Special Needs

Children's Jewish Education Program

The vision of the Children's Jewish Education Program, is to provide children ages 5-18 years old with special  needs a Judaic curriculum that enables them to embrace Judaism throughout their lifetime to the best of their individual abilities.  The program teaches holiday celebrations, Jewish values, customs, Teifillot, Torah stories and Hebrew letter and word identification.  The Jewish Education Program is incorporated into the Club JCC Junior Sunday Program.....see program catalog for further details.  



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Thank you for joining us to raise awareness and funds for

Club JCC Special Needs Services! 


Check here for further updates as the event draws closer 




(snow date 2/7/15)


Tentative Information:  $20 Admission includes a serving of baked ziti, a salad, and drink.  Raffle tickets & additional snacks available for purchase.  

For more information, please contact Rebecca Gallanter, Director of Special Needs Services at 973-530-3478 ( or Chrystal Henion, Assistant Director of Special Needs Services at 973-530-3507 ( If you are interested in volunteering on the Dance-A-Thon Committee please contact Rebecca Gallanter at or 973-530-3478.  The committee is comprised of teens, individuals with disabilities, and family members. 

Real Life Choices/Self-Determination Approved Provider State of New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD)

This year's Dance-A-Thon 2014  was proudly sponsored by generous donations of raffle prizes from the following:

Cafe at the J

Eagle Rock Diner

Elle Squared

Felner Family

Investors Bank

New Jersey Devils 

New York Giants

New York Jets

Panera Bread

Panevino Ristorante

Pleasantdale Kosher Meat Market

Robyn G Accessories

Santos Family

Slobodien Family

Sports Authority

Wessling Family

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Our Staff

Special Needs Services Staff

Thank you for visiting the Special Needs Services page.  We look forward to speaking with you about our programs.  Please feel free to contact us at anytime to find out more information about our programs or to schedule an intake interview. 

Rebecca Gallanter, MSW, LSW
Director, Special Needs Services 

Rebecca has been the Director of Special Needs Services at JCC MetroWest for four years.  She has been a JCC and non-profit administrator for 27 years including Camp Director, Youth / Teen Director, Senior Adult Director and Assistant Executive Director of the South Shore Y (Friedberg) JCC in Long Island, NY, administrator at the JCC of Central NJ, Brain Injury Association of NJ, has served as a case manager on a child study team and is a member and board member of various professional and non-profit organizations.  In her four years’ tenure at the JCC, the Special Needs Department has grown by over 40% , including program expansion and increased attendance.  Ari and Zach's Place, a brand-new, dedicated space for our Special Needs Department, was recently opened in June, 2014 and supported by two generous donors.    Rebecca strives for inclusion in general JCC programming wherever and whenever possible while simultaneously offering a wide array of quality self-contained activities and events.   

Chrystal Henion, BA
Assistant Director, Special Needs Services


We are excited to welcome Chrystal Henion to our staff!  Chrystal brings with her a wide variety of background, including work with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for Children of Bergen County and Americorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America).  Chrystal is a graduate of Montclair State University where she majored in Justice Studies.  She is a dedicated Big Brothers Big Sisters volunteer and has worked extensively in the areas of fundraising, grants, volunteerism and non-profit Boards of Directors.  Chrystal’s work with CASA involved work with all types of families including those with special needs.  Her guidance provided the volunteers the support they needed to function in their roles as advocates for children and their families.

Chrystal is greatly looking forward to working with our community.  She enjoys cooking, gardening and thrift shopping.  Chrystal is an avid New Jersey Devils fan and loves watching hockey games. 

We are fortunate to have Chrystal on our team!

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Club JCC in the News

Club JCC is proud to bring new and creative programming to the MetroWest Community.  Please review press releases below which highlight some of innovative programming we are able to offer. 

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Photo Gallery


Club JCC Photo Gallery


Club JCC Adult Day Program Photo Gallery 

Club JCC Junior Photo Gallery

Club JCC Weeknight Programs Photo Gallery 

Club JCC Weekend Trips Photo Gallery

Club JCC Teens Photo Gallery

Club JCC Special Events Photo Gallery

Club JCC Teen Tracks Travel Camp Photo Gallery



Welcome to our Photo Gallery!

Please check back often to view our latest activities. 


Click here to view the Club JCC Newsletter!! 

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