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The typical age range of Teen and Young Adult Kehillah participants is ages 14 – 26. Always remaining flexible to our community’s needs, we will do our best to work with you to choose the appropriate classes based on developmental level to ensure a good experience for all participants! Many of our social and community events appeal to young adult participants of a wider age range.

Best Buddies

We are excited to have our own Best Buddies Chapter at the J as part of our Kehillah programs for teens. Best Buddies is a non-profit global organization that creates opportunities for one to one friendships for people with social, intellectual, or developmental disabilities. By joining with Best Buddies to expand our program, we are able to accept teens and pre-teens from all Western Massachusetts school districts. This program helps break the invisible line that too often separates those with disabilities from those without. 

We still have openings for middle and high school age participants. If you have a family member or friend who would benefit from making friendships, attending fun monthly events, and more, please fill out an intake form and contact form and send them back by fax to (413) 739-4747 or mail it to the J (1160 Dickinson Street, Springfield, MA 01108).


Jami Zolotor
Kehillah Administrative Assistant
(413) 739-4715

Fitness Buddies

Fitness Buddies matches teens and young adults that have social challenges with teens and adults in the community to workout together at the Springfield JCC. This program includes a training period that works with the fitness buddies on what they need to bring to the gym, making plans with your fitness buddy, arranging transportation, how to sign in, appropriate locker room use and behavior, equipment use and safety, and the social pragmatics of a fitness center.

Teams can work out in several areas of the J, including the pool, aerobic classes, cycling, and the fitness center. Our goal is for them to have fun while getting healthy and trying a variety of exercises to keep them engaged and interested.

Our goal for this program is simple: foster healthy habits and friendships between fitness buddies and their community workout buddies and teach safety awareness and proper fitness skills that can be apply to any fitness center.

Interested in becoming a Fitness Buddy? Fill out the forms below and send them back by fax to (413) 739-4747 or mail it to the J (1160 Dickinson Street, Springfield, MA 01108).