Osher Marin Adult Learning and Living | Osher Marin Jewish Community Center

Welcome to Adult Learning & Living


 Join us for fun, educational, engaging, social, and sometimes delicious activities. Now with our growing virtual programming, it's easy! Center members, non-members, residents near or far, people of all backgrounds, faiths, ethnicities, fashion styles, chocolate preferences—all are welcome!  Come along and we'll explore the arts, build a broader understanding of our world, taste a few treats together, and possibly pick up a new skill or two. We'd love to have you.

                                                                                                                                              

Upcoming Programs For November
Date Day Time Event Name Description Cost For Tickets & Registration
Nov 1 Sunday 2pm Terrific Tastings:
Winning Zins

Ticket sales closed.

Join our live, online discussion & guided tasting of three specially-discounted zinfandels from Sonoma County's award-winning Pezzi King Vineyards.

Varies  Click here 
Nov 2  Monday  11am 

Still Traveling:
Astonishing Amsterdam

(4-Part Series)

Let us Zoom you to Amsterdam to spend time with our terrific, experienced, local guide Tricia, who leads these interesting live “visits."

Varies  Click here 
Nov 2  Monday   11am


Still Traveling: Astonishing Amsterdam -
“Canal Ring Highlights”

 

Let us Zoom you to Amsterdam to spend time with our terrific, experienced, local guide Tricia, who leads these interesting live “visits."

Varies  Click here 
Nov 2 Monday  1pm  Learning Zoom 
Practice Forum

Join Danielle Vierra for a review of skills taught in our Zoom manuals and an open forum to ask focused questions about using Zoom.

 FREE Click here 
 Nov 3 Tuesday  1pm 

Coffee Talk: 
Sharing Stories

Grab a cup of coffee & bring a story that is fun, funny, touching or represent an uplifting experience to share and discuss with Paula Love and others.

FREE   Click here
Nov 4  Wednesday   1pm

Virtual Music & Morsels: Harvest Festival

Bring your coffee/tea & dessert, take a front row seat at your computer, and join pianist Ian Scarfe for a live recital of Grieg, Bartok and Granados.

FREE Click here 
Nov 5  Thursday  1pm 

Broadway Backstage
(3-Part Series)

Let us sneak you in the Stage Door to go “backstage” on Broadway for discussions w/theater professionals & video highlights. Varies Click here 
Nov 5 Thursday 1pm

Broadway Backstage -
The Stage Manager

Let us sneak you in the Stage Door to go “backstage” on Broadway to get insights & stories during our private discussion with Matthew Aaron Stern.

Varies Click here 
Nov 8  Sunday  10am 

Book Fest:
Natan Sharansky & Gil Troy,
Never Alone

JA leading Jewish Natan Sharansky was arrested. In Never Alone, he and historian Gil Troy show how Sharansky's years in prison, many spent in harsh solitary confinement, prepared him for his public life, bringing extraordinary moral clarity and uncompromising honesty to his work as an Israeli politician and the head of the Jewish Agency. $6-36   Click here  
Nov 8  Sunday  5pm 

Book Fest: Joan Lunden, Why Did I Come Into This Room?

In Conversation with Holly Firfer, CNN Journalist

A funny “What to Expect When You're Expecting” for the aging woman, award-winning journalist, bestselling author, motivational speaker, and women’s health & wellness advocate

and Baby Boomer Joan Lunden delves into various phases of aging in her most candid and revealing book yet.

$11-36   Click here
Nov 9  Monday  11am 

Still Traveling:
Astonishing Amsterdam -
“Dutch Masters”

Let us Zoom you to Amsterdam to spend time with our terrific, experienced, local guide Tricia, who leads these interesting live “visits."

Varies  Click here 
Nov 9 Monday 1pm

Learning Zoom
Practice Forum

Join Danielle Vierra for a review of skills taught in our Zoom manuals and an open forum to ask focused questions about using Zoom.

 FREE Click here 
 Nov 9  Monday 5pm 

Book Fest:
Esther Safron Foer,
I Want You to Know We’re Still Here

Even while building a successful career, being married, and raising three children, Foer felt herself searching. After her mother casually mentions an astonishing revelation, she resolves to find out more, so travels to Ukraine to find where her father hid during the war. What she finds reshapes her identity. The poignant and deeply moving story is not only of Foer’s journey, but of four generations of survivors, storytellers, and memory keepers living in the shadow of the Holocaust.

FREE-$35   Click here
Nov 10 Tuesday 10am

Book Fest: Rachel Beanland, Florence Adler Swims Forever
&  Kristin Harmel,
The Lost Book of Names

Join Andrea Peskind Katz, Founder, Great Thoughts, Great Readers Book Salon for a conversation with these two novelists.

$6-65  Click here 
Nov 10  Tuesday  1pm 

Coffee Talk: Book Banter

Join Danielle Vierra & others for a "no reading book discussion!" Gather to hear and share recommendations, commentary & connections.

FREE 
Click here
Nov 10 Tuesday 5pm

Book Fest:
Dale Berra,
My Dad, Yogi

Dale Berra's chronicle of the unshakeable bond with his father and an intimate portrait providing a unique perspective on one of the great sports figures of the 20th Century a tribute to his dad, a treat for baseball fans, and a poignant story for all fathers and sons.

$10-24  Click here 
Nov 11 Wednesday 12pm

Book Fest:
John Grisham,
A Time for Mercy

Jake Brigance is back! The hero of A Time to Kill, one of the most popular novels of our time,  returns in a courtroom drama that showcases #1 New York Times bestselling author John Grisham at the height of his storytelling powers.

$11-37 Click here 
Nov 11 Wednesday  1pm 

Learning Unlimited: 
The Post

Join retired attorney Oak Dowling for a discussion on the film The Post, which starred Meryl Streep as Katherine Graham & Tom Hanks as Ben Bradlee, the executive editor of The Washington Post. Set in 1971, the film depicts the true story of attempts by journalists to publish the Pentagon Papers, classified documents regarding the US government’s involvement in the Vietnam War. The session is highlighted by film clips and a discussion of the role of the Free Press in our society.

FREE Click here 
Nov 11  Wednesday 5pm 

Book Fest:
Cameron Douglas,
Long Way Home

From the scion of Hollywood royalty – son of Michael Douglas, grandson of Kirk Douglas – a moving, often shocking, ultimately inspiring memoir detailing his struggle to regain his dignity, humanity, and place in society after many years of drug abuse and almost eight years in prison.

$11-24  Click here 
Nov 12 Thursday 11am 

Book Fest:
Michael Oren,
The Night Archer and Other Stories

Israel’s ambassador to the United States, parliamentarian and government minister, combat veteran, athlete, and historian, Michael Oren brings diverse worlds of experience to his fiction. Here is a collection of startling short fiction by this three-time New York Times bestselling author and international statesman

$6-36 
Click here 


Nov 12   Thursday 1pm 

Broadway Backstage - The Standby, the Replacement, the Star

Let us sneak you in the Stage Door to go “backstage” on Broadway to get insights & stories during our private discussion with singing actor David Beach.

Varies  Click here 
Nov 12  Thursday  5pm  Book Fest: Jim McCloskey & Philip Lerman, When the Truth is All You Have

Jim McCloskey’s inspirational story, and as those unjustly imprisoned, a chronicle of faith and doubt, triumphant success and shattering failure, a soul-bearing account of a man who has redeemed innumerable lives – and incited a movement – with nothing more than his unshakeable belief in truth.

$11-35  Click here
Nov 14 Saturday 5pm

Book Fest:
Lawrence Wright,
The End of October

In this riveting medical thriller – from its Pulitzer Prize winning and best-selling author – Dr. Henry Parsons, an unlikely but appealing hero, races to find the origins and cure of a mysterious new killer virus as it brings the world to its knees.


$11-35

Click here 
Nov 15  Sunday   5pm

Book Fest:
Raffi Berg,
Red Sea Spies

In the early 1980s, a new luxury resort on the Sudanese coast attracted guests from around the world. Little did they know that the staff were undercover spies working for the Mossad, Israel’s secret service. Written by BBC Middle East correspondent Raffi Berg, this page-turner tells the true story that inspired the recent Netflix drama The Red Sea Diving Resort. What began with one cryptic message pleading for help turned into the secret evacuation of thousands of Ethiopian Jews and the spiriting of them to Israel.

$11-35   Click here
Nov 15  Sunday 1pm 

Terrific Tastings:
 
Cherries, Chocolate & Cheer!

Order before Nov. 2

Join us for a live, online, discussion & tasting of premier dried cherries and/or chocolates with Chukar's visionary founder Pam Montgomery!

Varies  Click here 
Nov 16 Monday 11am

Still Traveling:
Astonishing Amsterdam - “Jewish Amsterdam”

Let us Zoom you to Amsterdam to spend time with our terrific, experienced, local guide Tricia, who leads these interesting live “visits." Varies  Click here 
Nov 16 Monday 1pm

Learning Zoom
Practice Forum

Join Danielle Vierra for a review of skills taught in our Zoom manuals and an open forum to ask focused questions about using Zoom. FREE Click Here
Nov 16 Monday 5pm

Book Fest: 
Ariel Sabar,
Veritas

From National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author Ariel Sabar, the gripping true story of a sensational religious forgery and the scandal that shook Harvard.

$11-36   Click here
Nov 17 Tuesday 1pm

Coffee Talk:  Documentaries & Discussions – “My Octopus Teacher”

Watch the assigned documentary, then bring your reactions, ideas, point of view & questions to join Paula Love & others for an interactive discussion.

 
FREE  For details
Click here 

For the trailer 
Click here
Nov 18  Wednesday   5pm

Book Fest: Michael Ian Black, A Better Man & Cleo Stiller, Modern Manhood 

Join Atlanta Media Maven Mara Davis for a conversation with these two authors about manhood.

 
$11-62  Click here 
Nov 19  Thursday  1pm 

Broadway Backstage - “The Phantom”’s Only Trifecta Lead

 

Let us sneak you in the Stage Door to go “backstage” on Broadway to get insights & stories during our private discussion with singing actor Kimilee Bryant.

 
Varies  Click here 
Nov 19  Thursday  5pm  Book Fest:
Michael J. Fox,
No Time Like the Future 

Renowned actor and advocate, Fox, in conversation with NYTimes bestselling author Harlan Coben, shares personal stories and observations about illness and health, aging, the strength of family and friends, and how our perceptions about time affect the way we approach mortality. Thoughtful and moving, but with Fox’s trademark sense of humor, his book provides a vehicle for reflection about our lives, our loves, and our losses.

 
$36  Click here 
Nov 20  Friday  11am 

Book Fest:
Mimi Lemay,
What We Will Become

 

Mimi Lemay recounts her memoir of her transgender child’s odyssey, and her journey outside the boundaries of the faith and culture that shaped her; a powerful testament to how painful events from the past can be redeemed to give us hope for the future.

 
FREE-$35  Click here 
Nov 21  Saturday  5pm  Book Fest:
Rachel Bloom
, I Want to be Where the Normal People Are 

From the charming and wickedly funny co-creator and star of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, a collection of hilarious personal essays, poems and even amusement park maps on the subjects of insecurity, fame, anxiety, and much more.

 
$36   Click here
Nov 22  Sunday  10am 

Book Fest:
Melissa Clark,
Kid in the Kitchen

 

This New York Times food columnist and beloved home cooking authority spins 100 all-new recipes for a robust new audience of home chefs: kids ages 8-14!

 
FREE-$30  Click here 
 Nov 22 Sunday   5pm

Book Fest: David Baldacci, Daylight 

Join in this very special evening with number one bestselling author and master storyteller David Baldacci as he discusses his latest thriller.

 
$36   Click here
 Nov 23 Monday  11am  Still Traveling:
Astonishing Amsterdam - “Dam Square & Royal Palace” 
Let us Zoom you to Amsterdam to spend time with our terrific, experienced, local guide Tricia, who leads these interesting live “visits."   Varies  Click here
Nov 23  Monday  1pm 

Learning Zoom
Practice Forum

Join Danielle Vierra for a review of skills taught in our Zoom manuals and an open forum to ask focused questions about using Zoom.

 FREE Click here 
Nov 24  Tuesday   1pm

Coffee Talk: "Whatcha Watchin'?" 

Join Danielle Vierra & others to share entertaining, interesting, educational, or uplifting treasures of what you are watching, plus favorite resources and biggest surprises! 

FREE  Click here 
Nov 25  Wednesday  11am

Moments of Gratitude: Songs of Thanksgiving 

With challenges of all sorts swirling around us, join James Sokol to embrace the spirit of the holiday, to invoke & celebrate gratitude with music from an array of genres; Broadway, pop, opera & more!   FREE   Click here
 Nov 25 Wednesday  1pm  Learning Unlimited:
Dale Biron Poetry 
 Join Dale Biron in a discussion and poetry reading. FREE  Click here 
Nov 30  Monday  11am  Still Traveling:
Murals of Cincinnati 
Zoom with us to Cincinnati to hear about the city's revitalizing ArtWorks initiative and see & learn about some of its most popular murals!  Varies  Click here 
Nov 30   Monday 1pm 

Learning Zoom Practice Forum

Join Danielle Vierra for a review of skills taught in our Zoom manuals and an open forum to ask focused questions about using Zoom.  FREE  Click here 
  
A Sneak Peak For A Few December Offerings
Date Day Time Event Name Description Cost For Tickets & Registration
Dec 3 Thursday 1pm

Exploring Opera: Jewish Treasures
(3-Part Series)

Join in these delightful, musical journeys celebrating the careers & talents of Jewish artists who are true operatic treasures!

Varies Click here 
Dec 3 Thursday  1pm 

Exploring Opera: Jewish Treasures - The Composers

Join in this delightful, musical journey celebrating the careers & talents of Jewish composers who created operatic treasures!

Varies  Click here 
Dec 6  Sunday   2pm

 

Terrific Tastings:
Let’s Go Nuts!

 

 

Get some crackers, slice some apples, pour some sparkling wine & join us for a live, online, guided nut butter tasting with a special guest!

Varies  Click here 
Dec 7 Monday  11am  Still Traveling:  Marvelous Marrakech

Let us Zoom you to Marrakech to spend time with our terrific, experienced, local guide who leads these interesting live “visits."

 Varies Click here 
 Dec 10  Thursday  1pm 

Exploring Opera: Jewish Treasures - The Singers (Part I)

Join in this delightful, musical journey celebrating the careers & talents of Jewish singers who are true operatic treasures!

Varies  Click here
Dec 13 Sunday 1pm

Songs of Light:
A Multi-Genre Musical Celebration of Hanukkah

Whether celebrating “the Festival of Lights” or not, come and join James Sokol to journey through an array of music – Broadway, pop, opera & more! – exploring the theme of “light” along the way.  FREE  Click here 
Dec 17  Thursday   1pm

Exploring Opera: Jewish Treasures - The Singers (Part II)

Continue our delightful, musical journey celebrating the careers & talents of Jewish singers who are true operatic treasures!

Varies Click here 


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Fill your senses.
Join us for exciting online events with custom concerts, thoughtful films, and local food tastings. These are one-of-a-kind, not-to-be-missed events!


Virtual Music & Morsels
Bring coffee/tea & dessert to your computer, take your front row seat, and join us for a 1-hour live concert with a special guest artist who will not only perform, but also offer insights into the program’s pieces. Live Q&A enriches the experience! Your ticket purchase helps support not only our programs, but also our guest artists(s) whose schedule(s) and income(s) have been severely cut by this challenging period.


Terrific Tastings
Partnering with family-owned businesses, many of which may be struggling during this challenging period, we are delighted to create our live, online, educational tasting experiences. Each month features a different specialty & a different guest who bring unique insights to the tasting. Come for the treats, stay for the fun! Click here for more info. 


 
Still Traveling
Would you like to still travel? Now you can without leaving your home – just stay still! Let us whisk you away for an interesting, educational & fun live, guided group tour in a destination beyond your front door! Join a guide from one of our popular Cultural Arts Trips to explore a topic or site at a distant destination as (s)he Zooms across the time zones to lead us. Live Q&A, photos, graphics and video clips (when available) will transport us to the destination! Your ticket purchase helps support not only our programs, but also our special guests – professional guides – who are mostly or completely out of work.



Share your thoughts.

Drop into Coffee Talk. Grab a cup of coffee (or tea, or whatever), pull up a chair, and join others for an engaging chat.​ 

 

Book Banter
Join our "no reading book discussion" to hear and share recommendations, commentary & connections! Whatcha reading?  Fiction?  Non-Fiction?  Best sellers?  Short works?  Share your latest, greatest find, champion an old/classic favorite or just hear what others are reading.


Documentaries & Discussions
Dive into new worlds & experiences through factual storytelling about real people, places & events. Discover an unusual, interesting or unknown topic; gain a new perspective. Documentaries offer engaging, often thought-provoking journeys. Watch this month’s recommendation, then bring your reactions, ideas, point of view & questions to our interactive discussion.


Stories of the Passed
Think of a wonderful, funny, inspiring, endearing and/or treasured memory of friends, family, colleagues or others who are no longer. Whether about a funny conversation, a memorable travel moment, a first date, a hilarious misunderstanding or other uplifting situation, come tell a story, honor memories of dear ones by sharing and hearing "stories of the passed." 


Watcha Watchin’?
With countless web offerings, TV channels & streaming services, chances for viewing new & classic films, shows, one-offs, mini-series and on-going programs are myriad. Join us to share & compare what you are watching, favorite resources and biggest surprises! Learn about entertaining, educational, or uplifting treasures and recommend your favorites.



Expand your mind.

With Learning Unlimited, you can revisit a favorite subject or pick up a skill by diving into something new at our one-time lectures w/Q&A on a variety of subjects.


 

Class 
Exploring Opera with James Sokol

Whether an opera newcomer or a long-time fan, join us for a single session or a full series of our popular classes. Put down your opera glasses, take your front row seat, and explore this gorgeous, if sometimes intimidating, art form. Join James Sokol who started his career under Beverly Sills at NYCOpera, worked on projects with Opera Company of Philadelphia, then moved to work at San Francisco Opera. With years of in-theater and teaching experience, backstage anecdotes, beautiful video performance clips, and a down-to-earth perspectives, Sokol creates classes that always delight.


 

Lectures

Keep an eye on our upcoming events for presenters and educators who are regularly scheduled to share their expertise on a variety topics—from current events to local art installations to financial and legal education.

 

Presentation
Broadway Backstage

Let us sneak you in the Stage Door to go backstage on Broadway! A different, special guest theater professional who brings his/her unique expertise, experiences, and insights to our discussion will be featured at each of these exclusive, behind-the-scenes visits. Live Q&A and photos/video clips (when available) will enrich our experience. Your ticket purchase helps support not only this program, but also our special guests – theater professionals – who are mostly or completely out of work.


Presentation
Opera Behind the Scenes

Let former opera professional & instructor James Sokol pull back the curtain and take you on exclusive, behind-the-scenes visits to the opera. Meet a different special guest opera professional, who brings his/her unique expertise, experiences & insights to our discussion. Live Q&A and video clips highlight our visit. Your ticket purchase helps support not only our programs, but also our guests – opera professionals – who are, mostly or completely, out of work. Come learn, off-stage, what makes the magic happen on-stage!

  

Adult Learning & Living Donors

 A special thanks to the donors who through their commitment to quality programs, care for the community, and the generosity of their gifts, are helping to make this season's Adult Learning & Living programs possible.

Nov 1, 2019 – Oct 31, 2020.

Anonymous, Ursula Gropper & Nate Sumner, Leslie & Steve Isaacs,
Jewish Community Federation, Kelter Foundation, Kurland Family
Foundation, Melanie & Peter Maier, Edith “M.” Pankratz, Jackie & Larry
Slayen, Carla Sokol, Woman of Her Word/Michele Spitz.

Dr. David & Rosalind Bloom, Jody & Ed Cale, Annette & Richard Delaney, Nancy Ellenbogen & Joel Lurie, Ilene Genet & Bob Standish, Jean & Alan Kay, Kelter Foundation, Harriet Kossman, Judith & David Layne, Margarite Olmos, Joyce Ratner. 
Lorraine Barry, Marilyn Beller, Carolyn & Richard Cogan, Moira & Kenneth Feingold, Liz & Joe Greenberg, Gisela Hewitt, Barbara Kirkner, Joan & Jim Kirsner, Sue Moriguchi, Ruthellen Toole. 
Barbara Begany, Carolyn Bieneman, Jona Consani, Dwight Daley, Dimensions in Travel, Michael & Lori Ferguson, Jeanne Gnuse, Christine & Ron Grossi, Nancy Hemmenway & Thomas Welsh, Flavinia & Stevie Kirz, Susan Kolb, Susan & Mark Lachtman, Rosalie Marcovecchio, Kim & Marc Press, Melanie Sperling & Robert Rodvien, Neva Turer, Lorraine Voskanian.
Becky Anderson, Elizabeth Austin, Lee & Frank Battat, Jo Ann Berman, Janet Braff, Judith & Richard Burns, Joanne Chappell & George Hagan, Gloria Cote, Pamela Dekema, Barbara Dembo, John & Martha “P.” Denison, Louise Dibble, Etty Dolin, Mary & Oak Dowling, Judith Einbinder, Jane Epel, Gayle & Abe Farkas, Barbara Friede, Bernice Greene, Erica Heath, Gail & Jerry Jacobs, Iris & Alvin King, Julie Klein, Sheri Liebscher, Joan Lithgow, Diane Martin, Elaine McKenna, Jeanie Merriman, Jane Merryman, Jackie & Howard Nemerovski, Joyce O'Connor, Joyce Pavlovsky, Jeanne Radtke, Donald Reinberg, Jack Rengstorff, Steven Reynolds, Joyce & Gary Rifkind, Marcia & Michael Rubenstein, Walid Saad, Donna & Mark Saberman, Carol Savio, Judie & Leonard Shaw, Damien Keller & James Sokol, Gregory Spencer & Ben Isaacs, Kathleen Urmini, Beth Vivio, Alice Walker, Barbara Ward, Judy Whellan, Marilyn Williams, Diane Williams, Laurie Williamson, Sondra Wuthnow.
Lauri Arbeit, Faith Barry, Barbara & Nathan Becker, Joan Bekins, Marion & Wayne Bulette, Virginia Button, Justin Chew, Betsy & Chuck Cordes, Jim Cox, Barbara Cullen, Carol Cuzner, Jeffrey Dake, Marilyn de Guzman, Ronnie & William Feldman, Susan Fishman, Barbara Fopp, Carole & Mark Friedlander, Janet Friedman, Susan Fyles, Michael Gorton, David Gowdey, Rosemary Greenberg, Karen Haines, Gloria Herzog, Marc Horowitz, Francine Hulot, Susan Kelly, Sheri & Jerome Langer, Jerrold Levine, Maxine Litwak, Linda Marks, Bente & Arne Martinsen, Holly Middleton, Judith & Neil O'Hanlon, Josephine Pelletier, Pamela Rand. Lois Roach, Marc Samuelson, Jules Schechner, Debra Schloss, Marilyn Schneider, John Schwabacher, Paula Siegel, Peter Snoek, Sandra Spector, Philip & Rebecca Susser,, Jane Wallace, Suzanne Waterman, Carol Wolfe, Deborah Yaffe. 
Alicia Allen, Barbara & Larry Babow, Marilyn Bagshaw, Diana L. Blank, Catherine Blumberg, Ellin Chess, Carol Carter Colbert, Carlotta P.B. Gonzalez, Judy Gries, Tom Herington, Diane Hyde, Kate Johnston, Donna Kaulkin, Jessie King, Shirley Long, Gerald Lopatin, Barbara Merino, Dorothy Nirenstein, Laura Phipps, Jane Rivera, Crissy Davis Roach, Wendy Robbins, David Rose, Michelle Rosengaus, Melanie Rubin, Carole Shaw, Marjorie Siegel, Lexie Sifford, Maureen Tarpey, Delore Veenstra, Sandra Watts, Rhea Wolkowitz, Loretta Zweig. 

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