About the JCC
The Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center of Silicon Valley is a nonprofit community center that welcomes people of all faiths.
We work to enhance Jewish life in Silicon Valley, and to provide social, cultural, educational and recreational services for the entire community.
We always welcome feedback and would like to hear from you. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 408.358.3636 with your questions or suggestions.
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The JCC is a program of Jewish Silicon Valley.
Where did the JCC come from? It all started back in the 1850s when the first Jewish community centers were founded as cultural centers for Jewish immigrants. In the early 1900s, JCCs added athletic programs, and later in the century they began to offer summer camps, preschool, informal education, services for the aged, and all the services JCCs are known for today. As Jews became accepted into the mainstream of American life, JCCs began to serve the entire community and today, JCCs welcome people of all faiths.
Our JCC was founded in San Jose in 1973, and received official nonprofit status in 1974. In 1984 we moved to our current 9-acre campus in Los Gatos on the site of the old Berry School. A grant from Arnie and Cookie Addison helped purchase the campus. Mrs. Addison’s maiden name was Penzak, hence we became the Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center of Silicon Valley.
The current building opened in 2005. Funds for construction came from Gloria and Ken Levy, Eli Reinhard, and many other donors whose names can be seen on the donor wall in our main lobby.
In February 2021, the JCC merged with Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley to form a new entity, Jewish Silicon Valley, that combines the strengths of both organizations. The JCC continues to exist as the programming arm of Jewish Silicon Valley. You can read more about the merger here.
Thank you to everyone in the community who has worked so hard to make the JCC what it is today.
The Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center of Silicon Valley welcomes everyone to create a strong community and fosters the well-being of all people through connection with Jewish values and traditions.
The Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center is a program of Jewish Silicon Valley, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, tax ID number 94-2222989. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Please note: In February 2021, the APJCC merged with Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley to form a new entity, Jewish Silicon Valley. The APJCC’s tax ID number, 94-2222989, is now the tax ID number of Jewish Silicon Valley.
Jay Friedman, Co-chair
Jonathan Sweedler, Co-chair
Marilyn Goldsmith, Chair Elect
Wayne Levenfeld, Finance Chair
Sheldon Gilbert, Secretary
Virginia Hess, Legal at Large
Lael Gray, Chief Executive Officer
Past APJCC Presidents/Chairs
Avery Kaufman Borenstein