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.


Grandpals Shabbat

Upcoming Dates: Selected Fridays: 11/30, 12/14, 1/11, 1/25, 2/8, 2/22, 3/15, 3/29, 4/12, 5/3, 5/17
Time: 9:15-10:30am
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. Free. Must register in advance. For more information, please contact Cyndi Sherman at [email protected].


Monthly Moms’ Circle

Dates: One Monday each month during the school year.  Dates for 2018-19 are 9/17, 10/8, 11/12, 12/10, 1/14, 2/11, 3/11, 4/8, 5/6, 6/3*.
Time: 8:40-10:00am
Cost: $10 per day. Your first class is free!

Join Rabbi Laurie Matzkin, our Mindful Jewish Journeys Educator, 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 women of all faiths. Diverse women come together to enjoy text study, self-reflection, journaling, and real life themes relevant to mothers of all ages and stages. Walk away with food for thought and concrete steps to bring more meaning to your month. We welcome all moms, including first-time participants! First session is free, then $10/session. This program is held in Club J on the school side of the building.

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.

This program is a partnership between the APJCC and the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley.

To sign up, email [email protected].

*Our last meeting of the school year will be an offsite, evening event on June 3.


J-Fam: A Playgroup For Jewish Babies and Their Grownups

New to the area? New to parenthood? New to or want to learn more about Judaism? Looking to find new friends? Check out J-Fam!

With the guidance of a dynamic rabbi-educator (and mom of little ones), we will create a pluralistic space for sharing, venting, singing, learning, and most of all, supporting each other. For babies 5 months old to new walkers, with their grownup.

This group is facilitated by Rabbi Laurie Matzkin, the JCC’s Mindful Jewish Journeys Educator. It’s organized by the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley, in partnership with the JCC.

We meet every other Tuesday from 11:15am-12:30pm. Cost is $60 for 10 sessions. You can try a first session for free.

Upcoming dates:

  • Fall Cohort: 9/4, 9/18, 10/9, 10/23, 11/6, 11/20, 12/4, 12/18, 1/8, 1/22
  • Spring Cohort: 2/5, 2/19, 3/5, 3/19, 4/2, 4/16, 4/30, 5/14, 5/28, 6/11

For more information, contact Roni Wolf at Jewish Federation: [email protected]. Sign up on Jewish Federation’s website at


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. For more information, email [email protected].

Stay tuned for our 2019 pool party dates.


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.