November 22, 2014 / 29th of Chesvan, 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

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, November 23
    10:30am – 12:00pm
    Temple Emunah, Lexington, Lexington map
    • $15.00 Cost per family
    • $5.00 Walk-ins additional
    Enjoy a casual Sunday brunch while bonding with your baby and meeting other local families at Temple Emunah (9 Piper Road) in Lexington on Sunday, November 23 from 10:30am-12pm. Share your baby’s milestones, learn from each other’s experiences, and be introduced to the developmental benefits and... Read More
  • Sunday, November 23
    11:00am – 1:00pm
    Leventhal Sidman JCC, Newton map
    • $15.00 Cost/Brunch included
    • $12.00 JCC member cost/Brunch included
    New York Times bestselling author Mitchell Zuckoff will discuss his latest book, 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi at the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center (333 Nahanton Street) in Newton on Sunday, November 23 at 11am. 13 Hours presents, for the first... Read More
  • Friday, November 28
    9:15am – 10:15am
    Leventhal-SIdman JCC, Newton map
    Join us for our weekly playgroup. During our time together, we will share stories and resources, swap ideas and build connections. Read More
  • Wednesday, December 3
    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
  • Wednesday, December 3
    11:00am – 12:00pm
    Barnes & Noble in the Prudential Center, Boston map
    Celebrate Chanukah with PJ Library on Wednesday, December 3 from 11am-12pm at Barnes & Noble at the Prudential Center (800 Boylston Street) in Boston. Children will be mesmerized as actress Stephanie Peters brings Chanukah storybooks to life using sing along songs, creative movement, and dramatic... Read More
  • Wednesday, December 3
    7:30pm – 9:00pm
    Ready, Set, Kids! A Family Enrichment Center, Arlington map
    Join other interfaith couples for a facilitated discussion at Ready, Set, Kids! (284 Broadway) in Arlington on Wednesday, December 3 from 7:30-9pm. Explore cherished family traditions and how to integrate new holiday rituals into your family, while maintaining close connections to grandparents... Read More
  • Saturday, December 6
    6:30pm – 11:00pm
    InterContinental Hotel, Boston map
    • $300.00 Individual event ticket
    The Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston will hold its largest annual fundraising event, Winter Benefit, on Saturday, December 6 (6:30pm) at the InterContinental Hotel in Boston. Details to come. To learn more about opportunities for tables and tributes, please contact... Read More
  • Sunday, December 7
    10:00am – 11:30am
    Cole Center, Natick map
    • $15.00 Cost per family
    • $5.00 Walk-ins additional
    Back by popular demand! Create your own miracles with PJ Library® at a Chanukah celebration at the Cole Center (179 Boden Lane) in Natick on Sunday, December 7 from 10–11:30am. Kids will flip, jump and tumble through holiday-themed gym activities. Chanukah songs, crafts and snacks are included.... Read More
  • Sunday, December 7
    10:00am – 12:00pm
    Back Bay Events Center, Boston map
    • $18.00 Cost per family
    The Jewish Community Center of Greater Boston invites you to celebrate Chanukah with other Boston families for Chanukah in the City at Back Bay Events Center (180 Berkeley Street) in Boston on Sunday, December 7 from 10am-12pm. Sing, dance and move ‘n groove with Karen K & the Jitterbugs,... Read More
  • Tuesday, December 9
    7:30pm – 9:00pm
    Leventhal Sidman JCC, Newton map
    • $8.00 Cost
    • $5.00 JCC member cost
    Crime writers Hank Phillippi Ryan (Truth Be Told), William Landay (Defending Jacob) and Kate Flora (Death Dealer) will talk about their latest novels and what it takes to write suspense at the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center (333 Nahanton Street) in Newton on Tuesday, December 9 at... 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.

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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 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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