Our History | Osher Marin Jewish Community Center

Our Rich History

The idea for a multipurpose Jewish center began in 1946 when a small group of Jewish men and women living in Marin first gathered. The group was inspired by a rabbi’s moving presentation of a Torah discovered during World War II in Czechoslovakia when he declared “I have come half-way around the world to bring this Torah from a Jewish community that died to a Jewish community that is about to be born.” In 1948, the dedication of the Marin Jewish Community Center occurred and the JCC began operating in a house at Mission and Forbes Streets in San Rafael.

By the early 1960s, the JCC had outgrown its facility and created a new home on North San Pedro Road. In 1980 a partnership of the Osher Marin JCC, Congregation Rodef Sholom, and Brandeis Marin Day School was created to develop a Marin Jewish Community Campus, one of the first of its kind in North America. The new campus opened in 1991 with a 60,000 square foot state-of-the-art JCC.

This past year 15,000 people – all ages, faiths, and backgrounds - came through our doors every week for a broad-breadth of innovative programs, learning opportunities, and services to live a healthy life. The Osher Marin JCC has earned nationwide respect for its model toddler and preschool programs, commitment to lifelong wellness, award-winning camp and teen programs, and outstanding performing arts center. We are dedicated to providing a warm, welcoming place for all who join us and to continually embrace new ways to achieve our mission.