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
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
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
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
Time and Day: Mondays, 5:10 – 6:40pm
Fee: $120 Members, $150 General Public
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
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
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
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
Time and Day: Thursdays, 3:45 – 4:30pm
Fee: $120 Members, $135 General Public
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 )
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.
Sunday, February 9th, 2020 at the J – we’ll get creative with arts and crafts, and playing some social and cooperative games!
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.