Activities for Children & Families

Looking for ways to keep kids entertained, educated, and engaged at home? We’ve got you covered!

8 days of virtual Hanukkah banner for home page8 Days of Virtual Hanukkah

December 10-18
Several South Bay Jewish organizations have come together to offer you 8 nights and days of virtual Hanukkah. There are some drive-through events too. It’s all free and open to the public. Get the details at

parent playing music with babyMusic Together: Sing Shalom (ages 0-7)

Sundays, December 6-February 21
9:30-10:00am (no class 12/27, 2/14)
with Rabbi Laurie Matzkin
Ages 0-7 years
Cost: $175 for the full series
Click here to register.
We are thrilled to offer Music Together with a Jewish twist. Winter Collection (Bells) with beloved Hebrew & Jewish songs added. 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!
More information:

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.
More information: Rabbi Laurie Matzkin,

STEAM with Teacher Samare

Wednesdays, Oct 21-Dec 16 (no class Nov 25)
Ages 3-6 years
Cost: $80 for 8 sessions
Have fun with science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). At each session, children will be guided in a STEAM related activity with simple, common household materials. Click here to register.
More information:

J-Fam Online: A Playgroup for Jewish Babies & Their Grownups

Sharing, singing, learning and mutual support are all part of our sessions! Make connections with other families and strengthen your bond with your little one. Siblings also enjoy our songs & stories. Our arms are open to moms, dads, grandparents or other caregivers. Now in its third year, J-Fam continues to support babies and their grownups during the challenges of pandemic parenting.

J-Fam Fall Cohort
Tuesdays 10/13- 12/15, 9:00-9:30am
with Rabbi Laurie Matzkin
For newborns to toddlers, with a caregiver
Cost $70
Click here to register. For more information, contact

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,

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,

Hebrew as a Second Language (ages 6-8 years, online)

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).

To register, click here. (Need help with registration? You’ll find detailed instructions click here.)

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 with any questions.

For more information see

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

Camp Shalom Facebook Group

We’ve created a Camp Shalom Facebook Group for Camp Shalom families, where we are posting activities for the whole family to enjoy. Come “hang out” with your Camp Shalom friends!


PJ Library Programs

PJ Library (a program of the Jewish Federation) offers this list of virtual story times, activities, recipes, and Jewish resources. Check out the PJ Library Facebook page too!

PJ Library Resources for Families Who Are Sheltering in Place
These resources for families who are staying home include recipes for cooking with kids, activities for learning languages, hands-on crafts, podcasts, and more.

How to Talk to Your Kids About Scary Situations
This post is an evolving list of resources to help parents talk to their children, their children’s teachers, and each other about evacuations, quarantine, and other scary situations.

Keeping Peace at Home – Helping Kids Get Along
The Jewish value of shalom bayit (peace in the home) can mean peace among all family members, among other things. These six tips can help everyone in the house keep calm and carry on.


Born to Move: Exercise Videos for Kids

BORN TO MOVE is designed to nurture a life-long love of physical activity and helps children (4-5, 6-7, 8-12, 13-16) experience the joy and vitality of moving to music. Each session is created to feed young people’s natural appetite for action, movement and play, and it lets them enjoy the energy confidence, good healthy and increased ability that goes with it. You can use this link for access to 15 free BORN TO MOVE videos for families to use.