The JCC offers festivals throughout the year, including the Jewbilee day of learning in January, the Silicon Valley Jewish Music Festival in June, and the Menorahs & Miracles Hanukkah celebration at the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose in December.

Menorahs and Miracles

Sunday, December 2, 2018 from 12:00-4:00pm at the Children’s Discovery Museum

Games, crafts, music, and dancing: these are just a few of the fun activities you can enjoy at “Menorahs and Miracles, a Hanukkah Celebration.” Join us and have fun honoring and sharing your own culture, or discovering the celebrations of your neighbors. Menorahs and Miracles is held annually on the first Sunday in December at the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, in partnership with the JCC.  In addition to the museum’s hands-on exhibits, visitor will get to participate in Hanukkah-themed activities such as tasting traditional foods like latkes, making candles, and playing with dreidels. Students from Yavneh Day School in Los Gatos will sing for visitors and the local affiliate of PJ Library will host a storytime reading books about Hanukkah. Menorahs and Miracles is part of the museum’s cultural celebration series. The series is designed for families of all backgrounds to explore different cultures and traditions that are found in the South Bay. Regular museum admission fees apply. For more information, contact [email protected].



Sunday, January 13, 2019 from 1:00-7:00pm

Jewbilee is an annual celebration of Jewish learning for adults. The afternoon is divided into sessions, with many classes, workshops and performances happening simultaneously during each session. You choose what you want to do. More details coming soon, or contact [email protected].


Silicon Valley Jewish Music Festival

Sunday, June 2, 2019 from 2:00-7:00pm

Enjoy live music, food, and family activities at this annual festival on the JCC field. Bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on.

The 2019 festival lineup will be announced soon. Last year’s performers included Jewish bluegrass band Nefesh Mountain, Israeli cover band The Peatot, and Book of J. We also had a second stage with local community performers including the Valley’s Song Choir (Shir HaEmek), the Yiddish Choristers of Congregation Etz Chayim, the Israel Scouts’ Caravalley singers, and others.

We also had food vendors and a wine & beer garden. Outdoor food vendors in 2018 included Casablanca Moroccan Food, Hot Dogs and Burgers from the House of Bagels cafe, JJ Magoo’s Pizza, Israeli House, Lemonade, Ice Cream, Popsicles. We recommend bringing along some cash for food, as most food vendors don’t accept credit cards.

Family activities in 2018 included sand and water play for kids, a mechanical surfboard, beach balls, beach games, arts and crafts, science experiments, decorate your own flip flops, make your own musical instrument, tie-dye shirts, bubbles, an Israeli shuk (market), and more. Come dressed in beachwear and enjoy a relaxing afternoon.

Ticket prices for 2019 will be announced soon.

Parking: Free parking is available in the JCC’s parking lot.

Other Notes: No coolers, please.

More Information: Contact [email protected].


Book of J 2:30pm World/Eclectic Main Stage
Nefesh Mountain 4:00pm Bluegrass Main Stage
The Peatot 6:00pm Israeli Rock, Cover Band Main Stage
South Bay Teen Idol, Caravalley (Israel Scouts), The Yiddish Choristers of Congregation Etz Chayim, Yavneh Day School Modern Band, Shir Haemek Choir Throughout the afternoon Various Community Stage
USB Band 2:00-4:30pm Light Rock JCC Lobby

The Main Stage and the Community Stage are located on the JCC’s athletic field. Times are approximate and schedule is subject to change.

Thank You To Our 2018 Music Festival Sponsors

Silicon Valley Jewish Music Festival is made possible, in part, through Gold level sponsorships by Coldwell Banker/Bill Lister and Wells Fargo Private Bank, and Silver level sponsorships by Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, Hagafen Cellars, King Wealth Planning and Neal H. Fearn/Morgan Stanley.

 The APJCC is proud to be a part of the Initiative on Jewish Peoplehood, co-funded by the Koret Foundation and the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture, and supported further by the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley and other generous supporters.

To become a sponsor, please contact [email protected].