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Club Kehillah

Adult Club Kehillah participants are between the ages of 22-75. Classes and /or trips are based on wants and needs to ensure a good experience for all.
Many of the social and community events have a minimum and maximum number of participants, so please – sign up early!

Who can participate?

Club Kehillah is designed for adults 22 years and older with cognitive, developmental and social challenges. All recreation and enrichment programming are designed to foster social, emotional and physical skills of participants. Our goal is to create a feeling of community at the JCC for individuals of all abilities. The Club Kehillah Program, like all programs at the JCC, is open to people of all faiths, ethnicities and beliefs.

The mission of the JCC Club Kehillah Adult Special Needs program is to provide quality recreational and enrichment programs for adults with special needs. We are committed to providing a welcoming and supportive environment where participants develop skills, independence, self esteem and cultivate meaningful relationships.

When and where are classes held?

All classes meet at the Springfield JCC.

How can I get involved?

Contact: Tina Edwards, Kehillah Director

Springfield Jewish Community Center (JCC)

Club Kehillah Adult Special Needs Program

1160 Dickinson Street.

Springfield, Ma 01108

(413) 739-4715x 315

Teen & Young Adult

The typical age range of Teen and Young Adult Kehillah class 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 – ensuring a good experience for all participants!

Many of our social and community events appeal to young adult participants of a wider age range.

Schedule of Current Offerings at "Week at a Glance"


Guy’s Fitness: 4:15-5:00pm, $80 Members, $100 General Public, 9/16-11/25 NO CLASS 9/30, 10/14, 11/21

Kehillah Bowling Club at Shaker Bowl: 5:10-6:40pm. $120 Members, $150 General Public, 9/16-11/25 NO CLASS 9/30, 10/14, 11/21



Adaptive Basketball: 4:30-5:15pm, Free for Members, $48 General Public, 9/17-11/19. NO CLASS 10/1, 10/8

Food for Thought: 5:15-6:30, $120 Members, $150 General Public, 9/17-11/19. NO CLASS 10/1 & 10/8



Move to the Beat: 4-4:45pm. $60 Members, $75 General Public, 9/18-11/13. NO CLASS 10/9

Teen Social Group: 4:45-6:30pm, $160 Members, $200 General Public, 9/18-11/13. NO CLASS 10/9



Music with Rusty: 3:45-4:30pm, $120 Members, $135 General Public, 9/19-11/7


Call the JCC to register, 413-739-4715!

Class Descriptions & Fees

Adaptive Aquatics

You will receive 1:1 instruction in acquiring the next step in your swimming skills. This can range from a beginner swimmer working on water safety skills to an experienced swimmer who wants to get improve their skills. Instruction is customized to fit your physical and developmental abilities. This is an 8 week lesson block offered on Friday, Saturday or Sunday afternoons, additional afternoons might be available.

Fee: $180 Members, $200 General Public

Guy’s Fitness:

This class gives male adults a 45 minute workout of stretching and strength building, utilizing steps, weights and floor exercises to music.  A quiet cool down ends the class.

Dates: 4/8, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20, 6/3, 6/10. NO CLASS 4/15 OR 5/27

Instructor: JR Golen

Day and Time: Mondays  4:15pm-5:00pm

Fee: Members $80.00 , General Public $100.00


Bowling Club for Teens & Young Adults:

Come and Bowl and have pizza with  friends at Shaker Bowl in East Longmeadow.

Dates: 4/1, 4/8, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20, 6/3. NO CLASS 4/15 OR 5/27

Instructor: Lindsay

Time and Day: Mondays, 5:10 – 6:40pm

Fee: $120 Members, $150 General Public


Adaptive Basketball:

Acquire the skills needed to participate in community basketball programs. Participants learn dribbling, passing, shooting and the rules of play. Overall sportsmanship and self-confidence is the focus.

Dates: 4/2, 4/9, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21, 5/28. NO GROUP on 4/16

Instructors: Tony

Time and Day:  Tuesdays 4:30-5:15pm

Fee: Members FREE , general public $48.00


Food for Thought:

This is a social club that combines following directions and working with others to achieve a healthy snack for the entire group. Participants make the snack, help serve each other, and do the clean up together. Each recipe is kosher. Our motto is “recipes sometimes get a ‘thumbs up’ and sometimes they get a ‘thumbs down’, but you never know unless you try”!

Dates: 4/2, 4/9, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21, 5/28, 6/10. NO GROUP on 4/16 OR 4/23

Instructor: Kerry

Day and Time: Tuesdays 5:15-6:30pm

Fee: Members $120, General Public $150


Teen Social Group:

Social pragmatics and friendship skills while participating in community outings.   The ability to follow instructions and to be safe in the community with staff support required.   Learn independence and self advocacy while having fun doing teen activities, such as Bowling, Dinner Out, Art and Cooking Community Classes and more!

Dates: 3/27, 4/3, 4/10, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, 5/15, 5/22. NO GROUP on 4/17

Instructor: Kerry

Day and Time: Wednesdays, 4:45 – 6:30pm

Fee: $160 Members; $200  General Public – price of activities included in fee.


Move to the Beat

Let’s put that energy to good use! Get ready to move, shake and dance during this exciting class all while having a GREAT time.

Dates: 3/27, 4/3, 4/10, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, 5/15, 5/22. NO GROUP on 4/17

Instructor: Patty Kelly

Time and Day: Wednesdays, 4:00 – 4:45pm

Fee: $60 Members: $75 General Public


Music with Rusty

This certified music therapist has a unique way of engaging all participants through music. He can create a song from whatever you say, utter or do. Come and experience the way Rusty can find the music within you.

Dates: 3/28, 4/4, 4/11, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23. NO GROUP on 4/18

Instructor: Rusty

Time and Day:  Thursdays, 3:45 – 4:30pm

Fee: $120 Members, $135 General Public


Guitar Lessons

One to one guitar lessons given by Dirk Litzner.  Lessons are weekly for a half hour and start at the individuals level.

Instructor: Dirk Litzner

Fee: $300 Members, $350 General Public  (10 lessons )

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 from all Western MA school districts. This program helps break the invisible line that too often separates those with disabilities from those without.

We still have openings for 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 (see below) and send it back by email, or fax to 739-4747, or drop it off at the J at 1160 Dickinson Street, Springfield attention Tina Edwards.

Upcoming Event

Sunday, February 9th, 2020 at the J – we’ll get creative with arts and crafts, and playing some social and cooperative games!

Important Forms

Fitness Buddies

Fitness Buddies: About the Program

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.

What does this include?

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 you sign in, appropriate locker room use and behavior, equipment use and safety, social pragmatics of a fitness center and more.

Where do we work out?

Teams can work out in several areas of the JCC including the pool, aerobic classes, ropes course, cycling as well as the fitness center – our goal is for them to have fun getting healthy and to try many things to keep them interested.

What is our goal?

Our goal for this program is simple; that not only does it bring both health and friendship to the fitness buddy and their community workout buddy, but it provides skills that can be used at any fitness center they might want to be a part of.

Interested in becoming a Fitness Buddy?

Just fill out the forms below, and return them to the Kehillah office at the JCC, or fax them to (413)739-4747.


Thank you to Doug Flutie Foundation for their initial donation to support this wonderful and necessary offering. Their generosity allowed us the tools to start the program.

Thank you to the Ronald McDonald House Charities for their generous donation which allowed us to purchase two youth expresso bikes. These bikes make the workout more fun, and more competitive!

Thank you to Autism Speaks for their supportive neighborhood grant which enables more health and wellness, and friendship opportunities to our participants!