Classes from the JCC's Center for Jewish Life and Learning

Explore diverse facets of Jewish thought and experience through Intro to Judaism, Hebrew Reading crash courses, drop-in study groups, and a changing menu of topics in Jewish life, history, and thought. Our Jewish studies courses are offered in partnership with Lehrhaus Judaica.

The faculty is composed of superb Jewish educators in our community. To reflect the diversity of our student population, JCC educators represent the major movements in Judaism: Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox. There are no examinations and no homework.

Financial assistance is available to attend these classes, through the generosity of the Arnie Addison Scholarship Fund. Click here to apply.

How to Register

To register for a class, fill out a registration form or click the REGISTER button below each class. Or you can contact us at 408.357.7411 or CJLL@apjcc.org.

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 3
For graduates of Levels 1 and 2 or for anyone who has mastered basic Hebrew reading and conversational skills. This class moves on into more advanced Hebrew reading and speaking. Instructor: Rabbi Ilana Baird. NOTE: no class 1/18 and 2/15. Please note that the daytime class has been canceled due to lack of enrollment.

Mon 1/11-2/29 Cancelled     
Mon 1/11-2/29 7:00-8:30pm $36 $45


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.

Mon 3/14 - 4/11 12:00-1:30pm   FREE FREE
Mon 3/14 - 4/11 7:00-8:30pm FREE FREE 


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. 

Mon 4/18 - 5/16 12:00-1:30pm   FREE FREE
Mon 4/18 - 5/16 7:00-8:30pm FREE FREE 


The Wisdom of Rebbe Nachman
With Rabbi Carol Caine.  Rebbe Nachman of Bratslav was one of the most extraordinary individuals to emerge from the Hasidic world, a world that revitalized Jewish spirituality. He was a thinker far ahead of his time, especially in his psychological insights. We will focus on Rebbe Nachman's Tales, Hasidic stories which are unique for their originality of form and profundity of ideas.We will also sing some of the niggunim, or songs, associated with Rebbe Nachman.

Mon 3/7 - 3/28 10:30 - 12:00   $36 $79




Lunch and Ledaber: Hebrew Conversation
Grab your lunch and come to this informal, lunchtime gathering to keep your Hebrew conversational skills sharp. Led by Rabbi Ilana Baird, the JCC's Hebrew instructor. $8 per session. Punch cards are no longer available for this class, but you can bring your existing punch card in and we will honor them. This class will meet on selected Fridays from 12:00-1:00pm. Upcoming dates are 1/8, 1/22, 2/5, 2/19, 3/4, 3/18, 4/1, 4/15, 5/6, 5/20, 6/3, 6/17.
For more information and to purchase sessions, contact the JCC's Center for Jewish Life & Learning at 408.357.7411 or cjll@apjcc.org.


Bay Area Community Talmud Circle 2015-16
Sundays 10/11, 11/15, 12/13, 1/24, 2/21, 3/20, 4/10, 5/22, 6/5
The Bay Area Community Talmud Circle is a growing, dynamic, and welcoming community of adult students engaged in modern Talmud study and active conversation. 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. While the majority of participants are continuing students, anyone may join. Newcomers to Talmud study should participate in Introduction to Talmud Circle on September 27th at the Jewish Community Library in San Francisco and the follow-up webinars on September 30th and October 7th. Bay Area Community 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 abra@lehrhaus.org  or visit www.lehrhaus.org.




Jewish Musical Theater, Composers, and Lyricists
When you think of Jewish musical theater, you probably think of Fiddler on the Roof. But the Jewish legacy on Broadway goes far beyond that. Many of the leading lights of American musical theater are Jewish — from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Gershwin, Berlin, and Sondheim. Join us for a trip down memory lane with instructor Stephen S. Gill. You’ll be entertained musically while learning some history about the composers and their music. For more information on this class, contact Cherie Ravel, the JCC's Adult Programs Director, at cherie@apjcc.org or 408.357.7462.

Tue 12/15, 1/19, 2/16, 3/15, 4/19, 5/17 3:00-4:30pm Free* $10

* Free for JCC members with advance reservation. RSVP to cherie@apjcc.org or 408.357.7462.


The Jewish Musical Theater program for seniors is made possible, in part,  by a  generous grant from the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley and sponsorship by HearWell Audiology.
All Cultural Arts programs at the APJCC are made possible, in part, by generous contributions from Sylvia & Leonard Metz, Doris & Rick Davis, and Bill Lister.
The APJCC is proud to be a part of the Initiative on Jewish Peoplehood, co-funded by the Koret Foundation and the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture.


Ongoing, drop-in classes (no registration necessary)

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

Tue ongoing 9:30-11:00am FREE


Rambam Roundtable
Maimonides (Rambam), the 12th century Jewish scholar, wrote the Guide of the Perplexed as a three-volume letter to his student. The Guide is a classic work of Jewish Philosophy, written in coded and intentionally deceptive language. Studying the Guide is a mystery and a pleasure. Join Rabbi Hugh as we journey through the Guide of the Perplexed together. Sections will be short to allow for full discussion. This is a free, drop-in class. No need to register. Instructor: Rabbi Hugh Seid-Valencia


Wed ongoing 9:00am-10:30am FREE


Hasidic Havurah
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


Thu ongoing 11:00am-12:00pm FREE


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.

Mon ongoing 3:30-4:30pm FREE


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.

Tue ongoing 10:30-11:30am FREE

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