Club JCC Junior

The Special Needs Services Department offers weekday and weekend recreation prorgams for children with special needs.  Our unique programs allow our participants to access the same recreational activities as their peers by providing them with the support and accomodations they need to be successful.  While the programs are specifically for children with disabilities, our participants are simultaneously able to be included in the community as they utilize the JCC facilities and interact with other JCC members.

All new participants need to schedule an intake interview before registering.  To schedule an intake interview, or for additional information about our programs, please contact:

Rebecca Gallanter, Director of Special Needs Services at 973-530-3478 or


Jessica Walder, Assistant Director of Special Needs Services at 973-530-3507 or

Please contact 973-530-3998 for additional information or to register for a program. 

Club JCC Junior Sunday

Ages 5-18
Sunday afternoons from 12:30pm-3:00pm

Sunday social recreation program including arts & crafts, structured games, music therapy, Jewish education, and swim.  Supervised by professionals with extensive experience with individuals with special needs.  Snack and beverage included. 

Fall 2013: 10/6, 10/20, 11/17, 12/8, 12/15, 1/5, 1/26

Winter/Spring 2014: 2/9, 2/23, 3/9, 3/23, 4/6, 4/27, 5/4
7 Sundays: $280 JCC Member/ $315 Guest

Optional supervised bus transportation for AM Friendship Circle program on coordinating program dates:
Fall 2013: $50 JCC Member/$55 Guest
Winter/Spring 2014: $50 JCC Member/$55 Guest

Summer 2014: 7/13, 7/20, 7/27, 8/3, 8/10, 8/17 
6 Sundays: $270 JCC Member/$300 Guest

Get Creative with Club JCC for Kids!

Ages 7-14
Monday evenings from 5:30pm-7:00pm

Get the creative juices flowing with Club JCC partnering with ARTS UNBOUND! Artists from ARTS UNBOUND will provide a sampling of the different creative avenues available to our participants.  Ceramics, painting, creative construction projects, drawing, print making, and more. Get a little messy while having a lot of fun! Program fee includes all materials; all you need to bring is your creativity and imagination.

Fall 2013: 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/18, 11/25, 12/2
8 Mondays: $320 Members/$360 Guests

Parents Night Out

After a long week of school, work, and extra-curricular activities let Club JCC take the pressure off and provide you with a pre-planned evening of fun, relaxation, and childcare! You will enjoy an evening of respite as your child enjoys activities such as swim, use of the basketball gym, arts & crafts, a movie, and other fun activities with our qualified staff.  This program is open to both our participants with special needs and their siblings.  If you can’t join us for the planned parent activity but still need childcare, feel free to drop off your child and enjoy whatever else you may have had planned! We hope that this opportunity for respite will allow you to rejuvenate!

Fall 2013:
Saturday, October 5 from 6:30pm-9:30pm
Parent Activity: Bottles & Bottega Party at JCC

“Our hands-on art sessions allow anyone to uncork their inner artist and create something of their own. Get inspired by original works of art, an on-site artist’s guidance and of course, a glass of wine.”

Saturday, January 25 from 6:30pm-9:30pm
Parent Activity: International Great Beer Expo at the Meadowlands

“This international beer tasting extravaganza will showcase more than 50 breweries from across the globe, each providing samples of their country’s proudest brewing achievement.”

Winter/Spring 2014:
Saturday, May 17 from 6:30pm-9:30pm
(times are approximate and will vary based on movie time)
Parent Activity: Movie Night at Essex Green Dine-In Theater

Program Fees:
• Parent Activity: $50 per person
• Childcare:
o $50 for the first child
o $25 for the second child
o $15 per additional child 


Club JCC Sports & Games

Ages 5-12
Wednesday evenings from 6:00-7:00pm

Wednesday evening sports and recreation program for our school-aged participants! Participants will learn basic skills and rules of popular games such as basketball, soccer, baseball, and tennis. Children will focus on appropriate social behaviors in a recreational setting while improving their gross and fine motor skills. Throughout the sessions participants will also enjoy recreational games such as freeze tag, running bases, and relay races. This program will emphasize following directions and completing multi-step tasks. Staff to participant ratio is approximately 3:1. 

Fall 2013: 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20
8 Wednesdays: $240 member/$280 guest

Club JCC Junior Swim & Yoga

Ages 8-12
Thursday afternoons from 4:30pm-6:00pm

Join us for an afternoon of yoga and swimming which is targeted to children diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome and ADD/ADHD.  Children participant in a group recreational swim session after enjoying a yoga class.  Supervised by professionals with extensive experience with individuals with special needs. 
Fall 2013: 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/14, 11/21, 12/5, 12/12, 12/19, 1/2, 1/9, 1/16, 1/23
14 Thursdays: $490 JCC Members/ $560 Guests

Winter/Spring 2014: 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, 5/15, 5/22
15 Thursdays: $525 JCC Members/ $600 Guests


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    760 Northfield Avenue

    West Orange