Classes from the JCC's Center for Jewish Life and Learning
Explore diverse facets of Jewish thought and experience through the JCC's Jewish Studies courses.
JCC educators represent the major movements in Judaism: Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox. There are no examinations and no homework.
How to Register
Fill out a registration form or click the REGISTER button below each class.
For more information, contact the JCC's Center for Jewish Life and Learning, at CJLL@apjcc.org or 408.357.7411.
CM = Full Center Member SM = Social Member NM = Non-member
Hebrew Reading Crash Course: Level 1
Interested in learning to read Hebrew? Join this five-session course, master the Aleph Bet and develop a small working vocabulary. No prior knowledge necessary.
* No class on 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25
Hebrew Reading Crash Course: Level 2
Need to practice your Hebrew reading? Are you ready to develop a larger spoken Hebrew vocabulary? This class focuses on both reading and basic conversational skills. Basic knowledge of the Aleph Bet and some Hebrew reading is required.
Torah Study: Women’s Commentary
With Rabbi Carol Caine. In the last generation or so, our ongoing conversation with Torah has been greatly enriched by the unique perspectives and experiences of women rabbis, scholars and thought-leaders. This lively and engaging class will explore selected Torah portions through the lenses of some of our wisest and most profound women commentators. Please join us as we find new ways for our ancient texts to inform our lives as women and men today.
Hands on Jewish Cooking
With Rabbi Shoshana Ohriner. Learn how to make healthy and modern versions of traditional Jewish foods. This hands on cooking class will give you an opportunity to learn tips and techniques that will make meal preparation fun and easy, not to mention delicious! As a bonus, you will prepare a ready to cook meal to take home and enjoy for dinner later that week! Classes are limited to twelve participants.
|Sun||10/30, 11/20, 2/12||9:30am-12:00pm||$20 per class or $54 for all 3*||$25 per class or $65 for all 3*|
* An additional materials fee will be added during enrollment.
Parenting Circles - Raising a Resilient Child
Parenting circles are now forming at the JCC and other South Bay locations to discuss Dr. Wendy Mogel’s books, The Blessing of a Skinned Knee and The Blessing of a B-, addressing the question of how to raise resilient children in the face of trends toward anxious parenting and over-parenting. The circles will culminate with a talk with Dr. Mogel herself at the JCC on March 23rd at 7:00pm. Fee for this program is $36 per person, with a separate $18 admission fee for Dr. Mogel's talk on March 23rd. For more information or to join a parenting circle near you, contact Rabbi Hugh Seid-Valencia, email@example.com.
*Temple Emanu-El Parenting Circle- will be hosted on the 3rd Thursday of the month from 7:00-8:15pm at Temple Emanu-El, starting in October. To sign up click here.
- Thursdays 7:00pm - 8:15. 10/20, 11/17, 12/15, 1/19, 2/16
Learn Talmud in English at the JCC. Class is presented in collaboration with Lehrhaus Judaica and The Aleph Society. If you’ve never studied Talmud before, we recommend you take Lehrhaus Judaica’s “Taste of Talmud” class before this class starts. ("A Taste of Talmud" will be offered Aug 21 and Aug 28 at the Palo Alto JCC. Sign up for Taste of Talmud here.)
Seven Talmud Circles exist around the Bay Area. This unique project is a collaboration of Lehrhaus Judaica and The Aleph Society of Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz. Talmud Circle students study with the Koren Talmud Bavli, Berakhot, available in various print sizes and in digital editions. For more information, contact Abra Greenspan at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.lehrhaus.org.
Fee for the year is $195. Register by October 10th and pay only $175.
Introduction to Judaism
This course provides an overview of the Jewish life cycle, holidays, and other ritual celebrations. During the course of the year, students will also gain an understanding of Jewish belief, history, calendar, and core texts. Each session will include 30 minutes of Hebrew instruction. Additionally, students will be invited to participate in various aspects of Jewish living. This class is co-taught by rabbis from local synagogues and the JCC. Sessions will rotate among local synagogues and the JCC, based on which rabbi is teaching that day.
* Price is per set of books. If a couple shares one set of books, the $180 price can cover both people.
Classic Jewish Texts
Rabbi Joey Felsen of the Jewish Study Network guides you through the fundamental works of Maimonides, Luzzato, and other classic commentators. No Hebrew necessary. This is a free, drop-in class. No need to register.
Instructor: Rabbi Joey Felsen
Heschel Roundtable (this class replaces the old Rambam Roundtable class)
Drop in to study and discuss the writings of Abraham Joshua Heschel. We will start with his book The Sabbath, which presents the Jewish Sabbath as an antidote to the fast pace of daily life in modern society. No experience or specialized knowledge necessary. After that we will study Heschel's book, God in Search of Man. Each week we'll read and discuss a short selection from his writings. This is a free, drop-in class. No need to register.
Instructor: Rabbi Hugh Seid-Valencia
This class takes a look at some of the great works of past Hasidic teachers and strives toward deepening our contemporary Jewish spirituality. This class is for all abilities and levels and is a free, drop-in class. No need to register.
Instructor: Rabbi Hugh Seid-Valencia
Classes at Other Locations
Torah Study -- at Chai House, 814 St. Elizabeth Drive, San Jose
This engaging class with the JCC’s Rabbi Hugh Seid-Valencia, keeps us full of life through the words of the Torah. All abilities, ages, and levels are welcome - you do not need to be a resident of Chai House. This is a free, drop-in class. No need to register.
Programs Offered in Russian
Come join Rabbi Ilana Baird for events and classes offered in Russian. Rabbi Baird has served communities in Russia, Germany, Israel and the United States. She founded a liberal synagogue in Haifa and is a graduate of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s Israeli Rabbinical Seminary program. For more programs see our Russian Jewish Programs page or call the JCC's Center for Jewish Life & Learning at 408.357.7411.
Russian Language Torah Study
Meet to discuss the weekly Torah portion with Rabbi Ilana Baird. This lively class and all discussion is in Russian. This is a free, drop-in class. No need to register.
All Russian Language Torah Study Programs are made possible, in part, by a generous gift from Larisa Margulis & Mikhail Guz.