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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)

PJ Library Bagels and Books Drop-in Group

Geared for children ages 0-4 years with adult

Temple Sinai, Starts September 3 -ongoing through April 2015 (except school vacation weeks and holidays) Wednesdays (9:30-11am)

Geared for children ages 0-4 years with adult
Treat yourself and your child to a fun, weekly activity in a welcoming and relaxed environment. Grab a bagel, hear a story and meet other parents while your children socialize and have fun.  All JCC arts and humanities offerings are programs of the Ryna Greenbaum JCC Center for the Arts. 

For more information, contact south@jccgb.org or 781-795-0510.

JCC New Mom’s Meetup

Congregation Sha’aray Shalom , Wednesdays, September 3, 2014 - May 27, 2015 (9:30-10:30am)

For adults with infants (babies welcome)
Do you have a new baby? Would you like to meet other moms and get some support to manage the changes in your life? Come with your infant to share experiences and hear about area resources. In collaboration with Jewish Family and Children’s Service.

Meet-up will take place on Wednesdays (9:30-10:30am) starting September 3, except for school vacation weeks and holidays

For more informataion, contact south1@jccgb.org or 781-795-0510. To learn more about the JCCs Early Parenting programs, visit bostonjcc.org/earlyparenting. To learm more about other programs in the South, visit bostonjcc.org/south

PJ Books and Blocks Drop-in

Geared for children ages 0-5 years with adult

Now in 3 locations, Ongoing Mondays (9:30am), Thursdays (10am), and Fridays (10am)

Geared for children ages 0-5 years with adult
Join JFN every Monday, Thursday, and Friday morning for our FREE Playtime Meet-up. Kids can play in a safe, stimulating environment while adults socialize and relax with new friends and old. A light snack and drink will be provided for the kids. Choose one or come to all. 

JCC Early Learning Center, Wayland at Temple Shir Tikva
141 Boston Post Road (Route 20), Wayland
Mondays (9:30am)
Contact: vsalesgeary@jfsmw.org
The Children’s Room at Jewish Family Services
475 Franklin Street, Framingham
Thursdays (10am)
Contact: nweiss@jfsmw.org

Medway Library Cole Room
26 High Street, Medway
Fridays (10am)
Contact: ddoucettekaplan@jfsmw.org

All JCC arts and humanities offerings are programs of the Ryna Greenbaum JCC Center for the Arts. 

For more information, contact: metrowest@jccgb.org or 508-879-3300.

L'Chaim (To Life) Fun, Fitness and Community - Inclusion and Support Services - Ages 31+ - Fall

LSJCC, Start Date: 09/09/2014, End Date: 12/16/2014, Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

(Ages: 31+ yrs) Socialize, dine out, work out in the gym, see a show! A group for adults with mild special needs. Group members decide their own leisure-time activities with the assistance of an advisor. Particpants pay for outside activities. Instructor: Trudy Bauer

Getting To Know You

For Moms and babies ages 3-6 months

Ready, Set, Kids! A Family Enrichment Center, Thursdays, September 11-November 6 (10-11:30am)

Designed for moms and babies ages 3-6 months
Continue to share the journey of motherhood with your growing, giggly, wiggly baby! Now that your baby is more alert and interactive, come experience new ways to engage and interact with them through songs, parachute play and other developmentally appropriate activities and toys. Led by a former Isis Parenting instructor, this class will also cover topics such as getting out and about with baby, feeding the family, safety and baby proofing, sleep, health and wellness. You will have the opportunity to learn more about your baby and how they are growing and developing while still receiving the support and friendship with other moms. Moms who have not participated in New Arrivals are welcome and encouraged to attend. 

Led by Liz Katzman - Liz has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work and has worked in all types of settings with families and young children. Liz taught classes at Isis Parenting and led mom’s groups for Jewish Family and Children’s Services for the last six years. She also works as a NICU social worker at a local hospital. Liz has two elementary school age boys who teach her something new every day about being a mom!

* Class does not meet September 25, October 9 and 16.
For more information, contact metronorth@jccgb.org or 617-841-8009. For information on all JCC Early Parenting offerings, visit bostonjcc.org/earlyparenting.

Master’s Swim - 2014-2015

LSJCC, Start Date: 09/14/2014, End Date: 06/14/2015, Time: 7:15 AM-8:15 AM

(Ages: 19+ yrs) For adults who have an interest in improving or continuing to keep their competitive edge. Training includes a variety of drills to perfect stroke technique and challenging speed sets.

Men's Basketball League Over 40 "B" League - Fall

LSJCC, Start Date: 09/14/2014, End Date: 12/17/2014, Time: 7:30 AM-9:30 PM

Sundays and Wednesdays

Preschool T-Ball - Ages 3-4 - Fall

LSJCC, Start Date: 09/14/2014, End Date: 12/14/2014, Time: 11:00 AM-11:45 AM

(Ages: 3-4 yrs) An introduction to the sport of baseball. Children will work on hitting, fielding, base running and sportsmanship. Children will learn all the basic rules and fundamentals of the sport. Will be held outside weather permitting. Peter Sylvester

Writing Picture Books - Adults - Fall

LSJCC, Start Date: 09/14/2014, End Date: 11/23/2014, Time: 11:00 AM-1:00 PM

Explore and discuss the distinctive qualities of picture books and writing for this genre! This class includes instruction on creating characters, point of view, and beginnings and endings. In-class workshops will be aimed to help improve voice and structure. Instructor: Julie Bliven

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