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Currently we are offering Jewish Life programs in an online format.


Thursday, January 28 | 12:00-12:45pm

Celebrate the Jewish holiday of Tu B’Shvat, the New Year of the Trees, with Our City Forest, San Jose’s leading urban forestry non-profit organization.

Our City Forest believes in the power of trees and the power of people to change Silicon Valley from gray to green. Join us as their AmeriCorps Grant Officer, Nancy Solorio, speaks about the organization’s services and programs, and the presence of community. Rabbi Hugh Seid-Valencia, Director of Collaborative Leadership and Jewish Engagement at the APJCC, will provide an introduction about the holiday.


Closed captioning will be available.

Sunday, February 7 | 8:00-9:00pm

A Musical Zoom Gathering Inspired by Tu b’Shvat
With Rabbi Laurie Matzkin, Founder of APJCC Mindful Jewish Journeys

Join our circle of song to celebrate the possibility of growth as we end the month of Shvat. Hebrew words and melodies inspire us spiritually, with a pause between for breathing and quieting the mind. All words are transliterated and explained for a spiritual journey during these difficult times. No experience necessary, just an open heart and willingness to be present for an audio/video immersive experience (over Zoom!).

$18 per person.

REGISTER HERE. In order to receive the Zoom link, please register using Guest Checkout, and make sure to input your email address.

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This new 10-session course from the highly regarded Florence Melton School of Jewish Learning will reveal how a collection of worn-out scraps, fragments of texts and other manuscripts and documents found more than 1,000 years old open an otherwise hidden era of history. We will learn the story of the Genizah (a storeroom for timeworn sacred manuscripts and documents) as well as examine selected contents of the Genizah. Through translations of the original texts, the course will explore the daily lives and behaviors of Jewish men, women, and families living along the Mediterranean during the Middle Ages. Taught by Rabbi Leslie Alexander.

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Mondays January 25-April 5 (no class 3/29) 7:00-8:30pm $295

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

Rabbi Joey Felsen of the Jewish Study Network guides you through the early rabbinic classic Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers). No Hebrew necessary. Join the class online each Tuesday (except on holidays) at 9:30am on Zoom live streaming.

This is a free, drop-in class.

For questions and registration, please email

Tuesdays Ongoing 9:30-11:00am Free

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.

An overview of the Jewish life-cycle, holidays, and ritual. During the course of the year, students will gain an understanding of Jewish belief, history and calendar and gain exposure to important Jewish books including the Hebrew Bible and the Talmud. Each session includes thirty minutes of Hebrew instruction. This year’s class will be presented on Zoom.

Instructors: Rabbi Hugh Seid-Valencia of the APJCC, Rabbi Jaymee Alpert of Congregation Beth David, Rabbi Melanie Aron of Congregation Shir Hadash, Rabbi Josh Berkenwald of Congregation Sinai, and Rabbi Dana Magat of Temple Emanu-El.

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Tuesdays October 27-May 4 7:00-9:00pm $180

For information on virtual programs for the Israeli community at the JCC, contact Shavit Kaner Levinson at For information about the Beged Kefet after-school Hebrew language program, see our Israeli Programs page.

For information on virtual programs for the Russian-speaking community at the JCC, contact Rabbi Ilana Baird at

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.