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Still Traveling: Captivating Cambodia (4-Visit Series)

Monday, August 2 @ 11:00 amMonday, August 23 @ 12:15 pm

Let us Zoom you to Cambodia to spend time with our terrific, local guide Tek, who leads these “visits” to his fabulous country!

Still Traveling

Would you like to still travel? Now you can without leaving your home – just stay still! In this new series, the Osher Marin JCC (San Rafael, CA) whisks you away for an “armchair adventure”on an interesting, educational & fun live, guided group tour in a destination beyond your front door …even beyond the grocery store! Forget the long, masked airplane ride, let us take you there by Zoom, where one of our favorite guides from this distant destination will take us to explore a site or topic. Yes, we will Zoom across the time zones to be with him/her. Live Q&A, photos, graphics and video clips (when available) will transport us to the destination!

Your ticket purchase helps support our special guests – professional guides – who are mostly or completely out of work.

Join us on these special visits to an intriguing Kingdom in Southeast Asia!

Made possible, in part, by a generous grant from the Senior Excursion fund of the Jewish Federation of San Francisco, The Peninsula, Marin, and Sonoma Counties.

Captivating Cambodia (4-Visit Series)

Four Mondays, August 2-23, 2021

11am-12:15pm (PT), 12-1:15pm (MT), 1-2:15pm (CT), 2-3:15pm (ET)

on Zoom

China, Japan, even Thailand are popular Asian destinations for U.S. travelers. However, tucked in Southeast Asia is the fascinating and – alas! – often overlooked, Kingdom of Cambodia, which offers rich, interesting and beautiful multi-layered experiences to fulfill any curious voyager. Let trip leader James Sokol zoom you off, across the time zones to join our terrific, local, professional guide Tek (live in Cambodia) on our “visits” to his fabulous country.

The Great Angkor Civilization (Aug 2)

Cambodia’s most famous attraction is undoubtedly Angkor Wat – the largest religious monument in the world! At the center of current national pride and of an ancient advanced culture, the majestic structure dates back to the 12th-century. However, it is only one of some 72 major buildings and the remains of several hundred other minor sites scattered throughout the 150-sq. mile landscape. Today, join Tek to learn about this UNSECO World Heritage Site and the glorious Khmer Empire!

The Pagoda & Spiritual Life – A Local’s Perspective (Aug 9)

Spiritual practice is an important, integrated part of life in Cambodia as seen in the vast number of sites throughout the country where ceremonies & rituals occur daily. Although many religions including Christianity, Islam & tribal animism exist in Cambodia, over 97% of the population practices Theravada Buddhism. See and learn about Cambodian pagodas – different than those in China or Japan. – as Tek takes you on our group visit and shares insights into his personal practices.

Phnom Penh – Vibrant Capital, Turbulent History (Aug 16)

Since the French colonization of Cambodia, Phnom Penh has been the capital of Cambodia and, in the 1920s, was considered “one of the loveliest French-built cities in Indochina.” Today, Tek takes us on a guided visit of “his” city – once nicknamed, the “Pearl of Asia” – as we visit some of the its stunning sites, learn about its dark history, and see how it is flourishing today.

Traditional Wedding Customs (Aug 23)

Don’t miss our final “visit” as Tek invites us into his life as he shares photos, stories and explanations of his traditional Cambodian wedding. Learn about the customs and symbolism of these colorful 3-day/3-night celebrations comprised of many ceremonies, music, meals, gifts & guests.

Tickets & Notes:

Series Tickets ($50): Series of 4-visits (equals $12.50/visit).

Give-Us-A-Try Tickets ($15): Single visit for August 2 only. Check us out by giving our first visit a try. Single tickets are not available to subsequent sessions; unfortunately, single tickets cannot be credited toward series purchase. Available until 10:30am on August 2.

All Tickets: …are 1) are per device, not per person on Zoom, and 2) are non-refundable & non-exchangeable.

The Fine Print:

Fortunately, we’ve had very few issues, but just to be clear…

Your Zoom “Event Link”: The Zoom event link will be emailed to all registered guests 2-days prior to the first “tour.” To help it land in your “inbox,” please add the following emails to your contacts:

  • James Sokol — jsokol@marinjcc.org
  • JCC Alliance — alliance@marinjcc.org

Registrants are requested to make sure the email w/link has arrived by the evening of July 31st. If the email does not arrive, please see “Troubleshooting” below.

The email w/link will be re-sent to all registrants about 2-hours prior to the first tour. NB: However, if it landed somewhere other than in your inbox the first time, it will probably do the same later.

Have a Comcast email? Please refer to this guide: https://www.xfinity.com/support/articles/spam-filters-and-email-blocking-new-experience.

Troubleshooting: We will do our best to remedy any issues. Registrants who have NOT received the email w/link are asked to check their email “junk” and “spam” folders. If found, please move the email to your inbox. If the email/link is still not there, please contact James (see below) immediately.

Late Troubleshooting: We will try our best – but cannot guarantee – help with Zoom links to guests contacting James less than 1-hour prior to the event.

Live Only: In agreement with our guides, artists, instructors, special guests, etc., events are not recorded. Make-up sessions are unavailable. Credit/refund is not given for missed events.

Liability: While we will do our best to remedy any issues, The Osher Marin JCC & its Program Partners cannot be held responsible for 1) issues related to Eventbrite or Zoom, 2) ticket buyers not following the instructions above, nor 3) packing, shipping, or deliver services of food/beverages not received in time for tasting events.

Don’t ya just hate “the fine print?!!”

Questions? Email James at jsokol@marinjcc.org.

Still Traveling is created by the Osher Marin JCC (San Rafael, CA) and offered by the National JCC Adult & Senior Alliance. See below for a full list of Alliance Partners.

ALL ARE WELCOME to join in our activities! JCC members, non-members, those who live near or far, people of all backgrounds, faiths, ethnicities, hair styles, fashion choices, chocolate preferences, etc. “The more the merrier!”


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