Discovery Club is an active and engaging after-school program for children in grades K-5, conveniently located at the Leventhal-Sidman JCC in Newton. Join this vibrant, welcoming community filled with enrichment programming, Jewish celebrations and values, learning and fun! Transportation available from select schools. Open to all.

Registration for the 2022-23 school year opens to currently enrolled families on February 7 and to new families on March 1.

If you would like to learn more about enrolling for the current school year (2021-22), contact

Supporting Your Family

  • Open after school hours and early release days
  • Transportation available from select schools
  • Competitive pricing; financial assistance available
  • Regular COVID surveillance testing
  • Child-directed, play-based experiences and programming
  • Social-emotional awareness and support
  • Fun physical activity and outdoor play
  • Healthy snacks

Curated for Your Child

  • One-stop shop for expert-led enrichment activities and programs in arts, sciences and sports
  • Swim and tennis lessons or Karishim Swim Club
  • Homework support
  • Indoor pool, basketball and tennis courts, indoor and outdoor playspaces
  • Integrated Jewish values and holiday celebrations
  • Special events and guest experts 
  • Social action projects around inclusivity, kindness and community

Sample Daily Schedule

3-4pm  (Open at 12:30pm on Early Release Days)
  • Arrivals & Welcome Circle
  • Healthy snacks with fresh fruits & vegetables
  • Jewish holiday celebrations
  • Indoor/outdoor free play and movement activities
  • Expert-led enrichment programs and activities in arts, sciences, sports, swim, Jewish learning and Hebrew language (see below for examples)
  • Homework support
  • Small group activities
  • Special projects
  • Closing Circle
  • PJ Library Story Time
  • Departures


Transportation will be provided by trusted local busing companies from select elementary schools in Newton and Needham based on availability and interest. We anticipate servicing the following schools:

  • Broadmeadow
  • Eliot
  • Mitchell
  • Sunita L. Williams


  • Bowen
  • Countryside
  • Franklin
  • Mason-Rice
  • Memorial Spaulding
  • Zervas

2021-2022 Tuition & Fees

 Tuition (per month)Transportation (optional)Monthly TotalDiscounts (per year)*
2 Days$400$72$472$140
3 Days$595$108$703$210
4 Days$790$144$934$280
5 Days$985$180$1,165$350

A $200 non-refundable deposit will be required to hold your spot. Total tuition is based on 10 equal monthly payments.

Discovery Club operates Monday-Friday from 3-6pm, September 9, 2021-June 17, 2022. The program opens at 12:30pm on early release days which are available as an optional add-on for $36 per day.

Tuition includes certain optional lessons like weekly swim and tennis, as well as daily enrichment kids' choice activities and programs like science, chess, art, sports, music and much more. Other options like Karishim Swim Club and one-on-one customized tutoring are available for additional fees.

The Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) provides modest financial assistance to families who meet Massachusetts median income guidelines. For Discovery Club, the actual number of awards and the total amount given varies based on available funds, overall enrollment and the level of participant need.

*Discounts are per year and available for siblings & JCC Members. Discounts cannot be combined, one member discount per family. 

Enrichment Programs & Activities

American Sign LanguageEngineeringMusic
ArtFarming with Newton Community FarmNature Exploration
BaseballForeign LanguagesNinja/Parkour
ChessKarishim Swim ClubScience
Comics & Graphic NovelsLacrosseSeasonal Sports & Active Games (Indoors & Outdoors)
Computer Programming & CodingLEGOSoccer
CookingMagicSwim Lessons
DanceMagic: The Gathering & PokemonTennis
Dungeons & DragonsMartial ArtsHomework Support

Discovery Club is committed to delivering a child-centered experience filled with special events, enrichment programming, swimming and more. These are just some examples of activities that may be part of your child's after school day.

Meet the Team

Liane Weber
Program Director, Discovery Club

Liane Weber has been working at JCC Greater Boston since 2014. She has experience with elementary-aged children in outside-of-school environments for over 10 years and loves to create activities aimed at engaging students in enrichment, academic support, physical and social-emotional development learning objectives. She loves designing programs that create a warm and nurturing community of students, parents and teachers. She has her M.Ed. from Lesley University in Education and lives in Arlington with her family.

Meet the Team

Sarah Herrick
Program Manager, Discovery Club

Sarah has been working in after school programming since 2016, and has experience in traditional and nontraditional educational environments. She holds a B.S. in Criminology & Justice Studies from UMass Lowell and is currently pursuing a M.S. in Instructional Technology & Design from Quinnipiac University. She is passionate about creating programming and environments where everyone feels included and encouraged to grow and learn. In her downtime, you can find Sarah reading a book, petting as many dogs as she can, or relaxing by the beach.

Meet the Team

Liz Levin
Jewish Experiential Educator

Liz has over 25 years of experience in Jewish education and language acquisition. She has served as Director of formal and informal education programs, and, most recently, Liz has been working with Hebrew College and local supplemental schools training and mentoring teachers on Project Based Learning. Liz attended college at McGill University where she was a History and Religious Studies major. She holds a Certificate in Jewish Informal Education, Leadership, & Camping from Hebrew College and a Certificate in Teaching English to Young Learners from Cambridge University. Liz earned her MA in Religious Education from Hebrew Union College in 2014, where she focused on educational leadership.  

Contact Us

Discovery Club 
(at the Leventhal-Sidman JCC)
333 Nahanton Street
Newton, MA 02459

We invite you to explore the spaces where all the fun and learning happens. Contact us to arrange an in-person or virtual tour.

We are licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

Do you have questions or want to speak to our staff?