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Classes and Programs

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Special Needs Classes

Newton area, South area, Brookline and Metrowest, Throughout the year

Individuals with special needs are encouraged to participate in any mainstream or Inclusion and Support service offered by the JCC. Placement in appropriate classes is determined by the JCC Inclusion and Support Service staff. If you are signing up for a class for the first time, register by calling 617-558-6507/6508. If you have participated in previous special needs classes, please register online at www.bostonjcc.org/register.

The JCC offers financial assistance to those who qualify. If you are in need of financial assistance or a payment plan, or have questions regarding payment for registration, contact inclusion@jccgb.org. For more information regarding membership, registration, fee adjustment or special accommodations (e.g., locating an interpreter, accessibility, etc.) contact inclusion@jccgb.org or 617-558-6507/6508.

The following is a list of all JCC classes for participants with special needs. All classes take place in Newton except where indicated. Please contact inclusion@jccgb.org or 617-558-6508 for dates, times and fees.

Special needs classes for children and teens:

Fun and Games (South Area)
Adapted Aquatics(Newton and South Area)
Mini Sports
Music Stars
Get In Shape
Just Dance
Teen Activity Group

Special needs classes for adults:
Adult Adapted Aquatics
Fitness, Fun and Swim
Gentle Yoga
Saturday Night Out
Tikvah (Brookline)
Young Adult Social Group
Adult Social Group (Newton, Metrowest)
Adult Activity Group (Metrowest and South Area)
Wednesday Night Out (South Area)
Mass Self Advocates (Brookline)
Friends Drop-in (Brookline)

Adapted Aquatics - Leventhal-Sidman JCC

Leventhal-Sidman JCC, Mondays, June 23 - August 11, 1-6pm/by appt. Tuesdays, June 24 - August 12, 1-6pm/by appt. Thursdays, June 26 - August 14, 1-6pm/by appt. Saturdays, July 12 - August 16, 8:30am-12pm/by appt.

Weekly swimming classes adapted for children and teens with developmental, neurological, physical and emotional challenges. Half-hour lessons grouped by skill levels. Taught by a certified Adapted Aquatics instructor. Lessons scheduled in coordination with the instructor.  Registration is not available online. For all programs, please contact Janis Robbins at 617-558-6507 or email jrobbins@jccgb.org. Enrollment is limited. All classes by appointment.

Adapted Aquatics - Striar Old Colony YMCA

Striar Old Colony YMCA, Fridays, June 27- August 15, 3-7:30pm/by appt.

Weekly swimming classes adapted for children and teens with developmental, neurological, physical and emotional challenges. Half-hour lessons grouped by skill levels. Taught by a certified Adapted Aquatics instructor. Lessons scheduled in coordination with the instructor.  Registration is not available online. For all programs, please contact Janis Robbins at 617-558-6507 or email jrobbins@jccgb.org. Enrollment is limited. All classes are by appointment.

Adapted Aquatics - Striar Old Colony YMCA

Striar Old Colony YMCA, Saturdays, June 28 - August 16, 10-5pm/by appt. Sundays, June 29 - August 17, 10-5pm/by appt.

Weekly swimming classes adapted for children and teens with developmental, neurological, physical and emotional challenges. Half-hour lessons grouped by skill levels. Taught by a certified Adapted Aquatics instructor. Lessons scheduled in coordination with the instructor.  Registration is not available online. For all programs, please contact Janis Robbins at 617-558-6507 or email jrobbins@jccgb.org. Enrollment is limited. All classes are by appointment.

Explorations: Adult Learning and Enrichment

Temple Beth Avodah, Six Thursdays (10am-12:30pm): July 10, 17, 24, 31, August 7, 14

Explore new interests. Develop greater understanding of current events. Join other active learners in the JCC's six-week Explorations: Adult Learning and Enrichment series. Held on Thursdays from 10am-12:30pm beginning July 10. At Temple Beth Avodah, 45 Puddingstone Lane, Newton Center.

Session 1 (10-11am): Choose one
- Becoming America 1776-1800. Discuss the events, personalities and Parliamentary decrees that led to the drafting of the Declaration of Independence. With professor Gary Hylander
- Chair Yoga. A gentle form of yoga that is practiced sitting in a chair or standing using a chair for support. Provides relief for people with hypertension, arthritis, chronic pain, etc. With certified massage therapist and trainer Michelle Newman.

Session 2 (11:30am-12:30pm): Choose one
- Jewish potpourri. Six classes dedicated to learning about Jewish contributions in the fields of music, art, and history. Topics include the Poetry of Israel, a look at Israel's Declaration of Independence, Hava Nagila (The Movie), Judaica on display at the MFA and more.
- Current events. With teacher/writer Lois Sockol.

Full details listed in Summer Senior Adult newsletter >>

To register, contact 617-558-6439 or seniors@jccgb.org.

Adult Activity Group - Special Needs (adults) - Summer

BAMSI Day Habilitation, 7/14/2014 6:30:00 PM - 8:30:00 PM

BAMSI Day Habilitation 521 Washington Street, Stoughton A monthly social group for adults with developmental challenges, offering opportunities for a variety of leisure-time activities such as craft projects, games, cooking, as well as trips to local shopping centers and restaurants. Participants pay for outside activities. Leaders: Maryellen McNally, Erin Donahue

Fitness, Fun and Swim - Special Needs ages 18+ - Summer

LSJCC, Start Date: 07/26/2014, End Date: 08/16/2014, Time: 3:00 PM-4:15 PM

(Ages: 18+ yrs) For young adults with different learning styles. Class combines 30 minutes of stretching, weights, cardio and Tai Chi along with 30 minutes of Aqua Zumba in the pool. Instructor: Justin Falxa

Beginning Tennis - Adults - Summer

LSJCC, Start Date: 07/29/2014, End Date: 08/26/2014, Time: 9:30 AM-10:30 AM

Beginning Tennis Learn the basics, including proper grip and stroke mechanics, body rotations, and footwork. Participants will work to sustain rallies. Get a good workout and have fun. Doug Maynard

Intermediate Tennis - Adults - Summer

LSJCC, Start Date: 07/30/2014, End Date: 08/27/2014, Time: 9:30 AM-10:30 AM

Drills will be targeted for stroke consistency, technique, directional control, depth and dependability. Players will work to sustain rallies, improve net play, develop better touch, and understand court coverage. Doubles play and strategy will also be covered. These sessions will involve some cardio and lots of fun. Doug Maynard

Wednesday Night Out - Special Needs Ages 18-30 Summer

BAMSI Day Habilitation, Start Date: 07/30/2014, End Date: 08/20/2014, Time: 6:30 PM-8:30 PM

BAMSI Day Habilitation 521 Washington Street, Stoughton (unless otherwise noted in monthly flyer) (Ages: 18-30 yrs) A monthly social group for young adults with developmental challenges. This group offers a variety of leisure-time activities while working on skills of everyday living. Participants pay for outside activities. Meets one Wednesday evening per month. Leaders: Maryellen McNally, Erin Donahue

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