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New Performing Arts Program at JCC Palo Alto

January 27, 2015

The Oshman Family Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto will offer a new after-school performing arts program for students K-12, starting Feb. 3. Initial OFJCC School of the Performing Arts classes will be in choir and drama.

The new after-school classes complement the center's existing educational programs, and cultural events, which bring noted musicians and performers to Palo Alto each season, according to an OFJCC spokesperson.

"It was a natural next step for us to round out our offerings by offering instruction in the arts," said Amy Snell, the center's senior communications manager, in an email.

Each of the classes will expose students to the contributions of Jewish composers, playwrights and performers, according to Edna Koren, manager of the school, who created and developed the after-school program's curriculum. Kay Kleinerman will lead drama classes and Ofer dal Lal will lead choir classes for the spring term.

Classes will run from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., and are geared for three different age ranges. Auditions are not required for enrollment. Academic credit is not offered.

Need-based scholarships are available, and the OFJCC School for Performing Arts provides a discount to members and a 10% sibling discount.

In the fall additional theater, instrumental and vocal classes will be offered. Each semester will culminate in performances at the center's Schultz Cultural Arts Hall.

For more information: http://paloaltojcc.org/schoolforarts.

Journalist Molly Colin writes about the arts and cultural trends.