New! Support(ive) Group for Parenting on the Special Needs Journey

Parenting can be joyful, stressful, uplifting and frustrating – all in one day (hour?!). 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 on the first Monday evening of the month for sharing, listening, and supporting each other with practical advice. For parents of preschool and early-elementary aged children with any diagnosis. Facilitated by Rabbi Laurie Matzkin, JCC Mindful Jewish Journeys Educator. Co-sponsored by the Los Gatos JCC** and Parents Helping Parents.

(**Note: Jewish wisdom will be used as a framework for discussion prompts; however no Jewish background or affiliation is necessary.)

Time: Every other Monday, 8:30pm-9:45pm
Location: Online via Zoom video conference. To sign up, contact rabbimatzkin1@gmail.com.
Pricing: Free. You don’t need to be a JCC member to participate.

How to sign up: Contact Rabbi Laurie Matzkin, rabbimatzkin1@gmail.com.

Fun & Fitness with Friends:
A Recreation Program for Kids with Special Needs

Fun & Fitness with Friends is a social and recreation program for children and teens with special needs. The program provides a supportive, structured, and nurturing environment to develop new skills and make friends. Children have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities including: sports, swimming, arts & crafts, cooking, dance/movement, and more.

When: Selected Sundays, 1:00-4:00pm

Upcoming Dates: Canceled for the year 2020, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Cost:  Free, but must register in advance.

Children are separated into two groups: ages 6-12, and ages 13-18.

Each child is paired with a trained volunteer who assists them and provides one-on-one attention throughout the program.

To sign up your child for the program, please fill out a Registration Form and an Assessment Form. Registration must be completed monthly, but the Assessment Form only needs to be filled out once.  Forms are available at the bottom of this page.

For more information, contact JCC’s Youth & Camp Office at youth@apjcc.org or call 408.357.7416.

This program is made possible, in part, thanks to generous support from Bill Lister/Coldwell Banker, the Los Gatos Morning Rotary Club, the Nicholson Family Foundation, the Saratoga Rotary Club, and Sylvia Metz.

Volunteer Opportunities

One of Fun and Fitness with Friends’ greatest strengths is our team of volunteer “Buddies” who work one on one with our incredible children and teens.

Benefits of Volunteering:
In addition to making friends and making a real difference in the life of other children, volunteers also benefit with a free membership to the JCC during the length of the program, high school students can earn community service hours, and job seekers and college bound individuals can earn skills and experience.

Volunteer “Buddy” Requirements:
Must be 15 years old or older, must commit to working Sundays from 12:30-4:30pm for the extent of the program, ability to lift 50 lbs, ability to be on feet for long periods of time, and must submit to a LiveScan fingerprinting and background check.

If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer for this program, please complete and return the Volunteer Form via fax (408.358.7311) or scan and email (preferred) to youth@apjcc.org.


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Fun & Sports with Friends – postponed to 2021

The Fun & Sports with Friends event, which was scheduled for March 15, has been cancelled.

To help prevent the spread of coronavirus, we are cancelling this event. This is a painful decision, but your health and safety is always a priority at the APJCC. While this year’s event has been cancelled, we hope you’ll join us for next year’s event in March 2021. 

Fun and Sports with Friends is an outdoor fun day for children ages 4-18 with special needs, and their families. The event is free and open to everyone who has a child with special needs.

For more information, please contact Gabe Diamond at gabed@apjcc.org or 408.357.7513.

Summer Camp: Camp Chaverim

The JCC’s day camp, Camp Shalom, offers a “Camp Chaverim” inclusion program for children ages 5-16 with special needs. For details, contact camp@apjcc.org.

We are not able to offer Camp Chaverim in Summer 2020, due to the COVID-19 shutdown.


All programs for children with special needs at the APJCC are made possible, in part, by a grant from The Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley’s Giving Circle.