Stay engaged in our community! These virtual classes, gatherings, and conversations will keep you learning, growing, and thriving.


woman taking notesCreate a summer writing routine! Join our creative writing students from the spring 2020 class. We’ll share writing and encouragement for summer projects to get you inspired.

This class will be held via Zoom.

Days: Thursdays, July 9-August 27
Time: 11:00am-12:00 noon
Fee: Free

For more information and to sign up, contact Cherie Ravel at

Join the conversation, let your voice be heard! We meet weekly for a lively discussion and stimulating conversation, news of the week and stories that touch our lives. Moderators rotate each week. This is a free, drop-in program.

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

For more information, email

Tue ongoing 10:15-11:30am Free

The JCC offers a wide variety of Jewish life and learning programs online. For details, please see the Jewish Life Online page.

Bring your coffee or a bite and join us for some friendly conversation. JCC instructor Janine Ramonda will talk all things Mah Jongg. Share notes on the card we’ve never played with in person. where to play, your best hand and other online Mahjj adventures.

This event will be held weekly via Zoom. To register, please click here:

Day: Every Monday, starting June 22
Time: 11:00am-12:00pm
Fee: Free

For more information, contact Cherie Ravel at

Join Rabbi Laurie Matzkin, Mindful Jewish Journeys Educator, 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 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!

We are meeting online on Zoom.

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This program is a partnership between the APJCC and the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley.

Wed 6/3, 6/10, 6/17, 6/24 8:30pm Free

Adults ages 55+ are invited to get together once a week for a moderated chat via Zoom video conference. Each week will start with an ice breaker and we’ll have a different discussion topic each week. Free!

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

For more information, please contact Cherie Ravel at

Every other Monday 6/8, 6/22, 7/6, 7/20, 8/3 ... 1:00-2:00pm Free

Learn to paint in watercolor from instructor John Giannotti, former president of the Los Gatos Art Association and accomplished painter. Class size is a minimum of 5 and limited to 8 students.

The class will be online using Zoom.

Price doesn’t include materials. A list of materials that could be purchased online will be sent to the participants.

Fee: $72 for the 6-week session.

To register, click here.

For more information, contact Maya Tripp at

Mon 6/15-7/20 5:00-6:00pm $72 for the 6-week session

Join us for a free workshop on Zoom to discuss and decode emotions. With JCC instructor Else Green. In addition to teaching fitness classes at the JCC, Else has additional certifications in Behavioral Change and a background in psychology.

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

For more information, please contact Cherie Ravel at

Wed ongoing 1:00pm Free

A conversation with Chuck Fishman, one of America’s most important contemporary photographers, about socio-political issues that are reflected in his photos, and in a special exhibit called “Re-generation: Jewish Life in Poland.”

The exhibit brings together two sets of Fishman’s photographs: one from the 1970/80’s documenting the declining Jewish community of communist Poland, and the second, taken very recently (2013-2018) presenting the vibrant, diverse, and growing community of Polish Jews today. This collection creates one of the most unique reports on contemporary Jewish life in Poland, combining its past and present into one extremely moving narration.

The exhibition, of silver gelatin prints handmade by the photographer from the original film negative, was created by and was on display at the Galicia Jewish Museum and Jewish Historical Institute, and also traveled to the U.S.

This event will be live streamed on Zoom. Click here to register:

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Day: Thurs June 25
Time: 10:00am-11:30am
Fee: Free

Learn about the Abayudaya Jewish Community of Uganda through a multi-media slideshow, seen through the eyes of Rabbi Laurie Matzkin and Bonnie Slavitt, who have each visited the community in the past year.

This event will be live streaming on Zoom. Click here to register:

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Day: Thurs 6/25
Time: 7:30pm-9:00pm
Fee: Free

The JCRC and APJCC, in partnership with the Israeli Consulate of the Pacific Northwest and the Israel Policy Forum, present a two-part series, “Understanding Israel’s new government, and the implications of annexation on the future of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.” This webinar will be held on Zoom.

Part I: June 22 at 12:30pm
“Annexation 101” with Dr. Michael Koplow, Policy Director of Israel Policy Forum

Beginning July 1, the Netanyahu government will be allowed to extend sovereignty over areas of the West Bank resulting in de facto annexation of this territory conquered in the 1967 Six-Day War.

This session is designed to provide high-level background and analysis answering many questions on the possibility of annexation and the extension of Israeli sovereignty in Area C.

Dr. Michael Koplow holds a Ph.D. in Government from Georgetown University.

Israel Policy Forum programs provide substantive analysis for community and policy leaders who share a vision of a secure, Jewish and democratic state in Israel.

Register for Part I here:

Part II: June 24 at 7:00pm
“Israel’s New Government and the Background of Annexation,” with Deputy Consul General Matan Zamir, of the Israeli Consulate to the Pacific Northwest.

DCG Matan Zamir has been a member of Israel’s Foreign Service since 2011. He grew up in Jerusalem where his family has lived for nine generations.

In May, Israel’s Parliament swore in a fifth government under Prime Minister Netanyahu, but in an unprecedented “emergency unity coalition” that includes Benny Gantz on almost equal footing. They will rotate the Prime Minister’s job, and coordinate the way the new Israeli government will handle most issues. How is this working, and how is the West Bank annexation issue playing out?

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As we weigh the emotional and economic costs of staying home against the threat of the novel coronavirus, how can the wisdom of Jewish tradition guide us? Join us to explore sources from the Jewish ethical tradition and insights from some of today’s leading ethical thinkers on subjects like values based decision making, safeguarding life, distributive justice, and more.

Offered in partnership with Reconstructing Judaism’s Center for Jewish Ethics.

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Thursdays 6/25-8/20 12:00pm-12:45pm Free

All APJCC programming for older adults is made possible, in part,  by a  generous grant from The Myra Reinhard Family Foundation. Continued Learning programs for older adults are made possible, in part, by the Corporate Alliance sponsorship of  Los Gatos Memorial Park & Darling-Fischer. All Cultural Arts programs at the APJCC are made possible, in part, by generous contributions from Doris & Rick z”l Davis, and an Anonymous Donor.