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Springfield JCC To Host Festive Block Party for Special Needs Program

The Kehillah (Special Needs) Department at the Springfield Jewish Community Center will host its CHEERS Block Party on Sunday, September 26. The event, a celebration of the growth of one of the area’s leading adaptive and inclusive programs, will be held at the J (1160 Dickinson Street, Springfield).

What’s there to look forward to? A lot – truly, fun for all ages! Guests are invited to bring their lawn chairs and a blanket to spread out on. There will be a wide variety of food trucks, a DJ, games, and activities for all ages and ability levels. All are invited to have fun and to learn more about Kehillah programming.

In 2018, the CHEERS event engaged more than 270 people, and the JCC raised more than $20,000 so that people of all ages and ability levels can enjoy activities like the J’s fully inclusive summer camp, adaptive aquatics lessons and more. “We have so many amazing programs at the J for people of all ability levels, but we can always do more,” says Tina Edwards, Kehillah Director at the Springfield JCC. “Our Block Party isn’t just one of the most fun events on the calendar, it’s a great opportunity to share what we’re doing with the community, and to raise essential funds for even more programs.”

Conversation with Sue Macy

Oct 2, 2019
Author shares story of Aaron Lansky and his quest to rescue the world’s precious Yiddish books
AMHERST – Some might call Aaron Lansky a Yiddishkeit superhero.

In his quest to save more than a million Yiddish books since 1980, he helped to preserve Yiddish culture and history that could have been lost to the world forever. Today the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, which Lansky founded, is a headquarters for Yiddish books, language, culture and educational programs, and a growing digital library of its Yiddish offerings and is visited annually by visitors from around the globe.

Something for everyone at The J in Springfield

Sep 26, 2019
Total wellness encompasses more than just physical fitness. Beyond staying in good shape, people must consider what they’re doing to address their intellectual, social, and spiritual needs in order to maintain healthy lifestyles.

Helping locals achieve their overall health and wellness goals is at the heart of the mission at the J’s Health & Wellness Center, located in the Springfield JCC. Welcoming people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities, it enriches the lives of its members and the general public alike through a variety of robust classes, trips, and programs.

This is a photo of a group exercise program at the Springfield JCC

Springfield Jewish Community Center summer children’s camp welcomes refugees

Jul 3, 2019
SPRINGFIELD — When children whose families have escaped repressive regimes in Africa arrive in Western Massachusetts for a new life find out that they have a chance to go to camp, they don’t envision a place where they can play soccer, Frisbee, tackle a high- ropes course or learn to swim.

In their world, camp means refugee camp.

This is a photo of campers at the Springfield JCC


Celebrate the Jewish harvest holiday, Sukkot, with the Springfield JCC

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Rabbi James Greene and Seth Stutman, from the Springfield Jewish Community Center, helped us understand the Jewish harvest holiday, Sukkot.

Live from summer camp at the Springfield JCC

Jul 26, 2019
Danny returns to his camp counselor roots and explores summer fun at the Springfield Jewish Community Center.

STEM learning is a way to keep campers’ brains working during the summer when school is out. Sara Jorgensen demonstrates one DIY project; a hydroponic garden. Campers also enjoy creative projects. Carly Florence shows some campers how to make sand art with glue.

Summer Safety Week: Pool tips with the Springfield JCC

Jul 3, 2019
Erika Friedman, Director of Aquatics at the Springfield JCC, gave us guidelines you should follow at your pool, as part of our Summer Safety Week.

Learn how to make matzah with the Springfield JCC

Apr 18, 2019
Rabbi James Greene, from the Springfield JCC, and his daughter, Talyah, taught us about dressing the seder plate and how to make our own matzah.

Friday full body workout with the Springfield JCC

Nov 3, 2017
Susan Whirty and Seth Stutman are here from the Springfield JCC. Don’t miss their workout of the week! Watch Mass Appeal today at 11 on 22News, and at 1 on the CW Springfield.