FAMILY PROGRAMS

The JCC 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.

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

New for the 2020-21 school year! The Beged Kefet Hebrew Language School will offer Hebrew as a Second Language (HSL) for children ages 6-8 years old, on Wednesdays from 4:00-5:30pm. The school year runs from September 2020 – June 2021. Instruction during the fall semester will be virtual (online).

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, as well as in Sunnyvale, Foster City, the East Bay, and Stanford.

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

For more information see https://www.paloaltojcc.org/Beged-Kefet-Hebrew-School.

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

DAY DATES TIME FEE
Wednesdays 4:00-5:30pm September 2020 - June 2021 -

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

We’re planning a trip to Israel for summer 2021 in partnership with the Oshman Family JCC. (Trip was originally planned for summer 2020, but has been moved to summer 2021.) For more information, see www.paloaltojcc.org/israeltrip.

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