seek that daily bright spot.
The past several weeks we have been focusing on celebrations. While it may be difficult to think about celebrating during these difficult times, perhaps it is more important than ever to look for a bright spot in each day and celebrate the small things that bring joy and inspiration—the kindness of a neighbor, a program that brought a smile to your face, or an upcoming milestone that will look very different this year and merits even more recognition than usual.

Our mission of sustaining Jewish culture, building community, and enriching lives has never been more relevant. Thank you for supporting our JCC as we work to keep our center and community strong and connected.
Tikkun Marin Spotlight
What a Success!
Thanks to the 46 donors who participated in last week's Red Cross blood drive, at our JCC.  We collected 39 units of blood, exceeding our goal of 36! 

Thank you to the American Red Cross and to Congregation Rodef Sholom for this partnership, and look for upcoming Tikkun Marin events to help us continue to care for our community.
Jewish Peoplehood
Become a pen pal and send some joy.
The Osher Marin JCC is partnering with neighboring senior community Drake Terrace to create a new pen pal program between our members and their residents.

Sign up today to help dispel some of the isolation our seniors are feeling and bring a  bisl  (Yiddish for "a little") joy to their lives.

Space is limited.
Email hsanders@marinjcc.org to learn more.
Early Childhood Education
We All Have Different Shades of Skin:
A Social Story
This social story describes a situation or concept that a child may encounter. The story includes factual information and provides a positive perspective to help the child gain deeper understanding.
This story was developed by Tara Tuchel of Autism Little Learners. Her website is a timely online destination that provides resources and ideas for families and educators.
Jewish Engagement
Consider this?
We pound these messages into our kids’ brains:

Pikuach Nefesh
(saving a human life is most important)

Tzedek, tzedek tirdof
(justice, justice shall you pursue)

Tikkun olam
(repair the world)
Racial equity is profoundly a Jewish issue, a human issue. We can start by considering Jews of color.
 
Step one is to look inward and confront our own implicit bias. Step two is to listen—deeply listen to the experiences and feelings of people of color.
Performing Arts
Oliver Mtukudzi
The world lost Oliver (Tuku) Mtukudzi in January 2019, but we were honored to bring him to the Osher Marin JCC and share his beautiful music with messages of peace, love, and tolerance.

Though Oliver was best known in our country as “a soulful Zimbabwean musician," Tuku was considered to have been Zimbabwe's most renowned and internationally recognized cultural icon of all time. A philanthropist, a human rights activist, and a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for the Southern Africa Region, his music will live on.
First, listen. Then, learn.
Be a part of the change.
Click the button to the right for an extensive list of anti-racism media resources hosted on Forbes.com.
Camp & Youth
Although we may not be meeting for in-person camp sessions this summer, please know that we will be thinking about you. For those of you we have had the pleasure of camping with in the past , we will miss you immensely. To those of you we were to camp with for the first time, we will miss the opportunity to meet you. We hope that our paths cross again in the future!

During these times, now more than ever, I am reminded of the mission of Marin JCC Camp Kehillah:
Marin JCC Camp Kehillah cultivates an inclusive community where campers are encouraged to be their most authentic selves.
When I read this statement, I am reminded of our role in the community and world at large. We are here to lift up others and be sure that everyone is seen.
This week I encourage you to seek out ways to continue educating yourselves and loved ones about race and racism. Click the button to read an article that may help.
Cultural Arts & Trips
DESTINATION
Santa Fe, New Mexico
If I can’t whisk you away to “the city different,” let me bring it to you!  Get your chips out, your margarita, beer, or lemonade poured, and join us for a fun, interesting, and delicious experience! 
 
We are delighted to partner with our dear friends at the Santa Fe School of Cooking to explore one of America’s favorite condiments! Join us for a very special, live, online, and private guided salsa tasting.
Join us for Salsa Tasting
Sunday, June 28th - 3:00pm (PST) 
The Tasting Event is Free
presented on Zoom
 
For this unique experience, one of our very favorite chef-teachers at the School Michelle Chavez will guide us through a tasting of four salsas, each with different flavor profiles, each with only medium heat, and each used as more than just a dip for chips.
For event registration, click the button below. Please put “Osher Marin JCC” or “OMJCC” as the “organization.”
Salsa Collection Cost
Our curated collection of four salsas, includes shipping via USPS Priority Mail (1-3 days).

  • $49.65 (to the West Coast)
  • $54.65 (to the Midwest)
  • $58.65 (to the East Coast)

Our salsa collection is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Please order at your earliest convenience!

Ordering the Salsa
Please call the Santa Fe School of Cooking at call 800-982-4688 / 505-983-4511. Ask to order “the JCC Salsa Tasting Collection.”

Questions
  • The Tasting Event: email James at jsokol@marinjcc.org
  • The Salsa Ordering: call 800-982-4688 / 505-983-4511

See you for our  Terrific Tasting: Santa Fe & Salsa!
Development
One more week!

I love good food and good people and Stacy Scott is the epitome of both! Stacy Scott Catering is not only committed to providing her clients with a spectacular dining experience, but she is committed to giving back to the community as well.

Thank you Stacy Scott Catering for extending your generous offer to our JCC for one additional week! Once again this week you will be able to enjoy delicious meals and have 15% of the proceeds benefit our JCC.
Entertainment
Reel Inspiration

From Spartacus to Ford vs Ferrari, from Schindler’s List to Midday, many of our finest films are based on true stories. While not always factually correct, they give us reason to run to Google and look up some of these amazing people and untold stories.
The Imitation Game
2014. Available on Amazon Prime, Vudu, Hulu, and iTunes.
In 2014, The Imitation Game was my favorite film of the year. Based on Alan Turing’s autobiography, we experience this mathematical genius as he attempts to crack the Nazi codes at Britain’s top secret Government Code and Cypher school. It is the darkest days of World War II, Turing and his colleagues may change everything. Benedict Cumberbatch doesn’t just play the part of Turing, he inhabits him. It is one of the finest performances ever put on film.
Wild
2014. Available on Google Play, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Vudu, and iTunes.
Once in a while, an actress or actor can get a movie they believe in made and fortunately it is a winner. Coming from a place of passion and commitment, Reese Witherspoon produced and stars in Wild. Cheryl Strayed is in trouble, shocked by her beloved mother’s passing, recovering from a failed marriage and using dangerous acting out to mask her feelings. She attempts recovery on one of the longest and toughest hikes in America, the Pacific Crest Trail. This inspired screenplay looks at personal challenge and redemption and was written by Nick Hornby, who gave us the screenplay for Hugh Grant’s best work, About a Boy. Wild is one of those films that seems unbelievable, but this is the journey of an unusual, determined woman.
The Aeronauts
2019. Available on Amazon Prime.
The Aeronauts is not an exact story but is so visual and weirdly exciting, it is well worth seeing. The year is 1851 and a talented, revolutionary meteorologist ascends a balloon in order to break an altitude record and discover weather facts. A professional balloonist goes with him, she is based on two women who lived insanely adventurous lives. Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones star, leading me straight to the computer to find out the real story on this remarkable time, place, and characters. Perhaps not exactly factual, this film is a real trip!
Shout-Outs & Celebrations
Would you like to place a shout-out
into a future issue of this Virtual JCC?
Stay well, Friends.
We miss you!
Expect Issue #21 on Tuesday, June 16th.