Israeli Community Events

The JCC offers a wide variety of programs in Hebrew for the Israeli community. Currently, all our programs are happening online while we shelter in place. Get the latest updates on our Israeli programs Facebook page:

You can also check the JCC’s event calendar.

For more information about programs for Hebrew speakers at the JCC, contact Shavit Kaner Levinson at

Beged Kefet Hebrew Language School (for grades K-12)

Beged Kefet is a Hebrew language afterschool program for students in kindergarten through high school. It opened in September 2008 in response to the local community’s need and has been headquartered at the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto since September 2009. Beged Kefet operates satellite campuses at the JCC in Los Gatos, Sunnyvale, Foster City, the East Bay, and Stanford.

Click here for the Beged Kefet Los Gatos calendar for 2020-21.

Click here for the list of session dates for 2020-21.

New in 2020-21: We’re offering a Hebrew as a Second Language (HSL) class in for ages 6-8, in our Los Gatos location, on Wednesdays from 4:00-5:30pm. The HSL class will be offered in a virtual (online) format. The school year runs from September 2020 – June 2021.

To register, click the link for your student’s age group in the list below. For detailed registration instructions, click here.

Beged Kefet’s purpose is to teach the fundamentals and improve the knowledge of Hebrew throughout the four language skills—reading, writing, speaking and comprehension. In addition to teaching the language, we emphasize and incorporate learning about Jewish holidays and Israeli culture in our curriculum, as well as integrating family activities in the different grade levels.

We offer multiple-level high school classes. Students who take these classes are eligible for credit towards the high school foreign language requirement and prepare for the SAT II in Hebrew.

Beged Kefet is a place where your child will understand and speak Hebrew, meet with other Hebrew-speaking children, and be exposed to and experience Israeli culture and Jewish holidays. Our school is a place for the whole family; parents and siblings take an active role in classroom celebrations and school-wide events. Beged Kefet is a home for the Israeli community and strives to be more than just a school at which to learn Hebrew.

What will your child get at Beged Kefet?

  • Learning all four skills in the Hebrew language through content that includes Israeli and Jewish culture.
  • Diverse experiential learning—through literature, movies, current events, cultural activities and the use of different media tools to enrich knowledge and communication skills in Hebrew.
  • A social-cultural-educational environment for Jewish and Israeli teens, with the opportunity to enjoy the many rich activities offered by the OFJCC.
  • Small classroom size, a warm and welcoming atmosphere, personal attention and modification of the curriculum to the student’s personal progress, certified and experienced teachers.

Please contact Beged Kefet’s Los Gatos Campus Headmaster, Yael Karmi at with any questions.

For more information see

ICC Beged Kefet is a creation of the ICC@JCC, a program of the Oshman Family JCC.

Eitanim: Connecting Israeli and Jewish-American Teens

The JCC is excited to partner with the Israeli American Council (IAC) to offer the Eitanim program at the JCC.  IAC Eitanim brings together Jewish-American and Israeli-American teens for an immersive project-based experience. The teens work with mentors from the community to embark on entrepreneurial problem solving based in critical thinking and innovation. Learn more about this program on IAC’s website,

This program is run in communities around the country and it’s a great experience that helps teens connect to their Jewishness, engage in their community and learn more about Israel.

For more information, contact Alix Davidson, the JCC’s Youth and Camps Director, at


Thank You To Our Sponsors

Programs for the Silicon Valley Israeli community at the JCC are supported by generous funding from the Arcadia Foundation. The Addison-Penzak JCC is proud to be a part of the Koret Initiative on Jewish Peoplehood. The JCC is also generously supported by the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture, and by the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley and other generous supporters.

The Addison-Penzak JCC is proud to be a part of the Koret Initiative on Jewish Peoplehood. The JCC is also generously supported by the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture, and by Jewish Silicon Valley and other generous supporters.