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.

Sukkot is the Jewish holiday of gathering, and what better way to celebrate than to gather our community for the launch of the new Jewish Silicon Valley mural? Be one of the firsts to take a selfie with the mural, and join us in making this Sukkot a memorable one. We’ll have fun activities for the entire family, including Zumba, storytime and shaking the Lulav. All are welcome. The event is free, but registration is required.

REGISTER HERE

For more info, contact mayat@jvalley.org.

Schedule:

10:30am: Launch of the JSV community mural with the artist, JSV’s CEO and the local community members who contributed to the mural.

10:45am: Activity stations with Zumba, Lulav and Etrog, arts & crafts and more.

11:30am: Storytime in 3 languages (English, Hebrew and Russian)

Health Information:

Thank you for helping our community stay safe and healthy! All unvaccinated people ages 2 and older are asked to be masked at our outdoor event. Food will not be provided this year.

DAY DATE TIME FEE
Sunday September 26 10:30am-12:30pm Free; registration required.

The Jewish Silicon Valley Family Center is home to PJ Library of Silicon Valley and its programs, such as J-Fam Baby Play Group, Moms’ Circle, Special Needs Parenting Support Group, pre-Shabbat activities, and more. Around programming, the space also offers families drop-in hours to take advantage of its 2 adult areas and 2 children’s areas for the variety of purposes a family might need. Families are also welcome to browse the  PJ Library book-borrowing library, where age-friendly Jewish books can be borrowed for up to a week.

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Mondays, August 23-October 25

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. Families can choose to attend either indoor or outdoor sessions. Indoor sessions will meet in the new JSV Family Center, with masks for all grownups.

Session 1) OUTDOORS: 9:30-10:15am | REGISTER HERE

Session 2) INDOORS: 11:00-11:45am | REGISTER HERE

Fee: $70 for 10 sessions, scholarships available.

For more information, contact rabbilaurie@jvalley.org.

SESSION DAYS DATES TIME FEE
Session 1: Outdoors Mondays August 23-October 25 9:30-10:15am $70
Session 2: Indoors Mondays August 23-October 25 11:00-11:45am $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

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

A New Family Program for the School Year (SESSIONS UNDERWAY)
For kids ages 1-7 and their Grownups
Monthly on Sundays

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.

See our Tiny Treks Teva FAQs here.

For more info, contact rabbilaurie@jvalley.org.

DAYS DATES TIME FEE
Sundays 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

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.