Readers’ Choice 2019: JCC


JCC of San Francisco

(415) 292-1200  •

The Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, founded in 1877, serves 75,000 people annually. It features a fitness and aquatics center; lectures in politics, business and the arts; a variety of classes, including Hebrew; concerts and performances; camps and preschools for youth; and meals and activities for older adults. Housed in a classic building in a great location, enhanced by easy, underground parking.



JCC East Bay

(510) 848-0237  BERKELEY
(510) 595-9222  OAKLAND

The JCC East Bay, with some 10,000 participants on both the Berkeley and Oakland campuses, offers preschools and afterschool care, summer camps, fitness, cultural and educational programming, Yiddish conversation, kosher lunches and a variety of classes.



Oshman Family JCC


(650) 223-8700  •

Palo Alto’s Oshman Family JCC serves the South Peninsula with sports and swimming programs, performances and classes, along with a plethora of activities for youth, seniors and the large Israeli- and Russian-speaking communities. Calling itself “a multigenerational Jewish neighborhood,” the JCC houses Nourish: a Newish Jewish Café, which serves up tasty snacks and lunch. There is a lovely Pavilion and Park that provides outdoor spaces for gatherings, and rental space is available for meetings and events.

Peninsula JCC

(650) 212-7522  •

The Peninsula JCC features an extensive fitness and aquatics facility, kids camps, a preschool, entertainment, and transportation and activities for older adults, including the homebound, on a 12-acre Foster City campus. Other services include help for children with special needs, tutoring and a Justice Garden, growing organic produce to feed families in need.



Osher Marin JCC

(415) 444-8000  •

The Osher Marin JCC in San Rafael, with a swimming and fitness complex, hosts preschools on two campuses and performances in the Kanbar Center. Also on the menu: Jewish culture festivals, art exhibits, book talks and lectures, and a variety of classes and excursions.

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