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
Date Day Time Event Name Description Cost For Tickets & Registration
Sep 1 Tuesday 1pm Coffee Talk:  
Stories of the Passed
Grab a cup off coffee (or tea, or whatever), pull up a chair, and join others for an engaging chat.  FREE  Click here 
Sep 2-30  Wednesday  11am  Still Traveling: 
Venerable Venice (4-Part Series) 
Let us Zoom you to Venice to spend time with our terrific, local guide Laura, who leads these “visits” live from her venerable city!
$50 for 4 classes  Click here 
Sep 2  Wednesday   11am Venerable Venice:
 Venetian Homes 

(One-Time Event) 
Let us Zoom you to Venice to spend time with our terrific, local guide Laura, who leads these “visits” live from her venerable city!  $15  Click here 
Sep 2  Wednesday  2pm 
New time!
Virtual Music & Morsels: 
The Drama of Beethoven 
Bring your coffee/tea & dessert, take a front row seat at your computer, and join pianist Ian Scarfe for this live recital with Q&A.   FREE Click here 
 Sep 3-24  Thursday  1pm   Broadway Backstage
(4-Part Series)
Let us sneak you in the Stage Door to go “backstage” on Broadway for discussions w/theater professionals & video highlights. $60 for 4 classes   Click here
Sep 3  Thursday   1pm Broadway Backstage: 
The Walking Broadway Encyclopedia 
(One-Time Event) 
Join this guided tour of Southern Times Square to learn about the district's theaters, titans & legends from Broadway's premier local guide.  $20  Click here 
Sep 8  Tuesday  1pm  Learning Zoom Practice Sessions We think you'll want to know how to use Zoom, so we’ve created some resources to teach you. FREE Click here 
Sep 9 Wednesday 10am

Book Fest: Danielle Renov & Peas, Love & Carrots: The Cookbook 

With Host Holly Firfer 

 Join in this cooking demo  - live from Israel! - with Long Island, NY-native and Israel-resident Danielle Renov. $6  Click here 
Sep 9  Wednesday   11am   Still Traveling: Venerable Venice: 
Foreign Communities 

(One-Time Event)
 Let us Zoom you to Venice to spend time with our terrific, local guide Laura, who leads this “visit,” live from her venerable city!  $15   Click here  
Sep 9  Wednesday  2pm 
New time!
Coffee Talk: 
Book Banter 
 Join me and others for a "no reading book discussion!" Gather to hear and share recommendations, commentary and connections! FREE   Click here
Sep 10  Thursday  1pm  Broadway Backstage: 
The Tony Nominee 
(One-Time Event) 
Let us sneak you in the Stage Door to go “backstage” on Broadway for a discussion with this delightful Tony-Award nominee!  $20  Click here 
Sep 11 Friday 11am Book Fest: Fredrik Backman & Anxious People: A Novel  In Conversation with
Holly Firfer, CNN Journalist  
 $6 Click here 
 Sep 13  Sunday 2pm  Terrific Tastings: 
Piemonte on the Palate 
Order Wines by Sept 2nd
 Join us for a live, online, discussion & tasting of three red wines from Italy's Piemonte region with importer & specialist Gregory Condes. $10   Click here
Sep 14 Monday 11am Book Fest: Ruth Ware & 
One By One 
In Conversation with David Baldacci, #1 NYT Bestselling Author   $6  Click here 
Sep 15  Tuesday  1pm  Coffee Talk: 
Documentaries & Discussions -- 
“The True Cost” 
Dive into new worlds & experiences through factual storytelling about real people, places & events.  FREE  For registration
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Sep 15 Tuesday 5pm Book Fest: Fred Guttenberg & Find the Helpers: What 9/11 and Parkland Taught Me About Recovery, Purpose, and Hope  In Conversation with
Holly Firfer  
$6  Click here 
Sep 16 Wednesday 10am Book Fest: Ken Follett & The Evening and
the Morning
 
 In Conversation with Erica Jong, New York Times Bestselling Author  $42 Click here 
Sep 16 Wednesday  11am  Still Traveling: 
Venerable Venice – The Jewish Ghetto 
(One-Time Event) 
Let us Zoom you to Venice to spend time with our terrific, local guide Laura, who leads this “visit,” live from her venerable city!  $15  Click here 
Sep 17  Thursday  1pm  Broadway Backstage: 
The “Leading Lady of Crossover” 
(One-Time Event) 
Let us sneak you in the Stage Door to go “backstage” on Broadway for a discussion with the versatile "Leading Lady of Crossover!"  $20  Click here 
Sep 21  Monday  1pm  Learning Zoom Practice Sessions  We think you'll want to know how to use Zoom, so we’ve created some resources to teach you.  FREE  Click here 
Sep 22   Tuesday 1pm  Learning Unlimited:
 Wild Women Poets 
 Celebrating Wild Women Poets (In A Pandemic)
Join with Dale Biron for a free Zoom presentation enjoy, discuss and share!
FREE  Click here 
Sep 23  Wednesday  1pm  Coffee Talk: 
Whatcha Watchin’? 
Join me and others to share and compare what you are watching, favorite resources and biggest surprises!   FREE   Click here
Sep 23 Wednesday 5pm Book Fest: Jodi Picoult & The Book of Two Ways: A Novel In Conversation with Judy Blume, New York Times Bestselling Author 

$36

Click here 
Sep 24  Thursday   1pm Broadway Backstage: 
The “Chorus-star” 

(One-Time Event) 
Let us sneak you in the Stage Door to go “backstage” for a discussion with Broadway's charming and most in-demand Chorus Boy.  $20   Click here
Sep 30  Wednesday  11am  Still Traveling: 
Venerable Venice –
Lido & the Belle Epoque 

(One-Time Event) 
Let us Zoom you to Venice to spend time with our terrific, local guide Laura, who leads this “visit,” live from her venerable city!  $15  Click here 
Sep 30 Wednesday 5pm

Book Fest: Deepak Chopra, Total Meditation 

With guest host Nadia Bilchik, CNN Editorial Producer 

At at the forefront of the meditation revolution in the West, Chopra brings his new book Total Meditation. $31  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!


 
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.

July 1, 2019 - July 15, 2020

Ursula Gropper
Melanie & Peter Maier
Kurland Family Foundation
Hilda Namm
Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco
The Peninsula, Marin & Sonoma Counties

Annette & Richard Delaney, Nancy Ellenbogen & Joel Lurie, Michael & Lori Ferguson, Gail & Harold Glassberg, Jean & Alan Kay, Janet Gallin/The Kelter Foundation, Harriet Kossman, Judith & David Layne, Margarite Olmos, Edie Pankratz, Barbara Sachs-Senn, Jackie & Larry Slayen, Carla Sokol, Michele Spitz/Woman of Her Word.
 Anonymous, Lorraine Barry, Marilyn Beller, Joanne Chappell & George Hagan, Carolyn & Richard Cogan, Dimensions in Travel, Jeanne Gnuse, Liz & Joe Greenberg, Christine & Ron Grossi, Nancy Hemmenway & Thomas Welsh, Joan & Jim Kirsner, Susan Kolb, Susan & Mark Lachtman, Levi Strauss Foundation, Sue Moriguchi, Kim & Marc Press, Melanie Sperling, Ruthellen Toole/Cindy Tollin, Lorraine Voskanian.
Elizabeth Austin, Faith Barry, Dolores Bartning, Lee & Frank Battat, Janet Braff, Gloria Cote, Dwight Daley, Barbara Dembo, Mary & Oak Dowling, Carol Durham, Judith Einbinder, Bernice Greene, Nancy Hemmenway & Thomas Welsh, Gail & Jerry Jacobs, Marjorie Jules, Iris & Alvin King, Julie Klein, Sheri & Jerome Langer, Joan Lithgow, Jeanie E Merriman, Jane Merryman, Emiko Moore & Gary Smith, Joyce Pavlovsky, Jeanne Radtke, Joyce Ratner, Steven Reynolds, Joyce & Gary Rifkind, Donna & Mark Saberman, Judie & Leonard Shaw, Damien Keller & James Sokol, Gregory Spencer & Ben Isaacs, Neva Turer, Hollace Vaughan, Beth Vivio, Judy Whellan, Marilyn Rae Williams, Diane Williams, Sondra Wuthnow.
Alicia Allen, Lauri Arbeit, Marilyn Bagshaw, Marion & Wayne Bulette, Jody & Ed Cale, Karen Carmody, Betsy & Chuck Cordes, Jim Cox, Carol Cuzner, Marilyn de Guzman, John & Martha Denison, Jill Denney, Etty Dolin, Jane Epel, Ronnie & William Feldman, Barbara Fopp, Carole & Mark Friedlander, Shirley Gallagher, Carlotta Gonzalez, Michael Gorton, David Gowdey, Rosemary Greenberg, Catherine Gross, Marc Horowitz, Diane Hyde, Susan Kelly, Lamar Leland, Jerrold Levine, Gerald Lopatin, Judith Mandelbrot, Elaine McKenna, Holly Middleton, Sonja Miremont, Dorothy Nirenstein, Judith & Neil O'Hanlon, Pamela Rand, Donald Reinberg, Jack Rengstorff, Crissy Davis Roach, Lois Roach, Wendy Robbins, David Rose, Dolores Rubin, Marilyn Schneider, Carole Shaw, Judie & Leonard Shaw, Marjorie Siegel, Lexie Sifford, Nina Komiakoff Smith, Peter Snoek, Melanie Sperling, Philip & Rebecca Susser, Maureen Tarpey, Delore Veenstra, Jane Wallace, Carol Wolfe, Rhea Wolkowitz.
 

Make a donation of any amount at
www.marinjcc.org/donate
and designate your gift to "Adult Learning & Living"

Thank you for your support!