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

Erica Plofsky
Project & Design Coordinator

Marc Appezzato
Project & Design Coordinator

Erin Partyka-Krayl
e-Marketing Coordinator



Marcy Burach
Marketing & Membership Director

Michele Broesler
Membership Services Manager

Sam Wolpert
Membership Engagement 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


Camp Deeny Riback Summer 2014 Employment Opportunities

Looking for Senior Counselors to work at amazing day camp in Morris County from the end of June – end of August 2014.  Ideal candidate must have a love of camp, be fun, energetic, flexible, full of spirit, and willing to swim on a daily basis.  Our counselors are the direct contact between camp and campers. At all times, the counselors are interacting with their groups, always encouraging, instructing, and supervising their campers. They are the positive role models that help each camper have a successful summer.

Looking for peer mentor-trained high school/college students and qualified teachers and paraprofessionals to work as shadow counselors in our summer camp inclusion program for children with special needs from the end of June – end of August 2014. We are looking for energetic, compassionate, creative and personable people to help facilitate a typical camp experience for children with special needs. At Camp Deeny Riback, children with various special needs enjoy a fun, recreational summer camp setting alongside their typically-developing peers.  Shadow counselors receive training and support, helping to ensure that their assigned camper’s special needs are accommodated in a truly inclusionary setting.

Looking for a Sport Specialist at a Morris County, NJ Day Camp for the summer 2014 season. Specialist must be able to develop and deliver sports program that is appropriate for the age and ability of the campers in either a variety of field sports or be specifically skilled in a specific sport which includes lacrosse, hockey and mountain bikes in particular. The specialist must ensure that camp staff and campers know and follow safety and educational procedures and assist in the management and care of the physical facilities and equipment in the sports program.

Lifeguards are responsible for maintaining a safe environment for all users. General pool maintenance may be required. Lifeguards will also act as swim instructors. Swim instructors are responsible for instructing children in group and private swim lessons. Camp Deeny Riback follows the American Red Cross “Learn to Swim” program.

Looking for an adult to supervise and run off site Lake Program for Morris County, NJ Day Camp from end of June – end of August 2014. This person must be lifeguard certified (reimbursement for re-cert if necessary,) and poses or be willing to acquire the NJ Boating Safety Certificate.  Duties include supervising and mentoring lifeguards and creating a program for children that teaches basic skills in canoeing, rowing and sailing. The Lake Director is responsible for maintaining a safe environment for all users. General watercraft maintenance is required.

Potential candidates should contact the Camp Office at: 973-929-2901 or by e-mail at:

Part Time Lead Preschool Teacher

New position teaching 3-year-olds in an afternoon Jewish Preschool program, 2-6, M-F.  Qualified candidates 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

Early Childhood Camp 2014 Employment Opportunities

Early Childhood Camp seeks counselors for all of its camp programs.  Young campers ages 2-5.  Ideal candidate must have a love of camp, be fun, energetic, flexible, full of spirit, and willing to swim on a daily basis.  Experience working with children a big plus. 

Arts and Crafts specialist is responsible in leading groups of children in art projects throughout the summer.  Ideal candidate should be creative and have experience working with young children. Please send resume 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. We offer varied schedules and flexible hours. Current WSI certification is needed for all instructors. Lifeguards need current certification in Lifeguard Training, First Aid & CPR/AED for Lifeguards. Compensation for WSI starts at $13/hr and Lifeguards $8.50/hr and is commensurate with certifications and experience. Openings for Early Bird Lifeguard Shifts - Must be able to ensure arrival at 5:00am to open pools. 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