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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.

JCC Day at Grossman

JCC Camp Grossman, Sunday, August 10, 2014 1-4pm

Geared for families with children
Spend the afternoon at camp with your family! Enjoy a range of activities including: waterfront (beach, swimming, boating, water trampoline, water slide, fishing and more), sports (newcomb, gaga, basketball, street hockey, capture the flag and more), arts and crafts and the rock climbing wall. GPS address: 294 Powissett Street, Dover. No raindate. Check bostonjcc.org/grossmanjccday after 11am on the day of the event for an update. All JCC arts and humanities offerings are programs of the Ryna Greenbaum JCC Center for the Arts. For more information, contact grossman@jccgb.org or 617-244-5124.

Young Author's Club - Grades 3-6 - Fall

LSJCC, Start Date: 09/14/2014, End Date: 11/16/2014, Time: 2:30 PM-4:00 PM

(Grades: 3-6) Do you enjoy making up stories? The Young Author’s Club is a place for kids to have fun exploring the craft of writing. Under the guidance of an award winning published children’s author, children will learn new skills and techniques and share work with fellow writers. Instructor: Jane Kohuth

Video Game Design - Grades 6-8 - Fall

LSJCC, Start Date: 09/14/2014, End Date: 11/16/2014, Time: 3:15 PM-4:15 PM

(Grades: 6-8) Students work with self-paced tutorials and knowledgeable instructors to master programming and make their own games. Once games are complete, students learn the art of game customization or construct new games and learn different methods of game creation. Experienced programmers can work with scripted coding, or try 3D game-making. Instructor: Empow Learning staff

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

Teen Activity Group - Inclusion & Support Services - Ages 12-16 yrs - Fall

LSJCC, Start Date: 09/28/2014, End Date: 12/14/2014, Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM

(Ages: 12-16 yrs) An activity group designed to help teens enhance and practice social skills while creating greater independence in the community. Activities might include dining out, bowling, miniature golf, crafts, and community services events. Participants pay for outside activities. Leader: Megan Ribak, Jenna Tamburello