Teens can find a connection with peers and a sense of responsibility for the community in the JCC’s teen enrichment programs and athletic programs. Develop a sense of pride and Jewish 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 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.

The JCC’s summer day camp offers “Sababa,” a summer day camp program for youth entering 7th-8th grades, and “Yoetz,” a counselor-in-training program, for youth entering grades 9th-10th grades. See www.campshalomjcc.org.

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: Through 8th grade

Instructor: Justin Easterday

More info: [email protected]

Fri 10/19-11/30* 4:00-5:00pm $150 $180

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

* No class 11/23

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: Justin Easterday.

More info: [email protected]

Wed 10/24-12/5* 3:45-5:45pm $240 $270
Wed 10/24-12/5* 3:45-5:45pm $240 $270

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

* No class 9/19, 11/21

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
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].

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 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.

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.

For tennis classes, see the Tennis pageFinancial assistance is available to attend these programs, through the generosity of the Arnie Addison Scholarship Fund

Teen programming is made possible, in part,  by a generous grant from the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley.