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 Gemme Family of San Leandro The Gemma family consists of Amy and her two daughters, Barack Adam (age 2) and Raquel Adam (1.5-months-old). Both a recent parent and a recent convert, Amy is grateful for the several Jewish events and offerings in the East Bay. From holiday celebrations at Urban Adamah to Tot Shabbat […]
The Daoust Family of Orinda Liz and Mark Daoust live in Orinda with their three daughters, Lucy (age 8), Annie (age 6), and Phoebe (age 4). An interfaith family, the Daousts felt immediately welcome at Temple Sinai, where their older daughters attended Tot Shabbat, preschool, and now religious school. They continue to enjoy the same […]
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 […]