October 24, 2014 / 30th of Tishrei, 5775
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The Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston’s contributions to Jewish life can be found in a range of communities and settings: at the Leventhal-Sidman JCC campus in Newton; in the MetroWest and South Area communities through our offices in Sharon and Framingham; in our day sports camps and Kaleidoscope Creative Arts & Science Camp in Newton; at JCC Grossman Camp on the Westwood/Dover line; at JCC Camp Kingswood overnight camp in Bridgton, Maine; at our Early Learning Centers in Brookline, Hingham, Newton, Sharon, and Wayland; at the Leventhal-Sidman and JCC Clearbrook (Framingham) outdoor pools; and online at bostonjcc.org.

We proudly partner with a wide range of Jewish and other communal organizations, including local synagogues, Jewish Family Service of Metrowest, Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Boston, Combined Jewish Philanthropies, and Hebrew SeniorLife, to deliver a wide range of programs and services, including health and wellness, holiday celebrations and special events, enrichment classes, cultural and performing arts, and other programs for individuals and families of all ages and abilities. Our doors and our hearts are open to everyone.

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Our Events

  • Sunday, October 26
    10:00am – 11:30am
    The Whitney Place, Natick map
    • $15.00 Cost per family
    • $5.00 Walk-ins additional
    Wondering when to start solid food? Concerned you will have a picky eater? Worried about food allergies? Join Pediatric Nutritionist Joanne Csaplar for a hands-on demonstration and practical advice on nutrition during your child’s first year at Whitney Place Community Room (3 Vision Drive) in... Read More
  • Sunday, October 26 11:00am
    Sunday, December 14 11:45am
    Ready, Set, Kids! A Family Enrichment Center, Arlington map
    • $85.00 Cost
    Engage your baby through song and finger play in a seven-week class held at Ready, Set, Kids! A Family Enrichment Center (284 Broadway) in Arlington on Sundays, October 26 - December 14 from 11-11:45am. Participants will learn simple, easy-to-do gestures for communicating with babies - a fun... Read More
  • Sunday, October 26
    11:00am – 12:30pm
    Congregation Sha'aray Shalom, Hingham map
    • $15.00 Cost per family
    Registration Closed
    Meet other parents and babies at a casual Sunday brunch and pediatric nutrition discussion at Congregation Sha’aray Shalom (1112 Main Street) in Hingham on Sunday, October 26 from 11am-12:30pm. Harvard-affiliated, registered Dietician Yeemay Su Miller will discuss making sure your baby has a... Read More
  • Tuesday, October 28 1:00pm
    Tuesday, December 9 2:30pm
    Sharon Community Center, Sharon map
    • $150.00 Cost
    Continue to share the journey of motherhood with your growing baby at the Sharon Community Center (219 Massapoag Avenue) in Sharon on Tuesdays, October 28-December 9 from 1-2:30pm. Now that your baby is more alert and interactive, experience new ways to engage and interact with them through... Read More
  • Thursday, October 30
    7:00pm – 9:00pm
    Leventhal Sidman JCC, Newton map
    Welcome your new baby with an introduction to Jewish Rituals that celebrate your new baby at the Leventhal-Sidman JCC (333 Nahanton Street) in Newton on Thursday, October 30 from 7-9pm. A practical exploration of Jewish ceremonies for welcoming and naming a newborn that honors parents’ faith... Read More
  • Saturday, November 1
    8:00pm – 10:00pm
    Leventhal Sidman JCC, Newton map
    • $35.00 Cost
    • $32.00 JCC member cost
    Master of angst and self-loathing, comic genius Richard Lewis will perform at the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center (333 Nahanton Street) in Newton on Saturday, November 1 at 8pm and Sunday, November 2 at 2pm. Lewis has taken his lifelong therapy fodder and carved it into a commanding,... Read More
    Other dates for Comedian Richard Lewis at the JCC:
  • Tuesday, November 4
    7:30pm – 9:30pm
    Leventhal Sidman JCC, Newton map
    • $8.00 Cost
    • $5.00 JCC member cost
    Award-winning journalist Jennifer Senior and local author Carla Naumburg, PhD, will discuss their recent parenting books at the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center (333 Nahanton Street) in Newton on Tuesday, November 4 at 7:30pm. Senior’s All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern... Read More
  • Wednesday, November 5
    11:00am – 12:30pm
    Panera Bread, Cambridge map
    Meet other parents with babies over coffee and casual conversation at Panera Bread (5 White Street, Porter Square Shopping Center) in Cambridge on the first Wednesday of each month from 11am-12:30pm. Share information and learn about programs and services in your area from Jewish Community Center... Read More
  • Friday, November 7
    6:00pm – 7:30pm
    Masonic Temple, Arlington map
    Register HereRegistration closes on November 3
    Come celebrate with Keshet and the JCC at Arlington Masonic Hall (19 Academy Street) in Arlington on Friday, November 7 from 6-7:30pm. Connect with other LGBTQ families and allies over Shabbat dinner and come together as a community for special Shabbat activities, songs and stories. Dietary laws... Read More
  • Sunday, November 9
    10:00am – 12:00pm
    Franklin Park Zoo, Boston map
    • $10.00 Cost per adult
    • $6.00 Cost per child (no charge for children under 2 years)
    Join the JCC of Greater Boston, PJ Library® and Temple Israel of Boston for a visit to Franklin Park Zoo (1 Franklin Park Road) in Boston on Sunday, November 9 from 10am–12pm. Meet at the Zebra entrance to begin a scavenger hunt of animals to bring aboard Noah's Ark. Once you've collected your... Read More

Our Blogs

  • The JCC Boston Diller Teen Fellows hosted Boston Teens Stand With Israel on Thursday, July 31. To compensate for their postponed seminar to Israel this summer and to demonstrate their solidarity with Israel, the teens decided to host an active, teen-specific gathering called #BostonTeensStandWithIsrael. Please check out their blogpost to see photos and more information. http://bostondillerteenfellows.blogspot.com/2014/08/boston-teens-stand-for-israel.html

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  • On August 8th, I came back from Israel for the third time after having traveled there with the JCC Boston Diller Teen Fellowship program. The Diller program is a 15-month pluralistic, national, youth leadership fellowship currently available in 16 North America and Israel communities and coordinated locally through the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston. Diller partners fellows from eight cities in North America with those from eight cities in Israel to focus on Jewish identity, leadershi...

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  • Here is an inspirational note we received from a JCC member:

    Thank you for the personal get well wishes and cards I have been receiving as I recover from quadruple coronary artery bypass surgery, which I had on April 17.
    Thanks in large part to the digital feedback I received the week of April 8 from the elliptical machine I was using at the JCC, I narrowly avoided a certain heart attack and perhaps graver consequences.  
    Most mornings I work out for 45 minutes on the ellipt...

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  • I am Judy Pearl and I am the Director of Special Needs Services for the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston. On Sunday, April 21, I took a group of 20 adults with varying abilities to Rubin’s Kosher Deli in Brookline.  

    Among the eager diners were two individuals who use large electric wheelchairs for mobility. They are unable to speak so they used their loud, energetic voices to utter their joy at being able to enjoy a meal at a local restaurant. Everyone was very excited...

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  • Since the goal of Jewish Disability Awareness Month (JDAM) is to raise awareness and educate the community, we wanted to let you in on a well-kept secret: For the past 15 years or so, some members of the Special Needs Professional Committee and a few community volunteers have been working on the K’Sharim Committee. The mission of K’Sharim is to connect people with disabilities to Jewish life. K’Sharim works with synagogues in the Greater Boston area to provide inclusive pro...

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  • created at: 2013-02-07

    The Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston provides a wide range of programs and services for children, teens and adults with different abilities. Some of the classes include adapted aquatics, social skills groups, activity groups, yoga and much more. The following is a story about the impact our programs have on young participants.

    Six-year-old Joshua (not his real name) participates in swimming lessons and the Fun & Games class through the JCC. Both programs are extrem...

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  • It’s time for some post-election humor. Everyone could use a laugh regardless of how your candidate fared. Election Madness at the JCC this Sunday is the perfect post-Election elixir.

    Comedians Jimmy Tingle and Barry Weintraub will skewer the election results in a show called Election Madness on Saturday, November 10 (8pm) at the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center in Newton.  Jimmy Tingle is regarded as one of the top social and political humorists in America. He works as a stan...

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  • created at: 2012-10-31

    November is Tzedakah month at the PJ Library®

    (Tzedakah—or justice in Hebrew—generally refers to charity of deeds, money and words and helping others.)

    During the coming month, PJ Library members with children ages three and older will find a gift of a tzedakah box in their monthly PJ Library envelope. The sturdy foldable cardboard tzedakah box comes with colorful stickers for decorating.


    Along with the tzedakah box, PJ Library founder Harold Grinspoon ...

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  • created at: 2012-10-24

    For comedian and Saturday Night Live Weekend Update anchor Seth Meyers, this political season has provided a bonanza of material. For the past six seasons on SNL, Meyers has lampooned top news stories as head writer and sole Weekend Update anchor. he also headlined the 2011 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner to rave reviews.

    As an actor, writer and comedian, Meyers will bring his creative genius and unique brand of humor to the 9th Annual JCC Winter Benefit...

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  • This fall, the JCC is dedicated to help people RESET...to find a healthier and happier path for themselves and their families in the new year. Our innovative programming supports participants getting physically engaged, creatively inspired and intellectually stimulated. It reflects a contemporary approach to a long held Jewish value that is at the heart of the Holy Day of Rosh Hashana.

    Rosh Hashana, often translated as the “Jewish New Year” literally means the “head or start of...

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