Kids & Teens

Afterschool Programs

San Francisco

Afterschool Sports and Recreation Programs – SFJCC


Jewish Community Center of San Francisco 3200 California St. San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 292-1200 Fax: (415) 276-1561 jluna@jccsf.org
 www.jccsf.org/youthandfamily
Athletic program manager Luke Lagattuta
Youth recreation programs manager Suzy Palmer

Comprehensive sports, recreational and arts programs for children ages 3 and older. Sports teams, dance school, art and ceramics, gymnastics, swimming. Top-notch facilities including an aquatics center, dance, art and ceramics studios, and a 10,000-square-foot gymnasium.

Palo Alto

Beged Kefet Hebrew Language School

Oshman Family JCC Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life Fax: 3921 Fabian Way Palo Alto, CA 94303
www.paloaltojcc.org/begedkefet
Headmaster Shuli Zilberfarb Sela szilberfarb@paloaltojcc.org

This language school for grades K-12 teaches the fundamentals of modern Hebrew, including reading, writing, speaking and comprehension, as well as topics that characterize Israeli culture, like Jewish holidays, stories and music. With accreditation/approval from PAUSD, Mountain View/Los Altos School District and Fremont School District, the school offers classes for high school students at all levels including a non-native Hebrew class.

Peninsula

Club J

Oshman Family JCC 3921 Fabian Way Palo Alto, CA 94303
(650) 223-8674 cmallare@paloaltojcc.org www.paloaltojcc.org/clubj
Director Cyrus Mallare

Enriching, active and nurturing five-day afterschool experience for kindergarten through fifth grade. Daily transportation from many local schools, arts and crafts, sports, games, community service projects, swimming, healthy snacks, elective classes, academic support and Jewish cultural programming. Satellite program now available at Sand Hill School in Palo Alto.

East Bay

Edah

(510) 529-4995 info@edahcommunity.org www.edahcommunity.org

A high-quality Hebrew language, Jewish experiential learning program in Berkeley offered after school and during select school breaks for children in kindergarten through fifth grade and their families. The program complements kids' school experience, provides joyful Jewish learning and solves child care challenges for families.

San Francisco

Havurah Youth Center (HYC)

Jewish Community Center of San Francisco 3200 California St. San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 292-1200 Fax: (415) 276-1561 hyc@jccsf.org www.jccsf.org/hyc
Camp & family programs manager: Hannah Long

Outstanding licensed afterschool program. Talented, nurturing teachers provide a safe environment for children to explore new interests and build self-esteem. The student’s school day is supported through homework assistance, relationships with the students’ schools and a supportive classroom environment. Intentional free time is provided to support the whole child, in stimulating indoor and outdoor environments, from our Aquatics Center to our rooftop playground and greenhouse. The enrichment programming provides exploration in activities such as performing arts, visual arts, science, music, movement, ceramics and crafts. Community is built as a classroom, as members of the HYC family, and as part of the larger JCCSF community. Families of all cultures and backgrounds are welcome.

East Bay

JCC East Bay Afterschool – Berkeley

JCC East Bay 1414 Walnut St. Berkeley, CA 94709
(510) 848-0237 x131 Fax: (510) 848-0170 cassieb@jcceastbay.org www.jcceastbay.org
Director Cassie Brown

The afterschool program in Berkeley provides a welcoming, safe environment where each child can have fun and make friends as they develop a sense of independence and experience community. It offers a diverse array of organized activities, as well as opportunities for kids to relax and spend time with friends after school. It provides age-specific programming and inclusive, communal programming and events. A caring, enthusiastic staff is there to serve the children's needs, from helping with homework, to reading a story, working in the garden or playing a boisterous game of soccer in the outdoor play yard. In addition to the core activities, group programming, celebrations, and structured and unstructured play, there is a wide array of enrichment classes in music, art, cooking, drama and martial arts. The program incorporates elements of Jewish traditions and culture, including Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday afternoons and Jewish holiday celebrations. The programs are fully licensed through the California Community Care Licensing Division, serving as afterschool destinations for elementary and middle school children in the Berkeley, Albany and West Contra Costa school districts.

East Bay

JCC East Bay Afterschool – Oakland

JCC East Bay 5811 Racine St. Oakland, CA 94609
(510) 595-9222 rhab@jcceastbay.org www.jcceastbay.org
Afterschool director Rha Bowden

The afterschool program in Oakland provides a welcoming, safe environment where each child can have fun and make friends as they develop a sense of independence and experience community. It offers a diverse array of organized activities, as well as opportunities for kids to relax and spend time with friends. It provides age-specific programming and inclusive, communal programming and events. A caring, enthusiastic staff is there to serve the children's needs, from helping with homework, to reading a story, or playing a boisterous game of soccer in the outdoor play yard. In addition to the core activities, group programming, celebrations, and structured and unstructured play, there is a wide array of enrichment classes in music, art, cooking, drama and martial arts. The program incorporates elements of Jewish traditions and culture, including Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday afternoons and Jewish holiday celebrations. Programs are fully licensed through the California Community Care Licensing Division and serve as afterschool destinations for elementary-age children in the Oakland Unified School District. The program provides transportation to the site from area schools and also takes children to religious school at neighboring synagogues.

South Bay

Enrichment and Sports

Oshman Family JCC 3921 Fabian Way Palo Alto, CA 94303
(650) 223-8700 sports@paloaltojcc.org/youth@paloaltojcc.org www.paloaltojcc.org
youth@paloaltojcc.org

Offers a range of enrichment and sports programs for preschoolers through teens and adults. Basketball, dance, art, drama, martial arts and more. Children can enjoy hour-long elective classes or extended afterschool programs, camps and clinics. Adult sports leagues offer a fun way to stay in shape and build camaraderie.

Peninsula

Sports and Recreation


Peninsula Jewish Community Center 
 800 Foster City Blvd. Foster City, CA 94404
(650) 212-PJCC (7522) emitchell@pjcc.org

 www.pjcc.org


Award-winning JCC offers a wide array of sports and recreation programs, birthday parties, gym rentals, award-winning swim program, sports classes and leagues for all ages. Offering a positive, fun and competitive environment to learn and explore.  The wide variety of programs for children includes weekly enrichment classes, fitness and yoga classes, sports leagues and more.

San Francisco

Tikvah School of Music and Dance

Jewish Community Center of San Francisco 3200 California St. San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 292-1239 ynemirovskaya@jccsf.org www.jccsf.org/tikvah
Yanina Nemirovskaya

Bicultural program taught in Russian, featuring instructors from the former Soviet Union with advanced degrees in the creative arts. Enriches children intellectually and physically through active participation in the cultural arts and fosters an exploration of Jewish heritage through weekly Shabbat celebrations, musical performances, family gatherings and family education. Children and families of all faiths and backgrounds are welcome to participate.

Day Camps

East Bay


Camp Kefli

Temple Isaiah 945 Risa Road Lafayette, CA 94549
(925) 284-9191 Fax: (925) 283-8355 kefli@temple-isaiah.org www.temple-isaiah.org/kefli
Rabbi Alissa Miller

For two weeks in late summer, each morning is filled with dynamic activities. The staff leads a wide range of programs that are appropriate to each age group from kindergarten through eighth grade, filling the two one-week sessions with fun. Some programs utilize the synagogue's facilities while others take place off-site. Offering creative theme days and adventures that enrich and delight the campers.

East Bay


Camp Tzofim

JCC East Bay 1414 Walnut St. Berkeley, CA 94709
(510) 848-0237 x113 Fax: (510) 848-0170 dannys@jcceastbay.org www.jcceastbay.org
Camp director Danny Stein dannys@jcceastbay.org

Centrally located day camp in Oakland serves kids ages 5-15, from kindergartners experiencing camp for the first time to teens going on overnight adventures. Activities are designed for each age group, offering a traditional camp experience with an emphasis on self-discovery, experiential learning and fun. Activities include swimming, art, dance, drama, ga-ga (Israeli dodgeball), and Kumzits (camp sing-alongs). Zero-impact camping and nature games are held at Joaquin Miller, Roberts and Tilden regional parks. Youth in fifth, sixth and seventh-ninth grade participate in the Trip & Travel program, a week of fun at camp and field trips around the East Bay, followed by a week of camping and adventure around California. Teens have the chance to take their camp experience to the next level with the CIT program for ninth- and 10th-graders. Campers celebrate community-based Jewish values and develop meaningful relationships with new friends and camp counselors. An ACA-accredited camp.

North Bay

Camp Chai

Jewish Community Center Sonoma County Mail to: 1301 Farmers Lane Fax: Suite C103 Santa Rosa, CA 95405
JCC office: (707) 528-4222 Fax: (707) 528-4288 office@jccsoco.org www.jccsoco.org
Ellen Blustein
Director Josh Cutler

Summer day camp program for children in grades K-ninth grade. Meets at Finley Park, Santa Rosa. Sports, games, Shabbat, swim, arts and crafts, Jewish traditions.

North Bay

Camp Chaverim

Congregation Beth Sholom 1455 Elm St. Napa, CA 94559
(707) 253-7305 Fax: (707)-253-1109 educator@cbsnapa.org www.cbsnapa.org

A well-rounded camp experience in a Jewish setting for children in grades K-8. Campers enjoy a wide array of activities, field trips and special guest presentations. 2016 camp June 13-17 and June 20-24.

East Bay

Camp Gan Israel of East Bay

Chabad of the East Bay P.O. Box 5292 Berkeley,, CA 94705
(510) 540-5824 campganisraelberkeley@gmail.com www.ganisraelberkeley.com
Director Rabbi Yehuda Ferris
Director Miriam Ferris

Part of Northern California's largest network of Jewish day camps. Meets at Montclair Elementary School. Known for creative programs, exciting activities and trips, and lots of spirit. Camp's success lies in lively and enthusiastic counselors who serve as role models, offering the children lasting friendship. Campers are imbued with pride in their heritage and a love for the land of Israel. They experience the excitement of Shabbat parties, challah baking, spirited singing and the Grand Shabbaton. Overnights to American River and Santa Cruz Boardwalk. Sports and Activities: Campers become sports enthusiasts with fun games that emphasize teamwork and sportsmanship. CGI on the Go: Twice a week, campers head out to local places of interest, which may include Adventure Playground, ice skating, rock climbing, fruit picking, a Giants Ball Park tour, Alameda County Fair, Six Flags and more. Artists at Work: Campers create a wide array of fun and useful arts and crafts projects, incorporating Jewish themes. The Wetter the Better: CGI offers professional swim lessons at the  Montclair Swim Club, as well as fun in the sun on the sandy beach of Lake Temescal.

South Bay

Camp Gan Israel of Silicon Valley

Mail to: Chabad of Greater South Bay, 3070 Louis Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303 South Peninsula Hebrew Day School Fax: 1030 Astoria Drive Sunnyvale, CA 94087
(650) 539-KIDS (5437) Fax: (650) 493-3425 office@campganisrael.info www.campganisrael.info
Director Rabbi Ber Rosenblat

Providing Jewish and fun experiences for over 40 years. Offers swimming, sports, trips, overnights and special activities. Workshops include art, science, woodworking, gymnastics, music and dance. With numerous camper divisions, Pioneer, CIT and teen volunteer, the camp offers programs for Jewish children in grades K-12. Featuring summer and winter camp programs. Limited financial aid available.

San Francisco

Camp Gan Israel SF

Chabad of SF 834 28th Ave. San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 831-8399 www.campganisraelsf.org
Directors Hinda Langer, Taliah Langer, Chaya Langer
Directors

Kids for Community, ages 5-15. Jewish-themed activities including, sports, art, music, yoga, theater and much more.

Santa Cruz

Camp Kayetz

Temple Beth El/JCC 3055 Porter Gulch Road Aptos, CA 95003
(831) 479-3444 Fax: (831) 475-7246 info@tbeaptos.org www.tbeaptos.org
Director Mimi Guiney

Offers nurturing, safe and creative atmosphere. Provides summer fun in a framework of Jewish culture, customs and ethics. The camp is designed for campers 6 to 12 years old, and counselors-in-training from ages 13 to 15. Offers a variety of fun activities: crafts, sports, music and  theater, camping trips, Raging Waters, visits to parks and beaches. Additional field trips, special Shabbats and Great America visits (for CITs).

East Bay

Camp Kee Tov

Congregation Beth El 1301 Oxford St. Berkeley, CA 94709-1424
(510) 848-2372 Fax: (510) 848-2707 info@campkeetov.org www.campkeetov.org
Director Emily Schnitzer

Community-oriented Jewish day camp set in Berkeley and the surrounding parks, providing a variety of creative activities to enrich the lives of all campers. Its strength comes from a rich tradition and sense of community; most staff members were Kee Tov campers, and their continued involvement gives the camp a family feeling that infuses the entire community. Dedicated to the cultural and personal enrichment of campers of all ages, providing role models and leadership training, along with good, safe fun. The camp welcomes children of all religious and ethnic backgrounds. It promotes the values of mutual respect, tzedakah (social justice) and love of nature. It also stresses ongoing communication with campers' families. The camp nurtures fun, friendship, responsibility, community, sharing and individual achievement for every one of its campers.

Peninsula

Camp Keff

Peninsula Jewish Community Center 800 Foster City Blvd. Foster City, CA 94404
(650) 378-2704 Fax: (650) 378-2799 camps@pjcc.org www.campkeff.org
Camp director Ian Israel iisrael@pjcc.org

Engaging curriculum ignites imagination and nurtures resilience for preschool-grade 12.  Strives to be a transformative experience for campers.  Offers a variety of programs throughout the year with both signature, mix and match and adventure camps. Campers gain confidence, learn to make good choices and develop social skills. They grow in compassion and caring, and are encouraged to celebrate self -discovery.

South Bay

Camp Shalom at APJCC

Addison-Penzak JCC of Silicon Valley 14855 Oka Road Los Gatos, CA 95032
(408) 357-7416 Fax: (408) 358-7311 camp@apjcc.org www.campshalomjcc.org
Camp director Jason Goldstein

Offers crafts, field trips, athletics, games, special events, swimming, music, dance and cultural Jewish programming. Ages 18 months to 16 years. Specialty camps also available, focusing on tennis, circus, creative arts, soccer, cooking, dance, Lego, CIT program and other areas of interest.

South Bay

Habima Hess Circus Camp – Addison-Penzak JCC of Silicon Valley

14855 Oka Road Los Gatos, CA 95032
(408) 357-7416 Fax: (408) 358-7311 camp@apjcc.org www.campshalomjcc.org
Camp director Jason Goldstein

Participants in this intensive program learn a variety of circus arts: ball walking, plate spinning, poi (balls on strings), diabolo (Chinese yo-yo), acrobatics, rope climbing, silks, juggling, tightrope walking and more. Classes are taught by professional circus performers from 888Monkeys.

South Bay

J-Camp at the OFJCC

Oshman Family JCC 3921 Fabian Way Palo Alto, CA 94303
(650) 223-8622 youth@paloaltojcc.org www.ofjcc-jcamp.com
Camp director Rebecca Labate

Introduces children to new experiences and builds confidence while creating friendships in a fun and safe environment. Two-week sessions are designed for specific age groups and give campers the widest range of activities from swim lessons to weekly field trips, as well as the chance to bond with friends and counselors. One-week specialty camps include options from cooking to science to dance, and there are leadership opportunities for teens. The camp is accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA), which required an intensive safety audit, passing more than 300 health and safety standards, from staff qualifications and training to emergency management.

San Francisco

JCCSF Summer Camp

3200 California St. San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 276-1537 camp@jccsf.org www.jccsf.org/camp

Camps for kids of all ages and interests, including innovative preschool camp, and J Adventure camps exclusively for kids preparing to enter kindergarten. Cosmo Kids camps combine classic activities in the morning with afternoon specialty activities (featuring weekly themes like science and dance). Select Passport Camps take kids on off-site adventures around the Bay Area to places like Angel Island and AT&T Park, and for activities including ice skating and baseball games. Sports camps highlight soccer and basketball with a focus on teamwork, fitness and skill-building. Specialty camps include cooking, photography and movie-making, academic camps, swimming and gymnastics activities. Preteens and teens can choose from adventure camps, media camps and opportunities to build leadership skills as volunteers and lifeguards. Even high school students can spend their summer at camp as counselors-in-training or junior counselors. All camps feature low camper-to-counselor ratios.

Marin

Marin JCC Summer Camp 


200 N. San Pedro Road San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 444-8055, (415) 444-8050 Fax: (415) 491-1235 lbohne@marinjcc.org www.marinjcc.org
Camp and youth director Lauren Bohne
Camp director Brittany Mihalik bmihalik@marinjcc.org

Camps for ages 2-15. Traditional and specialty summer camps, teen travel programs, adventure overnights and field trips. Campers and staff are encouraged to be their best, most authentic selves. For over 60 years, generations of campers have spent their summers here. Staff is trained to make camp a safe and fun-filled environment for campers to grow and learn. Designed to provide a summer to remember.

Marin

Summer Impact Camp

Jewish Family and Children’s Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties 600 Fifth Ave. San Rafael, CA 94901
(415) 419-3641 AlliD@jfcs.org www.jfcs.org
Program coordinator Alli Darrow

One-week summer day camp for youth in grades 6 to 8. Students have fun, make new friends, and learn about community service from a Jewish perspective. Students can participate in Summer Impact as their b'nai mitzvah volunteer project and complete their community service requirement. In 2016, camp meets Aug. 8-12.

Day Care

San Francisco

L’Chaim Adult Day Health Center

Jewish Family and Children’s Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties 2534 Judah St. San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 449-2900 Fax: (415) 449-2901 emigre@jfcs.org www.jfcs.org/find-help/seniors/lchaim-health-center

A licensed facility and community-based adult service (CBAS) outpatient center that provides medical, social and therapy services for disabled adults (18 and older) and elderly persons with a range of health conditions.The center serves Russian émigré clients from San Francisco and northern San Mateo County.

Day Schools & High Schools

East Bay


Tehiyah Day School

2603 Tassajara Ave. El Cerrito, CA 94530
(510) 233-3013 Fax: (510) 233-0171 tgarretson@tehiyah.org www.tehiyah.org
Head of school Debra Massey
Admissions Michelle Tirella-Ventura

Jewish community day school, bridge-K to 8th grade. The school's mission is to inspire curiosity, a strong sense of community and a vibrant connection to Judaism. It is guided by core Jewish values, including developing strength of character, dedication to social justice and commitment to lifelong learning. Students are empowered to become critical and creative thinkers, problem solvers and active participants in their education and development. A highly integrated dual curriculum focuses on hands-on, project-based learning in both general studies and Hebrew/Jewish studies. The program includes a wide range of enrichment activities including athletics, art, drama, technology, music, physical education, student council and more.  A diverse and nurturing community warmly welcomes and fully embraces all families.

San Francisco


The Brandeis School of San Francisco

655 Brotherhood Way San Francisco, CA 94132
(415) 406-1035 Fax: (415) 584-1099 tlowenthal@sfbrandeis.org www.sfbrandeis.org
Director of admissions Tania Lowenthal

This school encourages students to participate as innovators and doers in the unique challenges of our time. Students study and live with a strong sense of purpose, and an exceptional academic experience is elevated by being grounded in the diverse expressions of Jewish values, traditions and culture embraced by our community. The school is committed to passionately pursuing meaning, purpose, diversity, and joy in all activities. Independent K-8 Jewish day school with 400 students. Offers tuition assistance, an afterschool program and bus service.

San Francisco

Bais Menachem Day School

Chabad of SF 834 28th Ave. Fax: San Francisco 94121, CA
(415) 831-8399 admissions@sfshul.org www.bmyds.org
Judaics director Rabbi Gedalia Potash
Secular studies director Rebbitzen Chani Zarchi

Judaic and secular program for grades K to eight. Campus close to tennis, basketball courts and Golden Gate Park. Hebrew language, art and music.

Marin

Brandeis Marin

180 North San Pedro Road San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 472-1833 pwelner@brandeismarin.org www.brandeismarin.org
Head of school Dr. Peg Sandel
Director of admissions Pamela Welner

A top-tier independent day school that provides a rigorous academic program for students in grades K-8, preparing students well for high school and life. Accredited by CAIS and WASC.

East Bay

Contra Costa Jewish Day School

955 Risa Road Lafayette, CA 94549
(925) 284-8288 Fax: (925) 284-8289 info@ccjds.org www.ccjds.org
Head of school Dean Goldfein
Admissions director Amy Wittenberg

Founded in 2001, this is an independent community Jewish day school in Lafayette that serves families from all over the East Bay. The school promotes academic excellence through a rich curriculum of general and Judaic studies. Offers full-day kindergarten through eighth-grade programs. Families represent a diverse community: The school honors and welcomes a range of religious practices, economic backgrounds, families from Israel and the former Soviet Union, single parents, gay and lesbian parents, and grandparents involved in raising their grandchildren.  Highly qualified and devoted teachers, small classes and a culture that values learning, exemplary behavior, and personal and social responsibility make the school a good fit for families who want to see their children thrive in a nurturing Jewish community. The teachers utilize innovative instructional methods and individuate curriculum to meet diverse learning styles, developing the whole child. The school cultivates lifelong learning and dedication to Jewish community.  Students see themselves as torchbearers of a centuries-old tradition of inquiry and intellectual rigor. Now offering transportation from Oakland and Berkeley.

Peninsula

Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School

450 San Antonio Road Palo Alto, CA 94306
(650) 494-8200 Fax: (650) 424-0714 admissions@hausner.com www.hausner.com
Admission director Aileen Mitchner

An independent community day school providing an outstanding education for close to 400 K-8 students in a state-of-the-art facility on a four-acre campus. Focuses on excellent academics in tandem with social and emotional development to engage students, nurture curiosity and instill a passion for lifelong learning.  A project-based learning approach helps students develop practical life skills through investigation, complex research and decision-making that leads to deeper understanding, greater retention and increased student engagement.  Integrates technology into the core curriculum. The STEM curriculum, hallmark of this education process, is an interdisciplinary and applied teaching approach that integrates hands-on experience in science, technology, engineering and math for real-world problem-solving. Project-based learning is offered at all grade levels. Digital learning includes a 1:1 iPad Program for grades 6-8 and shared classroom iPads in grades K-5.  Jewish studies curriculum promotes joyful Jewish learning and fosters a positive Jewish identity.Hebrew program accommodates various levels of proficiency. Community service is woven into both general and Jewish studies programs.  Music, art and physical education enrich the curriculum across all grades. • Interscholastic sports include basketball, cross country, flag football, soccer, tennis and volleyball in grades 6-8.     Afterschool enrichment classes are offered daily for all grades. Before- and after-school care are also available.

South Bay

Harker School

(408) 249-2510 communications@harker.org https://www.harker.org/
Desiree Mitchell Desiree.Mitchell@harker.org

Upper School
500 Saratoga Ave., San Jose, CA 95129
Phone: 408.249.2510 | Fax: 408.984.2325

Middle School
3800 Blackford Ave., San Jose, CA 95117
Phone: 408.248.2510 | Fax: 408.248.2502

Lower School
4300 Bucknall Rd., San Jose, CA 95130
Phone: 408.871.4600 | Fax: 408.871.4320

Preschool
4525 Union Ave., San Jose, CA 95124
Phone: 408.553.5700 | Fax: 408.559.2014
Email: preschool@harker.org

San Francisco

Jewish Community High School of the Bay

1835 Ellis St. San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 345-9777 Fax: (415) 345-1888 admissions@jchsofthebay.org www.jchsofthebay.org
Director of admissions Ida Gruber
Head of school Rabbi Howard Ruben

A high school that encourages students to challenge themselves, to think creatively and to discover their values while striving for academic excellence. Whether expressing themselves through arts and athletics, academic achievement or community outreach projects, students participate in a rigorous college preparatory program enriched by thought-provoking Jewish studies. The students are intellectually inquisitive, spiritually aware and motivated to approach the world holistically. Graduates attend top universities across the country, taking with them a strong Jewish moral character, a deep commitment to self and community, and skills that guide and sustain them into their adult lives. An enriching community that embraces pluralism.

South Bay

Kehillah Jewish High School

3900 Fabian Way Palo Alto, CA 94303
(650) 213-9600 Fax: (650) 213-9601 info@kehillah.org www.kehillah.org
Head of school Rabbi Darren Kleinberg, Ph.D.
Director of admissions Marily Lerner

Academics: Provides a robust curriculum in computer science, the humanities, mathematics, sciences, visual and performing arts, and world languages.  Supportive Environment: Students enjoy a healthy balance of study, reflection, and social interaction. Students enjoy six weekly open blocks, during which they can study and complete homework, socialize, meet with teachers or recharge.  Rich Traditions: A Jewish high school, looking to Jewish history and the Jewish tradition as a source of wisdom and values. Believing that the encounter with 3,000 years of Jewish civilization will help prepare  graduates for the world beyond high school.  As a school that welcomes students from all backgrounds, the school understands that the Jewish tradition offers universal lessons for both teenagers and parents who are looking for a compass to help navigate the 21st century. Jewish studies curriculum provides students an opportunity to develop tools for their own identity construction, to figure out who they are, and who they want to be.  Silicon Valley Mindset: New this year is a groundbreaking Laboratory for Engineering Arts. The student makerspace supports a hands-on learning experience for students in computer science and art programs.  The four-year computer science curriculum focuses on coding with modern software development tools, fabrication, creativity and problem solving.  At the end of their final year, seniors participate in Senior Internship Projects (SIPs), designed to give students a chance to apply their in-school learning to real world internships and service-learning projects.

South Bay

Meira Academy

3921 Fabian Way Palo Alto, CA 94303
(650) 485-3589 office@meiraacademy.org www.meiraacademy.org
Mrs. Devorah Lewis

Empowers young Jewish women through an education devoted to academic excellence in both Jewish studies and general sudies. Nurturing students toward a bright future in the Jewish community, the school supports them in all aspects of their personal growth: intellectually, spiritually, socially and creatively. Provides a safe and comfortable environment for young women to learn and develop with self-assurance and integrity. The school's integrated core humanities/arts and math/science curricula, as well as A.P. classes, prepare students for acceptance to and success in the colleges and universities of their choice. Likewise, the Jewish studies program provides students with the skills and knowledge base required for entrance into fine seminaries in Israel. The only traditional, girls-only Jewish high school in Northern California and the surrounding areas, the academy is situated in Palo Alto, the heart of Silicon Valley. The school’s academic, co-curricular and extracurricular programs benefit from its geographic location. The region's signature intellectual creativity, high-tech know-how, "green" innovation and focus on sustainable living all infuse the academy's offerings.

East Bay

Oakland Hebrew Day School

5500 Redwood Road Oakland, CA 94619
(510) 531-8600 Fax: (510) 531-8686 office@ohds.org www.ohds.org
Head of school Rabbi Ari Leubitz
Admissions director Philippa Lichterman

Modern Orthodox K-8 day school serving families from across the Bay Area. Excellent general/Judaic studies program enriched with specialty classes (art, music, performing arts, physical education and computer technology). Inclusive and diverse community, afterschool club program, small classes, co-teaching model, strong Israel education and Hebrew immersion.

Peninsula

Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School

800 Foster City Blvd. Foster City, CA 94404
(650) 378-2600/ (650) 378-2611 Fax: (650) 378-2669 admissions@wornickjds.org www.wornickjds.org
Head of school Dr. Barbara Gereboff

A vibrant, caring and innovative community of learners from transitional kindergarten to eighth grade. With small class sizes and ample opportunities for differentiated learning, children are challenged and encouraged as individuals--academically, socially, spiritually and emotionally. Through dynamic project-based learning, students develop critical thinking skills that take them beyond the quest for answers to a deeper search for understanding and connections across disciplines.   The curriculum is based on education research about the interconnected nature of knowledge: Children learn best when connections can be made across subjects, connecting to previous knowledge or to different areas of the curriculum.   Students emerge with the ability to draw enduring understandings from their studies, research skills to dig ever deeper and communications tools to articulate their discoveries with clarity and creativity. The curriculum is in line with Common Core Standards.  A Wornick education is steeped in Jewish values, with Hebrew language and Judaic studies as core components. Children develop the intellectual and spiritual tools to live active, engaged Jewish lives, and the ethical foundation that will encourage them to make a difference in the world they inherit.   A welcoming and supportive community for children and their families, open to all applicants.

South Bay

South Peninsula Hebrew Day School

1030 Astoria Drive Sunnyvale, CA 94087
(408) 738-3060 Fax: (408) 738-0237 info@sphds.org www.sphds.org

Rigorous Jewish and general studies education, nurturing growth in Judaic study and identification with the Jewish people: its language, Hebrew, and its state, Israel. Serving children in grades K-8.

South Bay

Yavneh Day School

14855 Oka Road Los Gatos, CA 95032
(408) 984-6700 Fax: (408) 984-3696 info@yavnehdayschool.org www.yavnehdayschool.org
Head of school Zvi Weiss

A kindergarten-to-8th grade independent Jewish day school that offers a welcoming, inclusive environment regardless of affiliation or observance. Offers academic excellence and Jewish studies within a strong community where each child is celebrated and challenged. The students demonstrate leadership, have a passion for learning and embrace social responsibility. The school is located on the Gloria and Ken Levy Family Campus in Los Gatos. Families have easy access to a state-of-the-art gym, tennis courts, swimming pool, athletic fields, a spacious auditorium, and numerous programs and special events throughout the year. The academic program develops self-motivated, independent thinkers, with strong leadership, and communication and problem-solving skills. The curriculum exceeds California state standards and provides students with a broad range of educational experiences in language arts, mathematics, social sciences, science, Jewish studies, Hebrew language, technology, fine arts and athletics. Multilevel approaches are used in reading, math and Hebrew language.  In addition to the core curriculum, the school year is filled with the joy of holiday celebrations, field trips and important school lifecycle events.

Educational Resources

Bay Area


Jewish LearningWorks 


601 14th Ave. San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 751-6983 Dwaksberg@jewishlearningworks.org www.jewishlearningworks.org
David Waksberg, CEO

Community agency for Jewish education changing the way that Jewish learning works, with programs, resources and partnerships that reach deep into the Bay Area Jewish community, delivering state-of-the-art professional development and educational resources to educators,  engagement opportunities for families, and library services for book lovers.

Bay Area

Institute for Modern Judaism

(925) 212-5679 director@modernjudaism.org www.modernjudaism.org
Director and lead educator Noah Zaves

Enlivens Jewish heritage, identity and culture for teens and young adults. Through a variety of interactive workshops and seminars, as well as educational consulting and curriculum development, the institute is committed to improving Jewish engagement in communities across the United States. Its programs recognize that all Jews connect differently with Judaism: Some engage through music, and some through holy text. Some engage through "Seinfeld," and some through matzah ball soup. Through workshops about Jewish identity, American Jewish culture and leadership, the institute's interactive programs can facilitate those connections among target populations.

 

 

East Bay

JCC East Bay Parenting and Baby Programs

JCC East Bay 1414 Walnut St. Berkeley, CA 94709
(510) 848-0237 x122 ruths@jcceastbay.org www.jcceastbay.org
Director of early childhood education Ruth Shorer

The baby group (Nitzanim) is a place for new parents to connect in a supportive environment with their infants. The weekly toddler play group (Perachim) gives parents a place to explore with their child through play, art, music, stories and  Jewish rituals. At monthly parenting seminars, offered to the entire community, experts discuss topics from bullying to work/life balance.

California

Moving Traditions

(951) 638-3651 (office)/ (310) 621-3651 (cell) btigay@movingtraditions.org www.movingtraditions.org
California director Beth Tigay

The two programs, Rosh Hodesh: It's a Girl Thing! and Shevet Achim: The Brotherhood, promotes self-discovery, challenges traditional gender roles, and celebrates a diversity of voices to help teens think critically about social norms and challenge narrowly defined stereotypes. Teens feel pressure to conform to gender expectations in middle and high school in nearly every aspect of their lives: friendship and family, romance and sexuality, beauty and health, money and power, and academic concerns. In addition, teens navigate being a Jewish in a multicultural and interfaith world.  Connecting Jewish ethics to deeply personal struggles helps them young people to not only experience Judaism as relevant and meaningful; they also see Jewish community as a vehicle for social change.

South Bay

The Living Legacy

Chabad of Sunnyvale 540 Utica Drive Sunnyvale, CA 94087
(408) 720-0553 office@thelivinglegacy.info www.thelivinglegacy.info
Director Rabbi Yisroel Hecht

Holiday and mitzvah workshops for schools, religious schools and youth groups. Students create a mitzvah or holiday article such as matzah, a shofar or tallit at the school location. Consists of 10 workshops.

Family Resources

San Francisco


Parents Place, San Francisco

Jewish Family and Children’s Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties 
San Francisco 1710 Scott St. San Francisco,, CA 94115
(415) 359-2454 ParentsPlaceSF@jfcs.org www.parentsplaceonline.org

Family resource center supports parents, caregivers and children at all ages.

Services include:

  • Parenting workshops
  • Parent coaching & consultation
  • Child behavior & school support
  • Clinical & special needs services
  • Parent/child activity groups
  • Child & family therapy

Bay Area


Shalom Explorers

Powered by Jewish LearningWorks
(415) 751-6983 explorers@jewishlearningworks.org www.jewishlearningworks.org/shalom-explorers

Modeled after scouting, this program enables children to engage in Jewish education outside the walls of an institution. Indoor and outdoor activities facilitate the exploration of Jewish values. This innovative program is designed for families who want to raise their children with Jewish values and traditions and who may or may not be affiliated with a synagogue. Welcoming all Jewish and interfaith families in the East Bay and Marin County regardless of background or membership in any organization. Groups forming year-round.

East Bay

Jewish Family & Community Services East Bay

Parenting & Youth Services - Alameda County 2484 Shattuck Ave. Fax: Suite 210 Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 704-7480 x235 Fax: (510) 704-7494 information@jfcs-eastbay.org www.jfcs-eastbay.org

Supports and nurtures a wide range of families on issues ranging from early childhood development, middle-school classroom issues and teen-parent communication techniques. The goal is to help both Jews and non-Jews build strong and supportive family relationships. The Parenting & Youth staff members are licensed therapists and professional social workers with extensive experience working with diverse individuals and families. They have a particular expertise in early childhood issues, helping parents understand their child's developmental stages and behaviors. The agency accepts a wide range of insurance plans and offers flexible daytime and evening hours and sliding-scale fees.

North Bay

Parents Place, Marin County

Jewish Family and Children’s Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties 600 Fifth Ave. San Rafael, CA 94901
(415) 491-7959 parentsplacemarin@jfcs.org www.parentsplaceonline.org

Family resource center supports parents, caregivers and children at all ages.

Services include:

  • Parenting workshops
  • Parent coaching & consultation
  • Child behavior & school support
  • Clinical & special needs services
  • Parent/child activity groups
  • Child & family therapy

Peninsula

Parents Place, North Peninsula

Jewish Family and Children’s Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties 2001 Winward Way, Suite 200 San Mateo, CA 94404
(650) 931-1840 ParentsPlacePeninsula@jfcs.org www.parentsplaceonline.org

Family resource center supports parents, caregivers and children at all ages.

Services include:

  • Parenting workshops
  • Parent coaching & consultation
  • Child behavior & school support
  • Clinical & special needs services
  • Parent/child activity groups
  • Child & family therapy

North Bay

Parents Place, Sonoma County

Jewish Family and Children’s Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties 1360 N. Dutton Ave., Suite C Santa Rosa, CA 95401
(707) 303-1520 ParentsPlaceSonoma@jfcs.org www.parentsplaceonline.org

Family resource center supports parents, caregivers and children at all ages.

Services include:

  • Parenting workshops
  • Parent coaching & consultation
  • Child behavior & school support
  • Clinical & special needs services
  • Parent/child activity groups
  • Child & family therapy
  • Post-adoption education and support

Peninsula

Parents Place, South Peninsula

Jewish Family and Children’s Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties 200 Channing Ave. Palo Alto, CA 94301
(650) 688-3040 ParentsPlacePeninsula@jfcs.org www.parentsplaceonline.org

Family resource center supports parents, caregivers and children at all ages.

Services include:

  • Parenting workshops
  • Parent coaching & consultation
  • Child behavior & school support
  • Clinical & special needs services
  • Parent/child activity groups
  • Child & family therapy

East Bay

Sprout: Helping Jewish Families to Grow Together

Jewish Federation of the East Bay and the Jewish Community Foundation. 2121 Allston Way Berkeley, CA 94720
(510) 809-4938 Fax: (510) 381-8344 concierge@jfed.org www.jfed.org/sprout
Youth and family concierge Liora Brosbe

Providing a variety of services to help families with preschoolers through high-schoolers make connections to Jewish life and Jewish community in the East Bay. A youth and family concierge provides referrals to early childhood programs, religious school, teen engagement or summer camp, as well as Federation/Foundation financial assistance. This personalized referral service is free for East Bay families.

South Bay

Yossi’s Children’s Library

Chabad of Greater South Bay 2015 Latham St. Mountain View, CA 94040
(650) 374-READ (7323) Chabad1@pacbell.net www.yossislibrary.org

A lending library offering South Bay families a resource for Jewish books and media. With a variety of publishers, topics and styles, it includes a few hundred books ranging from hardboard toddler titles to tween novels, comics and holiday books. The shelves also include some parenting books. Sign up to the email list for notification of book readings and events.

Hebrew & Sunday Schools

Listings below include only independent Hebrew and Sunday schools. Many Bay Area Chabad locations offer independent Sunday schools with no membership required. For information on congregation-affiliated schools, call individual synagogues listed under Religious Life.

Midrashot & Havurot

Midrashot and Havurot (community high school programs) offer classes and service opportunities for teens.

East Bay


Midrasha in Berkeley

1301 Oxford St. Berkeley, CA 94709-1424
(510) 843-4667 www.midrasha.org
Executive director Rabbi Jennifer Flam rabbijen@midrasha.org
Assistant director Desmid Lyon desmid@midrasha.org

Intercongregational high school experience meets on Sunday from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., with multiple weekend retreats and an optional midweek afternoon Torah study class. Open to grades 8-12, offering a broad range of challenging courses to students both with a strong Jewish background and to those with little former training or knowledge. Classes range from Talmud and Hebrew to Jewish film, music, meditation and studio art. The program provides students with the skills and knowledge they will need as committed Jewish adults. It offers a larger social group for Jewish teenagers than those at individual synagogues and the opportunity to form lasting friendships. The program provides a warm social environment in the classroom and at retreat weekends. In addition, the faculty provides students with positive, knowledgeable role models of successful young Jewish adults who are at home in Judaism and the secular world. Sponsored by nine synagogues, including Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Renewal and independent congregations, and open to students from unaffiliated families as well. Although the students represent a broad range of religious observance, kashrut and Shabbat are observed. Receives financial support from its sponsoring congregations, the Jewish Federation/Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay, parents and generous donors. Financial aid available.

San Francisco

Congregation Sherith Israel High School Program

2266 California St. San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 346-1720 x28 Fax: (415) 673-9439 nsgomes@sherithisrael.org www.sherithisrael.org
Education director Nancy Sheftel-Gomes

Meets Sundays, 12:30-2 p.m. The lunch-and-learn program is open to all Jewish high school students regardless of synagogue affiliation, combining serious Jewish study, social action and social interaction. Program includes interfaith social action projects, electives, confirmation, mitzvah projects and Jewish social opportunities.

East Bay

Contra Costa Midrasha

Congregation B’nai Tikvah 25 Hillcroft Way Walnut Creek, CA 94597
(925) 944-4701 office@ccmidrasha.com www.ccmidrasha.com
Executive director Devra C. Aarons

A multifaceted program for Jewish teens (grades 8-12) in the Contra Costa County area. Meets primarily on Wednesday nights from 7:15-9:15 p.m. and also has weekend retreats, Sunday workshops and special events. Aims to create a nurturing and safe space for Jewish teens to grow socially, mentally, spiritually and physically, with Jewish values, culture and history providing the foundation for that growth.

East Bay

Oakland Midrasha

2808 Summit St. Oakland,, CA 94609
(510) 501-6692 Fax: (510) 465-0603 bayareamidrasha@gmail.com www.oaklandmidrasha.org
Co-director Mark Deutsch
Co-director Debra Marx

One student calls this "the one place during the week where I can just slow down for a minute and really get to be myself."  The program is designed to help Jewish teens connect deeply to a peer community, find young adult mentors in their lives who really support them, and to understand more about who they are: what they believe, what they value, and how they treat themselves and others. Through classes, social programs, retreats, leadership opportunities, tzedakah and tikkun olam programs and more, students find a true sense of personal Jewish understanding, a community of friends that will last a lifetime and a safe space in the midst of their crazy schedules.   Serves the East Bay Jewish community's youth in grades 8-12.  It's a community-based, pluralistic school, with multiple campuses. The Oakland group meets Tuesdays from 7:15-9:15 p.m. at Temple Sinai. It is sponsored by a number of synagogues: Congregation Sha'ar Zahav, Kehilla Community Synagogue, Temple Beth Abraham, Temple Beth Sholom, Temple Israel and Temple Sinai.  It also serves teens not affiliated with a Jewish organization or congregation.

Overnight Camps

Northern California


Camp Tawonga

Mail to: 131 Steuart St., Suite 460, San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 543-2267/ (415) KID-CAMP Fax: (415) 543-5417 info@tawonga.org www.tawonga.org
Executive director Ken Kramarz
Associate executive director Jamie Simon

Located at the doorstep of Yosemite National Park, on the middle fork of the Tuolumne River, on 160 acres in the Stanislaus National Forest, Camp Tawonga has been a leader in Jewish camping since 1925. Offering four summer session at the Yosemite location for campers in grades 2-10, as well as six Teen Adventure Quests that travel throughout Yosemite, Canada and the Pacific Northwest. A warm, welcoming Jewish community where kids make lifelong friends and become their best selves. Financial assistance is available.

North Bay

Camp Be’chol Lashon (In Every Tongue)

1700 Marshall-Petaluma Road Petaluma, CA 94952
Camp@bechollashon.org www.CampBecholLashon.org
Co-director Kenny Kahn
Co-director Sarah Spencer, LMFT

A multicultural Jewish overnight that expands the borders of the Jewish community and celebrates the diversity of Jewish life through cooking, dance, music, art, sports and fun. Inviting all children to be part of the global Jewish community. Enabling racially, ethnically and culturally diverse Jews to see themselves as an integral part of the Jewish community. A diverse camp staff fosters positive Jewish identity development in a safe, nurturing environment. The camp builds community leaders, teaches about global Jewish diversity and inspires a love of Judaism. Camperships are available.

Peninsula

JCC Maccabi Sports Camp

1000 El Camino Real Atherton, CA 94027
(415) 997-8844 Josh@maccabisportscamp.org www.maccabisportscamp.org
Director Josh Steinharter

An overnight Jewish sports camp located just outside in Atherton. The camp welcomes boys and girls entering grades 3-11 from around the world.  Combining the best of two worlds, it gives campers the opportunity to advance individual athletic skills in a positive, supportive and competitive sports environment while also enjoying the community and core values of a Jewish overnight camp. During two-week camp sessions, campers focus on developing athletic skills and improving as teammates in their sport of choice: baseball, basketball, soccer, tennis, volleyball, or softball. As a complement to the emphasis on skill development, the camp culture is guided by Jewish values and the meaningful way they integrate into the athletic and community experience. The life skills learned through sports are as important as the sports skills themselves.

North Bay

URJ Camp Newman

Office: 711 Grand Ave., Suite 280, San Rafael, CA 94901 Camp: 4088 Porter Creek Road Santa Rosa, CA 94504
(415) 392-7080 x11 Fax: (415) 392-1182 campnewman@urj.org www.CampNewman.org
Registrar Linda Herkes LHerkes@urj.org


Offers youth in grades 3-12 the opportunity to form lifelong friends, develop new skills, discover the joy of Judaism, try new things, explore their passions, and have a ton of fun through overnight summer camp in Santa Rosa and teen travel programs. The aim is to inspire children to take camp home - applying their Jewish learning to their daily lives, ultimately bettering themselves, their communities and the world.   Since purchasing the Santa Rosa site in 1997, the camp has flourished, becoming one of the West Coast's largest Reform Jewish camps, serving over 1,400 campers each summer from over 80 congregations throughout the Northwest United States. Situated on 500 acres in the Santa Rosa mountains, it offers a diverse range of programs and activities: sports, visual and performing arts, adventure experiences, activities at its sustainable farm, social action tracks, travel programs, and much more.   The camp aims to inspire a love of Judaism, 365 days a year. Watch the video and learn more on the website.

Preschools

Preschools & Day Care

East Bay


Beth El Nursery School

Congregation Beth El 1301 Oxford St. Berkeley, CA 94709-1424
(510) 848-9428 Fax: (510) 848-2707 maguy@bethelberkeley.org www.bethelberkeley.org
Director Maguy Weizmann McGuire


Providing an atmosphere where children can develop as independent, caring people. The preschool emphasizes the richness and joy of Judaism within a diverse and multicultural world. Offering  full- and half-day programs for ages 2-5.

Peninsula


Congregation Beth Jacob Preschool

Congregation Beth Jacob 1550 Alameda de las Pulgas Redwood City, CA 94061
(650) 366-8481 Fax: (650) 366-4629 ann@bethjacobrwc.org www.bethjacobrwc.org
Director Ann Cauterucci


Provides early childhood Jewish education experience for children 20 months to 5 years.  Social and emotional growth and joyful Jewish traditions and celebrations are the focus.  Each class is led by professionals in early childhood education who provide rich programming filled with developmentally appropriate activities in well-equipped classrooms. The preschool welcomes children with diagnosed special needs. In addition to the teaching staff, an early childhood inclusion specialist is onsite weekly to work with teachers on techniques to meet the emotional needs of each child, discuss strategies and provide additional support to teachers and parents.

San Francisco


Congregation Beth Sholom Family Preschool

Congregation Beth Sholom 301 14th Ave. San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 940-7124 kbarboni@bethsholomsf.org www.bethsholomsf.org/education/preschool
Director of early childhood education Katherine Friedman Barboni

Enriches the lives of young children and their families by providing opportunities for learning, creativity, exploration, and curiosity. The school is inspired by the principles of the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education. The belief is that all children are competent learners, ready to explore their environments, engage in social interactions and construct their own learning. Play is essential to early learning because it offers opportunities for children to build relationships with other children, with materials and with their environment. The strength of this preschool comes from the sense of community that is built through family engagement. Parent education workshops, ongoing teacher education, and individual counseling with families are also integral parts of the  program.

This preschool is infused with Judaic values and culture. Classroom experiences are guided by Jewish holidays and traditions, demonstrated especially by a weekly all-school Shabbat and Havdallah rituals. Children also learn about Judaica through stories, smells, tastes, sounds and touch. By living our Jewish values, sharing stories, singing songs, cooking and celebrating the Jewish holidays together, the school helps make Judaism a meaningful part of each family’s life.

East Bay


Gan Ilan

Temple Isaiah of Contra Costa County 945 Risa Road Lafayette, CA 94549
(925) 284-8453/ (925) 283-8575/ Fax: (925) 283-8355 ganilan@temple-isaiah.org www.temple-isaiah.org
Director Liz Kaufman

Developmental preschool program with an emphasis on the beauty of the Jewish tradition. Early morning and afternoon extended care available.

East Bay


Gan Shalom Preschool

Congregation Beth Israel 2230 Jefferson Ave. Berkeley, CA 94703
(510) 848-3298 Fax: (510) 843-5058 gsberkeley@gmail.com www.ganshalomberkeley.org
Director Laura Lipman

Developmental program for ages 2 to 5 years. Early morning program with extended day care available. A diverse Jewish community dedicated to children's learning through hands-on experience with music, dramatic play, arts and crafts, science and language arts.  The school teaches the importance of community and relationships—how one can be the best person possible, no matter who one is. Fostering imagination and ideas, creating learning situations through which kids can grow both individually and collectively. The family does not have to belong to Congregation Beth Israel. Although the school is part of a Modern Orthodox synagogue, many families are affiliated with other Jewish denominations, are not traditionally observant, or are secular or interfaith. The staff works hard to make sure everyone feels a level of comfort and connection to the preschool community.

Peninsula


Peninsula Temple Sholom Preschool

Peninsula Temple Sholom 1655 Sebastian Drive Burlingame, CA 94010
(650) 697-2279 Fax: (650) 697-0531 Preschool@sholom.org www.ptspreschool.org
Director Allison Steckley

Provides a developmentally appropriate environment where children are encouraged to explore and develop their curiosity through play and challenging experiences.  The rabbis and cantor play an integral part in the preschool, along with the director. The preschool program, accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, is committed to teaching values, morals, customs and traditions with a liberal Jewish approach. While the school nurtures a Jewish identity, it is open to families of all faiths.  Two-year-olds can attend two, three or five days; 3-year-olds can attend three or five days, and pre-K and transitional-K attend five days, 9 a.m. to noon.  Extended care between 8 and 9 a.m., 12 and 1:30 p.m., or 12 and 6 p.m.

Peninsula


PJCC Preschool

Peninsula Jewish Community Center 800 Foster City Blvd. Foster City, CA 94404
(650) 378-2670 Fax: (650) 378-2699 ece@pjcc.org www.pjcc.org/preschool
Erica Gilbert

The award-winning preschool incorporates an exciting values-based curriculum into all programs. An Ethical Start is based on the classic Jewish text of Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers and Mothers). A specially trained staff creates an environment of hands-on discovery and discussion, encouraging children to make decisions based, not on impulse, but on Jewish ethics and values, such as respect, responsibility, kindness and community.

South Bay

APJCC Preschool

Addison-Penzak JCC of Silicon Valley 14855 Oka Road Los Gatos, CA 95032
(408) 357-7417 Fax: (408) 827-9671 preschool@apjcc.org www.apjcc.org/preschool
Director of early childhood education Cyndi Sherman

A quality developmental Jewish preschool program for children ages 18 months to 5 years. Fully licensed program. Extended care available. Toilet training not required. Staff members work with parents to help develop the skills, values and attitudes that will help children grow to their fullest potential. The preschool promotes a sense of community based on respect for others, in a Jewish environment. Programs provide an excellent child-teacher ratio; warm, caring, creative, educated staff; a play-based, developmentally appropriate curriculum; joyful Shabbat and holiday celebrations; gym and music specialists. Afterschool enrichment classes and summer camp also offered.

East Bay

Beth Sholom Preschool

Temple Beth Sholom 642 Dolores Ave. San Leandro,, CA 94577
(510) 357-7920 Fax: (510) 357-1375 evhope67@yahoo.com www.TBSSanLeandro.org
Preschool director Edna Shabetay Vaknin


Enriching preschool program for ages 2-6. Non-toilet-trained OK.  Shabbat and holidays celebrated. Developmentally appropriate curriculum. 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Lovely outdoor area, weekly music, gymnastic and storyteller specialist.

San Francisco

Brotherhood Way Preschool – SFJCC

Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, Claude and Louise Rosenberg Early Childhood Education Program 655 Brotherhood Way San Francisco, CA 94132
(415) 333-4289 Fax: (415) 333-4682 htruong@jccsf.org www.jccsf.org/ece
Site director Jan Batlin
Administrative assistant Hue Truong

Flexible part-time and full-day preschool programs and traditional kindergarten for ages 2-5. Guided by Jewish values and culture and inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education. Features spacious classrooms with lovely outdoor areas in a woodland setting, located on the campus of the Brandeis School of San Francisco in the Lake Merced neighborhood.

Peninsula

Chai Preschool

Chai School 115 Monte Diablo San Mateo, CA 94402
(650) 345-CHAI (2424) info@chaischool.com www.chaischool.com
Director Esther Marcus

Serving the Jewish community of the North Peninsula with excellence in early childhood education. Unites children, teachers, family and community in a positive and constructive early childhood experience. A child is viewed as a seed to be nurtured with the utmost care. Jewish values drive the curriculum, environment and school culture. Staff models and encourages kindness, respect, compassion, confidence and responsibility. Judaism teaches that the formative years of early childhood are vitally important. Judaism underscores the uniqueness of every child with the axiom "chanoch l'naar al pi darko," teaching us to train children according to their individual paths. Each child has his or her unique needs, interests and passions. At this school, children are viewed as collaborators: they are competent, curious, inquisitive, unique and creative. Following an experiential and intentional approach to teaching and learning, the school fosters children's intellectual development as they are encouraged to explore their environment and express themselves through words, movement, drawing, painting, playing and other natural modes of expression. Promoting an environment where children can develop the critical thinking and problem solving skills for a successful and meaningful life.

East Bay

Congregation Netivot Shalom Preschool

Congregation Netivot Shalom 1316 University Ave. Berkeley, CA 94702
(510) 549-9447 x110 Fax: (510) 549-9448 preschool@netivotshalom.org www.nspreschool.blogspot.com
Director Lauren Kindorf

Indoors and out, this preschool offers an emergent, project-based approach to learning for children ages 2 -pre-kindergarten. All children are encouraged to interact with their peers, the staff and their environment as is relevant to their individual development and interests. The daily program weaves in Jewish life and practice with a focus on the Hebrew language.  The staff creates a safe, fun and enriched school environment for the children and their families.

North Bay

Early Childhood Education Center, JCC Preschool Tiburon

Congregation Kol Shofar 215 Blackfield Drive Tiburon, CA 94920
(415) 388-1409 tlai@marinjcc.org www.marinjcc.org/earlychildhood preschoolprograms
ECE director and Tiburon preschool director Tamar Lai

Toddler, preschool and family programs inspired by Jewish values and traditions. Children from all religious faiths and backgrounds are welcome. Values and ethics-based curriculum, including Family Connections for families with children from birth to 3 years and Yad b'Yad, a parent-child program. Programs provide a sacred place of intentionality where wonder and curiosity fill the environment; teachers and children collaborate to explore big ideas and possibilities. Provides opportunities for parents and teachers to grow and learn about child development, parenting and Jewish life. As part of a diverse community, creates  connections that enrich everyday living and learning.

San Francisco

Emanu-El Preschool

Congregation Emanu-El 2 Lake St. San Francisco,, CA 94118
(415) 751-2541 x118, (415) 751-2535 Fax: (415) 751-2511 hposner@emanuelsf.org, ngreenberg@emanuelsf.org www.emanuelsf.org
Director of early childhood education Heather Posner
Early childhood programs manager Nika Greenberg

Variety of preschool and early childhood programs. Infant and toddler parent/child programs. Developmentally appropriate preschool, ages 2 to 5 years, 6 months.  Preschool serves children ages 2 to 5 years, 5 days a week. Core program 9 a.m.-12 p.m., transitional-K program 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Extended hours for working families 8 a.m.-5:50 p.m.

South Bay

Gan Aviv

South Peninsula Hebrew Day School 1030 Astoria Drive Sunnyvale, CA 94087
(408) 738-3060 Fax: (408) 738-0237 ece@sphds.org www.sphds.org
Director Sonalika Clark

Play-based, developmentally appropriate, Jewish-Israeli curriculum with experienced staff. Bilingual, Hebrew and English. For children ages 2-5. Extended care program available daily until 6 p.m.

East Bay

Gan B’nai Shalom

74 Eckley Lane Walnut Creek, CA 94596
(925) 933-7633 Fax: (925) 934-9450 preschool@bshalom.org www.bshalom.org
Director Marla Medwin

A nurturing developmental preschool program rich with Jewish culture. Providing children a foundation to grow educationally, socially and spiritually. Extended care options: 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

East Bay

Gan Chabad Preschool

Chabad of the Tri-Valley 784 Palomino Drive Pleasanton, CA 94566
(925) 846-0700 fruma@jewishtrivalley.com www.jewishtrivalley.com/preschool
Fruma Resnick

An environment that is natural, homey and soothing. Offering a holistic blend of the leading educational theories. Developmentally appropriate practices. Curriculum that integrates Jewish values, lessons and holidays. Loving staff. Enrichment activities include music, cooking and gardening. Weekly Shabbat celebrations and challah baking. Integration of language, art, math, science and movement. Focusing on social, cognitive, emotional and physical development.

North Bay

Gan Israel Preschool of Petaluma

B'nai Israel Jewish Center 740 Western Ave. Petaluma, CA 94952
(707) 763-5136 Fax: (707) 763-8938 leslee@bnaiisrael.net www.bnaiisrael.net
Director Leslee Lauritzen

Emphasizes an emergent curriculum where the focus is on process more than product, on the children's interests more than the teacher's, on what happens rather than what is planned to happen. By helping children see the lessons and learning in the world around them and among themselves, the teachers create lifelong, independent learners and foster creativity and problem solving. The preschool presents an activity-oriented program that includes Jewish teachings and traditions and fosters respect and interdependence among children. Open to all faiths, ages 2-5 years; teacher-student ratio is 1:6; additional days and early care available upon request. In-house gymnastics program, kindergarten readiness. Two- to five-day program available; hours 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Also Gan Katan Infant/Toddler Play Group for children from birth to 2 years. This group serves two purposes: for moms, dads and grandparents to meet each other and to educate children through play. Visits welcome every Monday from 9 to 10 a.m.

North Bay

Gan Israel Preschool of San Rafael

1055 Las Ovejas Road San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 507-0460 morahgittel@yahoo.com www.ganisraelsanrafael.com
Director Gittel R. Goodman

A developmentally appropriate, nature-based and play-based program for children ages 18 months through 5 years. Provides a warm indoor and outdoor environment filled with children's discoveries and the joy of creating one's own knowledge. Exploring Jewish traditions and values in a hands-on, interactive way that is inclusive of all walks of Jewish life. This community school welcomes all, is relationship based and is founded on the values of kindness and respect. Offers a full-day program five days a week.

East Bay

Gan Mah Tov

Beth Jacob Congregation 3778 Park Blvd. Oakland, CA 94610
(510) 530-2146 Fax: (510) 482-2374 abencuya@ganmahtov.org www.ganmahtov.com
Contact: Anna Bencuya

Modern Orthodox preschool. The goal is to provide an immersive Jewish education coupled with a preschool curriculum based on best early-childhood education practices. Passionate teachers provide a learning environment that combines a play-based approach with Howard Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences, aspects of the Reggio Emilia approach and developmentally appropriate practice. Offering a year-round early childhood education for children ages 2-5 ,and an infant and toddler program for children ages 6 months to 2 years. Also part-time and full-time care; hours of operation are Monday to Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., and Friday 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.  Welcomes Jewish families of all backgrounds as well as synagogue members and nonmembers.

San Francisco

Gan Noe Preschool

Chabad Jewish Center - Noe Valley SF 3771 Cesar Chavez St. San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 648-8000 gannoepreschool@gmail.com www.gannoe.org
Director Leah Potash

Jewish preschool in Noe Valley for ages 2-5 years. Stimulating and nurturing environment. Songs, organic snacks and lunches, yoga, gym, arts. Jewish values. Caring and nurturing teachers.

East Bay

Gan Sameach Preschool and Daycare

Temple Beth Torah 42000 Paseo Padre Parkway Fax: Mail to: P.O. Box 6017, Fremont, CA 94538 Fremont, CA 94539
(510) 651-5833 Fax: (510) 656-5380 gsameach@sbcglobal.net www.gansameach.org
Director of education Rabbi Eve Ben-Ora

Now entering 36th year in Fremont.  This developmentally appropriate, play-based program is guided by Jewish values for ages 2 through 5. Potty training is not required for enrollment.  Experienced teachers provide extended day care.  With a teacher-child ratio of 1:7, children receive a high level of individual attention promoting the best opportunity for their personal growth and development.  The Jewish calendar guides holiday celebrations. Children learn about Jewish traditions and observances, leading to an appreciation of the positive values found in Jewish culture.  A science garden includes herbs, fruit trees, flowers and vegetables. Children learn by helping with planting, watering and harvesting the produce.  Children also learn the skills necessary to prepare for kindergarten through developmentally appropriate activities and equipment. The large enclosed play area encourages large and small motor development.  The newly refurbished classrooms feature Forbo Marmoleum flooring and VOC EnviroCoat paint. License #3010213705.

South Bay

Gan Torah Preschool

Chabad of Greater South Bay 2015 Latham St. Mountain View, CA 94040
(650) 390-0100 Fax: (650) 493-3425 gantorah@chabadgsb.com www.gantorah.com
Executive director Rabbi Yosef Levin
Preschool director Esti Rosenblat

Warm and loving environment fostering curiosity and exploration. Teaches strong Torah values and general preschool skills. Play based; small teacher/child ratio; positive discipline.

East Bay

Ganeinu Jewish Playgroup

Temple Isaiah of Contra Costa County 945 Risa Road Lafayette, CA 94549
(925) 283-8575 Fax: (925) 283-8355 ganeinu@temple-isaiah.org www.temple-isaiah.org
Liz Kaufman

Weekly morning Shabbat-focused playgroup for children from birth to 30 months and their caregivers. Facilitator offers Jewish education, community-building and fun activities. Fridays, 9:15-10:45 a.m. Free and open to the public.

Peninsula

Ganon Early Childhood Education Center

Peninsula Temple Beth El 1700 Alameda de las Pulgas San Mateo, CA 94403
(650) 349-4911 Fax: (650) 570-7183 tfrankel@ptbe.org www.ptbe.org/learning-ganon
Co-directors Tamir Frankel, Meredith Liron

The center, conveniently located in central San Mateo, provides a nurturing environment designed to support children in establishing self-identity, positive self-esteem, and a growing desire for independence. The play-based curriculum, which incorporates Jewish values, is blended with developmentally appropriate concepts that address the overall development of a child. Kindergarten readiness and pro-social behaviors are also blended into daily curriculum. The center provides full-time care for children ages 12 weeks until kindergarten entry.

San Francisco

Growing Place Family Preschool & Parenting Center

(415) 418-6863 growingplacesf@gmail.com www.growingplacesf.org
Fern Eisenberg

Philosophy and curriculum are based on understanding the ways in which children learn, recognizing that each child develops at his or her individual pace. Learning has to be interactive and involve the whole child. This approach is referred to as "developmentally appropriate practices." This program looks at the needs and developmental stages of children when planning the environment, activities and routines. Young children learn about themselves and their world through everyday experiences. This child‐directed emergent curriculum or project approach provides the overall framework. The center is committed to respecting, encouraging and supporting each child in the process of growing socially, emotionally, physically and cognitively, in an environment that invites children to observe, be active, make choices and experiment. The purpose and goals involving giving children the opportunity to: * Know that they are competent and always loved. * Develop creative and critical thinking skills. * Expand their ability to recognize and express feelings appropriately. * Develop the ability to resolve conflicts. * Increase their ability for self‐regulation. * Build friendships with other children. *Expand their imaginations and creativity. *Explore and discover their world while experimenting with many different materials. * Develop their muscular coordination and physical skills. *Experience the joys of Jewish heritage.

Bay Area

JCC East Bay Parenting and Baby Programs

JCC East Bay 1414 Walnut St. Berkeley, CA 94709
(510) 848-0237 x122 ruths@jcceastbay.org www.jcceastbay.org
Director of early childhood education Ruth Shorer

The baby group (Nitzanim) is a place for new parents to connect in a supportive environment with their infants. The weekly toddler play group (Perachim) gives parents a place to explore with their child through play, art, music, stories and  Jewish rituals. At monthly parenting seminars, offered to the entire community, experts discuss topics from bullying to work/life balance.

East Bay

JCC East Bay Preschool

JCC East Bay 1414 Walnut St. Berkeley, CA 94709 Berkeley, CA 94709
(510) 848-0237 x122 Fax: (510) 848-0170 ruths@jcceastbay.org www.jcceastbay.org
Director of early childhood education Ruth Shorer

The early childhood education program provides a warm, nurturing environment for children ages 2-5, including preschool and transitional kindergarten. It offers a prime opportunity for young children to thrive in a joyful environment that becomes a positive first school experience. The curriculum is rich in child-centered projects that focus on the many interests brought forward by the children and the teachers, and incorporates celebrations of the Jewish holidays and our rich culture. Through playful encounters with each other, loving teachers, materials, music, movement and literature, the children develop their creativity, intelligence and skills in getting along with others. The school aims to create an environment in which families from diverse backgrounds feel comfortable exploring early childhood and our Jewish heritage, growing together in a supportive community. The JCC also provides a program for young 5-year-olds who could benefit from a year of enrichment before kindergarten. The innovative curriculum provides many opportunities to develop the skills needed to be successful in kindergarten. The JCC welcomes families of all ethnic and religious backgrounds.

South Bay

OFJCC Leslie Family Preschool

Oshman Family JCC 3921 Fabian Way Palo Alto, CA 94303
(650) 223-8788 earlychildhood@paloaltojcc.org www.paloaltojcc.org/preschool
Director Jocelyn Lee

The primary goals are to develop each child's self-esteem, promote a positive attitude toward learning and encourage social interaction within a Jewish preschool setting. Staff creates child-centered curricula and activities to give students rich experiences in an attractive, well-equipped and stimulating environment. This program focuses on responsibility, dignity, kindness, community, tradition and respect. Parent involvement and parent education are essential, and the school offers many exciting and informative family activities throughout the year. Additional location at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills.

San Francisco

Rosenberg Early Childhood Center – SFJCC

Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, Claude and Louise Rosenberg Early Childhood Education Program 325 Arguello Blvd. San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 386-4990 preschool@jccsf.org www.jccsf.org/ece
Site director Kelly Dotson

Year-round, full-day preschool for ages 2-5. JCCSF preschools are guided by Jewish values and culture and inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education. Located in an attractive historic landmark building with front yard, food and flower gardens, spacious play yard and cozy, inviting rooms in the Inner Richmond neighborhood.

San Francisco

Helen Diller Family Preschool – SFJCC

Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 
Claude and Louise Rosenberg Early Childhood Education Program 3200 California St. San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 292-1291 klow@jccsf.org www.jccsf.org/ece
Site director Sandy Osborne
Administrative assistant Kerstin Low

Part-time preschool and transitional kindergarten programs for ages 2-5. Afternoon enrichment program available. Guided by Jewish values and culture and inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education. Features light-filled classrooms with inventive playground, nature courtyard and specialized learning areas, located in the JCCSF building in the Presidio Heights neighborhood.

San Francisco

Shalom School

Chabad of SF 862 28th Ave. San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 831-8399 Fax: (415) 831-8366 shalomschool@gmail.com www.shalomschoolsf.com
Director Hinda Langer

Stimulating learning/play environment with Jewish values and celebrations. Pre-K teacher won Diller Award. Age groups for 18 months to 5 years. Part time or full time. English, Russian, Hebrew spoken.

San Francisco

Sherith Israel Early Childhood Program

Congregation Sherith Israel 
 2266 California St. San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 346-1720 x32 Fax: (415) 673-9439 jclancy@sherithisrael.org www.sherithisrael.org
Director, early childhood education Jeni Clancy

Hosts engaging educational and fun programs for children birth to 5 years old and their families. Playgroups held twice a week in a large playroom featuring songs, bubbles, parachute activities and developmentally appropriate toys and activities. School celebrates Shabbat, Havdallah and holidays with fun family programs specially designed for this age: Tot Shabbat, Pajama Havdallah parties and more. Also offers programs and classes for parents as well as their children.

South Bay

Shir Hadash Early Childhood Center

Congregation Shir Hadash 20 Cherry Blossom Lane Los Gatos, CA 95032
(408) 358-1753 x115 Fax: (408) 358-1753 robin@shirhadash.org www.shecc.org
Director Robin Adelman

An innovative, child-centered, Reggio Emilia-inspired program for children from age 2 to kindergarten. A natural outdoor playscape nurtures the children's connection to nature and allows their imaginations to soar.    Children attend two, three or five days per week.  Full-time hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Part-time hours are 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.       An eight-week summer program is available with the same hours and day selections as the school year. A parent and child program is held once a week for children ages 12 to 36 months.  Parents register for eight-week sessions that meet for an hour and a half.

East Bay

Tehiyah Bridge Kindergarten

Tehiyah Day School 2603 Tassajara Ave. El Cerrito, CA 94530
(510) 233-3013 Fax: (510) 233-0171 tgarretson@tehiyah.org www.tehiyah.org
Head of school Debra Massey
Admissions Michelle Tirella-Ventura

A progressive Jewish community day school that warmly welcomes and fully embraces all families. The developmental Bridge-K program nurtures the whole child while fostering curiosity and inspiring a love of learning.  Through a hands-on experiential science curriculum, children explore the wonders of the natural world.  Learning Jewish values, traditions and Hebrew builds a strong sense of identity and connection to community.  Meets five days a week in a homelike setting.  Bus service, hot lunch and afterschool care available.

Special Needs Support

South Bay


Fun and Fitness with Friends

Addison-Penzak JCC of Silicon Valley 14855 Oka Road Los Gatos, CA 95032
(408) 357-7416 josh@apjcc.org www.apjcc.org
Youth director Josh Glincher

Fitness and recreation program designed for children ages 6-12 with developmental disabilities, who work one-on-one with trained volunteers to complete various physical and social activities. There is also a teen program for ages 13-18.

East Bay


Special Needs Program

Temple Sinai 2808 Summit St. Oakland, CA 94609
(510) 451-3263 Fax: (510) 465-0603 sue@oaklandsinai.org www.oaklandsinai.org
Sue Bojdak

Mainstream special needs program for grades K-7 within a Sunday morning and afternoon religious/Hebrew school. Special education consultant and special needs tutors. Includes bar/bat mitzvah training.

South Bay

Bay Area Friendship Circle

3900 Fabian Way Palo Alto, CA 94303
(650) 858-6990 info@bayareafc.org www.bayareafc.org
Executive director Ezzy Schusterman

Designed to foster relationships between community teen volunteers and children and teens with special needs. All children are embraced for who they are as individuals regardless of their physical, cognitive or "invisible" disabilities, mainstream or not. Teen volunteers get a chance to engage in direct service and develop a deeper connection with the Jewish community, ultimately inspiring them to become Jewish leaders in high school, college and beyond. The group also provides parents of children with special needs a much-needed support network including educational opportunities and a connection to adults in the broader Jewish community.

San Francisco

High School & Bridge Programs at JVS

JVS (Jewish Vocational Service) 225 Bush St. Fax: Suite 400 San Francisco, CA 94104
(415) 391-3600 info@jvs.org www.jvs.org
Executive director Abby Snay

Helping at-risk youth ages 14-24 move towards self-sufficiency through educational, vocational and employment programs. This agency helps youth get their first jobs and adjust to the world of work through job search classes, paid internships, transition programs and assisted job search.

Peninsula

Include: Special Needs, North and South Peninsula

Jewish LearningWorks 601 14th Ave. San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 751-6983 dneufeld@jewishlearningworks.org www.jewishlearningworks.org/special-needs-support-for-educators
Contact: Dr. David Neufeld

Supports local institutions working toward an inclusion model of education; provides resources, referral services for parents and teachers; offers special needs family camp weekend and programs. A unique collaboration of partnering organizations and synagogues. The primary goal of the initiative is to strengthen the capacity of North Peninsula and South Peninsula organizations and congregations to be inclusive, welcoming and supportive of all Jewish children with special needs and their families.

San Francisco

Include: Special Needs, San Francisco

Jewish LearningWorks 601 14th Ave. San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 751-6983 dneufeld@jewishlearningworks.org www.jewishlearningworks.org/include
Contact: Dr. David Neufeld

With the goal of fostering an environment of warmth, acceptance, and meaningful inclusion in the Jewish community for a group of people who have for too long felt like they did not have a place, Include provides resources and training to educators and institutions to develop holiday programming that is designed with the needs of different types of learners explicitly in mind.

Bay Area

Parents Place Center for Special Needs

Jewish Family and Children’s Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties 1710 Scott St. Fax: P.O. Box 159004 San Francisco, CA 94115
SBeasley@jfcs.org www.parentsplaceonline.org
San Francisco office (415) 359-2443
(415) 491-7959 Marin office
Peninsula office (650) 688-3046

Comprehensive services and support for children with special needs: speech, language, occupational therapy, child and family counseling, social skills groups, school advocacy, assessment and evaluations.

San Francisco

Religious School for Everyone

Congregation Sherith Israel 2266 California St. San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 346-1720 x28 Fax: (415) 673-9439 nsgomes@sherithisrael.org www.sherithisrael.org
Nancy Sheftel-Gomes

The desire to learn makes the difference in Jewish education. The religious school takes students beyond their aleph-bet and books. Guided by passionate, committed teachers, students participate in active community learning experiences. The mission is to build community through the study and practice of tikkun olam, tzedakah, tefillah and Torah. The vision is to see children pass down to their own children what it means to live a Jewish life.

Teen Programs

Most JCCs and congregations have programs for youth and teens. Check the Congregations heading under Religious Life and the JCC heading under Agencies & Organizations.

East Bay


BBYO – East Bay

336 Euclid Ave. Oakland, CA 94610
(510) 251-1667 acohen@bbyo.org www.bbyo.org/region/crw
Regional director Amanda Cohen


Leading pluralistic teen movement aspiring to involve more Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish experiences. Reaches Jewish teens across Northern California, with chapters all over the Bay Area and BBYO Connect for grades 6-8. This region has engaged over 1,500 local teens each year and has more than 700 high school members. For 90 years, BBYO has provided exceptional identity enrichment and leadership development experiences for hundreds of thousands of Jewish teens. In 60 communities across North America, Jewish teens connect with one another, volunteer in the community, celebrate their Jewish heritage, prepare for leadership roles and travel the world together, all within a Jewish context. The 250,000+ alumni include prominent figures in business, politics, academia, the arts and Jewish communal life. On Twitter (@crwbbyo) and Facebook (facebook.com/crwbbyo).

San Francisco


Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards

Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties 121 Steuart St. San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 512-6432 dillerteenawards@sfjcf.org www.dillerteenawards.org
Program director Erica Aren

Recognizes up to 15 Jewish teens from across the United States for exceptional community service and outstanding leadership in helping to repair the world. Each recipient receives an award of $36,000 to be used to further his or her philanthropic work or education. Funded by the Helen Diller Family Foundation, a supporting foundation of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties. Nominations/applications are open online in the fall.

Northern California


NCSY NorCal

3778 Park Blvd. Oakland, CA 94610
(510) 206-5386 Fax: (510) 482-2374 naimana@ncsy.org https://norcal.ncsy.org
Rabbi Akiva Naiman

The Orthodox Union's teen program includes classes and social programs to connect youth to their Jewish roots and build leadership skills. Hosts Latte and Learning programs, Shabbatons and outings.

Northern California


New Frontier USY (United Synagogue Youth) and Kadima

United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism Regional Office 19700 Prospect Road Saratoga, CA 95070
(408) 892-2732 miller@uscj.org www.newfrousy.org
Regional director Sarah Miller

This Northern California (and Reno, Nevada) region of United Synagogue Youth (USY, 9th-12th grade) and Kadima (6th-8th grade) is one of 17 regions serving both groups across the United States and Canada. Founded in 1966, "New Fro" has been educating, engaging, inspiring and caring for teens across this region ever since. Every year, the region brings teens together for conventions and special days. Each themed event is an opportunity for community service, exploring critical current issues, celebrating Jewish life, making lifelong friends and, of course, having fun.

Bay Area


Rosh Hodesh and Shevet Achim

Moving Traditions
(951) 638-3651 (office)/ (310) 621-3651 (cell) btigay@movingtraditions.org www.movingtraditions.org
California director Beth Tigay

Moving Traditions' signature programs, Rosh Hodesh (for girls) and Shevet Achim (for guys), have reached 19,000 teens across North America since the organization was founded in 2005. The programs create experiences that inspire Jewish teens to openly explore fundamental questions of identity and society —in small groups with peers in the same grade and a trusted adult mentor — and provide place for participants to feel safe, articulate their deepest concerns, consider the impact of gender on their daily lives, have fun and be "real" with their peers.

San Francisco


YouthFirst

Jewish Family and Children’s Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties 2245 Post St., P.O. Box 159004 San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 359-2463 Fax: (415) 359-2488 LoalI@jfcs.org www.jfcs.org
Director of programs Loal Isaacs

Community Impact year course (nine-month team learning experience for middle school and high school students), leadership training, tutoring, summer internships, volunteer opportunities, college and career preparation workshops and classes.

Peninsula

Bay Area Friendship Circle

3900 Fabian Way Palo Alto, CA 94303
(650) 858-6990 office@bayareafc.org www.bayareafc.org/volunteer
Executive director Ezzy Schusterman ezzy@bayareafc.org

Volunteering offers teens in grades 9 through 12 the opportunity to mentor and provide friendship to a child with special needs and meet other Jewish teen volunteers. Each volunteer is matched to a child with special needs, providing friendship and support as they participate together in various programs. By making an impact on the life of a child with special needs, teens gain empathy, leadership skills and learn about the importance of community involvement, the inherent value in individuals of all abilities, and develop the sensitivity and social skills necessary to be tomorrow’s leaders. This interaction also instills in teens a responsibility for embracing special-needs individuals on a personal level.

Marin

BBYO – San Francisco & North Bay

200 N. San Pedro Road San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 444-8145 acohen@bbyo.org www.bbyo.org/region/crw
Regional director Amanda Cohen

Leading pluralistic teen movement aspiring to involve more Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish experiences. Reaches Jewish teens across Northern California, with chapters all over the Bay Area and BBYO Connect for grades 6-8. This region has engaged over 1,500 local teens each year and has more than 700 high school members. For 90 years, BBYO has provided exceptional identity enrichment and leadership development experiences for hundreds of thousands of Jewish teens. In 60 communities across North America, Jewish teens connect with one another, volunteer in the community, celebrate their Jewish heritage, prepare for leadership roles and travel the world together, all within a Jewish context. The 250,000+ alumni include prominent figures in business, politics, academia, the arts and Jewish communal life. On Twitter (@crwbbyo) and Facebook (facebook.com/crwbbyo).

Peninsula

BBYO – Peninsula

3921 Fabian Way Palo Alto, CA 94303
(650) 223-8602 rkatz@paloaltojcc.org www.bbyo.org/region/crw
Associate regional directo Rebecca Katz

Leading pluralistic teen movement aspiring to involve more Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish experiences. Reaching Jewish teens across Northern California, with chapters all over the Bay Area and BBYO Connect for 6th-8th grade. This region has engaged over 1,500 local teens each year and has more than 700 high school members. For 90 years, the organization has provided exceptional identity enrichment and leadership development experiences for hundreds of thousands of Jewish teens. In 60 communities across North America, Jewish teens connect with one another, volunteer in the community, celebrate their Jewish heritage, prepare for leadership roles and travel the world together, all within a Jewish context. 250,000+ alumni include prominent figures in business, politics, academia, the arts and Jewish communal life. On Twitter (@crwbbyo) and Facebook (facebook.com/crwbbyo).

South Bay

BBYO – Silicon Valley

14855 Oka Road Los Gatos, CA 95032
(516) 619-6249 www.bbyo.org/region/crw
Senior regional director Ross Glinkenhouse
Jill Rosenberg

Leading pluralistic teen movement aspiring to involve more Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish experiences. Reaching Jewish teens across Northern California, with chapters all over the Bay Area and BBYO Connect for grades 6-8. This region has engaged over 1,500 local teens each year and has more than 700 high school members. For 90 years, it has has provided exceptional identity enrichment and leadership development experiences for hundreds of thousands of Jewish teens. In 60 communities across North America, Jewish teens connect with one another, volunteer in the community, celebrate their Jewish heritage, prepare for leadership roles and travel the world together, all within a Jewish context. 250,000+ alumni include prominent figures in business, politics, academia, the arts and Jewish communal life. On Twitter (@crwbbyo) and Facebook (facebook.com/crwbbyo).

San Francisco

Club 18 and Teen Programs

Jewish Community Center of San Francisco 3200 California St. San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 292-1249/ (415) 292-1261 Fax: (415) 276-1561 acutler@jccsf.org www.jccsf.org/teen
Teen program manager Abby Cutler


Created for middle-schoolers, these programs provide a safe afterschool hangout space for kids to be with friends, find trusted mentors, do their homework, participate in a weekly community service initiative, play games and enjoy a weekly Friday Shabbat and movie. Enrichment programs include swimming, fitness, ceramics, yoga and dance. Additionally, there are workshops for parents and teens. Teen programs for high-schoolers serve the whole teen. Through arts, sports, culture, LGBTQ, leadership and activism, the programs foster creativity, individuality and independence. Teens come together with their peers in safe and supportive environments and prepare for their future and learn to be leaders in their community. Opportunities include camp counselor leadership training, social justice programs and a queer Jewish teen group.

Peninsula

Club Z

800 Foster City Blvd. Foster City, CA 94404
(650) 575-7206 masha@rimonclub.org www.clubzteens.org
Executive director Masha Merkulova

A grassroots youth movement that fosters a commitment to Israel and Zionism among today's teens. Empowering young people to become leaders with the knowledge, skills and confidence to stand up to anti-Semitism, bias and ignorance. Sponsors annual conferences on Israel and the Middle East.

San Francisco

Diller Teen Fellows – San Francisco

Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties 121 Steuart St. San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 512-6265 KatherineT@sfjcf.org www.jewishfed.org
Contact: Katherine Tick

International Jewish teen leadership program for 11th-graders, spanning 15 months of exploring Jewish identity, a sense of belonging to the local community, the Jewish people, tikkun olam and Israel. Includes workshops, weekend retreats, student exchanges and a trip to Israel.

East Bay

Jewish Teen Foundations (East Bay)

Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties In cooperation with the Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay 2121 Allston Way Fax: Suite 200 Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 839-2900 Fax: (510) 318-8344 jewishteenfoundations@sfjcf.org www.jewishteenfoundations.org
Director of youth philanthropy Lom Friedman
Executive director Lisa Tabak

High school students, passionate about helping those in need, run their own philanthropic foundation, fundraise and make grants while investigating Jewish values that motivate their work. The commitment runs from November to May.

Peninsula

Jewish Teen Foundations (North Peninsula)

Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties 800 Foster City Blvd. Foster City, CA 94404
(650) 349-1523 x8303 jewishteenfoundations@sfjcf.org www.jewishteenfoundations.org
Project director Daniel Farkas

High school students, passionate about helping those in need, run their own philanthropic foundations, fundraise, and make grants while investigating Jewish values that motivate their work. The commitment runs from November to May.

Peninsula

Jewish Teen Foundations (South Peninsula)


Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties 3921 Fabian Way Fax: Suite E-103 Palo Alto, CA 94303
(650) 852-9020 x8007 jewishteenfoundations@sfjcf.org www.jewishteenfoundations.org

High school students, passionate about helping those in need, run their own philanthropic foundations, fundraise, and make grants while investigating Jewish values that motivate their work. The commitment runs from November to May.

Bay Area

North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY)

Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) Central Western Region 711 Grand Ave., Suite 280 San Rafael, CA 94901
(415) 392-7080 x15 Fax: (415) 392-1182 www.nfty.org/cwr

Provides URJ-affiliated high school youth with leadership training, social-action opportunities, social activities, Israel trips and weekend retreats on a local, regional and national level.

North Bay

Sonoma County Teen Program

Jewish Community Center Sonoma County 1301 Farmers Lane, Suite C103 Santa Rosa, CA 95405
(707) 528-4222 Fax: (707) 528-4288 rickc@jccsoco.org www.jccsoco.org
Director Rick Concoff
Assistant Emmy Wagner

Provides teens in grades 8-12 with  informal educational programs and leadership opportunities. Members meet for weeknight dinner discussions, occasional social activities and community events. The meetings provide Jewish teens an opportunity to engage in discussions centered around Jewish ethical topics, relating to teens and teen life.

San Francisco

Teen Curriculum Initiative (TCI)

Jewish LearningWorks 601 14th Ave. San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 751-6983 aschrek@jewishlearningworks.org www.jewishlearningworks.org/the-curriculum-initiative
Director Adrian Schrek

Partnering with high school students, educators and administrators to strengthen school communities through Jewish multicultural programming. The initiative, which is a program of Jewish LearningWorks, is recognized for its innovative programming, professional development, and leadership opportunities for Jews, friends and allies.