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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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 […]
Lindsay and Dan Sweetnam live in Walnut Creek with their children Lucia (5) and Morgan (2). Lindsay’s father is Jewish, but she grew up without any formal Jewish education and Dan is not Jewish. As they became parents, Lindsay wanted her daughters to have a positive connection to being Jewish and began to explore her […]
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a first-person account by Lyssa Jaye, who told us her experience of using flexible tuition to send her daughter to Jewish day school. Please note that the final piece was lightly edited for clarity and style. We hope you enjoy the story. Maddie is eight-years-old and she loves Oakland Hebrew Day […]
Ruth Petersen Shorer is the Director of Early Childhood Education at the JCC East Bay in Berkeley. She’s held this position for nine years. She spends her days working with families, children, and educators of young children at the JCC. They have programs for all ages and stages of life, and she oversees the baby, […]
Jordan and Shira Gill live in Berkeley with their children Chloe (8) and Emilie (6). Neither Shira nor Jordan grew up affiliated with a synagogue, but Jordan found Camp Tawonga at a young age and spent many summers there as a camper and staff member. In fact, Jordan and Shira met as staff at Tawonga one summer. […]