Jewish learning adventures for kids in grades K-3 with transportation from local schools. Register for the 2019-2020 school year today!

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.

Pricing

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

Transportation

  • 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.

Workshops

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

TimeActivity
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 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: discoveryclub@jccgb.org 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.

2019-2020 Registration Now Open!