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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

Jessica Walder, Assistant Director of Special Needs Services at 973-530-3507 or jwalder@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)

 


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!

VIEW OUR CLUB JCC 2013-14 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.

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!
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Vacation Programs

Vacation Programs

When school is out, the JCC is in!

Join us for trips, fun, and excitement during school vacations. December vacations, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, President's Day, Spring Break and more - we've got you covered.

Grade School Vacation Programs

When school is out, the JCC is in! Join us for trips, fun, and excitement during school vacations. December vacations, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, President's Day, Teacher's Convention and more - we've got you covered.

For more information, contact Dianne Lucas, 973-530-3993, dlucas@jccmetrowest.org


IMPORTANT: Policies and Procedures

  • Programs are open to Members and Guests of the JCC.
  • Cancellation Policy: Cancellations 48 hours prior to a Vacation Program will receive a JCC credit. Cancellations made less than 48 hours prior to a Vacation Program will receive no refund.
  •  There will be a late registration fee of $10.00 if you reigister less than 1 week prior to the Vacation Program date.
  • Please bring a kosher dairy, nut-free lunch each day. Bring a bathering suit and towel when applicable. Space is limited. Cancellations will incur a cancellation fee.
  • Before and After Care is available at no additional fee from 7:30am–6:00pm for all Vacation Programs.
  • Parents who pick up after 6:00pm will be charged $1.00 per minute.
  • Any child who requires a Shadow Counselor must coordinate this arrangement with our Special Needs Director. The Shadow Counselor is paid separately by the parent.
  • Low registration may result in program cancellation.

 

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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)

Comments

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 aquaticsinfo@jccmetrowest.org.

 

 

 

 

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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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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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.

Strength

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

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

Monday
~ 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)

Tuesday
~ 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)

Wednesday
~ 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)

Thursday
~ 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)

Friday
~ 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)

Saturday
~ 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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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 2013-14 NEWSLETTER 

 

 

REGISTRATION FOR WINTER/SPRING SESSION IS ONGOING!  - 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! 

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 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. 

   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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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 jwalder@jccmetrowest.org. 

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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.

ALL PARTIES INCLUDE:

  • 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.

 

**PLEASE NOTE** BIRTHDAY PARTIES ARE NOT HELD DURING THE SUMMER

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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2012 Maccabi Games

JCC MetroWest Teens participate in JCC Maccabi Games in Rockland NY

 

Mixed MetroWest U16 Girls’ Soccer

The 2012 JCC Maccabi Games held in Rockland County, NY were a learning and growing experience for MetroWest’s  Mixed Girls’ Soccer Team.  Success for this group was not determined by wins or losses, but by how the group of girls came together over the course of the tournament.

Two athletes from MetroWest were joined by ten others from Springfield (MA), Stamford (CT), Hartford (CT), Marblehead (MA), and Richmond (VA) to form this mixed team.  While some of the girls knew one or two others from their area, as a team, the group had never met or played together until the first game of the tournament.  The first game did not provide much of an opportunity for pleasantries or getting to know each other as the team faced an always strong Los Angeles side.  After going down to LA 0-5 in the first half, the team really found some heart, and played to a 2-2 tie in the second half with goals coming from the “Hartford Connection”, Sydney Gellerman and Hannah Merritt.

After the first game, the team had a chance to really come together, and they did.  The girls watched other games together to scout their competition, had team lunches most days, hung out with each other during down time in between games, and spent the evenings unwinding with fun night time activities.  

The team went on to play four more games in the tournament and each game saw the girls come together more and more as a team.  There was talking on the field and the athletes started to get a feel for where their teammates would be.  By the second game, the girls had other teams and coaches shocked that they were playing a mixed team because it looked like the girls had been playing together for years.  The cohesiveness of this group was really remarkable.   The remaining matches included a 4-1 win over our “neighbors from across the pond”, Great Britain, close matches versus Rockland A and Rockland B, the home town teams and a final match against a tough Toronto squad. 

Gellerman led the team in scoring with 6 goals in 5 games, including a 4 goal effort against Great Britain.  She wound up being one of the top scorers in the entire tournament.  Also tallying goals were Merritt (2), and Biana Iosiovich (2).  Elana Silverstein was outstanding in goal the entire tournament, keeping many of the games close.  Hannah Katz anchored the defense as the sweeper, playing most of the tournament and coming out for just a few short water breaks.  Arielle Rosenberg and Rosie Pofcher both contributed to the strength of the defense and really turned some heads with their play.  Tammy Stevens and Emily Libowitz also turned in great efforts on defense throughout the tournament, even playing through slight injuries at times to help the team.  Many of the girls, including Rebecca Satz, Shana Criscitiello, and Madison Johnson, were asked to play all over the field, at times in positions they were not accustomed to, and did a great job helping the team from both the back and up top.  The sacrifices they made for the benefit of the team were appreciated by all.

 

16U Baseball

In 2012, the MetroWest 16u baseball team intended to go the Rockland Games with one mission in mind:   to medal after a very disappointing tournament a year earlier in Philadelphia that was cut short by torrential rain.  Unfortunately, however, that 2011 team was stacked with many veteran players that had since aged out.  As a result, with only a few returning players, we were compelled to field a team in 2012 that consisted of seven players that were only 13 and 14 years of age.  Although our squad was more equipped to play at the 14u level, we nevertheless played “up” to accommodate the few older players who were denied their fair chance to win a medal in 2011.  With this backdrop, as we prepared for and traveled to the Rockland Games, we became resigned to the fact that our expectations were simply too high.  We began viewing this year as one that would be for the love of the game only, and an opportunity to get some experience as there was “no way” we would be able to compete in the older 16u division.

But then a funny thing happened on the way to the baseball field….

Our group of young, talented players – many of whom had already won two consecutive Gold Medals with the MetroWest Junior Maccabi baseball team in 2010 and 2011 – refused to accept this as a “lost” campaign, and after a slow start, the team really took off, winning 3 of its final 4 games, including a thrilling 5-4 victory over Boca Raton for the Bronze Medal.  The keys to victory included virtually flawless defense, timely hitting particularly with two outs and runners in scoring position, and quality starting pitching.  Playing excellent fundamental baseball in all aspects of the game, MetroWest was not going to be denied.

Now, as we begin preparation for the 2013 games, with another year under our belts, we look forward to further growth on and off the field, and have set our designs on bringing home the Gold Medal.

Athletes

Nathaniel Bargad
Tyler Benson
Joshua Buchholz
Joshua Katz
Ryan Kehr
Max McCauley
Joseph Morrissey
Brett Sass
Jason Sedell
Daniel Stern
Matt Timpone

 
Coaches         

Eric Katz
Jim McCauley

 

15-16 Girls Swimming

 

Elyse Abrams

Silver - 200 Free Relay

Carly Abrams

Silver - 400 free Relay
Bronze - 200 Med Relay

Tabatha Hickman

Bronze - 200 Free Relay
Silver - 50 Back
Silver - 200 Fly
Bronze - 400 Free Relay
Silver -  200 Med Relay

Andrea Shepard

Bronze -100 Fly
Silver - 500 Free
Silver - 200 Fly
Bronze - 100 Free
Silver - 400 IM
Gold - 400 Med Relay
Gold - 200 Fly
Bronze - 200 IM

 

16U Boys Basketball

 

Mitch Cohen (Sparta), Josh Drill (West Caldwell), Wyatt Kalb (North Caldwell), Jacob Kaplan (Pine Brook), Ben Kizel (Short Hills), Julian Ritholz (Short Hills), Tyler Storch (Pine Brook), Alex Tarowsky (Pine Brook), Jesse Warech (Pine Brook) were the members of the U16 basketball team that represented MetroWest in the 2012 Games hosted by Rockland County. The team was led by coaches Lonny Tarowsky and Gary Warech. Half of the team were veterans having competed in past JCC Maccabi Games including winning the gold medal in the U14 division in 2010 in Richmond, VA.

As always the competition was fierce. On Monday the team won their first game against Central Jersey. They lost the second game by one point in overtime to Greater Washington. They won both games on Tuesday and their first game Wednesday. Going into the quarter finals Wednesday afternoon the boys had a record of 4-1.  MetroWest lost the quarter final game by 4 points to South Jersey, the eventual gold medal team.


My week at the Games 

By Jesse Warech

Basketball is a major part of my life and I have enjoyed playing ball in the JCC Maccabi Games for the past three summers.  I am 16 years old and this past August in Rockland was my fourth summer playing in the games. My first year at the Games as a 13 year old I competed in tennis. Each year brought more fun than the last.  The athletics are intense, the activities are fun, and you get a unique chance to give back to the local community.

This past summer I played for the MetroWest basketball team in the U16 division.  Most of the guys on the team this year have played together in previous games.  We always enjoy getting to play on the same side since during the high school season most of us are going against each other.  The level of competition was high as always and the team was tested on more than one occasion.  We had an overall record of 4-2 and lost in the quarterfinal to the eventual champions.  Even though we didn’t get to the final, I still enjoyed the experience very much and although I was there to play basketball, the sports aspect was only a small piece to a great week. 

On Wednesday, all of the participants took part in the JCC Cares Program.  This gives everyone the opportunity to give back.  This year our team went to an assisted living center where we played bingo and did karaoke with some of the residents.  It truly is an experience I will never forget.

In the evenings, when the sports were over for the day, everyone in the games gathered for night activities.  The first night was a pool party and BBQ.  On Tuesday night we went to Dave and Buster’s and Wednesday was host family night.  On this particular evening the athletes spend the night with their host family.  This year my host family had a few of their friends over who were hosting athletes as well.  The last night was closing ceremonies.  There was a carnival and all the participants watched a video showing some clips and highlights from the week. 

These fourth JCC Maccabi games in Rockland were my last, but I hope to continue on and eventually take part in the Maccabiah Games in Israel.

               

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JCC MetroWest Teens participate in JCC Maccabi Games in Houston TX

 

U16 Boys Soccer

The Metrowest 16 and under boys Maccabi soccer team went to Houston in August 2012 and came home with the gold medal. The boys finished with a record of 7-0 and beat a strong Orange County team in the finals 4-0. They scored 51 goals and only allowed 5 against them. Zachary Beckerman ,Sam Eisen,  Matt Picon led the team in scoring while Dylan Fiedler Brett Dinowitz and Ross Florin controlled the midfield. Lucas Weissman,  Matt lemash  and Gideon Tamir held held off the opponents on defense while Bobby Schneiderman and Mark Langendorff did a great job in goal. The boys had a great time together both on and off the field.

Athletes

Zachary Beckerman
Brett Dinowitz
Sam Eisen
Dylan Fiedler
Ross Florin
Marc Langendorff
Matthew Picon
Bobby  Schneiderman
Gideon Tamir
Lucas Weissman
Gary Lemash

Coach

Bryan Fiedler

 

16U Tennis

Metrowest Maccabi tennis 2012 brought 3 16 yr. olds to Houston. Jordan Gelman, Adam Brodkin and Jason Ginsburg represented our JCC admirably and played some great matches. The heat and long hours on the courts didn't phase them a bit. Jason reached the quarter-finals in singles and Jordan and Adam fell short of a bronze in doubles by 1 game. All three had never played Maccabi before and were thrilled to have such a unique experience and to have captured many lifetime memories.

Athletes

Adam Brodkin
Jordan Gelman
Jason Ginsburg

Coach

Rayni Borinsky

 

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