March 6, 2015 / 15th of Adar, 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, March 8
    3:00pm – 5:30pm
    Leventhal Sidman JCC, Newton map
    • $55.00 Cost
    • $50.00 JCC member cost
    Author Randy Susan Meyers will discuss the structural steps to building a novel in a one-day workshop at the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center (333 Nahanton Street) in Newton on Sunday, March 8 from 3-5:30pm. Meyers will offer instruction on how to take a working outline and build a... Read More
  • Thursday, March 12
    7:00pm – 9:30pm
    Fiamma Glass, Waltham map
    Register HereRegistration closes on March 9
    Join JCC Interfaith Connections for a glass Seder plate workshop at Fiamma Glass (86 Maple Street) in Waltham on Thursday, March 12 from 7-9:30pm. Add something special to your Seder table this year. Using a variety of colorful glass, create your own unique, fused glass Seder plate. No prior... Read More
  • Wednesday, March 18
    7:00pm – 9:00pm
    Mansfield Holiday Inn, Mansfield map
    • $20.00 Cost
    • $25.00 Cost at the door
    Learn how to make, knead, shape and bake a loaf of challah – a traditional braided bread eaten on the Jewish Shabbat – at Mega Challah Bake on Wednesday, March 18 at 7pm at the Mansfield Holiday Inn (31 Hampshire Street) in Mansfield. In Jewish tradition, baking challah is considered a mitzvah... Read More
  • Thursday, March 19
    7:30pm – 9:00pm
    Temple Beth Sholom, Framingham map
    Learn how to prepare a fun, family friendly Passover seder at Temple Beth Sholom (50 Pamela Road) in Framingham on Thursday, March 19 from 7:30-9pm. Workshop includes songs and activities that can help your Seder become a fun, learning experience for all ages. Kosher wine sampling will be held... Read More
  • Thursday, March 19
    7:30pm – 9:00pm
    Leventhal Sidman JCC, Newton map
    • $22.00 Cost
    • $20.00 JCC member cost
    Best-selling author Jennifer Weiner will discuss her latest novel, All Fall Down, at the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center (333 Nahanton Street) in Newton on Thursday, March 19 at 7:30pm. All Fall Down is the story of a woman’s slide into addiction and struggle to find her way back up... Read More
  • Sunday, March 22
    10:00am – 11:30am
    Chabad Center of Natick, Natick map
    • $20.00 Cost per family
    Celebrate Passover with PJ Library and Jewish Family Network while learning to make Matzah at Chabad Center (159 Boden Lane) in Natick on Sunday, March 22 from 10-11:30am. Dressed in baker's hats, children will experience a fun and educational journey of Matzah making from threshing and winnowing... Read More
  • Sunday, March 22
    1:00pm – 4:00pm
    Leventhal Sidman JCC, Newton map
    A wellness expo with interactive exhibits and demonstrations for children and adults will be held at the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center (333 Nahanton Street) in Newton on Sunday, March 22 from 1-4pm. Co-sponsored by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Beth Israel Deaconess... Read More
  • Sunday, March 22
    3:00pm – 5:00pm
    City Year, Boston map
    • $15.00 Cost per family
    The Jewish Community Center’s Downtown Family Programs and Temple Israel of Boston invite you to celebrate Passover in the City on Sunday, March 22 from 3-5pm at City Year (287 Columbus Avenue) in Boston. Join other Boston families as we travel back in time to ancient Egypt with an interactive... Read More
  • Wednesday, March 25
    7:30pm – 9:00pm
    Temple Sinai, Sharon map
    JCC Interfaith Connections invites you to a Passover Prep workshop at Temple Sinai (25 Canton Street) in Sharon on Wednesday, March 25 from 7:30-9pm. Find ways to celebrate Passover in an enjoyable, meaningful way with your children. Discover the varied traditions of the holiday with a... Read More
  • Sunday, March 29
    10:00am – 11:30am
    Rock On Adventure, Norwood map
    • $10.00 Cost per child
    • $5.00 Walk-ins additional
    Join PJ Library and the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston for a Passover celebration at Rock on Adventure (661 Pleasant Street) Norwood on Sunday, March 29 from 10-11:30am. Climb the pyramid rock wall and zipline across the Red Sea at this active Passover party. We’ll combine traditional... 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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