Adult Learning Programs Overview | Osher Marin Jewish Community Center

Welcome to the Kurland Center for 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.

Overview of Programs

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.


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.



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.


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.

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! 
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