January 31, 2015 / 11th of Shvat, 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

  • Tuesday, February 3 6:00pm
    Tuesday, March 10 9:00pm
    Leventhal Sidman JCC, Newton map
    • $330.00 Cost
    • $305.00 JCC member cost
    Explore the realm of fiction and nonfiction in a six-week writing class at the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center (333 Nahanton Street) in Newton on Tuesdays, beginning February 3 from 6-9pm. Through a series of fun, directed writing exercises, participants will learn how to mine for... Read More
  • Tuesday, February 3
    7:30pm – 9:00pm
    Renaissance Patriot Place Hotel, Foxboro map
    • $30.00 Cost per person
    Join JCC Interfaith Connections and other parents for a facilitated discussion based on the popular book The Blessing of a Skinned Knee at the Renaissance Patriot Place Hotel (28 Patriot Place) in Foxboro on Tuesdays, January 27, February 3, 10, and 24 from 7:30-9pm. Using Jewish teaching and... Read More
    Other dates for JCC Interfaith Connections: The Blessing of a Skinned Knee:
  • Wednesday, February 4
    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
  • Thursday, February 5
    1:00pm – 3:00pm
    Congregation Kehillath Israel, Brookline map
    The Jewish contribution to the development of the American musical will be the topic of a discussion on Thursday, February 5 from 1-3pm at Congregation Kehillath Israel (384 Harvard Street) in Brookline. Stuart Hecht, PhD, Associate Professor of Theatre at Boston College, will highlight luminary... Read More
  • Thursday, February 5 1:00pm
    Thursday, March 12 4:00pm
    Leventhal Sidman JCC, Newton map
    • $330.00 Cost
    • $305.00 JCC member cost
    Explore the challenges of writing for picture book and middle grade readers in a six-week writing class at the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center (333 Nahanton Street) in Newton on Thursdays, beginning January 22 from 1-4pm. Each week participants will look at a different aspect of... Read More
  • Friday, February 6
    7:00pm – 9:00pm
    Hops and Scotch, Brookline map
    Register HereRegistration closes on February 2
    Welcome Shabbat and celebrate Tu B’Shevat, The New Year for the Trees, with culinary delights and tastings of signature cocktails inspired by the Tu B’Shevat “Seven Species”- figs, dates, olives, pomegranate, grapes, barley and wheat. Read More
  • Sunday, February 8
    2:00pm – 4:00pm
    Leventhal Sidman JCC, Newton map
    Meet the day, overnight and specialty (arts, sports, technology, and science) camp directors and register for Summer 2015 at the Leventhal-Sidman JCC (333 Nahanton Street) in Newton! JCC camp options for boys and girls from preschool to high school, with transportation from many locations... Read More
    Other dates for JCC Camp Fair:
  • Sunday, February 8
    3:00pm – 5:30pm
    Leventhal Sidman JCC, Newton map
    • $55.00 Cost
    • $50.00 JCC member cost
    Author Randy Susan Meyers will discuss guidelines and tools for beginning to write fiction in a one-day workshop at the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center (333 Nahanton Street) in Newton on Sunday, February 8 from 3-5:30pm. Meyers’ debut novel, The Murderer’s Daughter, was named “2011 Ten... Read More
  • Sunday, February 8
    7:00pm – 8:00pm
    Leventhal Sidman JCC, Newton map
    • $150.00 Deposit
    Tryouts for the JCC Maccabi Games®, an annual Olympic-style sporting competition for Jewish teens ages 13-16, will be held at the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center (333 Nahanton Street) in Newton on January 25 and February 8 from 7-8pm. Boston’s JCC Maccabi Games delegation will send teams... Read More
  • Friday, February 27 11:00am
    Friday, March 27 12:00pm
    Leventhal Sidman JCC, Newton map
    • $85.00 Cost
    • $75.00 JCC member cost
    The JCC Early Parenting Program will hold a new class for expectant and new moms with their infants on Fridays, January 9–February 6 from 11am-12pm. Balancing a New Life-Yoga for Pre-Natal and New Mothers will allow participants to discover the power of the breath and movement, bring their body... 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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