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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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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 

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

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2013 JCC Maccabi Games

Maccabi Games

The JCC Maccabi Games are a cultural as well as athletic event for Jewish teenagers. The Games highlight and strengthen one's personal connection to his or her own Judaism thus continuing the historic sports tradition passed on from generation to generation.

Interested in becoming a part of this year's delegation? Contact Sherri Feldscher, CJ, 973-530-3425,

Want to see what the national movement is doing? Go to Check out the JCC Maccabi Israel website

MetroWest Maccabi Soccer-Austin 2013

The MetroWest U16 Boys’ Soccer team capped off an incredible tournament by earning the Bronze Medal in the 2013 JCC Maccabi Games in Austin, Texas.  Without ever competing as a team and after only a few practices prior to Austin, the team’s performance in the tournament certainly exceeded all expectations.

Team MetroWest, comprised of players from all over Northern New Jersey, included: Ross Baron (Scotch Plains), Garrett Meinhardt (Livingston), Colin Morrissey (Basking Ridge), Noah Nazmiyal (Montville), Max Ramsfelder (Morristown), Jake Samuels (Livingston), Ethan Tuckman (Towaco), Jack Wasserman (Livingston), and Kevin Zeligson (West Orange).

The soccer tournament began early Monday morning for MetroWest with a match against a mixed team based out of Fort Lauderdale.  This was a good chance for the MetroWest players to get a feel for each other on the field and it all came together nicely as the team cruised to a 7-2 victory.  Kevin Zeligson, Noah Nazmiyal, and Jack Wasserman recorded two goals apiece.  This game helped build confidence among the MetroWest squad which they would need as they progressed in the tournament and faced tougher opponents.

The team’s second game on Monday came against one of those tougher opponents in the team from Edmonton.  Throughout the tournament, MetroWest only had two substitutes (all other teams had 3 or more) but with Ethan Tuckman sidelined at Medical, the squad had the tough challenge of playing in 100 degree heat with only one sub.  Edmonton got on the scoreboard first with a first half goal, one of only a couple times MetroWest would ever trail in the entire tournament.  While it would have been easy for the team to fold after conceding, the team continued to give it their all and was rewarded with a penalty kick late in the first half.  Max Ramsfelder confidently stepped up to the spot and buried the shot past the keeper with no hesitation.  The teams would go into the half tied 1-1 and that is how the score remained despite some good opportunities from both teams.  This game showed the grit and mental toughness of the MetroWest team.

After coming out a little flat Tuesday morning against an inferior Dallas side (0-0 at halftime), MetroWest found their form in the second half, finding the back of the net five times while recording the team’s first clean sheet of the tournament.  In Tuesday’s second game, MetroWest found another strong opponent in Boca Raton.  Learning from earlier in the day, MetroWest came out ready to play from the opening whistle and found themselves up 1-0 on an early goal from Kevin Zeligson.  Max Ramsfelder added a second goal a few minutes later and the 2-0 lead was all MetroWest would need in this one.  A team defense mind set was the key in this win against Boca.  While Boca had a couple chances, MetroWest dominated the play in this game.  Exceptional play from goalies Garrett Meinhardt and Ross Baron and the defensive core of Colin Morrissey and Jake Samuels led to the team’s second consecutive shutout.

Strong play and a 3-0-1 record in the preliminary round earned MetroWest the #1 seed in the medal round of the tournament and a match against #8 seed Chicago/LA on Wednesday morning.  While the #1 seed gave MetroWest a favorable matchup in the first game of the medal round, the other two teams in the bracket were Boca and Edmonton, ensuring a tough draw for MetroWest should they reach the semifinals.  Chicago/LA, another mixed team, did not provide much competition for MetroWest who went on to win 7-1 behind 4 goals from Kevin Zeligson.  The win put MetroWest into the semifinals on Thursday, a rematch against Boca Raton.

The semifinal match against Boca was a tough learning experience for MetroWest.  The match was pretty even throughout although MetroWest actually controlled a lot of the possession and had a number of goal scoring opportunities, three of which hit the post, and a bunch more which just missed the net.  The score remained 0-0 through halftime and well into the second half.  With about 10 minutes left to play, a Boca player rifled a shot from about 35 yards out that found the top corner of the net, a perfectly placed shot out of the reach of the keeper.  While this was a crushing blow, MetroWest would not give up so easily and battled hard for the last few minutes of the game, creating some more goal scoring opportunities.  As a result of MetroWest’s increased pressure pushing forward, Boca was able to score a second, lucky goal, a defensive clear that went over the head of the MetroWest goalie.  The 0-2 loss was an unlucky result and a tough one to swallow for a team that felt like they had controlled the game.

Sometimes a loss can teach us much more about ourselves than a win.  This was the case here.  MetroWest was down but not out and had to somehow put the disappointment behind them and find the passion they exhibited all tournament for the bronze medal game just an hour later.  A tough task, but MetroWest was up to the challenge.

The bronze medal game was played against #2 seed and hosts, Austin.  Although MetroWest was considered the “home team” for this game, the crowd was obviously in support of Austin.  This would not be any easy match evidenced by a 1-1 tie at halftime.  The second half however belonged to MetroWest, adding three goals and going on to the 4-1 victory and the Bronze Medal!  Three of the four goals were scored by the MetroWest goalies during their time in the field, two from Garrett Meinhardt and another from Ross Baron.

MetroWest finished the tournament with an impressive 5-1-1 record, scoring 26 goals while conceding only seven.  Kevin Zeligson lead the team in goals with eight while Jack Wasserman (six goals, seven assists) and Noah Nazmiyal (four goals, nine assists) lead the team in total points with 13.  Also scoring goals for MetroWest were Max Ramsfelder (3), Garrett Meinhardt (2), Ross Baron (2), and Ethan Tuckman (1).  Jake Samuels was self-credited with by far the most “hockey assists” on the team.  As a team, led by goalies Garrett Meinhardt and Ross Baron and the defensive duo of Colin Morrissey and Jake Samuels, MetroWest recorded two complete game shutouts.  Individually, Meinhardt and Baron each recorded four shutout halves in the goal and excellent .428 and .571 goals against averages respectively.  Many players on the team were asked to play in positions that they were unfamiliar with and not only excelled in those positions, but never once had a grip about it.  In particular, Max Ramsfelder and Ethan Tuckman were asked to play numerous positions over the course of the tournament, with Ramsfelder finding time in midfield, forward, and defense and Tuckman moving around to all three midfield positions as needed.  It was this “team first” attitude that contributed to MetroWest’s success.

What a great week it turned out to be for the MetroWest Boys’ Soccer Team.  The young men left the Maccabi Games with the respect and admiration of everyone they encountered; opponents, coaches, referees, and parents.  They should be proud of the way they conducted themselves both on and off the field and how they represented their communities, their families, and most importantly themselves.  The team hopes to return many of these players next year and build upon their success in Austin at the 2014 Maccabi Games next summer!                                                

U16 Boys Basketball

The temperature wasn’t the only thing heating up in Austin as the week went on during the JCC Maccabi Games.  Despite being undersized, and eventually undermanned (due to injury), the Metrowest U16 basketball team showed they had two critical elements necessary for success: 1) heart; and 2) the ability to shoot the three. 

It was a disappointing first day.  Metrowest began with a first game loss to a very good Phoenix team.  Although Metro lost by 20 points, the loss seemed less devastating by the end of the tournament once Phoenix ended up winning the gold medal in the A tournament with a 20 point win over Ft. Lauderdale (who, yes, had a 7’ center who is nationally ranked).  Phoenix was a very good team and Metro gave them a good run.  More importantly, guard Andrew Katzoff (Livingston) had a 13 point fourth quarter that ended up setting the stage for his offensive dominance throughout the rest of the tournament.  This is most impressive considering Andrew had not played basketball for 6 weeks due to a hand injury sustained during a Maccabi scrimmage.  The second game of the day was a tough loss to a scrappy Tuscan team.  It came down to the wire and Metro nearly got the win, but the shots just weren’t falling.  Unfortunately, the loss left Metro with  an 0-2 record at the end of day one.  The state of Arizona had Metro’s number that day.

At the beginning of the second day Metro was in a tough predicament.  Another loss would be difficult to bounce back from; a win would put Metro in the right direction.  The opponent was not a city, or a state, but rather, a country – Israel.  It was a great opportunity to come to the JCC Maccabi games and have a chance to play Israel.  Metro came out strong with big offense from Katzoff and three-point shooting specialists Justin Berger (Solesbury) and Josh Kleinberg (Livingston).   The game was close throughout and Metro won.  The next game was against a strong Philadelphia team.  The offensive firepower continued, and along with the strong play of Noah Eagle (West Essex) and Justin Miklacki (Montville), Metro upset Philadelphia.  At the end of day two, Metro sat at 2-2 and was awarded the top seed in the B tournament.  What a difference a day made.

The tournament began with Metro facing San Francisco, who had a 6’5” center who could also shoot.  This was going to be a tough matchup for a Metro team that did not have any play over 6’ tall.  Nevertheless, Metro came out shooting and was hitting the three point shots from everywhere.  Kleinberg’s range began as soon as he walked into the gym and he was unstoppable throughout the game.  Metro had a 13 point lead in the third quarter and things were looking good.  Unfortunately, as the old adage goes, “you live by the three, you die by the three.”  And when the shots stopped falling for Metro, and the other team had a 6’5” center putting in 2 foot shots on every rebound, the mix was not good.  The lead evaporated and with it, Metro’s hope for moving on to the medal rounds.  Metro lost a tough one to a good San Francisco team that went on to win the silver medal in the B tournament. Despite losing the game, the team enjoyed the remainder of the games (watching the playoffs, other activities, social events).  Metro enjoyed the reputation of being a very good team that got the most out of every one of its players.  We were not big, and we were not strong, but we had the most heart.  We had success and we had fun.  It was a great week.

MetroWest Swim Team 2013

Girls Metrowest Swimming came to the Maccabi Games determined and driven to win. Before the competition began, as a team we made the goal to win over 20 medals, with 10 of them being Gold Medals. By the end of the week, we walked away with 26 medals, 9 of them Gold, 11 Silver and 6 Bronze. As a team we were ecstatic! Not only did we reach our goals, the girls also achieved some of their personal best times.

On day 1, we were ready to compete. The girls found motivation when they saw on the pool’s record board all the amazing Olympic swimmers that swam in this pool. In this beautiful pool, on the first day the girls won 3 Golds and 1 Silver. In the first race of the Maccabi Games, Katy Shepard won the Gold in the 50 Free with the time of 27.55! Following her, the girls dominated the 13-14 and 15-16 200 Breast where Rachel won the Gold in the 13-14 200 Breast (249.11) and Tabitha Hickman won the Gold in the 15-16 200 Breast (244.63). Right after she won the Gold, Tabitha Hickman won the Silver in the 100 Fly (104.87).

After the excitement of day 1, we came out even stronger on day 2 with 7 Medals. The girls were eager to get into the water and race. Tabitha Hickman got our first Gold of the day in the 200 Back with the time of 2:22.17. Tabitha also won Silver in the 50 Fly (28.93) and Medley Relay. Katy Shepard won 2 Silvers in the 200 Back (236.27) and 100 Free (100.64) and Bronze in the 50 Fly (31.28). Rachel Keselman won a bronze in the 200 Back (239.95).

After 2 long days of swimming, 100 degree weather and ongoing sport and night activities; the girls we still upbeat and ready to go for day 3 of competition. On this day they won 8 medals! Rachel Keselman started off the day with Gold in the 50 Breast with a time of 37.59. Tabitha dominated with Gold in 100 Back (106.55), Silver in the 200 Free (211.02) and Silver in the 400 IM. Katy Shepard swam great, winning Bronze in the 200 Free (2:14.67) and Bronze in the 100 Back (1:11.37). With Metro working as a team with the other delegations, we won both the Silver and Bronze in the 400 Free Relay.

On the last day, we wanted to leave with a bang. The girls didn’t hold anything back and earned another 7 medals! Tabitha got the Gold in the 50 Back (30.74) and 100 Breast (116.55) and Silver in the 200 IM (2:25.29). Rachel got the Gold in the 100 Breast (119.36) and 200 Free Relay, and Bronze in the 200 IM (2:41.79). Katy Shepard got the Silver in the 50 Back (33.03).

As the coach, I had the pleasure of swimming in the coaches’ relay on the last day. The girls motivated me, where I joined them for warm up and had the pleasure to swim by their sides. The coaches’ relay was filled with energy and support from our swimmers. By the end of the week, all the delegations came together where we all felt like teammates. I thank the relays for allowing the swimmers to get the chance to swim with swimmers from all over the world. The last race of the Maccabi Games was a T-shirt relay where swimmers and coaches were all included. Not only did the girls leave with pounds of medals around their necks, but they left with friends and memories from the Texas Maccabi Games that they will have for life.


Click here to see a gallery of the photos from the 2013 Maccabi Games.

MetroWest Girls 16U Soccer

The MetroWest Girls 16 and under Maccabi team came back from the Orange County CA 2013 games with the gold medal. The girls dominated their opponents with a record of 7 wins and 0 losses while scoring 45 goals and only allowing 6 goals. Lizzie Kinkler and Jenny Haskel led the scoring with strong midfield support from Maddie Temares, Rachel Sorkenn, and Randi Smith. Halle Fiedler and Sophie Brause were both very solid on defense while Alison Sorkenn and Lauren Krinsky did a great job in goal.  The girls really enjoyed playing with one another and it was an amazing experience both on and off the field. 

MetroWest Boys 16U Baseball

The 16u baseball team completed a bitter sweet tournament at this year’s games in Orange County.  Coming off of our surprising Bronze Medal at the 2012 games, we arrived in sunny California expecting to contend for Gold.  Playing on beautiful fields with panoramic mountain views we didn’t disappoint in the preliminary round.  We finished at 3-1, good enough for the fourth seed, and just missing out on the third seed by way of a tie-breaker.  Our victories were convincing ones over a Hartford/Las Vegas mixed team, St. Louis and South Jersey.  Our lone loss was a 2-1 classic against host Orange County.  Incredibly, our starting pitchers threw four complete games and we played stellar defense and hit the ball throughout the preliminary round.  Unfortunately, we then ran into a hot team from Baltimore and were eliminated in the quarter-finals.  We received outstanding contributions from every member of our roster of 15, including players we added from other delegations as part of a mixed team.  Now, with a veteran returning core, we look forward to picking up another medal at the 2014 games.
































U14 Boys Basketball

On August 4, 2013 the ten member Metrowest basketball team met at Newark Airport at 5 AM with the expectation of an unforgettable experience. The eight boys and two coaches were not disappointed from beginning to end. They arrived in Orange County and were transported to the phenomenal JCC facility where they were greeted by their host families. The entire team was split up between two very caring families and were treated like members of the family. The boys spent the afternoon with their hosts and were then transported to Santa Ana stadium for the nighttime opening ceremonies. This event was modeled after international Olympic opening ceremonies which included walking in with your team, entertainment, and capped off by a tribute to the fallen Israeli Olympic athletes. It was a fabulous evening for athletes and their families that won't be soon forgotten.

     The competition schedule was exhausting but the team rose to the occasion by winning five games in a row. They played two games on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday with a minimal amount of rest in between. The team was ranked 5th out of 24 teams after winning their first four games. They finally fell during game six when sheer exhaustion took over but they still played a respectable game. The team played with skill and class throughout the games. They handled themselves in a commendable and very sportsmanlike manner which is a testament to good coaching and high character.

     The boys experiences were not all on the court. Each boy worked with a special needs child on the basketball court to enable them to give something back to the host community.  The Maccabi Games also scheduled wonderful age appropriate activities for the teens. They experienced a beach party Monday night and a Game Center with mini golf, games, and rides on Tuesday. The host families entertained them Wednesday night and the games commenced with a closing ceremony party at the JCC that was described as "awesome" by many of the boys.

     The Maccabi experience was an unforgettable one for the participants and the families as well. The athletes experienced rigorous competition, community service, independence, and a wonderful social experience. They met over 2,000 teens from around the US and other countries.  They traded pins, shirts and uniforms. Friendships were forged and pride in their heritage was cultivated. The parents got to see their adolescent compete, navigate on their own and be entertained as well. The 2013 Orange County Maccabi Games were unforgettable and hugely successful. Many athletes and families felt it was an experience that would never be forgotten and will always be treasured.

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Aquatic Group Exercise

Why choose Water Exercise?

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

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

Low Impact

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

Calorie Burn

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


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

Aquatic Group Exercise Schedule

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

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

~ Aqua Cardio Blast - 8:30-9:15am - Andi (MP)
~ Anti-Gravity* - 9:30-10:20am- Andi (MP)
~ JCC Water Walkers - 10:00am-11:00am-Self Led (HP)
~ Arthritis Aquatic Program** - 11:30am-12:15pm - Lydia (MP)
~ Aqua Cardio Blast - 6:30-7:15pm - Stacey  (MP)

~ Aqua Power - 8:30-9:15am - Robyn (MP)
~ HIIT Aquatic Boot Camp - 9:30-10:15am- Robyn (MP)

~ JCC Water Walkers - 10:00am-11:00am-Self Led (HP)
Arthritis Aquatic Program** - 11:30am-12:15pm - Betsy (MP)
~ Aqua Zumba - 6:30-7:15pm - Laura (MP)

~ Aqua Strength - 6:30-7:15am- Liza (MP)
~ Aqua Intensity - 8:30-9:15am - Debra G. (MP)
~ Anti-Gravity* - 9:00-9:50am- Liza (MP)

~ JCC Water Walkers - 10:00am-11:00am-Self Led (HP)
Arthritis Aquatic Program** - 11:30am-12:15pm** -Liza (MP)
Cardio Pool Party - 6:30-7:15pm - Betsy (MP)

~ Aqua Tabata - 8:30-9:15am - Julia (MP)
~ Aqua Cardio Blast - 9:15-10:00am - Andi (MP)

~ JCC Water Walkers - 10:00am-11:00am-Self Led (HP)
Arthritis Aquatic Program** - 11:30am-12:15pm** -Liza (MP)
~ Aqua Zumba - 6:30 -7:15pm- Laura (MP)

~ Aqua Intensity -
8:30-9:15am - Debra G. (MP)
~ Anti-Gravity* - 8:30-9:20am - Andi (MP)
~ Aqua Pilates - 9:30-10:15am- Andi (HP)

~ JCC Water Walkers - 10:00am-11:00am-Self Led (HP)
~ Water yoga - 11:30am-12:15pm - Dan (MP)
Please Note: No Water Yoga on  July 11, 18 and 25

~ 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 AQUATIC PROGRAM - 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.
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.

JCC WATER WALKERS - Looking for a great aquatic workout? Leave your gym shoes in the closet and hit the pool for a walk in the water! Water walking burns more calories than walking on land and is a no impact way to strengthen your body. Join other JCC Full Center Members in Lane 1 of the Heyman Pool for this free program.Ongoing M-F 10:00-11:00am
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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Adult and Teen Aquatics - Summer Session



Welcome to JCC MetroWest Adult Aquatics

Both pools are temperature regulated for lap swimming and class instruction.

We offer options for adult swimmers and non-swimmers: Group and Private Swim Lessons, Masters Swim Program, Scuba Diving Classes, Aquatic Personal Training, Water Walking, Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program, and Group Water Exercise Classes.

  • JCC Member registration for JCC MetroWest Summer Aquatics Program opens Monday, April 28 at 8:00am

  • Guest registration opens Monday, May 5 at 8:00am
  • JCC MetroWest Summer Aquatics Program 2014 starts Saturday, June 28 and runs through Friday, August 22, 2014 and is open to JCC members and Community Guests.
  • JCC Members receive discounted rates on all JCC MetroWest Aquatics School Classes.

JCC Member's please note that your JCC discount will be applied when we process your payment If you need additional assistance contact us at or call 973-530-3515.


Click Here for 20​14 - 2015 Swim Lesson Schedule

Adult Swim
18+ yrs.

Guest: $160/7sess.
JCC Member: $120/7sess.

Guest: $185/8sess.
JCC Member: $140/8sess.

Class Dates are:
June 28 to August 22
No Classes on July 4, 5 & 6

Share a class with other adults. Beginner (little or no swimming ability) to mid-level swimmers. Learn the basics or fine tune what you already know. Certified instructors put students at ease while motivating participants to fulfill individual needs.

Adult Swim Clinic
18+ yrs.

Guest: $160/7sess.
JCC Member: $120/7sess.

Guest: $185/8sess.
JCC Member: $140/8sess.

Class Dates are:
June 28 to August 22
No Classes on July 4, 5 & 6


For adults who know the basics. Learn proper technique and become more efficient in front and back crawl, side stroke and breast stroke.


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Member Services

Membership Cards

For the safety and well being of our members, Membership Cards are required for all members' 6 years of age and older. Cards must be carried at all times when using JCC MetroWest facilities and be shown upon request.

There is a $5 charge for the replacement of lost or damaged cards.

Guest Policy

Facts on Guest Passes:

  • Guests of valid JCC MetroWest members are extended privileges at a nominal fee.
  • ALL guests must present a valid, current photo ID, and must sign in the Guest Log with each visit.
  • Guests of Fitness Members must always be accompanied by the member.
  • Guests may visit the fitness center, recreation area or pool up to three times in any calendar year. After three visits, they may not use the Center unless they have purchased a membership.
  • JCC MetroWest reserves the right to revoke guest privileges for any person at any time.

Financial Assistance

It is the policy of JCC MetroWest to provide assistance to members who are unable to meet the established fees and who qualify according to established guidelines.

Members may apply for assistance by submitting a confidential Scholarship Application and schedule a confidential interview when required.

Please download our Financial Assistance Form here.

Community Support

JCC MetroWest is a beneficiary of the United Jewish Communities of MetroWest NJ, the United Way of Essex and West Hudson, a member of the JCC Association of North America, and funded in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. This assistance helps support JCC MetroWest services.

Insurance Discounts

JCC MetroWest members may take advantage of the JCC Association/NA Group Accident Medical Expense Program. Both summer and year-round plans are available at a nominal fee.

Indoor Parking

Leon & Toby Cooperman JCC offers free indoor parking that is also handicapped accessible. Please respect our parking regulations, which are designed with your safety in mind. Please do not park in fire lanes. Cars will be ticketed.

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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!


Ages 18+

March 6–May 15
Thursdays 8:10–9:10pm
Member/Guest: $150

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

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

February 12–May 7
Wednesdays 10:25–11:25pm
Member/Guest: $150

February 12–May 7
Wednesdays 9:20–10:20pm
Member/Guest: $150

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

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

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

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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Group Exercise

Our Group Exercise Classes

Use our easy-to-read Group Exercise Schedule to find the class that's custom fit for you:

Group Exercise Schedule

  • In our Pools: Aqua Fit, Aqua Cardio Circuit, WaterYoga
  • Indoor Cycling: 20 classes a week on 28 Keiser M3 Bikes
  • Mind/Body: Yoga, Pilates Mat, Meditation, and Tai Chi
  • Cardio: STEP 360, Kickboxing, Step, Dance, and Low Impact
  • Toning: Body Sculpt, Total Body Blast, and Stability Ball
  • Martial Arts: Tai Chi
  • Kids and Teens: Fitness for Kids with classes such as Kid's Boot Camp, Zumbatomic®, Kid's Conditioning, Kid's/Teen Spinning
  • Senior Classes: Forever Fit, Osteoporosis Class, Low Impact, Balance & Weights



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 Shannon Koenig, Group Exercise Director at 973-530-3514 (


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Adult Day Program

Club JCC Adult Day Program*

 Ages 21 and over
Monday-Friday 9:00am-2:00pm

This five-day-per-week program for adults 21+ focuses on life skills activities both onsite at the JCC and in the community.  Activities include but are not limited to music, yoga, aerobics/strength/cardiovascular training, swimming/swim instruction, nutrition/calorie awareness, health awareness, social skills, food preparation, pre-vocational skills training/volunteerism, money management, community navigation, current events discussions, and communication. Please click here for a list of dates the program is in session. 

Supervised by professionals with extensive experience with individuals with special needs. 

Please contact Chris Sokolewicz, Certified Teacher of the Handicapped, Adult Day Program Coordinator at 973-530-3489 for further information.  

*Approved Real Life Choices/SDDS provider through the NJ Developmental Disabilities Division (DDD)

$80 per day Members/ $85 per day Guests

All new participants need to schedule an intake interview before registering.  To schedule an intake interview, or for additional information about the Adult Day Program, 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 or

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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.


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


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.


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


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.


Adam Brodkin
Jordan Gelman
Jason Ginsburg


Rayni Borinsky


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