Agencies/Organizations

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.

Oshman Family Jewish Community Center (OFJCC) – Palo Alto. Please click here to be directed to a list of current programs that may appeal to expectant and new families.

Peninsula Jewish Community Center (PJCC) – Foster City.Please click here to be directed to a list of current programs that may appeal to expectant and new families.

Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center (APJCC) – Los Gatos.Please click here to be directed to a list of current programs that may appeal to expectant and new 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.