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Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston

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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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)

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

Young Adult Social Group - Inclusion and Support Services - ages 18-30 - Fall

LSJCC, Start Date: 09/14/2014, End Date: 12/07/2014, Time: 1:00 PM-5:00 PM

(Ages: 18 - 30 yrs) Social, cultural and recreational activities for young adults with mild/moderate challenges. Includes 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

Metrowest Adult Social Group - Inclusion and Support Services - Ages 25+ yrs - Fall

MetroWest, Start Date: 09/14/2014, End Date: 12/14/2014, Time: 5:00 PM-7:00 PM

(Ages: 25+ yrs) Join other adults with mild special needs for dining, mini-golf, movies and other leisure time activities. The group members decide their own activities with the assistance of advisors. Participants pay for community-based activities. Leaders: Jodi Willard, Charlotte Ruskin

Adult Adapted Aquatics - Inclusion and Support Services - Ages 22+ yrs - Fall

LSJCC, Start Date: 09/15/2014, End Date: 12/15/2014, 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

Wednesday Night Out - Inclusion and Support Services - Ages 18-30 - Fall

BAMSI Day Habilitation, Start Date: 09/17/2014, End Date: 12/17/2014, Time: 6:30 PM-8:30 PM

BAMSI Day Habilitation 521 Washington Street, Stoughton (unless otherwise noted in monthly flyer) 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

Gentle Yoga - Inclusion and Support Services - Ages 25+ - Fall

LSJCC, Start Date: 09/18/2014, End Date: 12/18/2014, Time: 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

(Ages: 25+ yrs) This class is designed for people with Multiple Sclerosis and other physical limitations.  Using the "Body Awareness" approach of Pathways Yoga, a sense of wholeness and balance is created.  Meditation, guided imagery and gentle restorative exercises are used to help relieve pain and anxiety.  The class is designed for partipants to either stay in a chair or go on a mat. This wellness approach optimizes the physical, psychological, and spiritual well-being of the yoga student's life. Scholarship funding is available to those in need. Instructors: Angela Wasson, Mieko Yamamoto

Fitness, Fun and Swim - Inclusion and Support Services - ages 18+ - Fall

LSJCC, Start Date: 09/20/2014, End Date: 12/20/2014, Time: 4:00 PM-5:15 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

Get In Shape - Inclusion and Support Services - Ages 12-16 - Fall

LSJCC, Start Date: 09/21/2014, End Date: 12/21/2014, Time: 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

(Ages: 12-16 yrs) An activity-based exercise program for pre-teens and teens with mild challenges who want to build self-confidence, strength and achieve good health through movement and exercise. Small group orientation allows for individual attention and support. Instructor: Rachael Held

Tikvah Jewish Social Group - Inclusion and Support Services - Ages 31+ yrs - Fall

ELC Brookline, Start Date: 09/21/2014, End Date: 12/14/2014, Time: 12:00 PM-5:00 PM

(Ages: 31+ yrs) Enhance social and community skills and celebrate Jewish holidays with adults with mild/moderate special needs. Activities include visits to museums, parks, the beach and concerts. Meetings are held at the JCC Early Learning Center in Brookline and in the community. Participants pay for outside activities. Leaders: Frank McManus, Rebecca Pearl

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