With our wide array of enrichment programming, children can engage in new adventures and learn new skills with high quality, unique classes taught by experienced instructors and coaches. We offer sports, cooking, art, technology, and much more.

Not sure what class is right for your child? We are happy to help! Email us at childrensclasses@jccgb.org or call 617.558.6443.
 

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Dance & Performing Arts

Dance & Performing Arts

Young performers have fun learning the basics of ballet, hip hop and theater arts.

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Sports

Sports

Children learn the fundamentals of soccer, basketball, baseball, tennis and more!

Youth Tech

Science & Technology

Science & Technology

Kids of all learning styles develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills through hands-on learning.

Visual Arts

Visual Arts

Art classes inspire young children’s imaginations and help them develop their creative potential.

Chess

Chess

Classes and events, taught by a former US Chess Champion, for preschoolers, kids and families!

Cooking

Cooking

Get cooking and taste recipes from around the world with our professional chef.

Outdoor Exploration

Outdoor Exploration

Get out and explore with nature classes, farming workshops, and more outdoor adventures for kids.

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Gymnastics

Gymnastics

Children learn the fundamentals of gymnastics.

Music Classes

Music Classes

Interactive music classes for children of all ages to enjoy.

Family Fitness

Family Fitness

Get fit with your little one with classes like Stroller Fit, Parent & Me Bootcamps, Yoga, Pilates and more!

Discovery Club

Discovery Club

Kids learn about Jewish life and culture while exploring their personal interests.

Baby and Toddler Classes

Baby and Toddler Classes

Play and bond with your little one 6 months-3 years in fun-filled, facilitated child development classes.

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Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy

Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy

Acclaimed Lenny Krayzelburg swim program starts as young as 3 months.

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Classes for Children/Teens with Special Needs

Classes for Children/Teens with Special Needs

Adapted aquatics, personal training, soccer/sports classes and social groups are geared for kids and teens with disabilities.

Meet Our Expert Instructors

Devon Barker
Instructor, Science & Technology

Devon was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado where he filled his time with a mix of backpacking and robotics. With a degree in education, he taught technology and math before moving to Massachusetts to work for Temple Beth Elohim as a Youth Engagement Specialist. He looks forward to exploring the world through a scientific lens with children ages 4-10!

Diane Benson
Instructor, Science & Engineering

Diane has her Undergraduate and Graduate Degree from the University of Massachusetts School of Education in Amherst, MA.  She has been teaching children ages 3-10 science, engineering, art, and baking in many different locations in Massachusetts for over 25 years!  She has enjoyed teaching preschool enrichment programs with the JCC for 15 years! Diane is looking forward to another great year of teaching young children in a fun, exciting and creative way with hands-on/take-home activities.

Sharon Ellen Burtman
Instructor, Chess

Sharon is the 1995 United States Women’s Chess Champion.  Sharon attended Rhode Island College on a full chess and academic scholarship.  She also competed in two Women's World Chess Championships.  Sharon has over 30 years teaching experience, and was the keynote speaker at the Massachusetts Chess Association Education Expo in 2014 and 2015. She also performs an annual (multi-station) exhibition at the Boston Museum of Science. Sharon is looking forward to continuing her classes this season!

Nina Cabral
Instructor, Dance

Nina started dancing ballet at the age of thirteen. The summer of her sophomore year Nina moved on to intensives with the International Ballet Academy in Rowley NC, and later to Bolshoi and ABT in NYC. In her senior year of high school, Nina trained at the Gelsey Kirkland Academy Of Classical Ballet in the heart of NYC. After NYC Nina moved home to NH, and danced the lead in Edra Toth’s production of Dracula, with dance partnering with former soloist at Lumiere Ballet, John Ling. Nina graduated with an associates in Dance from Northern Essex Community College before transferring to The Boston Conservatory At Berklee to continue her training. Nina is incredibly excited to be teaching dance at the JCC and is looking forward to continuing her journey!

Coding with Kids
Little Coders & Game Development

For over 6 years, Coding with Kids' mission has been to bring great coding programs to as many children as possible. Coding with Kids’ curriculum is designed to grow with their students. The coder’s ladder, similar to the martial arts belt system, defines computer programming skills from beginner to advanced levels. With each step up the ladder, students gain proficiency in specific programming skills and add new, more complex projects to their portfolio. Levels are taught in age and experience appropriate development environments, from scratch to professional programming languages, such as Python or Java. Coding with Kids is excited to begin teaching at the JCC!

Ann V. Beach, Executive Director, Finding One's Voice
Instructor, Photography & Artistic Expression

Ann is the founder and executive director of Finding One's Voice - an organization which provides educational and expressive art experiences for children. She began her professional career practicing law, then entered the not-for-profit field where she last worked for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute as the Director of the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. In addition to serving on many not-for-profit boards in various capacities, she is a past member of the board of trustees for the Emma Willard School in Troy, NY. Ann graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Art History. She received an M.B.A. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a J.D. cum laude from Syracuse University College of Law.

Emma Davidson, Program Director, Finding One's Voice
Instructor, Photography & Artistic Expression

Emma has extensive experience as a visual and teaching artist. She earned her B.F.A. in fibers and printmaking from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). After graduation, she accepted a position with Touchstone Center for Crafts, first as a studio resident assistant and then as the operations coordinator. It was there that Emma discovered her interest in teaching, leading her to earn her teaching artist certificate through Gateway to the Arts. She has since worked and taught for various organizations in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Juneau, Alaska; and Boston, Massachusetts. Her artwork has been exhibited in Hong Kong, Alaska, California, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Massachusetts, and can be found in SCAD’s permanent collection.

Gal Fridman-Reshef
Instructor, Little Chefs

Gal moved to Massachusetts 6 years ago with an Israeli Law degree and extensive experience teaching cooking and baking classes. She has been teaching culinary classes for adults and kids of all ages in the greater Boston area for over 5 years. Gal is looking forward to a great year of teaching young children in a fun, exciting and creative way, making hands-on/take-home delicious treats!
 

Emily Hall
Instructor, Music with Emily: Once Upon A Song

Emily loves all things musical, especially her two-year-old son, Sawyer, six-year-old son, Thomas, and the children she teaches and entertains through her interactive concerts, DVD’s, CD’s, internet videos and classes at her family-owned business. Emily began her career at age 4 performing in her family band, The Hall Family or The Hallabaloos. Later, she performed leading roles at regional theaters across the country, culminating in appearances at City Center, NYC and on Broadway. Having studied voice at Boston Conservatory of Music here in Boston, she has come full circle and is thrilled to be back in MA - teaching her own mother's early childhood music program that has been around for 45 years! She can't wait to add her own musical twists to her mom's music program with you and your children.

HERO Kids Sports
Instructors

HERO Kids Sports offers specialized sports instruction utilizing biometric exercises that will promote the development of gross and fine motor skills, coordination, balance and spatial awareness. Kids are taught sports fundamentals, sportsmanship, and the values of teamwork as well as the importance of nutrition and empowering healthy lifestyle choices. The goal is to help children form positive habits that they will carry with them throughout their lives.

Melissa Lee
Instructor, Chef Jr

Melissa graduated with honors from the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts and then went on to work with Chef Joanne Chang at Flour Bakery, a well-known, high-end Boston-area bakery as well as many other local renowned restaurants.  She currently teaches at Cambridge School of Culinary Arts and has mentored many aspiring cooks. Melissa is the chef and owner of Cooking Beautiful Lee, a service that provides private in-home cooking lessons for avid cooks in the Boston area. She is a lifestyle blogger who believes food can nourish both your mind and body. Her mission is to teach others how to make food from scratch, so they can cook with their own families and friends and create memories. Melissa is looking forward to the opportunity to share her passion for cooking with the next generation of Junior Chefs!
 

Olivia Link
Instructor, Dance

A native Bostonian, Olivia Link began her dance training in high school at the Boston Arts Academy, where she established her passion for dance; having opportunities to perform on mainstage venues such as the Shubert Theater and even travel to Cape Town, South Africa. She continued her pursuit of dance at George Mason University’s School of Dance. Olivia also earned a minor in kinesiology and her academic research has been published in Mason’s undergraduate research journal, the GMU Review (2019) and also presented at the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science's annual conference. Olivia is very passionate about choreography. She received Mason School of Dance’s Excellence in Choreography award upon graduation and was selected to present at the Mid Atlantic South Regional Conference of American College Dance Association. Olivia accredits her explorative creative methods to working extensively with world-renowned Batsheva Dance Company. Currently, Olivia teaches dance professionally with Boston-based Urbanity Dance and is looking forward to being able to teach at the JCC as well!  

Rusty Lodi
Instructor, Sports

Rusty is a beloved JCC Greater Boston coach for multiple sports including basketball, tennis, floor hockey, baseball, t-ball and more. He previously coached tennis at Gann Academy, and now runs the JCC Early Learning Center gym program and coaches Birthday Parties. Rusty also offers clinics and private lessons in basketball for elementary age kids and tennis lessons for preschool age children.
 

Julie Middleton
Instructor, Artful Journeys

As an undergraduate Julie studied both Art History and English Literature at Ithaca College.  After receiving her degree, Julie furthered her education at Tufts University, earning a Certificate of Museum Studies with a concentration in Museum Education.  Julie went on to work in the Education Departments of both the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston where she created and implemented programs and public tours that helped visitors of all ages look at, think about, and discuss art. Julie is the mother of two children and is always working to find fun, new, and creative ways to introduce art and art history into their lives and believes it is never to early to start learning to look at and discuss art. She uses her enthusiasm and experiences to run Artful Playdates, an art appreciation program for kids ages 4 and up.

Super Soccer Stars
Instructors

Super Soccer Stars offers unique programs for kids that teach soccer skills in a fun, non-competitive, educational environment. Their philosophy is to use soccer to nurture, to build self-confidence, and to develop teamwork in every class.

Not sure what class is right for your child? We are happy to help! Email us at childrensclasses@jccgb.org or call 617.558.6483.