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Classic Jewish Texts is now being offered online while the JCC is closed!

Join the class online each Tuesday at 9:30am on Zoom live streaming. For the link, email

Rabbi Joey Felsen of the Jewish Study Network guides you through the early rabbinic classic Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers). No Hebrew necessary.

Tue ongoing* 9:30-11:00am Free

This is a free, drop-in class. No need to register.

* This class meets every Tuesday, except on holidays. 

Drop in online to study Duties of the Heart, a guide to developing one’s inner spiritual life, written by 11th-century rabbi and philosopher Bachya ibn Pakuda. No experience or specialized knowledge necessary. With Rabbi Hugh Seid-Valencia.

This is a free, drop-in class.

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Dates: Every Wednesday
Time: 9:00-9:45am
Fee: Free

Wed ongoing* 9:00-10:30am Free

This is a free, drop-in class. No need to register.

* This class meets every Wednesday, except on holidays.

As we weigh the emotional and economic costs of staying home against the threat of the novel coronavirus, how can the wisdom of Jewish tradition guide us? Join us to explore sources from the Jewish ethical tradition and insights from some of today’s leading ethical thinkers on subjects like valuesbased decision making, safeguarding life, distributive justice, and more.

Offered in partnership with Reconstructing Judaism’s Center for Jewish Ethics.

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Thu ongoing thru 8/20/20 12:00pm-12:45pm Free

Monthly Moms’ Circle

Connect Your Life to the Jewish Calendar

Join Rabbi Laurie Matzkin, 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. We welcome all moms, including first-time participants!

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

This class is on hiatus to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Meet to discuss the weekly Torah portion with Rabbi Ilana Baird. This lively class and all discussion is in Russian. This is a free, drop-in class. No need to register.

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All Russian Language Torah Study Programs at the APJCC are made possible, in part, by a generous gift from Larisa Margulis & Mikhail Guz.

Tue ongoing* 10:00-11:30am Free

This is a free, drop-in class. No need to register.

* This class meets every Tuesday, except on holidays. Class does not meet during the summer. 

Wellbeing Walks are currently on hiatus to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Are you interested in developing tools for mind/body/spirit self-care? Join Rabbi Hugh, the JCC’s Director of Community Engagement, for monthly wellbeing walks.

We will meet in the main lobby, investigate how the JCC’s value of the month might inspire wise action through brief text study and intention setting, walk together to the Los Gatos Creek, practice a brief meditative exercise in a beautiful setting, and return to the JCC for a closing reflection.

First Wednesday of every month. Please dress comfortably and wear your preferred walking shoes.

This program is free. No need to register, just drop in.

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First Wednesday of every month ongoing 11:00am-12:00 noon Free

About the JCC’s Value of the Month

The Addison-Penzak JCC is founded on eight Jewish values which are also universal values:

  • Building Character (derech eretz)
  • Community (kehillah)
  • Conscious Giving (tzedakah)
  • Lovingkindness (chesed)
  • Respect (kavod)
  • Social Justice (tikkun olam)
  • Welcoming Guests (hachnasat orchim)
  • Wisdom (chochmah)

Please note: The Silicon Valley Community Trip to Israel has been postponed to 2021. More information:

The Addison-Penzak JCC is proud to be a part of the Koret Initiative on Jewish Peoplehood. The JCC is also supported by the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture, and by the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley and other generous donors. All Cultural Arts programs at the APJCC are made possible, in part, by generous contributions from Sylvia & Leonard Metz, Doris and Rick z”l Davis, and an anonymous donor.