Who We Are
Welcome to Our Community
Since its founding in 1948, the Osher Marin Jewish Community Center has played a vital role in Marin County. We all seek meaning and fulfillment in life. We want to be part of a warm, accepting community and do our part to make the world a better place.
Our JCC stands as a beacon of tolerance and inclusion. We strive to sustain Jewish culture and build cross-cultural understanding while enhancing the lives of those in the community at large. We work with a multitude of partners to collaborate towards an over-arching goal and desire for tikkun olam, to repair our world and society.
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.
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.
Pre-Covid, we had over two thousand people passing through our doors daily to experience a breadth of programs and opportunities for enjoying a healthy, enriching life. Now just a few hundred people enter through the back gate each week (for a health screening prior to swims and workouts), but our new, online programs are reaching hundreds more. The pandemic has forced us to pivot our programming for social distancing. We now offer exciting online and virtual programming, including instructor-led group fitness classes, yoga, live concerts, global cultural arts trips, great speakers and authors, and many discussion groups for books, documentaries, and current affairs.
While our facilities may not be fully open, our programs are and our commitment to our community has never been stronger.
While we don't know when on-site operations will be back to pre-Covid vitality, we are certain to remain dedicated to providing a warm, welcoming place for all. We will continue to sustain Jewish culture, enrich lives, and build a vibrant community for all.
And you will always be welcome to join us.