December 1, 2015 / 19th of Kislev, 5776
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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

  • Wednesday, December 2
    7:00pm – 9:30pm
    Plaza Azteca, Hingham map
    Price TBD
    Registration Closed
    Join other local moms for a well-deserved night out at Plaza Azteca (6 Whiting Street) in Hingham on Wednesday, December 2 from 7-9:30pm. Enjoy an evening with margaritas and a nosh while kvelling about your kids. Pay for what you eat. Register by noon on Monday, November 30 at... Read More
  • Sunday, December 6
    10:00am – 11:30am
    Tumble-N-Twist Gymnastics Center, Stoughton map
    • $20.00 Cost per family
    • $5.00 Walk-ins additional
    Register HereRegistration closes on December 4
    Celebrate the joy and lights of Chanukah at this interactive gymnastics party at Tumble-N-Twist Gymnastics Center (808 West Street) in Stoughton on Sunday, December 6 from 10-11:30am. Enjoy games and activities for little tumblers, dance and sing to some holiday music, create a menorah... Read More
  • Thursday, December 10
    4:30pm – 6:00pm
    Ready, Set, Kids! A Family Enrichment Center, Arlington map
    Celebrate the Maccabees with other families as we light the fifth Chanukah candle together at Ready, Set, Kids! (284 Broadway) in Arlington on Thursday, December 10 from 4:30-6pm. Chanukah is not just about latkes! The custom of cheese for Chanukah stems from the Book of Judith, a celebrated... Read More
  • Saturday, December 12
    10:00am – 11:15am
    Leventhal Sidman JCC, Newton map
    Learn the basics about Parkinson's disease (PD) at a free, educational seminar for Parkinson’s disease patients and their caregivers at the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center (333 Nahanton Street) in Newton. The seminar will be held on Saturday, December 12 from 10-11:15am. Topics include... Read More
  • Sunday, December 13
    10:00am – 1:00pm
    Discovery Museums, Acton map
    • $7.50 Cost per person
    Register HereRegistration closes on December 10
    Join the PJ Library for a road trip to both the Discovery Museum and the Science Discovery Museum (177 Main Street) in Acton on Sunday, December 13 from 10am-1pm. Be inspired through interactive play and hands-on inquiry. Explore a shipwreck, ball ramps, a pretend restaurant, train tracks and... Read More
  • Sunday, December 13
    10:00am – 11:30am
    Energy Fitness and Gymnastics, Natick map
    • $20.00 Cost per family
    • $5.00 Walk-ins additional
    Register HereRegistration closes on December 9
    Back by popular demand! Create your own miracles at a Chanukah celebration at Energy Fitness and Gymnastics (1 HF Brown Way) in Natick on Sunday, December 13 from 10–11:30am. Kids will flip, jump and tumble through holiday-themed gym activities. Traditionally the 8th day of Chanukah is... Read More
  • Sunday, December 13
    11:00am – 1:00pm
    Congregation Sha'aray Shalom, Hingham map
    • $20.00 Cost per family
    • $5.00 Walk-ins additional
    Register HereRegistration closes on December 10
    Bake cookies with other families to bring to a senior living residence as part of a Chanukah mitzvah (good deed) at Congregation Sha’aray Shalom (1112 Main Street) in Hingham on Sunday, December 13 from 11am-1pm. Kids and grownups will pour, mix, and bake together. Ingredients will be provided –... Read More
  • Wednesday, December 16
    7:30pm – 10:00pm
    Kyoto, Mansfield map
    • $22.00 All you can eat
    Register HereRegistration closes on December 15
    Don't miss this post-Chanukah Mom's night out where you can enjoy your favorite sushi rolls and make new connections at Kyoto (252 Chauncey Street) in Mansfield on Wednesday, December 16 from 7:30-10pm. All you can eat is $22 per person (but ordering off the general menu is permitted, too).... Read More
  • Tuesday, January 5 2:00pm
    Tuesday, February 16 3:00pm
    Leventhal Sidman JCC, Newton map
    • $70.00 Cost
    Exercise and movement classes and a support group for people with Parkinson’s and their care partners are now available at the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center (333 Nahanton Street) in Newton. The JCC and the Movement Disorder Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center are partnering... Read More
  • Thursday, January 21 7:00pm
    Thursday, March 3 8:00pm
    Leventhal Sidman JCC, Newton map
    • $126.00 Cost
    • $108.00 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 in a six-week class at the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center (333 Nahanton Street) in Newton on Thursdays,... 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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