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 info@apjcc.org or 408.358.3636 with your questions or suggestions.

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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. Thank you to everyone in the community who has worked so hard to make the JCC what it is today.


Mission Statement

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.


Proposed Merger

The JCC is in talks with Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley about a proposed merger. You can read the details on Jewish Federation’s Merger FAQ web page. If you have questions, you can also email info@apjcc.org.


Financial Information

The Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center of Silicon Valley is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, tax ID number 94-2222989. Donations to the JCC are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit tax determination letter from the IRS
JCC Articles Of Incorporation
JCC Bylaws
JCC Whistleblower Policy
JCC Form 990
JCC Annual Report

Board of Directors

Rabbi Jaymee Alpert
Avery Kaufman Borenstein
Hayley Charnaw
Ruth Fletcher
Sheldon Gilbert
Anna Stathopoulos Goldberg
Michelle Greenberg
Virginia Hess
Jeanette Lerner
Wayne Levenfeld
Judy Levin
Bill Lister
Ruth Litwin
Sylvia Metz
Tanya Pozniansky
Robin Sabes
Michal Shoham
Jon Sweedler

Executive Committee

Jon Sweedler, Chair
Wayne Levenfeld, Vice Chair Finance
Judy Levin, Vice Chair Fund Development
Sheldon Gilbert, Secretary
Avery Kaufman Borenstein, Member at Large
Michelle Greenberg, Member at Large
Lael Gray, Chief Executive Officer

Past Presidents/Chairs

Leslee Adler
Avery Kaufman Borenstein
Judy Levin
Allonn Levy
Virginia Hess
Ronald Cohn
Ruth Fletcher
Doris Davis
Virginia Hess
Don Fernandez
Sylvia Metz
Stephen Brenner
Gordon Levin
Robert Hudson
Cookie Addison
William Starr
Leonard Metz
Joseph Decker
Arnold Addison
Harry Folberg
Maureen Starr
Henrietta Epstein
Joseph Riggio
Barbara Weiss
Len Rosenthal

Our Programs

Information about our programs is provided throughout this website. You can also read our most recent Program Guide.

Due to the changing nature of what programs we’re allowed to run right now (because of the changing COVID-19 regulations), we don’t plan to print a Fall 2020 program guide.

Cover of the JCC's program guide for spring-summer 2020