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.

J-Fam Playgroup

Tuesday mornings 9:00-9:30am on Zoom
New to the area? New to parenthood? New to Judaism? Looking to find new friends? Check out J-Fam! In a world of social media and information overload, this bi-weekly playgroup gives you a human connection with other families. Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley and PJ Library support two playgroups: one for “newly arrived to newly crawling” and another for “crawlers and walkers” – pick your group! We create a pluralistic space for sharing, venting, singing, learning, and most of all, supporting each other.
Click here to register. For more information, contact rabbilaurie@apjcc.org.

Monthly Moms’ Circle

Wednesday evenings at 8:30pm on Zoom
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@apjcc.org.

Special Needs Jewish Parenting Support Group

Monday evenings at 8:30pm on Zoom
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, no childcare provided. Registration is drop-in and free to all. Co-sponsored by Parents Helping Parents.
To sign up, contact Rabbi Laurie Matzkin, rabbilaurie@apjcc.org.

Storytime Shabbat

One Saturday per month at 4:00pm on Zoom
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. Previous 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@apjcc.org.

Also check out the PJ Library website and PJ Library Facebook page.

Virtual Trivia & Game Night

Saturday, November 14, 5:00-7:00pm

Want to lose yourself in fun, laughs, and drink with friends? Do you love Charades? Are you a trivia buff? If you answered “YES” to any of those questions, join your hosts, JCC members Susan and Jonathan Sweedler, for a Virtual Game Night! Which family is going to win it all?!

Cost: $36/per family

Limited to 24 families.

Click here to buy a ticket.

This event is a fundraiser to help support JCC programs.

For more  information, contact diana@apjcc.org.

Virtual Storytime with Cyndi Sherman

Sunday, November 22, 7:00-8:00pm

The JCC’s Early Childhood Education Director, Cyndi Sherman, will be hosting a special storytime on Zoom! Join Cyndi for this online reading of “Monster Trouble” by Lane Fredrickson. We’ll start at 7:00pm to accommodate bedtimes! The whole family can join in to hear Cyndi read a bedtime story and lead participants in a  pajama parade and stuffed animal show-and-tell.

Cost: $25/per family (Each family will receive a copy of the book to follow along with.)

Limited to 20 families.

Click here to buy a ticket.

This event is a fundraiser to help support JCC programs.

For more  information, contact diana@apjcc.org.

Silicon Valley Community Trip to Israel

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.