FAMILY PROGRAMS

The APJCC offers many activities for families to do together. Some of those events are listed on this page. Browse through our Events Calendar to see other upcoming events your family might enjoy.

Programs listed in blue are one-time programs.
Programs listed in purple are ongoing programs.
Programs listed in green are other offerings.

A New Family Program for the School Year
For kids ages 1-7 and their Grownups
Monthly on Sundays, starting August 29th

We are thrilled to announce a partnership with Tiny Treks, a beloved local nature program and outdoor school, to create this new cohort for PJ families! Experience Jewish values, traditions and holidays while falling in love with nature, in beautiful outdoor locations around the South Peninsula and South Bay.

Each session includes a short hike, nature exploration, hands-on Jewish activities, community-building, snacks, songs, and storytime. Between each of our 10 monthly sessions, you will receive personal support for “doing Jewish” at home.

Monthly classes will kick off on August 29th. Applications for this pilot cohort will be accepted at tinytreks.com/teva through July. Scholarships are available for financial hardship.

See our Tiny Treks Teva FAQs here.

For more info, contact rabbilaurie@jvalley.org.

DAYS DATES TIME FEE
Sundays 8/29, 9/19, 10/24, 11/21, 12/12, 1/9, 2/13, 3/6, 4/3, 5/1 9:30-10:30am $600 for entire series

PJ Library’s new monthly program will liven up your Saturdays with stories, music and movement the whole family will enjoy, led by Rabbi Laurie. All are welcome, including interfaith, LGBTQIA, and adoptive families; single parents; people of color, and grandparents. Participation is free and snacks will be provided. Previously held in San Jose Public Libraries… currently held on Zoom! Find us on Facebook for updated event info.

To sign up, contact Rabbi Laurie Matzkin, rabbilaurie@jvalley.org.

DAY DATES TIME FEE
Saturdays Ongoing: TBA 4:00-5:00pm Free

Make connections with other families and strengthen your bond with your little one. Sharing, singing, learning and mutual support are all are part our sessions! Our arms are open to moms, dads, grandparents or other caregivers. Now in its 3rd year, J-Fam continues to support babies and their grownups during the challenges of pandemic parenting. Meeting via Zoom, Tuesday mornings. As restrictions ease, there is potential for distanced, outdoor sessions.

New dates TBA.

For more information, contact rabbilaurie@jvalley.org.

DAYS DATES TIME FEE
Tuesday TBA 9:00-9:45am $70

Join us for an exploration of the themes of the Jewish months and how their unique energies can help focus our personal growth throughout the year. This framework for reflection and mindfulness is organized around the Jewish calendar but applies to women of all faiths. Diverse, high quality women come together to enjoy text study, self-reflection, journaling, and real life themes relevant to mothers of all ages and stages. We welcome all moms, including first-time participants!

To sign up, contact Rabbi Laurie Matzkin, rabbilaurie@jvalley.org.

DAY DATES TIME FEE
Wednesdays Ongoing 8:30-9:30pm Free

Music Together. Have a musical conversation with your little one!

We are thrilled to offer Music Together with a Jewish twist. Rabbi Laurie brings her musical background, Jewish passion and song leading experience to this exciting integration of a research-backed early childhood music program with Jewish literacy. Grownup participation is required. Families will receive Music Together materials and supplemental materials, as well as a weekly video of a bonus song in our private FB group!

New dates TBA

More information: rabbilaurie@jvalley.org

DAY DATES TIME FEE
Sunday TBA 9:30-10:30am $175

The journey to, through, and beyond a special needs diagnosis can make the parenting experience all the more intense. Join an intimate circle of fellow travelers for sharing, listening, and supporting each other with practical advice. Jewish wisdom will be used as a framework for discussion prompts; however, no Jewish background or affiliation is necessary and no proselytization will occur. For parents of babies, preschool or early-elementary aged children with any diagnosis. Adults only, online via Zoom. Registration is drop-in and free to all. Co-sponsored by Parents Helping Parents.

To sign up, contact Rabbi Laurie Matzkin, rabbilaurie@jvalleyc.org.

DAY DATES TIME FEE
Mondays Ongoing 8:30-9:30 Free

The Addison-Penzak JCC is proud to be a part of the Koret Initiative on Jewish Peoplehood. The APJCC is also supported by the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture, and by other donors. All APJCC programming for older adults (including Grandpals Shabbat) is made possible, in part, by a  generous grant from The Myra Reinhard Family Foundation.