Sprout supports families in the East Bay interested in Jewish living, learning and growing together. Federation and Foundation are proud to partner with local synagogues, schools, and other educational organizations in this work.
Federation is available to help families with preschool through high school aged children explore Jewish life. Whether you are interested in learning about early childhood programs, religious school, teen engagement, or summer camp, or simply connecting with other Jewish families with similar interests we are eager to help. Our personalized referral service is free for all families in Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano and Napa Counties.
If you have a child attending Jewish summer camp, or traveling to Israel for study or a summer experience, financial assistance is available. Find out more.
Federation is pleased to encourage a family’s first steps into Jewish life and learning by providing Sprout Grants to subsidize a PJ Library family’s first-time participation in a formal Jewish educational experience. Grants of up to $1,000 per family will be awarded to be used toward the cost of a family’s first learning program for any of their children. Learn more.
When Liora Brosbe saw that the Houston chapter of PJ Library was requesting books for their families, she jumped into action. Brosbe, the Family Engagement Officer at the Jewish Federation of the East Bay, immediately reached out to synagogues and other organizations around the East Bay, and the response was overwhelming. Everyone wanted to help. […]
Jason and Mary Luros live in Napa with their daughter Beatrix (“Bea”), age 3, and their beagle, Skipper. Napa can feel remote and disconnected from the vibrant Jewish communities in the East Bay, so it takes an ongoing effort to find Jewish experiences. “Growing up in the San Fernando Valley, it was very easy for […]
PJ Library, the flagship program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, delivers more than 170,000 free Jewish children’s books and music CDs throughout the United States and Canada each month, including 3,200 children in the East Bay. Books are sent to children ages six months through eight years, with each subscriber receiving a title carefully selected […]
“Before we had a kid, we had very few children’s books about Jewish things. Now, we have a huge library!” ~The Goldberg Family, Livermore The Goldbergs are parents to one of the 2,700 East Bay children who get free Jewish books and music from PJ Library. For seven years, they read to their daughter Esther, […]
“Camp is a great place. All the activities are really fun, and I really feel Jewish at camp. I can’t believe there are so many people like me!” ~Jeffrey, Age 8, Pleasanton While Jeffrey was staying up late, zip-lining, and singing at overnight camp, he was also learning Hebrew words and Israeli dancing. Like many […]