Oshman Family Jewish Community Center

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aka OFJCC   |   Palo Alto, CA   |  www.paloaltojcc.org

Mission

As a hub for the Silicon Valley Jewish community, the Oshman Family JCC creates meaningful, inclusive and joyful experiences for everyone and explores innovative ways to integrate Jewish traditions and values into contemporary life.

Ruling year info

1989

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Zack Bodner

Main address

3921 Fabian Way

Palo Alto, CA 94303 USA

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EIN

77-0185734

NTEE code info

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

Community Recreational Centers (N31)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

People crave in-person connection to others and to community. But it is hard to find in our hurried and fragmented lives. Many people have yet to find ways that make Jewish life relevant or meaningful to them or their families. As the definition of what it means to be Jewish evolves, our ways of connecting to people Jewishly hasn’t evolved at the same pace. Even people who are well along on the Jewish journey need and want substantial opportunities for Jewish learning and community. We are not a monolithic community. We have many subgroups with special interests and they need a place to explore their Jewish identity. We are the link from the Jews of Silicon Valley to the Jews of Israel and the Jews of the world.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

The OFJCC has a full range of programming for seniors, emigres, teens, adults, and families.

The OFJCC provides afterschool childcare in a safe, loving, educationally and culturally enriching environment.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

It the vision of the Oshman Family JCC to be the Architects of the Jewish Future. Our mission is to enrich lives, build community and inspire Jewish journeys. To that end, we are a hub for the Silicon Valley Jewish community. We create meaningful, inclusive and joyful experiences for everyone and we explore innovative ways to integrate Jewish traditions and values into contemporary life.
The OFJCC is Silicon Valley’s Jewish neighborhood. It’s where everyone can celebrate, learn, innovate and connect. We strengthen Jewish identity and promote pride in modern Jewish civilization.
The OFJCC is an incubator of new expressions of Jewish identity. It is a second home for Jews and non-Jews alike, observant and secular, young and old. Together, we are building a thriving and lasting community.
We believe that Jewish life and culture has something essential, invaluable, and indelible to offer to the world. And we believe we are uniquely positioned to share that gift with one another and with our neighbors throughout the region, the state, and the world.
We offer great exposure to Jewish tradition, but with an openness that leaves room for interpretations, doing Jewish your way.
We have a world-class Jewish preschool that connects families to each other and to the JCC. It’s where longtime friendships are formed and flourish.
We have a state-of-the-art gym that is inclusive and comfortable. It’s not a meet market. Our gym and personal trainers have been voted best in Silicon Valley.
We offer high quality arts in a social, interactive setting. There is always something extra here. Come for the concert and stay for the community. At the JCC, the person sitting in the seat next to you is as important as the person performing on stage.
We envision a community integrally connected through shared values and experiences, reinforcing our pride in who we are, where we came from, and all we can accomplish together. We invite your participation and engagement as we become the incubator for new expressions of Jewish identity.

Engaging our community through innovative offerings continues to be the most successful mode of growth and elevation of our mission.
We offer great exposure to Jewish tradition, but with an openness that leaves room for interpretations, doing Jewish your way.
We have a world-class Jewish preschool that connects families to each other and to the JCC. It’s where longtime friendships are formed and flourish.
We have a state-of-the-art gym that is inclusive and comfortable. It’s not a meet market. Our gym and personal trainers have been voted best in Silicon Valley.
We offer high quality arts in a social, interactive setting. There is always something extra here. Come for the concert and stay for the community. At the JCC, the person sitting in the seat next to you is as important as the person performing on stage.
Offerings are always changing and growing, as we adapt to the demands of our audience. In the Bay Area in particular, moving programs and celebrations beyond our campus is essential to enticing participation within a community that struggles with traffic congestion and sprawl. Going to where the people are makes us successful - whether we are hosting offsite Hebrew language lessons or after school care or Jewish holiday celebrations.

The Oshman Family JCC resides on the Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life. The campus sits on eight acres and includes an award-winning fitness complex, a preschool, after school program, summer camp facilities, soccer field and walking track, cultural arts hall for 380 guests and several multi-use buildings for administration and other programs or events. The Oshman Family JCC has served the region for over 35 years and employs 400 people across several businesses: Community Engagement, Israeli Cultural Connection ([email protected]), Arts & Culture programs, Leslie Family Preschool, Youth & Teens (including after school and camps), Senior programs, Goldman Sports and Wellness Complex, and internal auxiliary departments. Since the opening of the campus in 2009, membership at the OFJCC has grown to 10,000 and we welcome 15,000 weekly visitors to campus. Our Arts & Culture team produces 11,640 events per year and engages more than 4,000 seniors, 1,500 arts students and 760 TEDxPaloAlto participants, among other programs. Community Engagement attracts young families and community members to subsidized learning opportunities and free Jewish cultural holiday festivals throughout the year. The Israeli Cultural Connection focuses on engaging the more than 30,000 Israeli transplants living in the Bay Area. The ICC hosts seven programs per week, on average, as well as managing the Beged Kefet Hebrew Language School with satellite classrooms in Sunnyvale and Palo Alto and 650 students in attendance. The Senior Leadership Team has been in place since 2014 and possesses a wealth of experience in Jewish communal work, as well as business acumen. The Director level at the OFJCC is also comprised mostly of JCC veterans who have worked for the OFJCC for seven years or more. The pool of knowledge around program and budget development is extensive.

We have built a community that is integrally connected through shared values and experiences, reinforcing our pride in who we are, where we came from, and all we can accomplish together.
We are an incubator for new expressions of Jewish identity—where you can do Jewish your way.
We are a welcoming, haimische place for families, singles and teens.
We are a boutique cultural arts destination.
We cultivate a culture of philanthropy and nurture the next generation of Jewish and Silicon Valley leaders.
We have built connections and support for Israel and Jews worldwide.
The next stage will be Architecting the Jewish Future. In recognition of the evolution of Jewish beliefs and affiliations, the OFJCC is uniquely positioned to welcome the more diverse generations of Jews to come. With open arms and ideas, we invite our community to share with us in the journey to create what is next in the are of institutional, ethnographic, meaning, Israel and technology - all as they related to being Jews in the 21st century. What Judaism looked like yesterday doesn't reflect what it will look like tomorrow. These goals will be accomplished through our arts, cultural, educational and wellness programs. And the cross-pollination of these areas, too, will only enhance our vision.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve any in our local area who wish to utilize our services, programs or facility. There is no one type of person who visits us or participates in our programs. Anyone - no matter their background, age, gender - can engage with us and enjoy our offerings.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Oshman Family Jewish Community Center

Board of directors
as of 11/29/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ric Rudman

No Affiliation

Term: 2019 -

Ric Rudman

Retired

Carol Saal

Retired

Madeline Chaleff

Amir Faintuch

Globalfoundries, Inc.

Lev Mass

Crux Ventures

Reina Rampell

Anne Rubin

Oriole Therapeutics

Raymond Stern

Adam Tachner

Greg Waldorf

Invoice2go

Ted Zagat

Tali Ronen

Dr. Sabrina Braham

Ben Golub

Dr. Natara Garovoy

Dr. Linda Kurz

Lawrence Seeff

Rebecca Shomair

Hitachi Vantara

Richard Strock

George Farber

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/29/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/29/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.