The JCC is a community partner in enhancing the social, emotional and physical developmental needs of, and facilitating a sense of empowerment and independence in, children, teens and adults with physical, developmental, neurological, learning and mental health challenges.
For more information about JCC special needs programs and services, contact the JCC Inclusion and Support Services team at 617-558-6508.
Classes and Programs
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Newton area, South area, Brookline and Metrowest,
Throughout the year
Individuals with special needs are encouraged to participate in all classes offered by the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston. 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 registration, membership, fee adjustment or special accommodations (e.g., locating an interpreter, accessibility, etc.), contact firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 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)
Get In Shape for Preteens and Teens
Just Dance for Girls (teens)
Teen Activity Group
Special needs classes for adults:
Adult Adapted Aquatics
Fitness, Fun and Swim
L'Chaim (To Life) Fun, Fitness and Community
Saturday Night Out
Tikvah Jewish Social Group (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)
Safety and Self-Advocacy Class for adults ages 18+
Thursdays, October 23 – December 18 (6:30-8pm)
This class teaches personal safety and assertive communication skills to adults with a wide range of disabilities. Learn how to assert and protect yourself in unsafe and uncomfortable situations that involve both strangers and people you know. All self-defense concepts and skills are taught using hands-on, concrete scenarios. The instructors can teach physical self-protection skills to students with a wide range of mobility and communication styles.
To learn more and to register, contact 617-558-6508 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Generously underwritten by the Kalman and Ellen Heller Inclusion Fund.
Sunday, November 30, 2014
For summer 2014 Kingswood campers
Save the date for Kingswood reunion. Reunite with camp friends. Reminisce about past summers. Look forward to summer 2015. For more information, visit kingswood.org or contact email@example.com or 617-558-6531.
Last chance to take advantage of early bird pricing
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Geared for families with children entering grades 3-11 in the fall of 2015
Learn how Kingswood, the JCC overnight camp located in Southern Maine, is a place to be active, a place to make life-long friends and a place to build Jewish identity. Last chance to take advantage of early bird pricing (discounted pricing ends on December 14). For more information, visit kingswood.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-558-6531.
Start Date: 01/05/2015, End Date: 03/23/2015, Time: 10:30 AM-11:45 AM
(Ages: 22+ yrs)
Weekly swimming class adapted to the needs of adults with physical challenges. Taught by a certified Aquatics instructor, the class offers exercise and socialization to swimmers and non-swimmers in an accessible and supportive environment.
Instructor: Lucinda Parker
Start Date: 01/06/2015, End Date: 03/18/2015, 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 learning differences. Group members decide their own leisure-time activities with the assistance of an advisor. Particpants pay for outside activities.
Instructor: Trudy Bauer
Start Date: 01/11/2015, End Date: 03/01/2015, Time: 1:00 PM-5:00 PM
(Ages: 18 - 30 yrs)
Social, cultural and recreational activities for young adults with mild/moderate learning differences, including a variety of leisure-time activities taking place within and outside the JCC; chosen by the group members with assistance from their advisors. Participants pay for outside activities.
Instructors: Breanna Robinson, Liz Niedzwiecki
Start Date: 01/11/2015, End Date: 03/15/2015, Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
(Ages: 12-16 yrs)
An activity group designed to help teens enhance and practice social skills while encouraging greater independence in the community. Activities might include dining out, bowling, craft and community services events. Participants pay for outside activities.
Leader: Megan Ribak, Jenna Tamburello
Sunday, January 11, 2015
Geared for families with children ages 4 1/2 to 15
Learn why JCC Grossman Camp is a place to be active, a place to make friends and a place for building skills and community. Bus transportation from many areas throughout Greater Boston. Take advantage of early bird pricing as well as a special discount for registering at the camp fair. For more information, visit bostonjcc.org/grossman or contact email@example.com or 617-244-5124.
Start Date: 01/11/2015, End Date: 03/08/2015, Time: 4:00 PM-6:00 PM
(Ages: 25+ yrs)
A group for adults with moderate learning differences, offering a variety of activities designed to enhance social skills and independence within the community. Going out to dinner, bowling, art projects and baking are just a few of the activities the group will enjoy together. Participants pay for outside activities.
Leaders: Cindy Campbell, Charlotte Ruskin.