Gaelen Center for the Arts

Something for everyone . . . Close to home!

Our Gaelen Center for the Arts features professional performances of the highest caliber in the Maurice Levin Theater, community arts programs, and art classes led by experienced instructors in professional studios. Each season is filled with fascinating and entertaining events for all ages.

For more information, contact Carol Berman, 973-530-3421,

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Triple Threat Theater Camp?

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Visit our new JCC Maccabi section for more information on the JCC Maccabi ArtsFest


JCC Book Group



The Invisible Wall, 

by Harry Bernstein

Thursday, March 13, 7:30 PM



A gripping coming-of-age memoir of Bernstein's childhood in a poverty-stricken and religiously divided mill town in northern England before and during World War I. Home to both Christian and Jewish families, the street where Bernstein grew up was defined by the strict social and vocational segregation of the two religious groups. Bernstein deftly narrates the tale of his sister's forbidden love for a Christian boy from the other side of the street. From the perspective of his boyhood self, Bernstein offers a glimpse into a family riven by poverty, sibling jealousies, and an abusive, alcoholic father, yet held together tenaciously by a caring mother. In the tradition of Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes. (Library Journal Review)




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Children's Production Company Auditions

PETER PAN AUDITIONS FOR TUESDAY HAVE BEEN MOVED TO THURSDAY same times. Wednesday is on as scheduled, though please check in with the JCC before you come- we hope to see you there!

Click HERE for more information

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JCC Maccabi & JR. Maccabi

jcc maccabi experience

Through JCC Maccabi Games and JCC Maccabi ArtsFest, young Jewish athletes share in the fun of competing and the pride of being part of a world-famous Olympic style event while Teen artists spend their days in master classes with professional artists-in-residence prepating for the closing event.  Both programs experience the joy of meeting their peers from North America and other countries in an event with Jewish content and values.



JCC Maccabi Games

The JCC Maccabi Games are a cultural as well as athletic event for Jewish teenagers. The Games take place annually in the summer. The Games feature a week of international athletic competitions, a community service project, home hospitality and evening social events. The Games highlight and strengthen one's personal connection to his or her own Judaism thus continuing the historic sports tradition passed on from generation to generation.
Interested in learning more about JCC Maccabi Games? Click here or contact Sherri Feldscher, CJ, 973-530-3425 (

Want to see what the national movement is doing? Go to Check out the JCC Maccabi Israel website

Junior Maccabi Program

We participate in the regional Junior Maccabi Games. This program is a one day event taking place on a Sunday in May. Jewish athletes ages 10-12 compete in a variety of sports including baseball, basketball, soccer, swimming, and tennis. Tryouts take place beginning in January.

Maccabi and Jr. Maccabi Information


JCC Maccabi ArtsFest® is an arts experience for Jewish teens taking place annually during the summer. It features home hospitality, includes opening and closing events, workshops, performances, exhibits, community service, and social activities, while it strengthens bonds to Jewish heritage, community and Israel.

Interested in learning more about JCC Maccabi ArtsFest? Click here or contact Carol Berman at 973-530-3421 (

Want to see what the national movement is doing? Go to Check out the JCC Maccabi Israel website

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Special Needs Services Homepage

JCC MetroWest Special Needs Services

A Community of Opportunity

Socialization •EducationRecreation • ChildrenTeensAdults

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


Chrystal Henion, Assistant Director of Special Needs Services at 973-530-3507 or

Please contact Robin Cohen, Program Administrator at 973-530-3422 or for additional information or to register for a program. 


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We serve diverse populations and welcome people of all backgrounds to join us.

  • We are a warm and friendly community.
  • We offer programs, activities, trips, resources, referrals, workshops, respite, and support.
  • We are open seven days a week, all year long.
  • Morning, afternoon, after school, and evening options available.
  • We provide inclusion for all ages as well as self-contained opportunities.
  • We are creative and will work with you - let us know what your needs are.
  • Real Life Choices / SDDS Approved Provider State of New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD)
  • Perform Care approved provider


Participate in JCC Life to the Fullest

■ Life skills and programming
■ Adaptive aquatics
■ Sports and recreation
■ Personal training
■ Summer camp and summer programs
■ After school enrichment
■ Jewish education
■ Community events
■ Social skills training

JCC Membership is not required. SDDS funded programs operate on a fee-for-service basis.

Ask us about community service volunteer opportunities for teens and adults!



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~Summer Camp


Play. Learn. Explore

JCC MetroWest Summer Camps

2 Years–Grade 12

JCC MetroWest Camps are the place to play, explore, meet new friends, and learn life skills.

  • Creative and Nurturing
  • Full-Time Professionals
  • Safe, Comfortable, and Caring Environment
  • Before and After Camp Care Available
  • Weekly Themes
  • Fun and Games

Have your child experience a summer of fun and walk away with a lifetime of memories.

Call or eMail us today!


Come Spend the Summer with Us!

Summertime Xtras

Before/After Camp Care

Our before & after camp care is designed to meet the needs of families who need a more flexible schedule.

Pre-Camp Programs

Post-Camp Programs

Weeks 9 & 10
Don’t Let the Summer End So Soon! JCC MetroWest 2 post-camp summer fun options!
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NJ "Y" Camps

Exceptional Jewish Sleep-Away Camps
Find out more! 

Israel/International Opportunities

Living Bridges with Israel
Find out more!

Early Childhood Camps

Your Child’s First Real Camp Experience
Ages 2-5
Find out more!

Camp Deeny Riback

A Summer of Fun – A Lifetime of Memories
Ages 3-1/2- Grade 10
Find out more!

Exploration Camps

Explore a New World Every Day!
Grades K-5
Find out more!

Triple Threat Theater Camp

Acting, Dance, Song – All Summer Long!
Grades K-3 & 4-10
Find out more!

Club JCC Special Needs Programs

Enhancing the Lives of Children, Teens, and Adults with Special Needs
Grades PreK- Age 21
Find out more!

School Year Fun

Kids Club

The Place to Be Afterschool
Find Out More →

Vacation Programs

When School is Out – the JCC is In!
Find Out More →

SOTA: School of the Arts

JCC MetroWest School of the Arts

The JCC MetroWest School of the Arts is a perfect place for children and adults to begin their own artistic journey. SOTA celebrates the process, performance and enjoyment of art, dance, and music, enriching the lives of people throughout the MetroWest area.


SOTA offers studio art classes and workshops for all ages, taught by a dedicated faculty of experienced artists and art educators. In the studios, students are encouraged to experiment with materials and explore a variety of ways to interpret their ideas in art.

Early Childhood

  • Creative Construction
  • Creative Clay
  • Fun with Clay
  • Art Explorer
  • Children's Art Therapy Groups at JCC MetroWest

Grade School

  • Draw, Paint, Create!
  • Ceramics I
  • Collossal Creations


  • Adult Ceramics • Handbuilding
  • Art Lovers Odyssey
  • Painting Workshop


Kids, teens and adults at all levels of training can take classes in ballet, jazz, hip hop, tap, and more. Our professional faculty are committed to a positive, supportive approach to ensure that our students develop into strong, injury-free dancers and confident individuals.

Early Childhood

  • Pre-Ballet
  • Ballet 1
  • Ballet and Tap
  • Big Kids on Broadway Musical Theater
  • Hip Hop
  • Happy Nappers - Pre-Ballet

Grade School

  • Ballet & Tap
  • Hip Hop I
  • Big Kids Sing Sing Sing



Fischell Jazz Dance Fellowship

For more information about any of the dance classes listed above please contact Melissa Brody (School of the Arts Assistant Manager) at


We offer a variety of experiences for our students to enjoy - from voice and piano lessons, to specialty classes, to our film series. SOTA provides a well-rounded artistic experience to the culturally inclined individual.

All Ages

  • Percussion Lessons
  • Piano Lessons
  • Voice Lessons


  • Explore Your Groove
  • Adult Improvisation
  • NJJFF Reel Film Series

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Announcements and Program Updates



Announcements and Program Updates







   NEXT ADULT SUNDAY, Sunday, August 3, 2014.  Ages 18 + . Preregistration required.  Meet for lunch at Godfather Pizza, 200 Route 10, East Hanover followed by Splashplex. Pickup 4:00 pm SHARP at Splashplex, 182 Route 10, East Hanover.  Fee includes lunch/admissions.  Additional spending money optional/on your own.  Intake interview required for new participants.  ***IMPORTANT NOTE:  IN THE EVENT OF INCLEMENT WEATHER FOR SUNDAY, AUGUST 3, THIS PROGRAM WILL BE CANCELLED.  PLEASE CONTACT OUR INFORMATION LINE, 973-530-3998 BY 10:00 AM SUNDAY, AUGUST 3 FOR ANY UPDATES.***   

NEXT TEEN SUNDAY, Sunday, October 26, 2014.  Ages 13-18.  Preregistration  required.  Lunch/Bowling location TBA.   Fee includes lunch/admissions.  Additional spending money optional/on your own.  Intake interview required for new participants. 

NEXT JUNIOR SUNDAY , Sunday, October 5, 12:30-3:00 pm SHARP.  Preregistration required.  Crafts, Music, Jewish Culture, Recreational Swim. Ages 5-18.  Intake interview required for new participants.

NEXT ADULT SUNDAY DANCE, Sunday, October 19, 2014 , Fall Festival!  Adults 18 and over.  Live DJ, giveaways, games, pizza, snacks, soft drinks.  $14 admission per person at door.  Cooperman JCC, West Orange, 6:00-8:00 pm.  

NEXT TEEN / ADULT SATURDAY NIGHT, TBA!   Fall 2014. Transportation, admissions, staffing included.  Preregistration  required.  Intake interview required for new participants.

    IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO DONATE TO DANCE-A-THON 2014:  GREATEST CARNIVAL ON EARTH!!  Contact us at 973-530-3998 today!  Donate now via

Join our e-mail list to receive the latest updates on new programs and to receive our 2013-14 Club JCC Newsletter.  Something new is always happening here at Club JCC!  

Club JCC Adult Day Program (ages 21+) is in operation FIVE days per week!  The JCC is an approved Real Life Choices/Self-Determination provider through the NJ Developmental Disabilities Division (DDD) / Easter Seals NJ. 

Summer camps are an approved Perform Care provider.

   Please visit our Club JCC Webpage for our latest newsletter:

Please call 973-530-3478 to register or arrange for an intake interview.         

     IN CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER, CONTACT 973-530-3998 for information on closings or cancellations.



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Birthday Parties

Just Come Celebrate and We'll do the Rest!Logo: Just Come Celebrate and We'll do the rest.


  • Party Planner
  • Party Host
  • 2 hours in our state-of-the-art JCC facility
  • 1 hour of special activity time with instructor to lead activity
  • 1 hour in party room for refreshments and celebration
  • Party Invitiations
  • Paper Goods
  • 1/2 Hour of Preparation Time

All food must be catered by the JCC Catering Company (with the exception of cakes/baked goods). 

To schedule your party or for more information please contact the Birthday Party Hotline, 973-929-2944.



Gym Jam Party

Children love to play in the gym. Party includes free play and fun gym activities such as mini basketball, kiddie bowling, scooters, tunnels, a moon bounce, and more!
For ages 3-4 years old. Members: $300, Guests: $375 for 20 children, $5 per additional child. Max 30 children.

Games Galore Party

This classic party includes relay races, parachute, freeze tag, Mr. Fox, Red light/Green light, and other games the birthday child chooses. 
For ages 4-6 years old. Members: $300, Guests: $375 for 20 children, $5 per additional child. Max 30 children.

Super Star Sports

Party Parties can be customized for the athlete in your child! Party options inlude hockey, basketball, kickball, flag football and more. Pick 1 or more sport activities. 
For ages 5 and up. Members: $300, Guests: $375 for 20 children, $5 per additional child. Max 30 children.

Pool Party

Children who love the water will have a great time at our Pool Parties. All parties include a portion of free swim and fun water activities led by our trained American Red Cross Certified lifeguards.
For ages 7 and up. Members: $300, Guests: $375 for 20 children, $5 per additional child. Max 25 children.

Scuba Party

Guests will learn basic scuba skills and then have fun playing games and contests underwater.  This is a unique opportunity to try scuba diving in a fun and safe environment.  For ages 10 and up. Members: $400, Guests: $475  for maximum 10 children.


Dance Party

Dance the party away with this awesome dance class style party. Pick the type of dance and even the music - hip-hop, jazz, tap, ballet, Broadway and more!
For ages 3 and up. Members: $350, Guests: $425 for 15 children, $15 per additional child, maximum, 25 children. 

Magical Music Party

This musical birthday party is for 1-2 year old and their parents! Special entertainment provides children with musical instruments, dancing, and singing.
For ages 1-2 years old. Members: $350, Guests: $425 for 15 children, $5 per additional child, maximum, 25 children.

Sensational Stories Party

Children can use their imagination at the JCC's Sensational Stories birthday parties! The instructor will read a story to the children and afterwards will do various art activities and fun games that will really get their imagination running wild!
For ages 3-5 years old. Members: $300, Guests: $375 for 20 children, $5 per additional child, maximum 30 children.


Chocolate Lover's Party

Get your creative juices flowing as you make chocolate covered desserts (such as lollipops, pretzels, wafers or marshmallows)! Each child will decorate a goodie bag that he/she will fill with goodies made at the party to take home. This party is a chocolate lover's dream! For ages 5 and up. Members: $350, Guests: $425 for 15 children, $10 per additional child, maximum 20 children.


Karate Party

Are you looking for a special birthday party for your "Karate Kid"?  A party with a real kick!  It's birthday fun with a martial arts flavor.  Demonstrations, supervised games and high energy activities with a martial arts theme is just the beginning.                                                  For ages 4 and up. Members: $325, Guests: $400 for maximum 20 children.

Creative Cooking Party

If your child loves to cook this is the birthday party for them! Children can cook their own lunch or dinner and even make the birthday cake. The birthday boy or girl can choose whatever he or she wants to bake.
For ages 5 and up. Members: $400, Guests: $475 for 15 children, $10 per additional child, maximum 20 children.

Yoga Party

Take your child on a magical and fun yoga journey using props, music and games.  Choose a fun-filled theme: trip to outer-space, jungle safari, beach party, trip to the zoo, or create your own.                                                                                                                          For ages 4 and up. Members: $325, Guests: $400 for maximum 20 children.

Movie Party

Watch a movie in our state-of-the-art movie theater.  The choice is yours as you and your guest enjoy a movie on the big screen.  At this party your child will definitely be the star!     For ages 5 and up. Members: $400, Guests: $475 for 25 children, $5 per additonal child, maximum 50 children.


Jewelry Making Party

Celebrate your birthday in style! Choose from a variety of styles from bracelets, necklaces, or earrings. Guests can choose from their own set of colorful & sparkly beads and learn all the "in's & out's" of creating their own jewelry!  Everyone is guarenteed to go home with their own beautiful creation! For ages 6 and up. $400, Guests: $450 for 15 children, $10 per additional child, maximum 20 children.



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Club JCC 1530

The Special Needs Services Department offers weekday and weekend recreation prorgams for young adults and adults with special needs.  These programs are designed for our participants between the ages of 15 and 30 years old.  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 young adults and adults 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. Remember though, age is just a number so please contact us if you are interested in one of these programs.

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


Chrystal Henion, Assistant Director of Special Needs Services at 973-530-3507 or

Please contact Robin Cohen, Program Administrator at 973-530-3422 for additional information or to register for a program. 

*JCC MetroWest is proud to serve as an approved Real Life Choices/Self-Determination provider via the New Jersey Developmental Disabilities Division (DDD). 

Girls Night Out*

Women ages 15-30
Monday evenings: 5:30-7:30pm

Have you been wondering what the latest fashion and make up trends are? Are you missing watching those “chic flicks?” Well Girls Night Out is just the program for you! Join us on Monday evenings for a night with the women of Club JCC.  We plan to enjoy learning about makeup, fashion, cooking, what’s new in entertainment, arts & crafts, and other fun activities.  Through these activities we will work on improving our social skills and life skills! Supervised by professionals with extensive experience with individuals with special needs.

Fall 2013: 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 11/25, 12/2 (10 sessions)
Winter/Spring 2014: 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/7 (10 sessions)

Cost: $350 Members/ $400 Guests


Club JCC on the Road

Participants ages 15-30
Join Club JCC as we hit the road for overnight trips to explore the wonderful world around us! Participants will learn to take public transportation, visit historical sites, enjoy recreational activities, and spend time with peers. The cost of the trip includes transportation, admission into local exhibits, food, and accommodations.  Participants may bring additional money for souvenirs.   Locations include Philadelphia, New York City, and Washington DC.  See program flyers for specific trip information.

Summer 2013: 8/26-8/27: Washington, DC

Fall 2013: 11/7-11/8: Boston, MA

Winter/Spring 2014: 1/19-1/20: Philadelphia, PA and 5/25-5/26: New York City

Cost Per Trip: $650 JCC Members/$700 Guests

A Day Away from the J

Participants ages 15-30
Sunday afternoons from 12:00-5:00pm

Be part of the fun as Club JCC goes off and away for a day of full of fun and adventure on Sundays from 12:00pm-5:00pm.  Participants will take transportation from the JCC to an exciting location in the tri-state area.  Venues include indoor water parks and amusement parks, art studios, and various other attractions. Our group will enjoy lunch and an afternoon of excitement with their peers.  Price of trip includes admission, lunch and transportation.  Participants may bringadditional money for snacks and souvenirs. 

Winter/Spring 2014: 5/4—iPlay America

Summer 2014: 7/20- Yankee's Game and 8/17- Keansburg Runaway Rapids 

Cost Per Trip: $130 Member/$145 Guest


Club JCC in the Kitchen*

Participants ages 15-30
Tuesday evenings from 6:00pm-8:00pm

Get cooking with Club JCC as we whip up a six week cooking series focusing on nutrition, hygiene, and delicious food with “Cuisine by Christine!” Our participants will enjoy preparing meals and snacks with Christine’s professional guidance.  This program will focus on allowing participants to appropriately engage during their leisure and recreation time.  Participants will learn about food preparation, a critical skill to maintain and develop independence, budgeting, nutrition, safety, health.  basic mathematic skills such as measuring.  Also emphasized will be following multi-step directions, collaboration, and improving inter-personal skills.  We will learn the ins and outs of making a delicious and nutritious meal in a safe and budget friendly manner! Price of class includes cost of food.

Week One: Breakfast Foods
Week Two: Lunch Foods
Week Three: Dinner Foods
Week Four: Appetizers
Week Five: Desserts
Week Six: Cooking Celebration

Winter/Spring 2014: 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/4 (6 sessions)

$240 JCC Members/$270 Guest

Get Creative with Club JCC for Adults!*

Participants ages 15-30
Sunday afternoons from 1:00-3:00pm

Get the creative energy flowing with Club JCC partnering with ARTS UNBOUND! The talented artists from ARTS UNBOUND will be employing a sampling of creative mediums with our members who can expect to learn a variety of artistic techniques while keeping an emphasis on hand-eye coordination, gross and fine motor skills, and organization.  This program will engage our participants individually while also encouraging collaboration and social interaction to complete some projects. The program fee will include all materials; all you need to bring is your creativity and imagination.

Winter/Spring 2014: 12/15, 1/5, 1/26, 2/2, 2/23, 3/9, 3/30 (7 sessions)

$320 JCC Member/ $350 Guest

Club JCC Sports & Recreation*

Participants ages 15-30
Tuesday evenings from 6:00-7:30pm

A sports and recreation program for individuals with disabilities who are looking to “step up their game.” Participants will learn basic skills and rules of popular games such as basketball, soccer, baseball, and tennis. As levels of physical fitness increase as new activities are learned, the group will also be learning to engage in appropriate social behaviors. Focus on learn turn-taking skills, how to be a gracious winner and loser, and teambuilding.  This program will emphasize following directions, completing multi-step tasks, and health & fitness while improving coordination and motor skills.
Fall 2013: 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19 (8 sessions)

$240 member/$280 guest 


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Margulies Senior Center

The Margulies Senior Center

The William Margulies Senior Center offers cultural and recreational opportunities in a four-day-a-week program geared to the older adults in the MetroWest community. Lunch is served on the premises Monday to Thursday through the JCC Kosher Nutrition Program.

The Margulies Center Offers:

  • Bridge for beginning and advanced players
  • Weekly lectures featuring a guest speaker or 4-6 week mini-courses
  • Yiddish classes for all levels
  • Arm Chair Aerobics - low-impact aerobics using weights and bands especially geared to seniors
  • Parshat HaShavua - with Rabbi Mendy Kasowitz
  • Creative writing - members are coached and share writing samples
  • Round Table discussion of current events
  • Points-to-Ponder - discussions of various subjects
  • Monthly birthday parties with live entertainment
  • Monthly membership meetings
  • Thursday Afternoon Entertainment
  • Movies & special programs
  • Trips
  • Line Dancing
  • Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program

As a member of the Margulies Center, you will received discounts on the Life Long Learning program, Maurice Levin Theater events, fabulous trips, University Without Walls and many other classes and programs.

Daily Schedule

10:00am - Bridge with Sam
10:00am - Discussion with Group/Yiddish
12:15pm - Lecture
1:30pm - Tai Chi Chia

10:00am - JFS Social Worker
11:00am - Arm Chair Aerobics
12:15pm - Torah Portion of the Week

9:30am - Adv. Beginners Bridge
10:00am - Creative Writing
12:15pm - Movie

9:45am - Points to Ponder/Current Events
11:00am - Arm Chair Aerobics
12:15pm - Special programming/Entertainment

For more information, contact Gina Goldman, 973-530-3448,

Click here for the March/April 2014 Margulies Bulletin.

Click here for the March 2014 Margulies Calendar.

Click here for the April  2014 Margulies Calendar.

Click here for the March 2014 Lunch Menu.


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  • Leon & Toby Cooperman JCC

    Ross Family Campus

    760 Northfield Avenue

    West Orange