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JCC MetroWest Special Needs Services

A Community of Opportunity

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All new participants need to schedule an intake interview before registering.  To schedule an intake interview, or for additional information about our programs, please contact:

Rebecca Gallanter, Director of Special Needs Services at 973-530-3478 or rgallanter@jccmetrowest.org

or

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

Please contact Robin Cohen, Program Administrator at 973-530-3422 or rcohen@jccmetrowest.org for additional information or to register for a program. 


 

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We serve diverse populations and welcome people of all backgrounds to join us.

  • We are a warm and friendly community.
  • We offer programs, activities, trips, resources, referrals, workshops, respite, and support.
  • We are open seven days a week, all year long.
  • Morning, afternoon, after school, and evening options available.
  • We provide inclusion for all ages as well as self-contained opportunities.
  • We are creative and will work with you - let us know what your needs are.
  • Real Life Choices / SDDS Approved Provider State of New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD)

 


Participate in JCC Life to the Fullest

■ Life skills and programming
■ Adaptive aquatics
■ Sports and recreation
■ Personal training
■ Summer camp and summer programs
■ After school enrichment
■ Jewish education
■ Community events
■ Social skills training

JCC Membership is not required. We work on a fee-for-service basis.

Ask us about community service volunteer opportunities for teens and adults!

VIEW OUR CLUB JCC 2013-14 NEWSLETTER!

 

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Announcements and Program Updates

 


 


Announcements and Program Updates


FOR THE LATEST PROGRAM/INCLEMENT WEATHER UPDATES, PLEASE CONTACT OUR INFORMATION LINE, 973-530-3998


CLUB JCC 2013-14 NEWSLETTER 

 

 

REGISTRATION FOR WINTER/SPRING SESSION IS ONGOING!  - REGISTER EARLY TO AVOID BEING CLOSED OUT!  REGISTRATION ONGOING FOR ADULT DAY PROGRAM!

REGISTER FOR SUMMER CAMP 2014 TODAY!  TEEN TRACKS TRAVEL, EC (EXPLORATION CAMP) + ME INCLUSION PROGRAM AND MUCH MORE! 

UPCOMING HOLIDAY CLOSINGS:   Monday, April 14:  JCC closes 3:00 pm, Adult Day program in session, no evening programs.  Tuesday, April 15:  JCC CLOSED in observance of Passover.  Wednesday, April 16 through Tuesday, April 22:  Adult Day program in session, no evening programs.  All programs resume normal schedule on Wednesday, April 23.   JCC Administrative offices closed April 15 and 16, April 21 and 22.

   NEXT ADULT SUNDAY, Sunday, April 27, 2014.  Ages 18 + . Preregistration required.  Dropoff 1:00 pm for lunch and bowling at Hanover Lanes, 119 Route 10, East Hanover, pickup 4:00 pm SHARP.  Fee includes lunch/admissions.  Additional spending money optional/on your own.  Intake interview required for new participants.  

NEXT TEEN SUNDAY, Sunday, April 27, 2014.  Ages 13-18.  Preregistration  required.  Lunch/Miniature Golf location TBA.  Dropoff 1:00 pm, pickup 4:00 pm SHARP.   Fee includes lunch/admissions.  Additional spending money optional/on your own.  Intake interview required for new participants. 

NEXT JUNIOR SUNDAY , Sunday, April 27, 12:30-3:00 pm.  Preregistration required.  Crafts, Music, Jewish Culture, Recreational Swim. Ages 5-18.  Intake interview required for new participants. 

NEXT ADULT SUNDAY DANCE, Sunday, June 8, 2014 HAWAIIAN LUAU!  Adults 18 and over.  Live DJ, giveaways, games, pizza, snacks, soft drinks.  $14 admission per person at door.  Cooperman JCC, West Orange, 6:00-8:00 pm.  

NEXT TEEN / ADULT SATURDAY NIGHT, Saturday, May 3, 2014.  Wacky World of Science at Cooperman JCC, West Orange.  Dropoff 6:45 pm SHARP, pickup 9:45 pm SHARP at Cooperman JCC.  Admissions, staffing included.  Preregistration  required.  Intake interview required for new participants.

    IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO DONATE TO DANCE-A-THON 2014:  GREATEST CARNIVAL ON EARTH!!  Contact us at 973-530-3998 today!  Donate now via www.firstgiving.com/rebeccagallanter

Join our e-mail list to receive the latest updates on new programs and to receive our 2013-14 Club JCC Newsletter.  Something new is always happening here at Club JCC!  

Club JCC Adult Day Program (ages 21+) is in operation FIVE days per week!  The JCC is an approved Real Life Choices/Self-Determination provider through the NJ Developmental Disabilities Division (DDD) / Easter Seals NJ. 

   Please visit our Club JCC Webpage for our latest newsletter:  http://jccmetrowest.org/clubjccnewsletter

Please call 973-530-3478 to register or arrange for an intake interview.         

     IN CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER, CONTACT 973-530-3998 for information on closings or cancellations.

      ONGOING REGISTRATION FOR ALL PROGRAMS, SPACE PERMITTING.  CONTACT US TODAY FOR AN INTAKE APPOINTMENT!  

 

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CareLink @ Super Sunday

                                                       CareLink @ Super Sunday:  A Community Day of Caring

 

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December 4, 2011

2:00pm

Alex Aidekman Jewish Community Campus

901 Route 10, Whippany

 

Feel how good it feels to give back! 

  

 

More information coming soon.

Join the Morris County Connection, United Jewish Communities of MetroWest, the Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life and Jewish Family Service for a Super Sunday afternoon filled with community service projects appropriate for families. 

 

 

Program Partners

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dance-A-Thon

Thank you for joining us to raise awareness and funds for

Club JCC Special Needs Services! 

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE 6TH ANNUAL DANCE-A-THON!!

Check here for further updates as the event draws closer 

 

SATURDAY, JANUARY 31, 2015

7:00pm-11:00pm

(snow date 2/7/15)

 

Tentative Information:  $20 Admission includes a serving of baked ziti, a salad, and drink.  Raffle tickets & additional snacks available for purchase.  

For more information, please contact Rebecca Gallanter, Director of Special Needs Services at 973-530-3478 (rgallanter@jccmetrowest.org) or Jessica Walder, Assistant Director of Special Needs Services at 973-530-3507 (jwalder@jccmetrowest.org)

If you are interested in volunteering on the Dance-A-Thon Committee please contact Rebecca Gallanter at rgallanter@jccmetrowest.org or 973-530-3478.  The committee is comprised of teens, individuals with disabilities, and family members. 

Real Life Choices/Self-Determination Approved Provider State of New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD)

This year's Dance-A-Thon 2014  was proudly sponsored by generous donations of raffle prizes from the following:

Cafe at the J

Eagle Rock Diner

Elle Squared

Felner Family

Investors Bank

New Jersey Devils 

New York Giants

New York Jets

Panera Bread

Panevino Ristorante

Pleasantdale Kosher Meat Market

Robyn G Accessories

Santos Family

Slobodien Family

Sports Authority

Wessling Family

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Saint Barnabas Wellness Institute

Saint Barnabas Wellness Institute

WELCOME TO THE WELLNESS INSTITUTE

Heidi Schnapp, M.A., CSW, your JCC Health Services Navigator, is available onsite in the Wellness Institute office, Monday through Friday or by appointment. Consider her a liaison between you and the extensive roster of physicians, clinicians, and medical services available at the Saint Barnabas Medical Center. Please stop by to visit, call (973) 322-5620, or email hschnapp@barnabashealth.org .


Please click on the image below to view the Winter-Spring programs offered by Saint Barnabas Wellness Institute.

 

 


Check out our Monthly Calendar:

 April

_May

Notice:  "Advanced Directives & POLST" will not be meeting on April 10 at 11am


PLEASE NOTE:

*Space is limited and advanced registration is required.

*All programs are free of charge, compliments of Saint Barnabas Medical Center.

*In case of inclement weather, Please contact Heidi Schnapp, JCC Health Services Navigator, at 973-322-5620 or hschnapp@barnabashealth.org  


FOR BARNABAS HEALTH EMPLOYEES:

***Barnabas Health benefits eligible employees receive 20 Live Well Rewards points for attending any and each seminar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mitzvah Moments

 

 

Passover Food Drive
Food will be donated to the West Orange Food Pantry

In Partnership with Caring Hearts Home Care of NJ
Tuesday, April 1 - Thursday, April 10
Clean your house for Passover and drop off your "chametz" to:
•JCC MetroWest-760 Northfield Ave, West Orange
•West Orange Town Hall-66 Main Street, West Orange
•West Orange Public Library-46 Mt. Pleasant Ave, West Orange
Press Release
Contact: Katy Strulson 973-530-3915 (kstrulson@jccmetrowest.org)

Mitzvah Marathon

Thursday, May 1
5:30pm–7:30pm
$18 per family in advance • $25 per family at door
Leon & Toby Cooperman JCC | West Orange
Support your children and JCC MetroWest in their week-long Mitzcah Marathon and join them at the Finish Line celebration! There will be dinner, fun, and opportunities to do many mitzvot!
Visit our First Giving page at: www.jccmetrowet.org/mitzvahmarathon
Contact: Katy Strulson, 973-530-3915 (kstrulson@jccmetrowest.org)

Stuff the Bus

Thursday, May 22
JCC MetroWest | West Orange
Contact: Katy Strulson 973-530-3915 (kstrulson@jccmetrowest.org)

Blood Drive

Thursday, May 29
JCC MetroWest | West Orange
Contact: Katy Strulson 973-530-3915 (kstrulson@jccmetrowest.org)

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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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Photo Gallery

 


Club JCC Photo Gallery

 

Club JCC Adult Day Program Photo Gallery 

Club JCC Junior Photo Gallery

Club JCC Weeknight Programs Photo Gallery 

Club JCC Weekend Trips Photo Gallery

Club JCC Teens Photo Gallery

Club JCC Special Events Photo Gallery

Club JCC Teen Tracks Travel Camp Photo Gallery

 

 

Welcome to our Photo Gallery!

Please check back often to view our latest activities. 

 

Click here to view the Club JCC 2012-2013 Newsletter!! 

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