TEEN PROGRAMS (GRADES 6 - 12)

Teens can find a connection with peers and a sense of responsibility for the community in the JCC’s recreation and sports programs. Develop a sense of pride and connection through the BBYO youth group and the JCC Maccabi Games. And teen vocalists  in 8th-12th grades can audition for South Bay Teen Idol, an American Idol style singing competition for teens.

The JCC offers before- and after-school care in our Club J youth lounge.  In the past, Club J was only open to children in grades K-5, but during the month of January 2019, care will also be available for 6th-8th graders on a trial basis. If we have enough 6th-8th graders signed up by the end of January, we will continue the program. For details about before- and after-school care, see our Club J web page.

Kids who are enrolled in Club J can take advantage of all the recreation activities that the JCC offers! Club J staff will walk children to and from any JCC recreation activities that they have signed up for, such as dance, sports, swim lessons, or youth classes.

Club J staff can walk children enrolled in before-school care to the Los Gatos school bus in the morning, and will meet the school bus every afternoon to walk children to Club J and/or to any JCC recreation programs that they’ve signed up for.

For more information, contact the JCC Youth & Camp Office at 408.357.7416 or [email protected].

The JCC is proud to partner with Top Flight Elite Basketball to provide basketball programs for boys and girls. For more information, see the Basketball page. Or contact Bill Marzolla at the JCC, at [email protected] or 408.357.7440.

Students of all skill levels are welcomed into chess class. New and beginning players will learn the fundamentals of chess, while experienced students will be taught according to their needs. Our primary coaches are highly rated chess players, instructors, and tournament directors that each have many years of experience teaching chess to children.

Ages: Grades 1-8

Instructor: Mind Games Academy

More info: [email protected]

DAY DATES TIME CM/NM SM
Fri 10/19-11/30* 4:00-5:00pm $150 $180
Tue 1/15-3/12 3:45pm-4:45pm $150 $180

CM = Full Center Member   SM = Social Member   NM = Non-Member

* No class 11/23

Learn basic floor gymnastics, tumbling, and circus arts. Globes, air track, aerial and more, with instructor Abby Pistoni. For ages 5-12 years old.

More info: [email protected]

DAY DATES TIME CM/SM NM
Thu 12/6-1/24* 3:45-4:45pm $150 $180
Thu 1/31-3/7 3:45-4:45pm $150 $180

CM = Full Center Member  SM = Social Member  NM = Non-Member

* No class 12/27, 1/3

Focus on one specialized circus skill each month, such as trapeze, Spanish webs, silks, globe walking, air track, etc., with instructor Abby Pistoni. For ages 5-13 years old.

More info: [email protected]

DAY DATES TIMES CM/SM NM
Thu 12/6-1/24* 4:45-5:45pm $150 $180
Thu 1/31-3/7 4:45-5:45pm $150 $180


CM = Full Center Member  SM = Social Member  NM = Non-Member

* No class 12/27, 1/3

This class promotes imagination, creativity, and art production. We’ll explore formal concerns of composition, materials, and scale, as well as issues related to content, meaning, and interpretation, and their application to both words and images. We’ll begin by making smaller works and progress toward larger, more complex individual projects. Work with wide range of materials (clay, wood blocks, cardboards, found objects, discarded materials). We’ll also explore works by sculptors including Louise Nevelson, Suzanne Duchamp, and other contemporary artists pushing the boundaries.

More info: [email protected]

DAY DATES TIME CM/SM NM
Wed 1/16-3/13 3:45-4:45pm $270* $290*

CM = Full Center Member   SM = Social Member   NM = Non-Member

* Plus a non-refundable $45 materials fee payable to instructor at first class.

Learn math, critical thinking, problem solving, and teamwork through games like Dungeons & Dragons, Machi Koro, Onitama, and many others. Dungeons & Dragons is our primary focus, but other games will be introduced to challenge preconceptions of what a board game is, and can be. All of our board games rely heavily on critical thinking and strategy.

Ages: Through 8th grade

Instructor: Mind Games Academy

More info: [email protected]

DAY DATES TIME CM/SM NM
Wed 10/24-12/5* 3:45-5:45pm $240 $270

CM = Full Center Member   SM = Social Member   NM = Non-Member

* No class 11/21

Fencing for beginners! Learn proper fencing form and technique, footwork, bladework, distance control, introduction to fencing rules, safety rules, fencing etiquette and sportsmanship. Taught by coaches from the Academy of Fencing Masters. Please wear athletic clothing and footwear. We will provide the fencing equipment. For grades 5-8.

More info: [email protected]

DAY DATES TIME CM/SM NM
Tue 2/5-3/12 3:45-4:45pm $240 $270

CM = Full Center Member   SM = Social Member   NM = Non-Member

Soccer at the JCC is run by the Liverpool Football Club- Bay Area, a nationally accredited U.S. Club Soccer Academy that offers soccer lessons for ages 3.5-5 years, an instructional recreational league for ages 4-9 years, and competitive team play for U7-U18. For details, see the complete listings on the Soccer page.

Learn math, critical thinking, problem solving, and teamwork through games like Dungeons & Dragons, Machi Koro, Onitama, and many others. Dungeons & Dragons is our primary focus, but we’ll introduce other games that rely on critical thinking and strategy. Instructors from Mind Games Academy. For grades 1-8.

More info: [email protected]

DAY DATES TIME CM/SM NM
Wed 1/9-2/13 3:45-5:45pm $240 $270

CM = Full Center Member   SM = Social Member   NM = Non-Member

For tennis classes, see the Tennis page.

Let’s play the ukulele and learn your favorite song! This is a beginner’s class. Focus will be on learning basic skills and techniques for the instrument. No previous musical knowledge is required. For ages 6-13 years old.

Please bring your own ukulele.

More info: [email protected]

DAY DATES TIME CM/SM NM
Mon 1/14-3/11* 3:45-4:30pm $180** $200**

CM = Full Center Member   SM = Social Member   NM = Non-Member

* No class 1/21

** Non-refundable $25 materials fee payable to instructor at first class.

Children ages 10-15 years old can learn to use the JCC’s Fitness Center in a safe and effective manner through this 5 session program. (For children 10-12, this program is REQUIRED in order to be admitted to the Fitness Center. After completing the program, children can work out with parental supervision. Children ages 13-15 can also benefit from this program, but it’s not required.)

During the first four sessions, your child will learn about different components of exercise including flexibility, cardiovascular, strength training, balance and core training, and safe use of the equipment. During the fifth, individually scheduled session, they will be taken through a practical examination with the instructor.

Dates and times are based on participant request and instructor availability. Rates are $200 for Full Center Members, $250 for Social Members or non-members. Rates are per child, for groups of two or more. Private instruction is $235 per child for Full Center Members. More info: [email protected] or call the Fitness Desk at 408.357.7419.

South Bay Teen Idol is an annual competition for teen vocalists in grades 8-12. For details  see the South Bay Teen Idol page.

The JCC’s summer day camp offers “Sababa,” a summer day camp program for youth entering 6th-8th grades, and “Yoetz,” a counselor-in-training program, for youth entering grades 9th-10th grades. See www.campshalomjcc.org.

Each summer we send a delegation of Jewish teens ages 13-16 from Silicon Valley to participate at this international athletic and artistic competition for Jewish teens. In addition to competing in Olympic-style competitions against teams (Maccabi Games) from around the U.S. and other countries, or participating in arts experiences (Maccabi ArtsFest), all teens also take part in a day of Caring & Sharing, experience home hospitality, and visit major tourist sites. The games are in a different city in North America each summer. For more information, contact Diana Schnabel at [email protected] or 408.357.7402. You can also read this article about JCC Maccabi from the president of the JCC Association of North America.

The Summer 2018 Maccabi Sports Competitions will be held at the Merage JCC in Orange County, California. The ArtsFest will be held at the Alpert JCC in Long Beach, California.
Program Dates:  August 5-10, 2018
Fees: $1750 for APJCC members, and $1,950 for non-members. Includes airfare.
Registration Deadline: April 20, 2018. Contact [email protected] to sign up.

JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest Experience participants must be Jewish teens between the ages of 13 and 16, as of August 5, 2018.

SPORTS COMPETITIONS (offered in Orange County, CA 2018)

Boys Baseball:  16 and under & 14 and under
Boys Basketball:  16 and under & 14 and under
Boys Soccer:  16 and under & 14 and under
Boys Lacrosse:  16 and under
Girls Soccer:  16 and under
Girls Basketball:  16 and under
Girls Volleyball:  16 and under
Girls Softball:  16 and under
Ice Hockey:  Girls or Boys, 16 and under
Flag Football: Girls or Boys, 16 and under
Star Reporter:  Girls or Boys, 13/14 or 15/16
Swimming:  Girls or Boys, 13/14 or 15/16
Table Tennis: Girls or Boys, 13/14 or 15/16
Tennis:  Girls or Boys, 13/14 or 15/16
Dance:  Girls or Boys, 13/14 or 15/16
Track & Field:  Girls or Boys, 13/14 or 15/16

ARTSFEST SPECIALTIES (offered at Alpert JCC in Long Beach, CA 2018) Please note – If you are interested in ArtsFest you must reach out to Diana Schnabel-Arevalo at [email protected]  in regards to Application Process.

Acting/ Improv
Culinary
Dance
Musical Theater
Rock Band
Social Media Squad (SMS)
Visual Arts
Vocal Performance

More information: www.jccmaccabigames.org/ or email Diana Schnabel-Arevalo at the APJCC, [email protected].

The JCC is home to the South Bay chapters of BBYO (formerly known as the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization), an international Jewish youth movement for teens in grades 8-12. For information, contact Alan Brody, Associate Regional Director for the South Bay, at [email protected] or 703.216.4991.

Financial assistance is available to attend these programs, through the generosity of the Arnie Addison Scholarship Fund