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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On Sunday, January 27, a group of 11 toddlers and pre-schoolers gathered with their grown-ups for storytime and yoga in a synagogue classroom. But this wasn’t just any playdate. It was a “friends of all faiths” gathering co-sponsored by Sprout, PJ Library, Congregation B’nai Shalom, and the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa. The playdate was […]
The Bell Family of El Cerrito Rabbi Yanky and Shternie live in El Cerrito with their son Mendel (2). They moved to the Bay Area two years ago. Hailing from Montreal, Canada (Shternie) and Leeds, England (Yanky), they have come to love the mild climate in the East Bay! They have a newfound appreciation for […]
The Povlak Family of Pleasant Hill David and Julia Povlak live in Pleasant Hill with their son Henry (2). Before they had Henry, they weren’t involved in Jewish life in the East Bay. When they found out about Federation’s Sprout initiative, they found vibrant Jewish life throughout Walnut Creek and Lafayette. They have organized their own havurah group with friends […]
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The Gould Family of Oakland Michelle and Josh live in Oakland with their son Reuben (3) and Zeb (1). They belong to Temple Sinai and send their kids to the Temple Sinai David Pregerson Preschool there. They also received one of Federation’s Sprout grants before, which provides funding to families to incentivize first-time participation in a Jewish education program. “We weren’t […]