Jewish learning adventures for kids in grades K-3 with transportation from local schools. Register for the 2019-2020 school year today! Contact us at or 617-558-6481.

I am so excited for this convenient program that allows my son to choose different workshops, experience Jewish content and be active after school.

Newton Parent

Discovery After School Club

Discovery Club provides after school programming with workshop choices ranging from sports and swimming to farming and technology to crafting and cooking, as well as community service projects, Jewish holiday celebrations and much more.

  • Offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and/or Thursdays
  • For kids in grades K-3
  • Safe, reliable transportation from Brookline, Needham and Newton elementary schools
  • Early release day options
  • Flexible end-of-day pick up times
  • Choose your own activities
  • Integrated Jewish content
  • Stay connected with preschool and camp friends

Enjoy all of the amazing facilities JCC Greater Boston has to offer: Indoor pool, basketball courts, newly renovated indoor and outdoor play spaces, state-of-the-art fitness center and the Winn Family & Wellness Center.


September 3, 2019 to June 18, 2020
Brookline, Needham and Newton
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and/or Thursdays

  • 2:30/2:45/3-6pm: $1,540 

Newton Tuesdays

  • 12:30-4:30pm: $1,795
  • 12:30-6pm: $2,825


  • 1 Day: $475
  • 2 Days: $925
  • 3 Days: $1,350

Pricing is per day for the full school year. Transportation pick up times are based on the specific dismissal of each elementary school.

Add on Early Release Days

  • Brookline Wednesdays (4): $130 Total
  • Needham Wednesdays (13): $420 Total
  • Newton Wednesdays (4): $130 Total
  • Brookline Thursdays (4): $130 Total
  • Newton Thursdays (4): $130 Total

Discounts available for multiple days, members, siblings, and Early Bird registration by May 1.


Choose your own activities

  • Art 
  • Basketball
  • Chess
  • Cooking
  • Farming
  • Hebrew
  • Music
  • Nature Exploration
  • Robotics
  • Science
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Yoga
  • . ..and more!

How does it work?

Throughout the year, kids rotate in small, age-appropriate groups through a variety of 8-12 week workshops taught by experts who love what they do and help kids make Jewish connections.

Children will be greeted at the JCC in Newton and escorted to supervised free play, lunch and snack in our beautiful outdoor pavilion on nice days, and in our brand new indoor spaces during the colder months.

We will gather together for group activities centered on the core values of Discovery Club including community service projects, holiday celebrations, crafts, music and more!

You and your child will have the opportunity to select the workshops you are interested in participating in throughout the year in any of our four focus areas – Nature, Technology, Culture and Movement.

2019-2020 Discovery Club School Calendar

Sample Daily Schedule

12:30-1:45pmMid-day arrivals, lunch, indoor/outdoor free play
1:45-2pmGroup activities
2-3pmWorkshops (i.e. Sports, Art, Science)
3-3:45pmAfternoon arrivals, snack, indoor/outdoor free play
3:45-4pmGroup activities, departures
4-5pmWorkshops (i.e. Swim, Drama, Robotics)
5-5:15pmGroup activities
5:15-6pmFree play, departures

Meet Some of Our Expert Instructors

Gary Alpert
Discovery Club Director & Youth Program Specialist

Gary founded and then led the after school program at Jewish Community Day School for 14 years. Most recently, he was Director of the Ambassadors for Inclusion program for Gateways, and, in addition to freelance work as a disability consultant, has served on the board of Understanding Our Differences, including a three-year term as co-President. Gary lives in Newton with his two children and their giant dog Leroy. In his spare time, Gary is a professional photographer covering live music events.

Shirah Hill-Cohen
Program Coordinator & Group Leader

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.

Emmie Rosenberg
Group Leader

Emmie has worked with Discovery Club as a Program Coordinator, and now as an instructor (also known as a Group Leader). She is currently working towards her Masters degree in Jewish and Special Education at Hebrew College. In her spare time, Emmie coaches and rows crew.

Devon Barker
Instructor, Science & Technology

Devon Barker 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 Discovery Club!

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.

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.

Reva Haselkorn
Director of Education, Newton Community Farm

Reva was born and raised in Newton Centre, around the corner from the library. She is thrilled to be back in her hometown playing in the dirt, growing and eating delicious food, and teaching and learning with kids of all ages at the farm.

Sharon Ellen Burtman
Instructor, Chess Challengers

Sharon Ellen Burtman is the 1995 United States Women’s Chess Champion. She also competed in two Women’s World Chess Championships. Sharon has over 30 years of teaching experience, and she was the keynote speaker at the Massachusetts Chess Association Education Expo in 2014 and 2015.

Nature Exploration

Just beyond our doors - in city and suburbs alike - there is a wondrous world of natural activity. Whether in a local forest, pond, or even the park at the end of the block, the cycle of life and the daily happenings of nature can delight a young child's unbridled curiosity all year round. PUDDLESTOMPERS' mission is to connect youngest naturalists to the open spaces in their communities. By providing children and families with seeds of interest and tools of exploration, PUDDLESTOMPERS seeks to help build the foundation for a lifelong enjoyment, love of the outdoors, and a lasting stewardship of nature. A percentage of PUDDLESTOMPERS' revenues are given to the host towns to support local environmental education and/or conservation efforts. 

Four kids taking swim lessons
Swim Lessons & Swim Club
JCC Greater Boston

Swim Lessons: Anyone can be a happy, safe and confident swimmer. This is the philosophy of the Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy (LKSA) at the JCC.  Students are taught the SwimRight® method, which focuses on correct body positioning and proper alignment from the early stages of lessons. Progress is captured in colorful personal swimming journals that help to encourage lots of positive reinforcement. 

Karishim Swim Club: This competitive club is devoted to developing strong values, building self-esteem and enabling swimmers age 6-18 to meet their full potential. Karishim Swim Club is a supportive community of athletes and a great way to make new friends and be part of a team.

2019-2020 Registration Now Open!