Explore Virtual & In-Person Winter Enrichment Classes for families and children of all ages and interests. Art, STEM, dance, chess, music, sports and more for ages 0-12, led by expert instructors, offered 6 days a week.

NEW! Virtual Vacation Week
February 15-19
Great for kids ages 3-8 yrs  |  $50 per family
Registration grants access to the full week of live, interactive activities. Check out the schedule below.

Winter Children's Enrichment Classes

Sundays (In-Person Outdoors, Newton)

Mondays (Virtual)

Tuesdays (Virtual)

Wednesdays (Virtual)

Thursdays (Virtual)

Fridays (Virtual)

Upcoming Events & Family Programs

PJ Library®

A FREE monthly gift of Jewish books and music for kids ages 6 months through 11 years.

Age-appropriate topics include Jewish holidays, folktales, values, and traditions.

Classes & Events for Grown Ups

Explore baking, parent gatherings, mindfulness, fitness and more to support you and your family this winter.

baby crawling

Early Parenting

Classes, events and resources for new parents and caregivers.

More Support for Your Family

J All Day

Get your kids out of the house and into J All Day, an in-person program for remote learning days at the Leventhal-Sidman JCC.

J All Day is for kids grades K-8 and will run from 8am-3pm.
 

Virtual Study Buddies

Remote School Work Support with Experienced Instructors

With live, personal attention through Zoom, Virtual Study Buddies creates routine by guiding and supporting your elementary-age children through asynchronous assignments each week.

Meet Your Expert Instructors

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!

Ellie Cody
Instructor, Tiny House Workshop & Around the World

Ellie is a graduate of Brown University, where she received her degree in the History of Art and Architecture. She was a Group Leader in the JCC's Discovery After School Club and is currently a teacher for the JCC's Virtual Enrichment program, for which she has taught History of Activism, Introductory Spanish, and Tiny House Workshop, and will be teaching more new classes this fall. Ellie has a background as a one-on-one tutor for language arts, writing, history, and ESL, and has experience working with children on the spectrum, with attention challenges, and varying levels of anxiety. Her teaching method is focused on meeting the specific needs of each individual student, and ensuring that the students feel heard and supported.

Emily Hall
Instructor, Music with Emily

Emily loves all things musical 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, she has come full circle and is thrilled to be back - teaching her own mother's early childhood music program that has been around for 45 years! She adds her own musical twists to her mom's music program with you and your children.
 

Shirah Hill-Cohen
JCC Family Programming Coordinator & Instructor, Hebrew

Shirah is a graduate of Skidmore College where she studied Health and Exercise Science. She is a fluent Hebrew speaker and has taught English as a teaching fellow in Israel. She also served as a counselor and Sports Director at a Jewish summer camp in Pennsylvania for many summers.

Joseph Laub
Instructor, Circuit Building

Joe is a space systems engineer working at Draper Laboratory in Cambridge. Joe studied electrical engineering and taught computer classes at the iD Tech camps for several years. He enjoys baking, filmmaking, and paddle boarding with his dog Molly.
 

Julie Middleton
Instructor, Artful Journeys & Crafternoons

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.

Questions? We are happy to help! Email us at childrensclasses@jccgb.org.