Family Social Life programs at APJCC Los Gatos offers many activities for families as well as the entire community to do together. Browse through our Events Calendar to see what upcoming events your family might enjoy. We also offer Family Social Life classes that parents and children can participate in together. These enrichment classes can include activities with your own children or give adults the chance to connect to children in organized group activities from songs to storytime in English, Hebrew and Russian languages.


Monthly Moms’ Circle

Dates: One Monday each month: 1/29, 2/12, 3/12, 4/16, 5/14
Time: 9:00-10:15am
Cost: $10 per day. Your first class is free!

Would you like to bring more intentionality to the way you experience time? Join Rabbi Laurie Matzkin, experienced educator and APJCC Los Gatos Preschool parent, for an exploration of the themes of the Jewish months and how their unique energies can help focus our personal growth throughout the year. This framework for reflection and mindfulness is organized around the Jewish calendar but applies to parents of all faiths.

This family centered group meets monthly on the Monday after Rosh Hodesh (the celebration of the new Jewish month) and will integrate text study, self-reflection and journaling, and real life themes relevant to mothers of all ages and stages. 8:40-9:00am informal coffee and chatting, followed by a more focused program 9:00-10:00am.

Moms’ Circle is in held in Club J, on the school side of the JCC building. Coffee and bagels provided.

To sign up, email [email protected].


Grandpals Shabbat

Dates: Selected Fridays: 1/5,1/19, 2/2, 2/16, 3/9, 3/23, 4/13, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11
Time: 9:00-10:15am
Cost: Free

Miss your grandchildren, or wish you had some? Adults ages 55+ are invited to help explore and impart our rich traditions to our APJCC Los Gatos Preschool children. Join us monthly throughout the school year for storytelling, art, songs and Shabbat (the Jewish Sabbath) to connect the generations. This Family Social Life program runs during the school year, on selected Fridays from 9:00am-10:30am. Free. Must register in advance. For more information, please contact Cherie Ravel at [email protected].


Float Night Pool Parties

Nothing beats family social life’s community pool events and cook-outs. Every summer the JCC hosts Float Nights, which are pool parties and barbecues for families, free of charge. Stay tuned for our summer 2018 Float Night dates! For more information, email [email protected].


In Hebrew: Storytime for Young Children (ages 2-5, with a parent)

Dates: Thursdays, 1/18, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22
Time: 4:15-5:15pm

Join us for a storytime filled with games, laughter and movement, all in Hebrew! This activity time, led by talented storyteller Gali Shapira, enables kids to feel a part of the Hebrew-speaking community. This is a great opportunity for parents to bond with their kids with the sounds of the Hebrew language. This program is offered by the Addison-Penzak JCC Los Gatos in collaboration with the Palo Alto ICC. For more information, contact [email protected].


In Hebrew: Songs and Games for Families

Dates: January 14 and March 11
Contact [email protected]
A series of concerts, in Hebrew, dedicated to the best children’s songs of all times and their composers. Created and hosted by musician Ron Sheffer and joined by guests, the concerts will provide a glimpse into our favorite childhood music by well known composers, rock bands, and movies. Prior to the concert there will be an arts and crafts activity. This event is offered in collaboration with [email protected]


In Russian: Cultural Club for Children and Parents with Julia Garamova: “Noah’s Ark in Art and Music”

Date: Sunday, January 7
Time: 10:30am – 12:00 noon
Cost: $15
Get your tickets here

Какой ребенок, да что там, какой взрослый не любит смотреть на радугу?  И наверняка все помнят, что между этим атмосферным явлением и Всемирным потопом – библейской истории о большом наводнении – прямая связь! А известно вам как выглядел знаменитый Ноев Ковчег и сам Ной? Давайте посмотрим на один из самых знаменитых сюжетов Библии глазами художников и разберемся в деталях этой истории. А также послушаем отрывки из детской оперы британского композитора Бенджамина Бриттена, которая так и называется “Ноев ковчег”. For more information, email [email protected].


These Family Social Life programs are made possible, in part, by Jewish Peoplehood Initiative support by Koret Foundation, Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture, and Jewish Federation of the Silicon Valley, and by donors like you. All APJCC Los Gatos programming for older adults (including Grandpals Shabbat) is made possible, in part,  by a  generous grant from The Myra Reinhard Family Foundation. Russian-speaking Jewish programs at the APJCC Los Gatos are supported by The Jewish Education Project, with generous funding from the Genesis Philanthropy Group. Genesis Philanthropy Group is committed to supporting and launching projects, programming, and institutions that are focused on ensuring that Jewish culture, heritage, and values are preserved in Russian-speaking Jewish communities across the globe. Russian-speaking Jewish programs are also made possible, in part, by Gibor (Hero) level support by Eugene Fooksman and Lilia & Vlad Gorshteyn; Boneh (Builder) level support by an Anonymous donor and Valeria Simets & Leonid Rabinovich; Tomech (Sustainer) level support by Liya & Robert Butin, Justine Aquino & Ilya Mazo and Natali & Yuri Yuzifovich; and Corporate Alliance sponsorships from Marina Salzman/Encore Travel, Anna Slutsky/Alain Pinel Realtors and Veksler Academy of Music & Dance.