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Sports & Recreation for the Whole Family


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Enrichment Classes

We offer Enrichment Classes for children 6 months through adults. Parent and child classes are offered for 6 months through 3 years. Preschool and grade school children can register for games classes, general sports classes, specific sport classes or combination sports and games classes. Golf, Karate, Tennis and Yoga are also offered and taught by professionals in their field. Most classes are led by full time JCC Sports & Recreation professionals.

The JCC and Sports Universe have teamed up to offer The Slam Dunk League.  This is a co-ed in house league for children in grades K thru 4.  The league runs December through March.  For boys and girls in grades 5 thru 12 traveling basketball leagues are offered.  For the winter season tryouts are typically held in October and league games normally begin in December.  For the summer, spring and fall season teams are put togteher based on interest.  Adult Basketball leagues run year round.  Our options include either 18+ Leagues or 35+ Temple leagues.  Players can sign up as a team or as an individual and be placed on a team.

Recreation Programs

Times are reserved throughout the week for adult, teen and family recreation. Our Recreation Programs are no fee and no advance registration required (except adult table tennis). They include: badminton, obstacle course, pickleball, soccer, table tennis, volleyball, and more. Check the Margulis gym schedule for a complete listing and days and times offered

Sports Specific Training

We offer private and semi private instruction for children, teens, and adults looking to improve their skills in basketball, golf, and tennis.


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.

JCC Maccabi Games

Maccabi is a one week Olympic style athletic competition for Jewish teens ages 13-16. Tryouts take place beginning in January. Athletes that make one of our JCC teams travel with us one week in August. This is an international competition and different communities throughout the country host each year.


We have two full size racquetball courts that are used for both matches between members as well as league play.  Leagues are offered on an ongoing basis throughout the year. 

Birthday Parties

Birthday parties for children ages 3 and up are offered. Our Gym Jam Party for ages 3 and 4 features a moon bounce and age appropriate activities. Sports and/or games parties are offered for children ages 5 and older. Our parties feature one hour in the gym with JCC staff leading the activities and one hour in a special room for you and your guests to celebrate.


We want to hear your feedback on special events, birthday parties, Enrichment Classes, Basketball leagues, anything else at the JCC! Contact Sherri Feldscher at

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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,

Order Tickets Here

Looking for information about

Triple Threat Theater Camp?

Click HERE!

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)




Check out our School of the Arts

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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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


Jessica Walder, 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)


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. We work on a fee-for-service basis.

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



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Special Events & Programs

This Month's Events

Passover Food Drive
Food will be donated to the West Orange Food Pantry

In Partnership with Caring Hearts Home Care of NJ
Tuesday, April 1 - Thursday, April 10
Clean your house for Passover and drop off your "chametz" to:
•JCC MetroWest-760 Northfield Ave, West Orange
•West Orange Town Hall-66 Main Street, West Orange
•West Orange Public Library-46 Mt. Pleasant Ave, West Orange
Press Release
Contact: Katy Strulson 973-530-3915 (

JCC Triathlon 2014

Sunday, April 6
7:00am – 12:00pm
Leon & Toby Cooperman JCC | West Orange
Swim, bike, run at our third annual indoor Triathlon.
Contact: Sharon Tobey, 973-530-3407 (

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...

Mitzvah Marathon

Thursday, May 1
$18 per family in advance • $25 per family at door
Leon & Toby Cooperman JCC | West Orange
Support your children and JCC MetroWest in their week-long Mitzcah Marathon and join them at the Finish Line celebration! There will be dinner, fun, and opportunities to do many mitzvot!
Visit our First Giving page at:
Contact: Katy Strulson, 973-530-3915 (

Mother's Day
Shopping Madness

Sponsored by the Fundraising Committee
of the Early Childhood Department

Friday, May 2
Leon & Toby Cooperman JCC | West Orange
Variety of vendors • Mother's Day gifts
Teacher gifts • Jewelry • Judaica • Apparel for all
Decorator selection • and much more!
Contact: Grace Kaplan, 973-530-3468 (

Kids Triathlon

Sunday, May 4
Athlete or non-athlete, all are welcome to participate in this event!
Contact: Sharon Tobey, 973-530-3407 (

L'Dor V'Dor • From Generation to Generation
JCC MetroWest Gala

Tuesday, May 6
Crystal Plaza | Livingston
Elaborate cocktail and dessert reception.
For reservations and Tribute Ad Journal information contact: Diana Ackerman, 973-530-3938 (

Ante Up
for JCC MetroWest

Proceeds to benefit JCC MetroWest
programming and events

Wednesday, May 14
7:30pm • Happy Hour
8:00pm–12:00am • Poker Tournament
Leon & Toby Cooperman JCC | West Orange
Go "All-In" for a great night of Poker!
$180 Buy-In
Terrific Prizes • Great Food
Click here to register or make a donation
Contact: Katy Strulson, 973-530-3915 (
for more information

Stuff the Bus

Thursday, May 22
JCC MetroWest | West Orange
Contact: Katy Strulson 973-530-3915 (

Blood Drive

Thursday, May 29
JCC MetroWest | West Orange
Contact: Katy Strulson 973-530-3915 (

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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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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


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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Make it a habit.

  • 20,000 sq ft. Premier Fitness Center
  • Brand new equipment Featuring: Octane Ellipticals, Thorotread, Jacobs Ladder, Hammer Strength and more!
  • 100+ Group Exercise Classes
  • Two Heated Pools
  • Indoor Walking Track
  • Racquetball & Basketball Courts
  • Studio 3 - Dynamic Training  (TRX & more!)
  • Free Kid Care (Babysitting)
  • Indoor Parking


JCC MetroWest welcomes
all ages, faiths, and backgrounds.


JCC MetroWest is excited to have Netpulse.

Click here to make an account in order to: Track your workout, access music, tv, and movies right from the screen of your cardio equipment.


May 4, 2014:

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Aquatic Group Exercise

Why choose Water Exercise?

The water’s unique properties allow the pool to provide an environment for people of all abilities.  Buoyancy creates a reduced impact exercise alternative that is easy on the joints, while the water’s resistance challenges the muscles.  Water lends itself to a well-balanced workout that improves all major components of physical fitness -- aerobic training, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility and body composition.

Water aerobics is often considered a low-intensity workout program appropriate only for pregnant women or the elderly. However, water aerobics actually offers multiple benefits for any fitness level. Water aerobics classes come in a variety of formats.

Low Impact

Exercising in water makes you feel about 90 percent lighter, reports the American Council on Exercise. When you jump or run in the water, your body does not experience the same impact that these moves cause on land. This makes water aerobics an ideal activity for those with arthritis, back problems, foot or leg injuries, and knee conditions. Pregnant women and the obese also benefit from the reduced impact.

Calorie Burn

Expect to burn between 400 and 500 calories per hour in a water aerobics class. The actual amount you burn will depend on your size, the intensity of your movements, as well as water temperature and depth. In general, faster movements incorporating the upper and lower body in deep water elicit the greatest calorie burn.


When exercising in water, you work against 12 times the resistance of air. Simply kicking and cupping the water helps contribute to muscle development, which translates into a higher metabolism and healthier body. 

Aquatic Group Exercise Schedule

~ YogAerobics -
8:30-9:15am - Dan (MP)

~ Aqua Tabata -
6:30-7:15am- Liza (MP)

~ Aqua Cardio Blast - 8:30-9:15am - Andi (MP)
~ Anti-Gravity* - 9:30-10:20am- Andi (MP)
~ HIIT Aquatic Boot Camp - 9:30-10:15amRobyn (MP)
~ Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program** - 12:15-1:00pm - Betsy (MP)
~ Aqua Cardio Blast - 6:30-7:15pm - Stacey  (MP)

~ Aqua Power - 8:30-9:15am - Robyn (MP)
~ HIIT Aquatic Boot Camp - 9:30-10:15am- Robyn (MP)
~ Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program** - 12:15-1:00pm - Betsy (MP)
~ Aqua Zumba - 6:30-7:15pm - Laura (MP)

~ Aqua Strength - 6:30-7:15am- Liza (MP)
~ Aqua Intensity - 8:30-9:15am - Debra G. (MP)
~ Anti-Gravity* - 9:00-9:50amCarol (MP)
~ Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program** - 11:45am-12:30pm- Carol (MP)
Cardio Pool Party - 6:30-7:15pm - Betsy (MP)

~ Aqua Tabata - 8:30-9:15am - Julia (MP)
~ Aqua Cardio Blast - 9:15-10:00am - Andi (MP)
~ Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program** - 11:45am-12:30pm- Carol (MP)
~ Aqua Strength - 6:30 -7:15pm- Liza (MP)

~ Aqua Intensity -
8:30-9:15am - Debra G. (MP)
~ Anti-Gravity* - 8:30-9:20am - Andi (MP)
~ Aqua Pilates - 9:30-10:15am- Andi (HP)
~ Water yoga - 12:15-1:00pm - Dan (MP)P)

~ Aqua Zumba -
8:30-9:15- Laura (MP)

* Fees are associated with these classes.
** Guest Fee is $100 for 10 sessions. 

(HP)-Heyman Pool
(MP)-Messing Pool

Aquatic Group Exercise Class Descriptions

ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION AQUATIC PROGRAM (AFAP) - A water exercise program designed for people with arthritis and related conditions. Water exercise is especially good for people with arthritis, because it allows you to exercise without putting excess strain on your joints and muscles. It gives you the opportunity to do gentle activities in warm water, with the guidance from a certified instructor from the NJRAC and the Arthritis Foundation.
HIIT AQUA BOOT CAMP  (Hgh Intestiy Interal Traning)- this class combines interval/circuit training wth cadiovascular and core conditioning as well as strength training. Great for cross training. Knowledge of basic swimming and comfort in deep water required. 
AQUA CARDIO BLAST - Aqua cardio blast is all about matching the music and the moves. Pump up your heart while we pump up the jam..
AQUA INTENSITY - This is an INTENSE and invigorating cardiovascular workout in the water with an emphasis on abdominal strengthening and toning. Equipment may be used.
AQUA PILATES -These new aqua exercises challenge your stability, core strength, and develop your breathing in a way that traditional Pilates cannot.
AQUA POWER - A fast paced cardio, core and resistance class. We promise to power up your workout! Suitable for all level; just go at your own pace.  
AQUA STRENGTH - Rethink your workout and include a day (or two) of cross training in the pool! Experience resistance training and work your muscles by using the resistive properties of water. You do not need to be a swimmer, but you must be comfortable in deep water.
AQUA TABATA - A high intesity inteval exerise clss that altrnates 20 seconds of high intensity followd by 10 seconds of less intense eoverfor8rvs.The sciennce behid the workout suports metabollism increase of 17 pecent over a 24hr.period A sustainable energetic workout this is a class for the coditioned participant. Deep and shallow water combinaton.
AQUA ZUMBA ® -Integrating the ZUMBA formula and philosophy with traditional aqua fitness disciplines. This class blends it all together into a safe, challenging, water-based workout that’s cardio-conditioning, body-toning, and most of all, exhilarating beyond belief.
CARDIO POOL PARTY - A high energy water workout which uses weights and has an emphasis on increasing core strength and buildng muscle.
WATER YOGA - Yoga in the pool you say? Yes it’s true as water buoys up the body and makes balancing poses easier than on land. This class is for everyone, especially for those who have not had a good experience in standard Yoga class with intimidating postures.
YOGAEROBICS - This class uses the ancient practice of Yoga to create a great aerobic
water workout.


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Center for Jewish Life

Silver MezuzahCenter for Jewish Life at JCC MetroWest

The Center for Jewish Life provides educational opportunities for people interested in exploring Jewish sources and learning about ways to enhance their spiritual, intellectual & communal Jewish lives.

Adults of all ages and backgrounds come together to explore Judaism’s rich heritage.

For more information, contact Rhonda Lillianthal

The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning

Find out about the Melton classes in the MetroWest Community, click here.

For more information about the Florence Melton Mini School, click here.


Jewish Learning

Find out about the Jewish Learning opportunities at JCC MetroWest, click here.

Announcements and Program Updates



Announcements and Program Updates







UPCOMING HOLIDAY CLOSINGS:   Monday, April 14:  JCC closes 3:00 pm, Adult Day program in session, no evening programs.  Tuesday, April 15:  JCC CLOSED in observance of Passover.  Wednesday, April 16 through Tuesday, April 22:  Adult Day program in session, no evening programs.  All programs resume normal schedule on Wednesday, April 23.   JCC Administrative offices closed April 15 and 16, April 21 and 22.

   NEXT ADULT SUNDAY, Sunday, April 27, 2014.  Ages 18 + . Preregistration required.  Dropoff 1:00 pm for lunch and bowling at Hanover Lanes, 119 Route 10, East Hanover, pickup 4:00 pm SHARP.  Fee includes lunch/admissions.  Additional spending money optional/on your own.  Intake interview required for new participants.  

NEXT TEEN SUNDAY, Sunday, April 27, 2014.  Ages 13-18.  Preregistration  required.  Lunch/Miniature Golf location TBA.  Dropoff 1:00 pm, pickup 4:00 pm SHARP.   Fee includes lunch/admissions.  Additional spending money optional/on your own.  Intake interview required for new participants. 

NEXT JUNIOR SUNDAY , Sunday, April 27, 12:30-3:00 pm.  Preregistration required.  Crafts, Music, Jewish Culture, Recreational Swim. Ages 5-18.  Intake interview required for new participants. 

NEXT ADULT SUNDAY DANCE, Sunday, June 8, 2014 HAWAIIAN LUAU!  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, Saturday, May 3, 2014.  Wacky World of Science at Cooperman JCC, West Orange.  Dropoff 6:45 pm SHARP, pickup 9:45 pm SHARP at Cooperman JCC.  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. 

   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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  • Leon & Toby Cooperman JCC

    Ross Family Campus

    760 Northfield Avenue

    West Orange