September 16, 2014 / 21st of Elul, 5774
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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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  • Tuesday, September 16 9:30am
    Tuesday, November 25 1:30pm
    Leventhal Sidman JCC, Newton map
    • $445.00 Cost
    • $330.00 JCC member cost
    Explore the process of creating monotypes in a ten-week printing class on Tuesdays, September 16-November 25 from 9:30am-1:30pm at the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center (333 Nahanton Street) in Newton. Students will use a variety of processes including direct painting, viscosity, direct... Read More
  • Tuesday, September 16 9:45am
    Tuesday, November 4 10:30am
    Temple Israel, Natick map
    • $160.00 Cost per session
    Popular children’s entertainer Stacey Peasley combines her love of young children with her musical talents in an eight week class held at Temple Israel (145 Hartford Street) in Natick on Tuesdays, September 16 through November 4 from 9:45-10:30am. Using instruments and props, kids will move to... Read More
  • Tuesday, September 16 11:00am
    Tuesday, October 28 12:00pm
    Leventhal-Sidman JCC, Newton map
    • $145.00 Cost
    • $125.00 JCC member cost
    The Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center (333 Nahanton Street) in Newton will offer a seven-week Dance Choreography group fitness class on Tuesdays, September 16-October 28 from 11am-12pm. Participants will learn dance technique in sections until a dance routine is completed. Movements will... Read More
  • Wednesday, September 17
    10:00am – 3:00pm
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    FREE
    Senior adults are invited to attend a free sampling of the Jewish Community Center’s Wednesday Program at the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center (333 Nahanton Street) in Newton on Wednesday, September 17 from 10am-3pm. The open house will include a Jewish New Year talk with Rabbi Mark... Read More
  • Thursday, September 18 9:30am
    Thursday, December 18 12:30pm
    Leventhal Sidman JCC, Newton map
    • $380.00 Cost
    • $300.00 JCC member cost
    Develop your own unique painting style in a 10-week watercolor painting class at the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center (333 Nahanton Street) in Newton. Class will be held on Thursdays, September 18-December 18 from 9:30am-12:30pm. Using a paint-along method of teaching, students will... Read More
  • Thursday, September 18 7:30pm
    Thursday, December 18 8:30pm
    Leventhal Sidman JCC, Newton map
    • $270.00 Cost
    • $220.00 JCC member cost
    Krav Maga ('contact combat' in Hebrew) is a system of self-defense taught by the Israeli Defense Forces but adapted for a civilian setting. Learn effective self-defense techniques by instructors from Krav Maga Yashir Boston. Ten-week class takes place on Thursdays from 7:30-8:30pm at the... Read More
  • Friday, September 19 9:30am
    Friday, December 19 10:00am
    Leventhal-Sidman JCC, Newton map
    • $145.00 Cost
    • $115.00 JCC member cost
    The Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center (333 Nahanton Street) in Newton will offer a nine-week Tai Chi class on Fridays, September 19-December 19 from 9:30-10am. Tai Chi is a relaxing yet invigorating series of movements appropriate for all ages and fitness levels. The class is designed to... Read More
  • Monday, September 22 4:30pm
    Monday, December 15 5:30pm
    Leventhal Sidman JCC, Newton map
    • $350.00 Cost
    • $290.00 JCC member cost
    Children ages 6-8 years will learn to rock climb in a 12-week class on Mondays, September 22–December 15 from 4:30-5:30pm at the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center (333 Nahanton Street) in Newton. Students will learn how to put on a harness, tie knots, and become comfortable on the JCC’s... Read More
  • Tuesday, September 23 1:30pm
    Tuesday, December 16 2:15pm
    Leventhal Sidman JCC, Newton map
    • $250.00 Cost
    • $205.00 JCC member cost
    Children ages 4-6 will develop basic skills in a variety of sports and games while learning teamwork and making friends in a 12-week class at the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center (333 Nahanton Street) in Newton. Led by instructor Pete Sylvester, the class will be held on Tuesdays,... Read More
  • Tuesday, September 23 5:00pm
    Tuesday, December 16 5:45pm
    Leventhal Sidman JCC, Newton map
    • $290.00 Cost
    • $240.00 JCC member cost
    Children ages 4-6 years will learn basic Taekwondo skills in a 12-week martial arts class on Tuesdays, September 23–December 16 from 5-5:45pm at the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center (333 Nahanton Street) in Newton. Students will work to improve coordination, confidence and self-esteem in... 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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