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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~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
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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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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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Mitzvah Moments



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 (

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Our Staff

Gaelen Center for the Arts Staff

Carol Berman


Carol Berman, a graduate of the University of Miami with a BFA in Performance has spent the better part of her 'grown up' life in the midst of early childhood.  Carol is the Manager of the Gaelen Center For The Arts as well as Director of the JCC MetroWest School of the Arts and Triple Threat Theater Camp and directs all the Children Production Company and Teen Production Company musicals at the Maurice Levin Theater on the campus of the JCC MetroWest in West Orange, NJ.  Carol owns TCW, LLC, an entertainment company for all occasions and a rolodex of classes and experiences for parents/guardians and their favorite youngsters, as well as being a registered and certified Music Together facilitator. Carol Berman teaches and lectures throughout the tri-state area a variety of subjects including You CAN do this:  Learning To Love Music and Movement In The Early Childhood Classroom;  Improv for the Young Actor; Adult Improv; On Camera:  A Way To Self-Esteem, among other high energy classes and lectures.  If all of this wonderful nonsense called "Life" isn't enough - Carol and her three 'boys' reside in Livingston with their new pup Buster, PuffBall, Flappy and the Fish.

Samara Grossman






Samara Grossman is an actor, choreographer, teaching artist and adventure seeker. She has been on the stage in such roles as "Sarah" in COMPANY; "Catherine" in ARMS AND THE MAN; "Grace/Maggie" in WORKING; "Sally" in A LIE OF THE MIND; "Woman II" in CLOSER THAN EVER and many more throughout the Tri-State area.  As a Choreographer, Samara has worked all over New York and New Jersey at such venues as The Players Theater (OFF BROADWAY), William Paterson University, JCC MetroWest, JCC on the Palisades, the Wayne "Y", the Clifton "Y", Riverdell High School and others. Her teaching as brought her from Westchester to West Orange teaching all forms of Dance (theater dance, choreography, ballet, tap, modern, hip hop, movement for actors); Acting; Musical Theater; Creative Writing; Poetry; Audition Technique and has been known to teach a cooking class here and there. She comes from many years at the NJY Camps and had a stint at the Dr Joy Browne show for CBS as well as Disney Theatricals on Broadway for BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, KING DAVID, the NYC premier of HERCULES and the load in for THE LION KING. Samara attended the Idyllwild Arts Academy for Musical Theater, The American Musical and Dramatic Academy for Musical Theater and received her BA from William Paterson University in English Literature.

Lisa Suss






Lisa Suss is an arts activist and advocate as well as an active professional artist.  She often serves as an art ahow juror and installs art for art exhibits, homes and corporate spaces.

Lisa spent 8 years as the chairperson of the West Orange Arts Council and was instrumental in the Council's development. She continues to serve on the Arts Council Board of Trustees.  She is a juried member of Exhibitor's Co-op, a well-known artists' exhibiting group which shows in New Jersey and surrounding states and was also a founding member of the Essex County Arts Advisory Board.

As the Visual Arts Manager for JCC MetroWest, she is responsible for programming and managing four exhibition spaces-the Gaelen Galleries at the West Orange and Whippany's Laurenberg Family Center, as well as the Arts Lobby and Steiner Court Showcases and Roland Exhibition Corridor in West Orange.  She is also the coordinator for the annual Gaelen Juried Arts Show & Sale.

Miriam Gardin, Director NJJFF


Miriam is an arts manager and artist with an extensive background in live performance. Through her producing company, Mpresentations, Miriam produced and directed the world premiere of The Divine Mr. Average by Tim Carlson in D.C.’s 2006 Capital Fringe Festival, and is working on new projects. Previously, Miriam served as Development Director for The Ensemble Studio Theatre in NYC. Before that, she worked for Situation Interactive, providing marketing and advertising services to theatrical clients such as Disney Theatrical Group. She has also worked for Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, Performing Arts Chicago, and Young Judaea. In Israel, Miriam was the artistic and managing director of Center Stage Theatre, producing, directing, and performing in stage and film productions. Through her company Mitzvah Coach, Miriam privately coaches B’nai Mitzvah students and parents in presentation skills. She holds an MFA in performing arts management from Brooklyn College and a BFA in theatre performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.


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Zaman Dance Theater

JCC MetroWest Resident Dance Company:

Zaman Dance Theater


Zaman Dance Theatre Collective


A diversified blend of emerging artists, Zaman Dance Theatre Collective brings culture, passion, and the human experience to the stage. 


This collaborative of artists and educators is committed to a diverse, humanistic, and globally astute presentation of art, through movement, prose, and supporting art forms.


About the Company


In January of 2010 Zaman Dance Theatre Collective was commissioned to be the resident dance company of the JCC MetroWest Gaelen Center for the Arts, in an effort to expand professional dance programming and artist collaboration in the MetroWest and surrounding areas.  

The newly formed collective is quickly emerging and has been commissioned to perform their works throughout the NYC metropolitan area, internationally, and to underserved populations in the Essex County MetroWest community.


In 2010 Zaman Dance Theatre hosted the 1st Annual Essex County MetroWest Dance Festival –In Celebration of National Dance Week, which features the works of professional and student dance artists throughout the state of New Jersey. The collective also hosts Modern Renaissance X, an annual evening of collaborative works by New Jersey dance and interdisciplinary artists. Zaman Dance Theatre is currently in its 3rd season and recently jumpstarted their Global Dance Initiative in the Western Cape of South Africa, in July of 2012. The company will be expanding its educational and outreach programming for the 2013-2014 season.





Zaman Dance Theatre Collective

PO Box 220

Glen Ridge, NJ 07028

                                                Artistic Director- Zakiya Atkinson

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Maurice Levin Theater

MetroWest Children's Music Series (Appropriate for Ages 2-10) 


New Year Rockin’ Party


Mr. Ray!


Monday, December 30 • 11:00am

Mr. RAY (Ray Andersen) honed his skills jamming with Bruce Springsteen,
playing guitar and keyboards for Meat Loaf, and writing and singing his tunes in Blue Van Gogh, an indie band with his wife. He has released three albums and two DVDs over the past decade. His songs are all over Blues Clues, Radio Disney, and XM Kids, to name a few. This rocking family-friendly show shouldn’t be missed. Simply put: “It’s music for the kid in ALL of us!”

Tickets: $13 Member/Student/Senior • $16 General Public

Box office: 1-800-494-TIXS │
Fee for Box Office: $1 per ticket and $.50 per order


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  • Leon & Toby Cooperman JCC

    Ross Family Campus

    760 Northfield Avenue

    West Orange