Vacation Programs

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Fun for Children & Youth at the JCC!

We offer a variety of activites for children and youth.

Join us for Kids Club

Vacation Program

Camp and so much more!

For more information click the department link on the right hand side

Call the Front Desk at 973-530-3406/ 973-530-3400 to register today.



 Join us all year long for our children's programs!!

Kids Club    

Vacation Programs

Birthday Parties

Exploration Camp

Camp Deeny Riback

Early Childhood Camps  And so much more... 

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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,

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.


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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Grade School Programs


Grade School Vacation Programs


When school is out, the JCC is in!

9:00am-4:00pm (am/pm care provided from 7:30am-6pm)

Children must bring kosher-dairy, nut-free lunch each day.

Members: $68, Guests: $83

Thursday, April 17, 2014


Prepare to have a day filled with fun as we head over to FunPlex. Have a ball in the Foam Frenzy, bump around with friends on the bumper cars, and play some awesome arcade games. You're sure to have a BLAST! We will not swim on this day.


K-1     CJ-CH314M14A

2-5     CJ-CH314M14B

Members: $68, Guests: $83

Friday, April 18, 2014

Cook Off

Put on your chef's hat and polish your spatula - it's cook-off time! Join us as we create all sorts of yummy food and snacks! We will also enjoy the gym and a dip in the pool.


K-1 CJ-Ch314F18A

2-5 CJ-CH314F18B

Members: $68, Guests: $83

Monday, January 20, 2014

Pajama Party

Wear your pajamas and play games with us, eat at our cereal bar, and watch a movie on the big screen ... in our Maurice Levine Theater! We will also be swimming, going to the gym, enjoying the Youth Center, and so much more!


K-1:     CJ-CH214TH7A

2-5:     CJ-CH314M20B

Member: $68, Guest: $83


Friday, February 14, 2014

Off To The Movies

Spend the morning swimming and having fun in the Youth Lounge. Afterwards, we'll head to AMC-Loews for a movie!


K-1       CJ-CH314M14A

2-5       CJ-CH314M14B

Member: $68, Guest: $83


Monday, February 17,2014

Roller Skating

Get your groove on as we head to the Roller Rink to enjoy a day of roller skating! Whether you are a beginner or an advanced skater, you are sure to have a blast. Skate rentals will be included, but feel free to bring your own if you have them. We will also be swimming.


K-1:     CJ-CH314TH17A

2-5      CJ-CH314TH17B

Members: $68, Guests: $83


Winter Break

Monday, December 23rd

Pump It Up

Join us as we spend the morning having non-stop fun jumping, sliding, and climbing on giant inflatable play structures such as slides, bounce houses, and obstacle courses. We will also be swimming in the afternoon.


K-1: CJ-CH214M23A

2-5: CJ-CH214M23B

Members: $68, Guests: $83

Tuesday, December 24th

Around the World

Have you ever wanted to visit Italy? Hawaii? Israel? Then today is your lucky day! Join us as we get a "taste" of these countries and more as we cook, play games, and experience these different cultures! We will also swim on this cultural day at the "J."


K-1: CJ-CH214TH26A

2-5: CJ-CH214TH26B

Members: $68, Guests: $83

Thursday, December 26th

Off to the Movies

Spend the morning swimming and having fun in the gym. Afterwards we'll head over to the Loews Movie Theater for an afternoon movie.


K-1: CJ-CH214TH26A

2-5: CJ-CH214TH26B

Members: $68, Guests: $83

Friday, December 27th

Luau Party

Can you feel the heat... it's getting warmer... that can mean only one thing... It's time for a luau party! Colorful leis and tropical fruit kabobs will help set the mood; as we swing our hips to the beat and have a dip in the pool. Who said you can only have this much fun in the summer!


K-1: CJ-CH214F27A

2-5: CJ-CH214F27B

Members: $68, Guests: $83

Monday, December 30th

Monster Mini Golf

Ahhh! Join us for a screaming good time as we putt around a fluorescent mini-golf course. This day will for sure be a hole in one! We will also swim on this fun filled day.


K-1: CJ-CH214M30A

2-5: CJ-CH214M30B

Members: $68, Guests: $83

Tuesday, December 31st- 9:00am-4:00pm (no aftercare)

New Year's Eve Party

Join us on New Year's Eve as we have a dance contest, play fun games, and enjoy festive snacks to help bring in 2014! Don't forget your bathing suit for the last dip in the pool of 2013.


K-1: CJ-CH214T31A

2-5: CJ-CH214T31B

Member: $68, Guest $83




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Morris County - Home

Morris County Connection

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

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

Morris County Contacts

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

Jill Felton

Morris County Program Administrator

973-929-2926 (


Our Partners

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

United Jewish Communities of MetroWest NJ

Jewish Family Service of MetroWest



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Morris County Highlights

Sweet Stories: Story Time for the Jewish New Year

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

The Morris County Connection




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Exploration Camps

Explore Our
One-Week Camp Offerings!

Your camper has an amazing opportunity to learn, play, and grow during an Exploration Camp week. Pick a new activity each week so your child can explore many different areas of art and science.


For more information, contact:

Director: Dianne Lucas : 973-530-3993

Assistant Director: Isabella Lombardo:



2014 Calendar

Forms for Exploration Camp 2014



Medical Form

Single Day Permission Waiver

Payment Form

Our Camp

Magic, cooking, crafts, science, clay, dance, sewing, chemistry-we have it for your child! Three hours of specialized instruction from professional teachers in their chosen week's adventure, is combined with daily free swim, organized games outside or in our indoor gym, plus a snack to keep them going.



Our Staff

Our highly qualified staff is supported by the expertise of the JCC's full-time Camp, Sports & Recreation, and Aquatics staff. Our general staff and specialists are hand picked based on their experience, skills, and love of children.


Our Lunch & Snacks

Full lunch provided each day!!!

We will provide your child with lunch each day (included in the cost of camp)!  A kosher dairy snack is also provided each day.

Ask us about our allergy management practices.



Our Facilities 

Exploration Camps are located in our welcoming Community Center in West Orange, NJ.

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

Indoor Heated Pools, Dance Studios, Full-sized Gymnasiums, Indoor and Outdoor Playgrounds, Soccer Fields, Art Studios and MORE!

Our Fees

2014: Member $455 and Guest $505 per week

2014 Sign up by April 11th and receive last summers price 



























































Our Weekly Camp Schedule

Each week we will explore a new world!  What will it be today?

2014 Schedule

Week 1:

June 30 - July 3

Grades K-2: Learn to Swim

Grades 3-6: Improve Your Swim Skills

Week 2:

July 7 - July 11

Grades K-2:  Clay Exploration 

Grades 3-6:  CSI (Crime Scene Investigation)

Week 3:

July 14 - July 18

Grades K-2: Wild Wacky Science

Grades 3-6:  Clay/Ceramics

Week 4:

July 21 - July 25

Grades K-2: Legos

Grades 3-6:  Lego Architect

Week 5:

July 28 - August 1

Grades K-2:  Mystery Week

Grades 3-6:  Mystery Week

Week 6: 

August 4 - August 8

Grades K-2:  Animal Planet

Grades 3-6:  Aviation/Rocketry

Week 7:

August 11 - August 15

Grades K-2: Secret Chef

Grades 3-6:  Iron Chef

Week 8:

August 18 - August 22

Grades K-2: Olympics

Grades 3-6:  Olympics

Daily Schedule

9:00am-12:00pm- Specialized Program

12:00pm-12:30pm, Lunch - A kosher lunch will be provided each day. If your child has a special diet required, please send lunch with them every day.

12:30pm-1:00pm- Gym or Playground

1:00pm-1:45pm, Special Activity - Cooking, Art, Games, Teen Lounge, etc...

1:45pm-2:00pm- Change for Swim

2:00-2:30pm- Free Swim-All children must bring a bathing suit and towel

2:30-2:45pm- Change from swim

2:45-3:30pm- Snack - Kosher dairy snacks will be provided each day, if your child requires a special snack please send it with them.







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Sports Programs

Sports Vacation Programs



     PreSchool Sports and Fun Camp


Wednesday, December 11/2013

Ages 3 1/2-5 must be 3 by June 2012 and toilet trained
9:00am -1:00pm
$45 JCC member per day
$60 guest per day


Monday, January 20/2014

Ages 3 1/2-5 must be 3 by July 2013 and toilet trained
9:00am -1:00pm
$45 JCC member per day
$60 guest per day

Fun filled half day including sports and games in the gym. Hoops, balls, bean bags, parachute, scooters, soccer, t-ball, basketball and playtime in the pool.

Drop off and pick up in the Margulis Gymnasium
Please send a kosher peanut free dairy lunch
Please wear bathing suit and bring a towel and underwear. (Mark all belongings with child's name)


For more information or to register contact Jackie Sanchez 973 530 3423 or email
Register online at



PreSchool Sports and Fun Camp

Fun filled half day with a variety of gyn games and sports.  Activities may include hoops, balls, bean bags, parachute, scooters, soccer, t-ball, basketball, and paytime in the pool.  Drop off and pick up in the Margulis Gymnasium.

Ages 3 1/2 - 5 and toilet trained.  Please wear a bathing suit and bring underwear and a towel (mark all belongings with child's name).

Preschool closed for February vacation week.  Please send a peanut free dairy lunch.  Must be 3 years old be August 2013.

Tuesday, February 18/2014

9:00am - 1:00pm



Wednesday, February 19/2014

9:00am - 1:00pm



Thursday, February 20/2014

9:00am - 1:00pm



Nursery school closed for Passover. Please send a peanut free Kosher Passover lunch.  Must be 3 years old by November 2013.

Thursday, April 17/2014

9:00am - 1:00pm


Member: $45/day

Gues: $60/day

For more information or to register contact Sherri Feldscher  973 530 3425 or email
Register online at

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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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  • Leon & Toby Cooperman JCC

    Ross Family Campus

    760 Northfield Avenue

    West Orange