JCC MetroWest

About Us

Welcome to Your JCC!

JCC MetroWest has been at the center of our community for over 130 years bringing people together while providing educational, social, cultural and fitness programs.

The Leon & Toby Cooperman JCC in West Orange and our day-camp, Camp Deeny Riback, serve an area that covers 400 square miles - from New York City to the east in Essex County and extending to the outlying suburbs of Morris County to the west.

Through our classes, theater events, summer camps and community-wide festivals we touch approximately 50,000 people each year.

General Contacts

Leon & Toby Cooperman
JCC Ross Family Campus

760 Northfield Avenue West Orange, NJ 07052
Tel: 973-530-3400 Fax: 973-736-6871


We Offer:

  • State-of-the Art Fitness Center
  • Aquatics - full-size swimming pools 
  • Nursery, Pre-school and Kindergarten
  • Summer Camps including our ACA Accredited Camp Deeny Riback
  • School vacation programs
  • Special needs activities
  • Jewish education classes and workshops

Quick Facts

  • JCC MetroWest currently serves the 10th largest Jewish community in North America.
  • JCC MetroWest’s classes, theater, events and community-wide festivals reach approximately 50,000 individuals per year. 
  • Our programs include infant/toddler full day care, pre-nursery & nursery school, kindergarten, aquatics, sports & wellness, sports leagues, School of the Arts (fine arts, music, dance), theater, after school care, leadership development, school vacation programs, senior centers, summer camps, Jewish celebrations, enrichment classes, special needs activities, college programs, singles programs, couples programs, skill development, MetroWest Jewish Health & Healing Center (mind • body • spirit), Hebrew classes, and more.
  • JCC MetroWest was first established 128 years ago when the Jewish community of Newark organized the Young Men’s Hebrew Association (YMHA) in Newark’s Library Hall. By 1881, the group moved into a three-story brick building on Plane Street renamed “Hebrew Hall.” It housed a gymnasium, bowling alley, dance hall/auditorium, and bar.
  • In 1922, construction began on a new building and in 1924 the High Street “Y” opened its doors. Many of our older members still remember the “Y” with fond memories.
  • With Newark’s changing demographics, the High Street “Y” closed in 1954. After a series of temporary residences, a new building on Chancellor Avenue was completed in 1959, serving the Jewish community of Newark as well as the growing suburban populations in Irvington and Hillside.
  • The Jewish exodus from Newark to the suburbs continued and the Chancellor Avenue building was sold in 1969. Meanwhile, on Northfield Avenue in West Orange, the YM-YWHA of Essex County opened its doors in 1967.
  • 1987 saw the first renovation of the West Orange facility, and an expanded gymnasium and early childhood classrooms were added.
  • In 1992, the Lautenberg Family JCC of Greater Morris was opened in Whippany. It houses the first Jewish Day Care program sponsored by the local Jewish community.
  • 2001 saw the For All Generations…Our Time is Now Capital Campaign initiated to raise funds for the expansion and renovation of the West Orange Facility. 
  • September 2003 the West Orange facility’s name changed from the JCC of Metropolitan NJ to the Leon and Toby Cooperman JCC, Ross Family Campus. 
  • The 2007 renovation and expansion of the Leon & Toby Cooperman JCC added a parking garage and 50,000 square feet of space with a new Fitness Center, Early Childhood Center, Atrium, program space, conference center, art gallery, and kosher café.
  • JCC MetroWest’s vision is to be the premier Jewish social, recreational, cultural, and educational center serving the entire MetroWest community and inspiring every individual to explore the boundless potential of Judaism.

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With the addition of a series of ramps and two new elevators, the JCC is now fully accessible to the handicapped.* Our new 300-space parking garage has eight handicapped parking spaces. We also have eight parking spaces in our outdoor parking lot with convenient access to the building.

To reach the JCC by accessible public transportation, dial Metro Transport at Daughters of Israel at 973-325-1359 or visit Access Link at Access Link is NJ TRANSIT's paratransit service for people with a disability that prevents them from using the local fixed route bus service.

Gaelen Center for the Arts

The Maurice Levin Theater at the Leon & Toby Cooperman JCC offers integrated seating for patrons in wheelchairs. We offer barrier-free access for members and guests using wheelchairs or walkers. Handicapped parking spaces are conveniently located and restroom facilities are accessible directly across from the theater.

An infra-red hearing system to help with amplification and clarity is available for members and guests with hearing loss. An adjustable volume control allows the flexibility of sitting anywhere in the theater while using the headsets. Headsets are available at the Box Office Desk in the theater lobby prior to performances. A driver's license or major credit card is required until the headset is returned.


At a minimum of two weeks request, Center for the Arts can make available large print or electronic versions of playbills, brochures, and other marketing materials.

Some performances offer sign interpretation. For information on upcoming performances, please contact the Box Office at 973-530-3444.

*There are a few small exceptions where alternate access is available.

wheel chair accessible, listening devices available, large print available

Contact Us

It's easy to reach us!

Contact a member of our staff below or send us an email at


Alan Feldman
Chief Executive Officer

Jennifer Helprin
VP of Finance

Marcy Burach
Marketing & Membership Director


Flo Peck
Executive Assistant



Danielle Adest

Dale Maciag
Accounts Receivable

Yusra Omar
Accounts Payable



Kate Lee - Aquatic Hotline
Aquatics Administrator

Kathryn Torre
Aquatics Director

Barbara Anstadt
Aquatics Supervisor

Katya Mart
Aquatics Supervisor
Metro Express Swim Team Assistant Coach


Summer Camps

General Information

Joanne Morgenthal
Director, Camp Deeny Riback

Gabi Saperstein
Camping Services Administrator

Lauren Morris
Camping Services Administrator

Stephanie Martin
Early Childhood Camps Director

Carol Berman
Director, Triple Threat Theater Camp

Dianne Lucas
Explorations Camp


Center for Adult Enrichment

Sharon Gordon

Gina Goldman
Margulies Program Director

Joanne Bramnick
Nutrition Program Coordinator

Susan Wallenstein
Adult Services Administrator


Center for Jewish Life and MetroWest Jewish Health & Healing Center

Rhonda Lillianthal
Director of Jewish Education
Director of Florence Melton Adult Mini-School & Hirschorn Program


Center for the Arts

Carol Berman
Manager, Center for the Arts

Samara Grossman
Manager, Children & Families Programs

Miriam Gardin
Director, New Jersey Jewish Film Festival

Lisa Suss
Art Gallery Coordinator

Children's Services

Dianne Lucas
Children,Youth & Family Services Director
Exploration Camp Director
Kids Club Director

Justin Nagy
Kids Club




Pamela Santos


Early Childhood Services

Michael Reisman
Early Childhood Director

Grace Kaplan
Assistant Early Childhood Director

Stephanie Adams
Early Childhood Administrator

Stephanie Martin
Parent Place Program Director
Director of Early Childhood Camps

Cara Kirner
JPlay Supervisor


Facility Management

Clarence Godwin
Director, Facility Management


Health & Fitness

Rob Talty
Operations Manager

Shannon Koenig
Group Exercise Manager


Marketing & Communications

Marcy Burach
Marketing & Membership Director

Janet Rubin
Public Relations Consultant/Writer

Lauren Kampel
Project & Design Coordinator

Marc Appezzato
Project & Design Coordinator

Erin Partyka-Krayl
e-Marketing Coordinator

Danielle Rue
Project & Design Coordinator



Marcy Burach
Marketing & Membership Director

Michele Broesler
Membership Services Manager

Membership Sales
Denise Schlachter
Barbara Moran

Melissa Steb
Member Services Representative


Special Needs

Rebecca Gallanter
Director of Special Needs

Jessica Walder
Assistant Director, Special Needs


Sports & Recreation

Sherri Feldscher
Director of Sports and Recreation

Emily Einhorn
Supervisor of Sports and Recreation

Gretchen Sheffield
Administrative Assistant, Sports and Recreation

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Finding the JCC

Cooperman JCC

Ross Family Campus
760 Northfield Avenue
West Orange, NJ 07052

View a map and get detailed, door-to-door driving directions which you can print out, or send to your email, mobile phone or PDA.

Cooperman JCC by Bus

From NYC (Port Authority Bus Terminal): 
Community Coach Bus #77 leaves from Port Authority and stops directly in front of the JCC. Purchase tickets in advance on lower level. The bus leaves approximately 15 minutes past every hour; returns 8 minutes after the hour.
More information:

From Newark Penn Station: 
Take NJ Transit bus #73 (towards Livingston Mall via Florahm Park) 
More information:

Camp Deeny Riback

Flanders, NJ
Phone: 973-929-2901
Fax: 973-463-3998

Take Route 280 West, it runs directly into Route 80. Continue on Route 80 West until EXIT 27A, marked "Somerville 206 South." Take 206 South 2 miles until you see an Exxon station on the right side of the road. Make a right turn and you are now on Drakesdale Road. Go to the top of the hill and continue toward the left onto Flanders-Netcong Road. JCC CAMP DEENY RIBACK is about 1/4 mile on the right side.



Employment Opportunities



Supervisor of Sports & Recreation

​The Sports and Recreation Department at the JCC is looking for a full time supervisor to plan, implement and teach early childhood and grade school sports enrichment classes, supervise and run vacation programs, birthday parties, grade school, teen and adult leagues as well as collaborate with other departments to run larger agency programs.

Qualified Candidate should have experience working with children in a recreational setting as well as a bachelor's degree in recreation or a sports related field. Candidate must also possess good communication and customer services skills and have a good working knowledge of Microsoft Programs such as Outlook, Word and Excel.

Early Childhood Director

JCC MetroWest seeks F/T, year-round, Early Childhood Director for its large, multifaceted early childhood programs. Viable candidates will be energetic, a visionary self-starter with a desire to create rewarding Jewish early childhood programs, exhibit superior relationship building and communications skills, possess strong knowledge of curriculum development, have proven capacity for building meaningful supervisory relationships, be an experienced financial manager, and have good critical, creative thinking and decision-making skills. Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field and at least five (5) years’ experience as Early Childhood Director, preferred. Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience. Qualified candidates send resume

Early Childhood Program Supervisor

JCC MetroWest, a non-profit agency Jewish social service, education and recreation agency located in Essex County, NJ seeks a high energy, experienced early childhood professional to serve as Early Childhood Program Supervisor. As primary member of the Early Childhood Leadership Team this position reports to the Early Childhood Director. Strong supervisory skills, creative program development proficiency, good organization skills, coupled with excellent relationship and collaborative capacities will define the optimal candidate. Tasks include: staff supervision, parent communication, curriculum development and some administration. Qualified candidates should have a degree in Early Childhood Education or related field, 4-5 years of Early Childhood classroom teaching experience and basic computer competencies (Microsoft Suite, etc.). Full-Time, year-round position. Salary and benefits competitive and commensurate with experience. Qualified candidates send resume

Cultural Arts Department Administrator

JCC MetroWest seeks a Cultural Arts Department Administrator. The ideal candidate will have exceptional interpersonal skills, strong written and verbal communication skills, excellent organizational skills and a high energy level with good poise and presentation skills. Proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel is essential as well as the ability to learn proprietary software. Bachelor’s Degree and great administrative experience is necessary. The salary for this full-time (40 hrs/wk) position is competitive and commensurate with experience. Qualified candidates please email your resume and cover letter to

Part Time Lead Preschool Teacher

Part-time positions teaching preschool in the mornings and afternoons at the JCC in West Orange are now available. Qualified candidates will have Early Childhood certification or equivalent, experience with Jewish culture and values, and understanding of emergent curriculum. Competitive compensation. Please email resume and cover letter to

After School Program Group Leader

The group leader will work with a group of children, planning and implementing activities in a manner that motivates and engages children and strengthens their academic and social skills. Must be available to work Monday through Friday 2:30 p.m.-6p.m.
College and/or Graduate student preferred with a background in education or related field. A minimum of 3 years working with children is required.
Days per week: M-F, hours per week: 15-18, salary range: $10-$12
If interested please send resume and cover letter to Dianne Williams, Children,Youth & Family Services Director. Email:
JCC MetroWest 760 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ 07052

After School Program Assistant Counselor

The assistant counselor assist the head classroom staff person with a group of children, planning and implementing activities in a manner that motivates and engages children and strengthens their academic and social skills.
Must be enrolled in high school and/or college. Minimum of 1 year working with school age children required.
Days per week: Minimum of 3 days, Hours per Week: 9-15, Hourly range: $8-$10
If interested please send resume and cover letter to Dianne Williams, Children,Youth & Family Services Director. Email:
JCC MetroWest 760 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ 07052

Special Needs

The JCC special needs services department is looking for friendly, reliable adults (college students and teachers a plus!) to work in our special needs programs as Assistants and Program Leaders. The JCC special needs services department provides social recreation and enrichment programs for children, teens and adults with disabilities. JCC MetroWest Special Needs Services is looking for Part Time Program Leaders and assistants to facilitate various evening/weekend groups. College Degree preferred with background in special needs, physical education, sports, fitness, art, music, Jewish culture, etc. Competitive hourly rate based on education and experience. If you are interested, please e-mail your resume to Rebecca Gallanter, Director Special Needs Services at

Water Safety Instructors/Lifeguards

JCC MetroWest is hiring aquatics professionals certified as Water Safety Instructors (WSI) and/or Lifeguards for immediate or summer employment. Interested parties should be available to work Saturday and/or Sunday and some early mornings or evenings. We offer varied schedules and flexible hours. Training is available for qualified applicants. We will be running a WSI class beginning June15 and a Lifeguard Training class June 17. Interested parties should e-mail resume to

 Water Exercise Instructor

JCC MetroWest is looking for innovative instructors to join our cutting edge aquatic exercise program. We are planning our fall class schedule now so there are a variety of class openings. Compensation is commensurate with certifications and experience. Positions now available in West Orange at 760 Northfield Ave. E-mail resume to

Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in volunteering at the JCC MetroWest please contact or call Debby at 973-530-3437.




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Leon & Toby Cooperman JCC

Ross Family Campus
West Orange, NJ

  • NEW! 16,000 sq. ft. Allen & Joan Bildner and Bildner Family Foundation Fitness center with over 110 pieces of cardio and strength equipment, most with built-in televisions.
  • 25 yard Helen Messing Memorial Pool
  • 25 yard Ken Heyman Memorial Pool
  • Anna & Morris Margulies Gymnasium with Walking/Running Track, Basketball & Volleyball courts
  • (2) Four-wall Racquetball Courts
  • Personal Training and Nutritional Training
  • Kid Care babysitting for children ages 6 weeks and up with separate age-appropriate areas for play.
  • Adult/Child Locker Rooms & NEWLY RENOVATED Adult-Only Locker Rooms
  • Family Changing Room
  • Lautenberg and Sharon and Stephen Seiden Early Childhood Centers
  • Margulies Senior Center
  • Maruice Levin Theater
  • Goldstein Family Center for Jewish Life, including new meditation studio

Fitness Center Includes:

  • Technogym, Precor and Nautilus Strength and Cardio Equipment, most with individual televisions
  • Crossovers
  • Free Weights
  • Cables
  • Treadmills
  • Stair Climbers
  • Stationary Bicycles Elliptical Cross Trainers
  • Stretching Areas
  • Towel Service
  • 3 Group Exercise Studios, including dedicated Cycling Studio
  • The Fitness Center is open to all JCC MetroWest members over ages 13 and older.

Cafe at the J

For All Your Kosher Needs

Think JCC MetroWest for all your kosher needs-holidays and every day.

Cafe at the J features creative kosher cuisine, daily deli specials, smoothies, and more. Food and catering are prepared under both conservative and orthodox rabbinical supervision.

Enjoy the friendly atmosphere of our café!

Visit our website, click here!

Camp Deeny Riback

Sports & Aquatics

  • Heated pools
  • 60’ water slide
  • 11-station high rope course
  • 20’ climbing tower & 150’ zip line
  • Fantasy ballfield
  • Basketball courts
  • Beach volleyball courts
  • Tennis courts
  • Hockey rink
  • Dance & gymnastics studios
  • Canoeing & fishing at Budd Lake
  • Mountain bike trails
  • 9-hole mini golf & golf cage
  • Gaga


  • Cooking studio
  • Deeny Den youth lounge
  • Digital photography
  • Israel program center
  • Nature center & live farm animals 
  • Performing arts building
  • Outdoor amphitheater

For Our Youngest Campers

  • Junior village & stage
  • Heated zero-depth entry pool
  • Mini-basketball court
  • Junior bike riding
  • Playground
  • Mini-tennis courts
  • Mini-gaga & ropes course

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Hours and Holidays

Leon & Toby Cooperman Building | West Orange

JCC Operating Hours

Normal Operating Hours

Monday-Thursday | 5:30am-10:00pm
Friday | 5:30am-6:00pm
Saturday | 7:00am-7:00pm
Sunday | 7:00am-7:00pm

Weather & Building Updates

When there's inclement weather, call our hotline!


Adult Services Department | Lautenberg Family Center | Whippany

Monday-Thursday | 9:00am-2:00pm


Leon & Toby Cooperman JCC
760 Northfield Ave, West Orange NJ


Gaelen Center for the Arts - Gallery Hours
Monday-Thursday - 9:00am-10:00pm 
Friday - 9:00am-4:00pm
Saturday - Closed
Sunday - 9:00am - 5:00pm

Fitness Center Hours 
Sunday - 7:00am-7:00pm
Monday - Thursday - 5:30am-10:00pm
Friday - 5:30am-6:00pm
Saturday - 7:00am-7:00pm

Membership Office Hours 
Saturday & Sunday - 9:00am-5:00pm
Monday - Thursday - 8:00am-8:00pm
Friday  -  8:00am-5:00pm

Holiday Schedule 2013-2014

Monday, April 14
Erev Passover
5:30am - 3:00pm

Tuesday, April 15
Passover, D1

Wednesday, April 16
Passover, D2
Regular Hours

Monday, April 21 &
Tuesday, April 22

Passover, D7 & D8
Regular Hours

Monday, May 26
Memorial Day
7:00am - 7:00pm

Friday, July 4
Independence Day
7:00am - 6:00pm

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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities at JCC MetroWest

Kosher Meals on Wheels

Volunteers Needed!

The JCC's Kosher Meals on Wheels program is in need of volunteers who can commit one morning a week for it's kosher home delivered program. Ride along with professional drivers and assist in delivering meals to homebound elderly in the community. This is a weekday program leaving from West Orange - training will be provided. Contact Joanne Bramnick, 973-530-3414

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Our Partners

Our Partners

JCC Association  

Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest, NJ

United Jewish Appeal of MetroWest NJ

Jewish Historical Society of MetroWest

Daughters of Israel

The Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life

Jewish Family Service of MetroWest

Jewish Vocational Service of MetroWest

New Jersey Jewish News


Hebrew Vibration

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  • Leon & Toby Cooperman JCC

    Ross Family Campus

    760 Northfield Avenue

    West Orange