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- Friday, April 23, 10:30–11:00 AM | Baby Sign Language Introduction
- Sunday, April 25, 3:00–7:30 PM | Yom Ha'atzmaut: Israel's 73rd Independence Day Community Celebration
- Sunday, May 2, 4:30–6:00 PM | Lag B'Omer Celebration
- Wednesday, May 5, 3:00–4:15 PM | Terrific Tastings: Salsas for Cinco
- Fridays, May 7–June 11, 10:00–11:00 AM | Baby Sign Language Six-Week Series
- Sunday, May 9, 10:00 AM | LEAP Year Program Information Session
- Sunday, May 30, 1:00–2:15 PM | Terrific Tastings: Distinctively Delicious (Baked!) Donuts
- Sunday, July 11, 10:00–11:45 AM | Delightful Dilly Beans
- Sunday, August 15, 10:00–11:00 AM | Scrumptious Summer Scissor Salsa
Click here for all our new offerings!
NEW! Baby Sign Language – Introduction and Six-Week Series
Free Introduction: Friday, April 23, 10:30–11:00 AM | Six-Week Series: Fridays, May 7–June 11
Baby Sign Language gives babies the opportunity to communicate long before they can verbalize their wants and needs. Signing with babies accelerates language acquisition, reduces frustration, enhances a child's self esteem and deepens the bond between parent and child. For more information and to sign up for the FREE introductory session, click here. To sign up for the series, click here.
NEW! Yom Ha'atzmaut | Israel's 73rd Independence Day Community Celebration
Car-based treasure hunt and outdoor party
Sunday, April 25,
This Independence Day celebration will be a fun activity for families with children of all ages. You will enjoy a unique treasure hunt that includes engaging pit-stops and end with a colorful, joyous, upbeat dance party featuring performances by the "The Peatot" and "Plaster Band", who will appear onstage together for the first time! For more information and to register, click here.
Give Shoes, Give Love
Through April 30
We're hosting a shoe drive to collect new and gently used shoes to create opportunities for women in developing nations to start and sustain a small business. During the month of April, you can help by simply donating your gently used shoes! Drop off at the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Sports and Wellness Complex (Building A). For more information, click here.
Mondays, 5:30–6:25 PM and Fridays, 5:00–5:55 PM, through April 30
Exclusively for teens: A fun and energetic group training workout. Each workout is designed to build strong athletic and motivational skills that will carry into other aspects of life. No two workouts will be the same; they will vary based on different themes and the interests of our group. For more information, click here.
Sunday, May 2, 10:00 AM–12:00 PM
Bring the whole family as we hike, enjoy nature and connect with our Jewish values. Make new friends in this active, outdoor group for families with young children! For more information and to sign up, click here.
NEW! Lag B'Omer Celebration
Respecting One Another and Our Planet
Sunday, May 2, 4:30–6:00 PM
Join us to celebrate Lag B'Omer complete with campfire songs lead by the amazing Isaac Zones, marshmallow toasting, Earth Day planting and games! To register, click here.
NEW! Terrific Tastings: Salsas for Cinco
Wednesday, May 5, 3:00–4:15 PM
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo! After our sold-out salsa tasting last year, we're thrilled to partner again with our dear friends at the Santa Fe School of Cooking to explore one of American's favorite condiments, dips, ingredients—salsa! Let us deliver a curated collection of four salsas to your doorstep and join culinary host James Sokol and a special guest chef for a fun, interesting and delicious, guided salsa tasting and discussion, including tips for using salsas as more than a dip. For more information and the registration link, click here.
NEW! LEAP Year Program Information Session
Sunday, May 9, 10:00 AM
LEAP is a life-changing ten-month experience for teens: be truly immersed in Israeli society and culture; learn in a unique secular Jewish style; engage in impactful, hands-on social action in south Tel Aviv and Palo Alto; explore Jewish peoplehood with Israeli and international peers. LEAP combines BINA's expertise in running gap years with the OFJCC's innovative and forward-thinking perspective on American Judaism. Click here for more information and to register.
Let's Go Fly a Kite!
Sunday, May 9, 10:30 AM–12:00 PM
If you're looking for some high-flying entertainment, bring your family and join us at Shoreline Park! Free. For more information and to register, click here.
NEW! Terrific Tastings: Distinctively Delicious (Baked!) Donuts
Sunday, May 30, 1:00–2:15 PM
What happens when a donut fanatic meets a flavor-obsessed pastry chef? Pure bliss! Imagine intense, full-bodied layers of flavor on small donuts that are baked, not fried, which allows the flavors to bloom without being weighed down by oil; almost like mini-Bundt cakes, but, better …way, Way, WAY better! A perfectly-sized mini indulgence! Real fruits, nuts and spices are chopped, squeezed, zested and roasted to create delicious, evocative flavors. For more information and the registration link, click here.
NEW! Delightful Dilly Beans
Sunday, July 11, 10:00–11:45 AM
Come be a willing participant while we pickle beans from Teacher Debbie's farm! Meet us at the farm, where we will make delicious dilly beans to take home to enjoy with our families! To register, click here.
NEW! Scrumptious Summer Scissor Salsa
Sunday, August 15, 10:00–11:00 AM
Come be a willing participant while we make salsa with tomaotes from Teacher Debbie's farm. Meet us at the farm, where we will make delicious salsa to take home to enjoy with our families. To register, click here.
Club J Registration Now Open for 2021–22
Our Club J program is a one-of-a-kind, licensed program that provides a wide range of activities that will engage children from transitional kindergarten-aged children through 12 years of age. The Club J program supports children in several educational components such as arts and humanities, physical activities and literacy, as well as a wide range of free elective classes that will keep every child learning and having fun. Click here for more information and to register.
J-Camp Registration Is Open
After an awesome 2020, we are back and getting ready for an amazing 2021. We can't wait to welcome you to camp again this summer for a safe, fun and meaningful experience! For more information about sessions and activities, and to register, click here.
JCC Maccabi Sports Camp Registration is Open
The JCC Maccabi Sports Camp is an overnight Jewish sports camp located just outside of San Francisco in Atherton, California. We welcome campers entering grades 3–11 from around the United States, Canada and the world. Registration for summer 2021 is now open! Click here for dates, activities, parent information and registration.
Kehillah Virtual Admissions Open House
Kehillah High School's Virtual Admissions Open House is now live. This evolving, interactive web portal has been designed to provide prospective students and parents with ways to learn about our school through videos and other media that show our program and culture in action.
If you know of families considering options for high school, please invite them to visit this new portal to explore the possibility of Kehillah as their high school home. Click here to visit.
American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra Children's Corner
American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (AFIPO), which supports the world-class Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO), has launched "Children's Corner," a series of free digital music education resources created especially for homebound audiences. AFIPO invites parents, educators and program directors alike to utilize these fun and easy-to-use digital materials to supplement their at-home curriculum.
Simply click here and enter your email to download.
Lost Tribe Esports: Free Gaming Tournaments for Jewish Teens
Various Days and Times
Lost Tribe Esports is serving Jewish communities, offering online e-sports and social opportunities for Jewish teens 12–18 years old free of charge on a private, monitored and safe Discord channel. Click here for more information.
Videos from the Club J Team:
Social Action During Coronavirus
Help IsraAID Distribute Vital Relief Supplies to Our Community
Our friends at IsraAID are urgently seeking volunteers to assist efforts in providing vital relief supplies to our most vulnerable communities. Operations are conducted in accordance with CDC guidelines. Activities include:
- In San Jose Warehouse: Sorting and packing of relief supplies
- From San Carlos: Distribution of food packages to people's homes
Get more information or sign up to a volunteer orientation/training here.
A Guide for Teen Social Action During Coronavirus
Tzedek America has created a guide for teens and others seeking ways to help others during the COVID-19 crisis. Download it here.
From the PJ Library:
PJ Library Podcast—Have I Got a Story for You: Every episode of Have I Got a Story for You takes a classic Jewish folk tale and gives it a modern twist. You can explore episodes here and if you find one you really like, be sure to click on the episode page to find activities, book lists, and keep the fun going. Produced by PJ Library, a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.
PJ Library Resources for Quarantined Families: A program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, PJ Library provides oodles of ways for your family to stay busy and have fun at home. Offerings are organized by: Family Together Time, Activities for Babies & Toddlers, Learning Languages, Arts & Crafts, Unplugged Time, Kids in the Kitchen and Hands On Activities from Favorite PJ Library Books. PJ Library also includes a section on How to Talk to Your Kids about Scary Situations to help with conversations about the COVID-19 crisis.
A Message from the Staff of the JCC Maccabi Sports Camp:
Our fun-loving JCC Maccabi Sports Camp staff created a wonderfully upbeat video for campers and their families to let them know how much they care about camp, each other and the JMSC camp community. This lighthearted video will put a smile on your face as well as give you some other ways to use a certain stockpiled item...
Introducing Jewish Sports Now: On Demand Training for Young Athletes
JCC Maccabi Sports Camp is thrilled to introduce "Jewish Sports Now", an exciting new collaboration from the leaders in the Jewish sports world. Young Jewish athletes from all over the world now have access to elite coaching—for free—to work on their game from their living room, basement, backyard or neighborhood park! Jewish Sports Now presents a digital library of sports training videos from top professional coaches. Presented in partnership with Maccabi USA, Maccabi Canada, JCC Maccabi Games, Ramah Sports Academy, and URJ 6 Points Sports Academy. Check them out here.
JCC Maccabi Sports Camp @ Home
Join JCC Maccabi Sports Camp online! FREE events include:
- Skill development workouts led by JMSC Coaches for baseball, basketball, soccer, tennis and volleyball
- Brand new talk show with camp leadership, "Josh & Eytan in the Morning" every Monday at 2:00 PM PM on Facebook Live. Check out their first broadcast here!
- Join on Facebook Live for Shabbat, Fridays at 6:00 PM. Contact Eytan Graubart, Camp Director, for more information at [email protected].
Family Activities from the Live Fully Blog:
Board Games in a Time of Social Distancing: Seth Leslie, OFJCC's Chief Development Officer, has a penchant for highly original strategy games. Find his recommendations for the best board games for enjoying sheltering in place with the family here.
Still More Game Resources: Our friends at NPR put together a list of resources for taking your favorite board games online so you can play with friends while still social distancing.
Enjoy videos from the Leslie Family Preschool: