TEEN PROGRAMS (GRADES 6 - 12)

Middle and high schoolers 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.

(Looking for classes for grades K-5? See the Grades K-5 web page.)

Ride the Los Gatos School Bus to the JCC! The Los Gatos school bus now stops at the JCC! Students from Fisher Middle School, Blossom Hill Elementary, and Van Meter Elementary can use this bus stop. JCC staff will meet the bus and escort students to classes and recreation programs at the JCC (check out the programs listed on this page), and/or to after-school care in the JCC’s Club J youth lounge. For details, see our School Bus Information Sheet, or contact Alix Davidson, the JCC’s Youth & Camps Director, at [email protected] or 408.357.7447.

The JCC offers before- and after-school care in our Club J youth lounge for youth in grades K-8.  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 3/15-5/31* 3:15pm-4:15pm $150 $180

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

* No class 4/12, 4/19, 4/26

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

An introduction to the Olympic sport of fencing, for beginners or those who have very limited experience. Learn basic eye-hand-foot coordination, proper fencing form and technique, footwork, bladework, distance control, introduction to fencing rules, safety rules, fencing etiquette and sportsmanship needed to start fencing and develop basic skills. Taught by internationally recognized coaches from the Academy of Fencing Masters. Please bring athletic clothing and footwear. All fencing equipment will be provided.

More info: [email protected]

DAY DATES TIME CM/SM NM
Tue 3/26-5/7* 4:45-5:45pm $240 $270

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

* No class 4/23

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 details, see the Swim Lessons and Swim Team pages of this website.

For tennis classes, see the Tennis page.

Let’s play ukulele and learn your favorite song! This class will focus on learning basic skills and techniques for the instrument. No former musical knowledge is required.

Please bring your own ukulele.

More info: [email protected]

DAY DATES TIME CM/SM NM
Mon 3/18-5/6* 4:45-5:30pm $180** $200**

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

* No class 4/8, 4/22

** 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.

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JOIN TEAM SAN JOSE!

Teens Are Invited to Participate in the JCC Maccabi Games 2019 in Atlanta, July 28-August 2

Each summer, we send a delegation of Jewish teens ages 12-16 from Silicon Valley to participate at this international athletic competition for Jewish teens. All teens are welcome, even if you don’t play a sport. Atlanta is home to CNN, major movie studios, the Weather Channel, and a ton of amazing additional media resources, so you can also sign up to be a Star Reporter! In addition to competing in Olympic-style competitions against teams (Maccabi Games) from around the U.S. and other countries, all teens also take part in a day of Caring & Sharing, experience home hospitality, and visit major tourist sites. This summer’s games are in Atlanta, Georgia, from July 28-August 2.

Click here for more information about the JCC Maccabi Games 2019 and Team San Jose. (PDF format)

 Click here for a JCC Maccabi Games 2019 registration form. (PDF format)

For more information, contact Diana Schnabel at [email protected] or 408.357.7402.

The Summer 2019  Maccabi Sports Competitions will be held at the Marcus JCC in Atlanta, Georgia.
Program Dates:  July 28-August 2, 2019
Fees: $1,800 for APJCC members, and $2,000 for non-members. Includes airfare.
Registration Deadline: April 18, 2019. Contact [email protected] to sign up.

JCC Maccabi Games participants must be Jewish teens between the ages of 12 and 16, as of July 28, 2019.

SPORTS COMPETITIONS (offered in Atlanta 2019)

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 Flag Football:  16 and under
Girls Soccer:  16 and under
Girls Basketball:  16 and under
Girls Volleyball:  16 and under
Ultimate Frisbee:  Girls or Boys, 16 and under
Bowling: Girls or Boys, 13/14 or 15/16
Golf:  Girls or Boys, 13/14 or 15/16
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

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