The Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life is a welcoming, innovative, multi-generational destination where individuals and families live, learn, play and connect. The 8.5 acre site is anchored by the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center and Moldaw Family Residences. Since opening in September 2009, the campus has created an exciting hub for the region's growing Jewish community and contributed to the revitalization of the South Palo Alto area.
The campus has won many construction and design awards and is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certified for its many environmentally progressive features. The Taube Koret Campus is a collaborative initiative founded in 2001 by the Albert L. Schultz Jewish Community Center (now the Oshman Family JCC) in Palo Alto, the Jewish Home in San Francisco, the Jewish Community Federation and local community leaders. The campus is also home to regional offices for the Jewish Community Federation and other Jewish communal agencies. Other campus facilities include Nourish, A Newish Jewish café.
A Campus Rich in Meaning
The design of the Taube Koret Campus reflects our deep, historic roots with references to Israel's architecture, the 12 tribes of Israel and Israeli regional flora. Visual reference to Judaic culture and history permeate the campus, creating a richly evocative and inspiring "urban village."
The colors and landscaping throughout the campus are based on native plants, trees and textures of Israel. The buildings are infused with the colors of the seven plants of Israel: wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and honey dates. In designing this home for the Oshman Family JCC and Moldaw Family Residences, Steinberg Architects intertwined many symbolic, historical and contemporary elements.
Sit under towering palms in the Jessica Lynn Saal Town Square. Stroll among olive trees on the Saal Family Midrahov. Discover birch, pomegranate, fig and acacia trees dotting the landscaped grounds. Our little ones play and plant in OFJCC Preschool's lush planting areas, which correspond to Israel's geographical diversity.
An elegant sculptural element outside the Schultz Cultural Arts Hall is representative of the twelve biblical tribes and creates a discreet separation between the Marcia and John Goldman Cultural Courtyard and the general walkways. Inside the hall, the Koshland Theatre becomes our communal "tent"—a central area for celebrations and events. Other design elements throughout the hall result in a gorgeous, welcoming gathering place.
This spirit is what makes the Taube Koret Campus an exceptional addition to the neighborhood. Step onto the campus and be inspired by its rich design evoking golden Jerusalem stone, intriguing promenades and courtyards.