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Afterschool Berkeley

2020-2021 School Year

The Afterschool Berkeley program is full. If you'd like to get on our waitlist or have any questions please email Benjy at 


Current Openings in Our Programs - Join our JCC family!
BAS will be open this fall!
Our registration will open soon. Please fill out this survey to be added to our waitlist! You can also reach out to Benjy Toczynski ( for more information!
We have a few openings left in our award-winning preschool! 4 spaces in our
2-year-old pod and 2 spaces in our 3-year-old pod. Apply here or contact to register!


JCC Afterschool Berkeley Program

The Afterschool Berkeley Program is located at our spacious and historic Berkeley facility at 1414 Walnut Street. We offer a diverse array of organized activities as well as opportunities for kids to relax and spend time with friends after school. Our staff is here to serve your child’s needs whether it be helping with homework, reading a story, working in the garden, or playing an energetic game of soccer out in our yard. In addition to our core activities, group programming, celebrations, and free play time, there is also a wide range of enrichment classes to choose from.

Hours for afterschool are: 1–6 PM, Monday through Friday. 

Berkeley Afterschool & Club J 2020-2021 Calendar: Please review the calendar here and pay special attention to our JCC early closure days for the night before a Jewish holiday ('erev' means night in Hebrew).

Chugim (Enrichment Classes)

The JCC Afterschool Berkeley Program offers over 70 chugim (enrichment classes) each session to our enrolled students. We provide a wide scope of topics to choose from: cooking and baking, painting, sculpture, circus arts, martial arts, science and nature exploration, and ice skating are all offered as possible classes for your child to enjoy! Many of our classes are taught by our own staff while some are contracted out to professionals within the community- the cost of each class depending on material fees and instructor. With such a variety of chugim, there is a little something for everyone!

School Districts and Transportation

We serve students in the Berkeley and Albany school districts, and offer all-day programming for most school district holidays and vacations. Transportation to the JCC Afterschool Berkeley program is provided by the Berkeley Unified School District as well as our own van service. For more information regarding transportation please contact Benjy Toczynski at or 510.848.0237, ext. 131.

School's Out

Our Berkeley afterschool program provides School's Out! Programming for students on most school holidays and professional development days. We offer all-day programming, 8 AM-6 PM. All days include onsite activities and games, as well as outside play (weather permitting). You pack the lunch, we'll do the rest. School's Out days are for ages 5-10½

Contact Information:

Berkeley Families: Berkeley Branch, 1414 Walnut Street 
Contact Benjy Toczynski at or 510.848.0237, ext. 131 

2020-2021 School Year

The Afterschool Berkeley program is full. If you'd like to get on or waitlist or have any questions please email Benjy at 


Benjy Toczynski, Afterschool Berkeley Director of Program Experience, 510.848.0237, ext. 131


Financial Aid

The JCC East Bay recognizes that all families have different needs, and we want to support all families the best we can. Amid the pandemic, we are pleased to again be able to offer limited financial assistance for preschool and afterschool. Please note that we may not have the ability to review or award financial aid for applications received after the submission dates.



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Click here to schedule an afterschool tour with Afterschool Director Benji Toczynski. 

Berkeley Afterschool Calendar

School's Out Program

All Youth Programs Registration Here


Meet the Team! - Afterschool Berkeley

Benjy is the Afterschool Berkeley Director of Program Experience. He started at the JCC as an outside vendor with Berkeley Chess School, then became a full-time JCC teacher, and now is a co-director of the program. Benjy grew up in Berkeley, went to college in San Francisco, and has been back in Berkeley ever since. Prior to teaching chess, he was working around the corner at Chez Panisse and coaching youth soccer. Benjy loves soccer and still plays as often as he can. He also plays chess and other board games and enjoys crossword puzzles and several other types of puzzles. He loves graphic design and has been making visual art off and on for much of his life.
Kenny is starting his second year with JCC. Kenny is a current student at San Francisco State University majoring in Ethnic Studies. Entering his second year at Afterschool Berkeley, Kenny has absolutely fallen in love with working with the children and getting to hang with them and help them grow.
Tati is a Berkeley native. She has spent the past 23 years as an ECE educator, as well as teaching dance in afterchool programs, YMCAS and other venues. She holds a BA in English Literature from UC Berkeley.
Lina was born and grew up in the Ukraine. After graduating from college and getting married, Lina moved to Russia where she worked in a geology lab and raised two children. After immigrating to the U.S., Lina studied at Peralta College. She worked for seven years as a volunteer at the Child Watch of Berkeley Downtown YMCA. In September 2018, Lina started working at the JCC for Afterschool Berkeley. Lina loves working with children to encourage them to create and access the world.
Samira began her teaching career in Israel as an elementary teacher and worked as a special education director before moving to the Bay Area. Samira truly loves working with children of all ages. She feels fortunate to be in a profession where she is allowed to guide and observe children at such a fun and important developmental stage in their lives. Outside of work, Samira enjoys hiking, photography, and spending time with family and friends.
Veronica is a Bay Area native. She has a degree in photography from Sacramento State University. She spent the last school year teaching English in Israel, which she found to be an amazing experience. Veronica is excited to be back and part of the JCC.
Andrea Sarber is an Oakland native who went to Humboldt State and has recently moved back to the Bay Area. She enjoys a variety of activities such as art, travel, speaking Spanish, and being creative!
Charlie was born in San Francisco and has spent most of his life in the bay area. He graduated from Whitman College in 2017 with a degree in English. From there, he went on to teach overseas. He’s worked in France and Georgia, and he’s gotten to visit many other countries in his travels. His most recent trip was to Israel where he fell in love with the diverse and storied city of Jerusalem. Charlie’s hobbies include, writing, drawing, learning languages, playing chess, and running. This is his first year with the JCC, and he’s super excited to be here!
Originally from Madison, WI, Claire moved to the Bay Area about a year ago. She went to college in Northern Wisconsin for writing and gender studies, but has always been interested in education and working with kids. She worked as a camp counselor for a few years in rural Wisconsin and has been volunteering with the Bay area Girls Rock camp over the past year. In her spare time, Claire likes to cook with friends, be outside, sing and play music, and is working on writing and illustrating and children’s book.