Personalized referrals to Jewish life that work for you
PJ Library and PJ Our Way: Free Jewish children’s books delivered to your home
Grants for a family’s first step into Jewish life
Needs-based financial aid for camp and Israel travel
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.
Sprout: Youth and Family Concierge Services
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.
Sprout can help support families with new babies! Federation and Foundation are here for you and your family during this wonderful and challenging transition. Explore some resources we’ve curated specifically for expectant families and new parents, and learn more about the resources we provide.
Sprout: PJ Library
Sprout: Financial Assistance for Jewish camping and Israel travel
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.
Sprout: Grants for a family’s first step into Jewish life
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.
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The Peterson-Fisher Family of Oakland Becky and Gretchen Peterson-Fisher live in Oakland with their daughters, Miriam (“Mimi,” age 3) and Eilah (3 months old). Always ahead of the curve, Becky and Gretchen were married at the world’s first LGBT synagogue, in Los Angeles. In Oakland, they support new immigrant families through an interfaith program at […]
The Marks Family of El Cerrito Aaron and Myshelle Marks live in El Cerrito with their daughter, Yael (age 5), where they seek out Jewish organizations and families that reflect the Bay Area’s great diversity, while also connecting Yael to to the rich history and culture that she’s inherited. They have attended services at Kehilla […]
The photo above includes Simon, Red Karpman (kneeling, Simon’s Hebrew School teacher), and Rabbi Dev Noily (on the right) of Kehilla Comunity Synagogue. The Fitch-Jenett Family — Jaime, Laura, and Simon (age 9) — are longtime Oakland residents who are very involved and connected with Jewish life in the East Bay. They’ve experienced, first-hand, the […]
The Grossman / Lichtenstein Family of Walnut Creek Bob and Amy live in Walnut Creek with their son Noah (age 2). When they were in the market for a synagogue, they attended a Sabbat service at Congregation B’nai Tikvah. They were met with open arms at the door and fell in love with the communal […]
Family Engagement Officer Liora Brosbe has done so much to connect Jewish families with each other and to Jewish day schools, community programs, support agencies, and synagogues. With so many people to connect and so many demands to juggle, it would not be surprising if she’d told us how stressed she constantly is and how overwhelming […]