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JCC MetroWest Special Needs Services

A Community of Opportunity

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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 Have What You're Looking For...

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!
Find Out More →

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 →

Special Events & Programs

This Month's Events

Volunteer Boot Camp

Dates Vary
Times Vary
Leon & Toby Cooperman JCC | West Orange
Cardio isn't the only thing that's good for your heart. Do something hands-on and heart-filled this summer. Join us for weekly opportunitties. march yourself to the project of your choice or jump in for them all. More details and registration can be found at:
Contact: Katy Strulson, 973-530-3915 (

Celebrate with the Community

View events that are happening in the Greater MetroWest area on the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ community calendar.

Looking Ahead...


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Aquatics Home



View The Current Pool Schedule Here

We proudly offer

  • Professional instructors trained through the American Red Cross.

  • Learning made fun in a secure environment.

  • A balanced program that teaches swimming skills and how to be safe in the water.

  • A comprehensive swimming and water safety program for everyone in the family-from infancy to adulthood.

View our AQUATICS brochure. [pdf]  

Sign up for our Aquatics Splash Flash Newsletter


Click Here for 2014 - 2015 Swim Lesson Schedule

Already have a JCC Aquatics School Account?

Our Pools

  • 25 yard Helen Messing Memorial Pool (graduated depth 3.5 ft. to 9 ft.)
  • 25 yard Ken Heyman Memorial Pool (4 ft. depth)


We want to hear what you think!

Give us feedback on classes, programs, special events, customer service, or anything else that matters to you.

Contact us at





Registration for Summer Swim Programs Opens

Monday, April 28 @ 8:00am

Guest Registration Opens Monday, May 5 @ 8:00am

View/register for aquatics school classes from the list below

Parent/Child Classes

Preschool Classes

Grade School Classes

Adult Aquatics

American Red Cross Classes

Employment Opportunities

Click here to view aquatics employment opportunities



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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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Shabbat Stop

New Date!

Shabbat Stop

November 20, 2011


JCC MetroWest Parent Place, 760 Northfield Ave, West Orange

$18 per family

During the week we work, play and go to school. Shabbat is the Jewish day of rest. We will explore the customs, traditions and ritual items of Shabbat, while reading books with related themes. Young children will enjoy creating their own special box filled with everything needed to celebrate Shabbat at home.

Click here to download the flyer.; 973-929-2936

Information about Shabbat

What is Shabbat?

Shabbat for Families

Challah in a Hurry

Challah Recipe

Our Program Partners

The Shabbat Box
Every week someone in Ira's class gets to take the Shabbat box home from school. When it is finally his turn, he loses the box on the way home from school. He and his mother work together to create a new Shabbat box.
We will create our own Shabbat Box and learn about the items that will go into our boxes.
Sammy Spider's First Shabbat
Sammy watches as Mrs. Shapiro and Josh get ready for Shabbat. While he watches them braid the challah he braids his own web.
We will braid our own challah babies and create challah covers to be used at the Shabbat table.
My First Shabbat Book
Explore the vibrant pictures of the symbols and customs of Shabbat. This book depicts the day of rest, visually.
We will create our own tzedakah boxes and talk about different family customs and traditions.
Dinosaur on Shabbat
The lovable rhyming dinosaur delights everyone! In this book he spends Shabbat and learns the rituals of Havdalah, the end of Shabbat.
As our class comes to a close, we will explore the rituals of Havdalah and create our own special spice balls.

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Morris County - Home

Morris County Connection

The Morris County Connection's mission is building a more cohesive and engaged Jewish community by raising people's awareness of the services available to them in Morris County. The Connection seeks to embrace and cultivate relationships with a broad range of individuals with diverse affiliations, including none at all, and connect them to the Jewish community.

By facilitating collaboration between existing Jewish institutions and programs, the Connection's community-building work will produce communal synergy beneficial to both the constituent organizations and the individuals being served.

Morris County Contacts

Dana Lichtenberg
Morris County Outreach Coordinator
973-929-2936 (

Jill Felton

Morris County Program Administrator

973-929-2926 (


Our Partners

The Morris County Connection is a collaboration between JCC MetroWest, Jewish Family Service of MetroWest and Synagogues throughout Morris County, and is supported by United Jewish Communities of MetroWest.

United Jewish Communities of MetroWest NJ

Jewish Family Service of MetroWest



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Morris County Highlights

Sweet Stories: Story Time for the Jewish New Year

September 14, 2011; 1:00pm; Sparta Books, 41 theatre Center, Sparta; FREE

The Morris County Connection




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Baby and Me

Baby and Me: A special class for moms and their new babies

Having a new baby is a wonderful and exciting time in a new mother's life, but it can also be challenging and lonely. Meet other new moms in the same stage of parenthood and share the joys and the challenges, and discover new friendships along the way. Classes meet weekly and will cover all topics from sleep issues and music to literacy and celebrating the holidays.

Classes meet at the Lautenberg Family Center, Aidekman Jewish Community Campus, 901 Route 10, Whippany; 11:00am-11:45am;

Contact Jill Felton to register; or 973-929-2926. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: Welcome

Becoming a parent is one of the most exciting times of life.  But, once the initial excitement of a new baby wears off, motherhood can be a lonely place.  Join our group and meet other moms in the same stages of parenthood.  

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

This is your class.  You dictate the direction.  All topics will be determined by class participants. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Tuesday, November 29, 2011


Thursday, December 1, 2011

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Thursday, December 22, 2011

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Story Time in YOUR Neighborhood

Story Time in YOUR Neighborhood

Join the PJ Library® and the Morris County Connection as we read PJ Library® books and make new friends! Enroll your children in our program, meet other local PJ Library parents and enjoy the stories your children love so much.

Please invite your friends...the more the merrier!

Reply. Questions?

Jill Felton,, 973-929-2926

Sweet Stories: Special Story Time for the Jewish New Year

Everyone is invited to join us as we read stories, sing songs, and enjoy a sweet snack to celebrate the Jewish New year, Rosh Hashanah.


September 15, 2011; 11:00am; FREE

Barnes and Noble, Route 10, Ledgewood


September 14, 2011; 1:00pm; FREE

Sparta Books, 41 Theatre Center, Sparta  



The PJ Library sends FREE Jewish content books to families making Jewish choices. Eligible children are ages 6 months - 5 ½ years old living in Essex, Morris, Northern Union and Sussex Counties.

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    Adler Aphasia Center
  • Leon & Toby Cooperman JCC

    Ross Family Campus

    760 Northfield Avenue

    West Orange