Below are some local Jewish agencies and organizations that serve young Jewish families on the Peninsula.
Your Local Jewish Community Center – Each JCC aspires to be a Jewish neighborhood where all are welcome. They each offer an outstanding preschool, as well as countless other programs and activities for young families.
Kesher – Kesher, a part of Jewish Learning Works, is a community concierge service designed to help families with young children in the South Bay explore Jewish life and community. Kesher maintains a community calendar of events and activities for families with young children.
Jewish Family and Children’s Services – JFCS provides the highest quality, research-based social services designed to strengthen individuals, strengthen families, and strengthen community. JFCS supports Parents Place, which offers consultation, counseling and education about everything to do with raising children – from infancy to young adulthood. There is a Parents Place in Palo Alto and one in San Mateo.
PJ Library San Francisco (Mountain View and North) – PJ Library mails free, high quality Jewish children’s literature and music to families on a monthly basis. To sign up for your baby to receive these wonderful gifts, click here.
Silicon Valley PJ Library (Sunnyvale and South)
Interfaith Family – Interfaith Family supports interfaith families all over the Bay Area exploring Jewish life. Among the programs and resources available through IFF they offer a class called Raising a Child with Judaism in your Interfaith Family.
The Friendship Circle – This amazing program in Palo Alto creates Jewish community for children with special needs, teen volunteers and their families.
Contemporary Jewish Museum – This treasure of a museum in located in San Francisco and has wonderful programming, including art-making and gallery tours for young families on Sundays.
The Jewish Community Federation – The Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund is a philanthropic catalyst, connecting Bay Area Jews – of all ages, backgrounds, and perspectives – to the power we have as a community to improve the world. The Jewish Baby Network is funded by a generous grant from the Jewish Community Federation.
Our Judaic Library – Located in San Jose, Our Judaic Library provides informative and engaging educational materials that foster knowledge and love for Judaism. They strive to be a center of growth and guidance for children, teenagers, and adults regardless of their level of awareness or observance of Judaism.