July 29, 2014 / 2nd of Av, 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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Our Events

  • Wednesday, July 30
    7:00pm – 9:30pm
    Jefferson Cutter House Gallery, Arlington map
    • $35.00 Cost per person
    • $60.00 Cost per couple
    Expectant parents will learn basic information about taking care of their newborn in this early parenting workshop being held at the Jefferson Cutter House Gallery (611 Massachusetts Avenue) in Arlington on Wednesday, July 30 from 7-9:30pm. Topics that this workshop will cover are: basic infant... Read More
  • Monday, August 11 9:00am
    Friday, August 15 4:00pm
    Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center , Newton map
    • $450.00 General Admission
      Children in grades K-6 can develop dribbling, passing, shooting and defensive skills while building self-confidence at a week-long basketball camp at the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center (333 Nahanton Street) in Newton. Led by youth recreation specialist and basketball coach Peter ... Read More
  • Friday, August 15 3:00pm
    Sunday, August 17 1:00pm
    JCC Camp Kingswood, Bridgton map
    • $650.00 General Admission
      Experience a weekend of fun for all ages at JCC Camp Kingswood Family Camp located in Bridgton, Maine from August 15-17. Connect with new and old friends; enjoy a spiritually inclusive family Shabbat experience, and all the camp activities you can handle: campfires, lake swimming and boati... Read More
  • Sunday, August 17 1:00pm
    Wednesday, August 20 4:00pm
    JCC Camp Kingswood, Bridgton map
    • $500.00 General Admission
      Four, fun-filled days at Camp K’tzat provide a taste of camp life for new overnight campers entering grades 1-5. Held at JCC Camp Kingswood located in Bridgton, Maine from August 17-20. Swimming and boating, hikes, art activities, sports, campfires and more will be offered. Coming t... Read More
  • Tuesday, August 19
    6:30pm – 8:00pm
    Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center , Newton map
    • $30.00 Cost per person
    • $50.00 Cost per couple
    • $25.00 JCC member cost per person
    • $40.00 JCC member cost per couple
    Expectant parents and new parents of children ages 0-4 months will discover soothing techniques to calm their crying or fussy baby in this early parenting workshop being held at the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center (333 Nahanton Street) in Newton on Tuesday, August 19 from 6:30-8pm. Based... Read More
  • Monday, August 25 9:00am
    Friday, August 29 12:00pm
    Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center , Newton map
    • $295.00 General Admission
      Young campers (grades K-2) are introduced to tennis and instructed how to play using enlarged equipment at a half-day tennis camp at the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center (333 Nahanton Street) in Newton. This “play to learn” method creates a love for the game and enhance... Read More
  • Monday, August 25 9:00am
    Friday, August 29 4:00pm
    Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center , Newton map
    • $490.00 General Admission
      Baseball, basketball, soccer, flag football, kickball, tennis and capture the flag are the sports that children in grades K-5 can play during a week of multi-sport activities at the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center (333 Nahanton Street) in Newton. The camp will be held June 30-Jul... Read More
  • Sunday, September 14
    10:00am – 12:00pm
    NRT's Sheep Pasture, North Easton map
    • $7.00 Cost per person
    Get the New Year off to a great start with a PJ Library® family day at NRT’s Sheep Pasture (307 Main Street) in North Easton on Sunday, September 14 from 10am-12pm. Gather for a group shofar blast, create holiday-themed crafts, and learn about how nature prepares for the new year. Bring lunch for... Read More
  • Sunday, September 14
    10:00am – 11:30am
    Cochichuate Canoe and Kayak, Natick map
    • $20.00 Cost per family
    • $5.00 Walk-ins additional
    Paddle into the New Year with Jewish Family Network and PJ Library® at Cochituate Canoe and Kayak (25 Commonwealth Road) in Natick on Sunday, September 14 from 10-11:30am. The high holidays are a time to be open to fresh starts, new friends and experiences. Welcome the New Year while canoeing and... 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

Our Blogs

  • 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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  • created at: 2012-09-06

    For the last four years, we’ve been doing something pretty amazing. We’ve sent free Jewish books and music to over 7,500 children throughout the Greater Boston area—that’s over 5,300 families. This is the kind of great reading and listening that’s perfect for a lazy Shabbat afternoon curled up in your PJs. The response has been nothing short of outstanding (if we do say so ourselves).

    PJ Library® is an international Jewish book project created b...

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