Jewish learning adventures for kids in grades K-2. Now with transportation options from local schools!

I am so excited for this convenient after school option that allows my child to choose different activities and participate in a program that lets him be active, thoughtful and engaged.

Newton Parent

Discovery After School Club

Discovery Club provides after school programs on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays with workshop choices ranging from sports and swimming to farming and technology to crafting and cooking for kids in grades K-2, as well as community service projects, holiday learning and much more.

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Discovery After School Club runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays from September 4, 2018 to June 20, 2019. Review our detailed price sheet below to choose the option that is right for your schedule, and feel free to contact us with any questions.


Sheprd, a local business providing on-demand shared rides for students, is offering transportation from local schools to the JCC beginning this fall on Tuesdays and Thursdays. There is a mid-day pick up option for half-day Kindergarten and early release days and an after school pick up option. All pick up times will vary based on school dismissals. Students can be picked up at the JCC at the end of the day at either 4pm or 6pm.

How does it work?

Throughout the year, kids will 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 and escorted to supervised free play, lunch and snack in our beautiful outdoor pavilion on nice days, and in our 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 learning, crafts, music and much 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.

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Sample Daily Schedule

11:30am-1:15pmHalf Day Arrivals, Lunch, Snack and Free Play
1:15-1:45pmGroup Activity & Transition to Workshops
1:45-3pmWorkshops (ie. Drumming, Yoga, Nature, Science etc)
3-3:45pmAfternoon Arrivals, Snack and Free Play - 4pm Pick-Ups
3:45-5pmWorkshops (ie. Sports, Swim, Chess, Cooking etc)
5-5:30pmGroup Activity & Farewell

Meet Our Expert Instructors

Elizabeth Kaplan
Elizabeth Kaplan
Director, Discovery Club

Elizabeth Kaplan is the director of Discovery Club and an experiential Jewish educator. A former Urban Adamah Fellow, Elizabeth spent several summers launching a garden education program at URJ Camp Kalsman near Seattle. She has an MS in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition and a Master's of Public Health from Tufts University.

Contact Elizabeth: or 617.558.6483

Melissa Lee
Instructor, International Chefs

Chef Melissa Lee is a former journalist and a graduate of the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts. She has worked at Flour Bakery, Farmstead Table in Newton, and Blue Ginger, Ming Tsai's former restaurant in Wellesley. She has taught at numerous culinary schools and community education centers in the Boston area, including the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, Create A Cook and Sur La Table.

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.

Devon Barker
Instructor, Science & Technology

Devon Barker was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado where he filled my 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!

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.

Learn more and sign up for fall!