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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 rgallanter@jccmetrowest.org

or

Chrystal Henion, Assistant Director of Special Needs Services at 973-530-3507 or chenion@jccmetrowest.org

Please contact Robin Cohen, Program Administrator at 973-530-3422 or rcohen@jccmetrowest.org 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!

VIEW OUR CLUB JCC NEWSLETTER!

 

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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!

973-929-2901
camps@jccmetrowest.org

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 →

Our School

Our Schools

Who We Are

Learning is everywhere and we weave it into your child’s day in a nurturing, friendly, and safe environment that will prepare your child for the academic challenges ahead. We build self-awareness and self-esteem through a special ethics and values curriculum in an enriched environment full of language, reading, math, science, art, music, and fun.

Our Location

Leon & Toby Cooperman JCC, Ross Family Campus
760 Northfield Avenue, West Orange

Come visit us today!

For more information, contact Michael Reisman, Director at 973-530-3479 (mreisman@jccmetrowest.org).

Our Facilities

Leon & Toby Cooperman JCC, Ross Family Campus
• Full sized gym
• Two indoor heated pools
• Three outdoor playgrounds
• Large indoor play space
• Art facilities
• Theater performances
• Enrichment classes

Our Sharon & Stephen Seiden Early Childhood Center
• Bright and airy classrooms
• Library and teacher resource area
• Full Kitchen
• Dedicated, covered drop-off and pick-up area

Our Staff

Our Early Childhood staff are a group of caring, experienced educators committed to your child’s growth in our program. We believe in on-going training, maintain the highest standards in Early Childhood education and strive to provide the best program in an exciting, creative atmosphere. Plus, the JCC MetroWest swim and gym professionals guide our aquatics and physical education activities in the full-sized gym and indoor heated pools.

 

 

 

 

 


Nursery School
Part-time & full-time options 2-4 years

• Professional Certified Staff
• Hands-on Emergent Learning
• Sports & Fitness Instruction
• Swimming Instruction (3s, 4s, & Kindergarten)
• Judaic programming
• Indoor/Outdoor Play
• Math
• Reading
• Science
• Art
• Music
• Computer Skills
• Social Responsibility

Full Day Kindergarten
Child must turn 5 by Dec 31.

Extended Hours Available

 

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Announcements and Program Updates

 


 


Announcements and Program Updates


FOR THE LATEST PROGRAM/INCLEMENT WEATHER UPDATES, PLEASE CONTACT OUR INFORMATION LINE, 973-530-3998


CLUB JCC NEWSLETTER 

 

 

REGISTRATION FOR SUMMER SESSION IS ONGOING!  REGISTRATION FOR FALL 2014 BEGINS ON AUGUST 18!  - REGISTER EARLY TO AVOID BEING CLOSED OUT!  REGISTRATION ONGOING FOR ADULT DAY PROGRAM!

REGISTER FOR SUMMER CAMP 2014 TODAY!  TEEN TRACKS TRAVEL, EC (EXPLORATION CAMP) + ME INCLUSION PROGRAM AND MUCH MORE! 

   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 www.firstgiving.com/rebeccagallanter

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:  http://jccmetrowest.org/clubjccnewsletter

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.

      ONGOING REGISTRATION FOR ALL PROGRAMS, SPACE PERMITTING.  CONTACT US TODAY FOR AN INTAKE APPOINTMENT!  

 

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Competition for Individuals with Special Needs

Competition for Individuals with Special Needs

As part of the JCC Maccabi Games experience in 2014, the Cherry Hill JCC looks to offer a unique special needs component to the Games and provide families (both local & visiting) the opportunity to experience this same awesome memorable Maccabi week for their children.

WHO: Jewish teens ages 13-17 (as of 7/31/14) with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities. Intake information, including an IEP will be required.

WHAT: Experience first-hand the JCC Maccabi Games and share in the incredible memories the program provides (opening ceremonies, athletic competition, nightly social events, meeting new friends, and having LOTS of FUN)

WHEN: Sunday, August 10-Friday, August 15, 2014

WHERE: Cherry Hill, NJ

SPORTS OFFERED: Bowling, swimming, & track 

For additional information, please contact Rebecca Gallanter, Director of Special Needs Services at 973-530-3478 or rgallanter@jccmetrowest.org or Jessica Walder, Assistant Director of Special Needs Services, at 973-530-3507 or jwalder@jccmetrowest.org. 

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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
973-530-3519
rlillianthal@jccmetrowest.org

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.

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 (dlichtenberg@ujcnj.org)

Jill Felton

Morris County Program Administrator

973-929-2926 (jfelton@ujcnj.org)

 

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 
www.jewishmetrowestnj.org

Jewish Family Service of MetroWest 
www.jfsmetrowest.org

 

 

 Morris County Connection Logo

 

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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Maccabi Games-Competition for Individuals with Special Needs

JCC Maccabi Games

The JCC Maccabi Games are a cultural & athletic event for Jewish teens.  The Games highlight and strengthen one’s personal connection to his/her own Judaism thus continuing the historic sports tradition passed on from generation to generation.  For additional information on the history of Maccabi games, please visit www.jccmetrowest.org/2014maccabi. 

Competition for Individuals with Special Needs

As part of the JCC Maccabi Games experience in 2014, the Cherry Hill JCC looks to offer a unique special needs component to the Games and provide families (both local & visiting) the opportunity to experience this same awesome memorable Maccabi week for their children.

WHO: Jewish teens ages 13-17 (as of 7/31/14) with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities. Intake information, including an IEP will be required.

WHAT: Experience first-hand the JCC Maccabi Games and share in the incredible memories the program provides (opening ceremonies, athletic competition, nightly social events, meeting new friends, and having LOTS of FUN)

WHEN: Sunday, August 10-Friday, August 15, 2014

WHERE: Cherry Hill, NJ

SPORTS OFFERED: Bowling, swimming, & track 

For additional information, please contact Rebecca Gallanter, Director of Special Needs Services at 973-530-3478 or rgallanter@jccmetrowest.org or Jessica Walder, Assistant Director of Special Needs Services, at 973-530-3507 or chenion@jccmetrowest.org.  

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Fall Family Farm Outing

Fall Family Farm Outing 

September 25, 2011

1:00pm

Wightman's Farm, 1111 Mount Kemble, Morristown

 

Everyone Invited!

Spend the day at the farm with your friends from PJ Library, JCC MetroWest and the Morris County Connection. Enjoy fall holiday-related crafts, stories, apple picking, apple and honey tastings and more.
$12 per family includes a family membership to the farm, coupons, hayride and a giant hay maze. Click here to register.  Click here to download a copy of the flyer. 

Our Program Partners

 

High Holiday Service Schedules

Holiday Information and Resources

Read here for the Rosh Hashanah basics.

Great resource guide for interfaith families celebrating the High Holidays.

Collection of articles about the Jewish New Year, including children's activities for children.

Crafts for kids.

More crafts for kids.

Apple and Honey coloring page.

Article about teaching a 2 year old to say, "I'm Sorry."

MetroPass: Free High Holiday Tickets.

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Jewish Learning

The Center for Jewish Learning

We offer numerous classes in many areas of Jewish studies including: Bible, Jewish History, Philosophy & Theology, Hebrew & Yiddish, as well as lectures on fascinating and enlightening topics.

If you are ...

  • Just beginning your exploration of Judaism
  • Looking to fill in gaps in your Jewish education
  • Seeking to enrich your knowledge of the Bible & other Jewish texts, Jewish literature and/or Music
  • Ready to Learn

... then this is the place for you!

SPRING 2014 JEWISH LEARNING CLASSES

Ages 18+

YIDDISH FOR BEGINNERS - WHIPPANY
March 6–May 15
Thursdays 8:10–9:10pm
Member/Guest: $150

INTERMEDIATE YIDDISH - WHIPPANY
March 4–May 20
Tuesdays 12:30–1:30pm
Member/Guest: $150

ADVANCED YIDDISH - WHIPPANY
March 6–May 15
Thursdays 7:00–8:00pm
Member/Guest: $150

STORIES ABOUT PAUL
& EARLY CHRISTIANITY - WHIPPANY
February 12–May 7
Wednesdays 10:25–11:25pm
Member/Guest: $150

THE BOOK OF JEREMIAH - WHIPPANY
February 12–May 7
Wednesdays 9:20–10:20pm
Member/Guest: $150

BEGINNING HEBREW
February 5–May 14
Wednesdays 6:00–7:15pm
Member/Guest: $240

INTERMEDIATE HEBREW
February 5–May 14
Wednesdays 7:15–8:30pm
Member/Guest: $240

ADVANCED HEBREW
January 28–April 29
Tuesdays 6:30–7:45pm
Member/Guest: $240

CHODESH TOV
ROSH CHODESH GATHERING
October 17, 2013–June 19, 2014
Thursdays 12:30–2:00pm
Member/Guest: $162 (or $25 per class)

For complete program descriptions, please view our Winter-Spring Program Guide.

 Click here to download the Registration Form.

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    Ross Family Campus

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