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We will work with you to choose the appropriate classes for your child’s developmental level to ensure a good experience for all participants.

Pre-registration is required. To register for any of our Kehillah classes, email Dorothy Linder, Kehillah Director, or call the J at (413) 739-4715. Participants must submit a completed intake form prior to enrollment.

Did you know? Siblings of those participating in Kehillah programs can register for classes for half price, provided that spaces are available.

Kids Kehillah Programming (Ages 3 - 10)

Music with Rusty
Thursdays, October 27, November 10, December 8 and 22 | 3:30 – 4:15 PM | Ages 5+ | In Person at the J 

Rusty has a unique way of engaging all children through music. In his groups, he uses music to increase social skills such as speech, non-verbal communication, interaction, and confidence building. Musical instruments are used to increase sharing skills, following directions, and emotional expression.

Facilitator: Michael “Rusty” Russell, Board Certified Music Therapist

Cost: $40 JCC members, $48 general public

Pre-registration is required.

Contact

Dorothy Linder
Kehillah Director
dlinder@springfieldjcc.org
(413) 739-4715

Intake Forms

Tween/Teen Kehillah Programming (Ages 11 - 17)

Music with Rusty
Thursdays, October 27, November 10, December 8 and 22 | 3:30 – 4:15 PM | Ages 6+ | In Person at the J 

Rusty has a unique way of engaging all children through music. In his groups, he uses music to increase social skills such as speech, non-verbal communication, interaction, and confidence building. Musical instruments are used to increase sharing skills, following directions, and emotional expression.

Facilitator: Michael “Rusty” Russell, Board Certified Music Therapist

Cost: $40 JCC members, $48 general public

Pre-registration is required.

Tween/Teen Social Group
Mondays, November 7 – December 19 | 5:00 – 6:00 PM | Ages 10 – 17 | In Person at the J 

This program provides quality recreational and enrichment programs for middle and high school students with different abilities. We are committed to providing a welcoming and supportive environment where participants develop skills, independence, and self-esteem while also fostering social and life skills and cultivating meaningful relationships. Our goal is to create a feeling of community at the J for individuals of all abilities. .

Cost: $95 JCC members, $115 general public

Pre-registration is required.

Virtual Tour with Discover Live
Thursdays, November 11 |  4:45 – 6:00 PM | Ages 14+ | In Person at the J or Online

Join us for Virtual Live Tours with Discover Live, a new program where we’ll “travel” to amazing places from around the world. Certified, licensed tour guides will accompany us on our digital journeys. On November 10, we’ll be exploring Mexico City. This program takes place in person at the Springfield JCC and is geared for those ages 14 and up with different abilities.

More Dates TBD: This program will be held once a month, alternating between Thursday at 4:45 – 6:00 PM and Sunday at 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM.

Cost: $15 JCC members, $20 general public

Pre-registration is required.

Adult Kehillah Programming (Ages 18+)

Music with Rusty
Thursdays, October 27, November 10, December 8 and 22 | 3:30 – 4:15 PM | Ages 6+ | In Person at the J 

Rusty has a unique way of engaging all children through music. In his groups, he uses music to increase social skills such as speech, non-verbal communication, interaction, and confidence building. Musical instruments are used to increase sharing skills, following directions, and emotional expression.

Facilitator: Michael “Rusty” Russell, Board Certified Music Therapist

Cost: $40 JCC members, $48 general public

Pre-registration is required.

Adult Social Group
Thursdays, October 27 – December 22 (no group November 17 and 24) | 5:00 – 6:00 PM | In Person at the J OR Online (Zoom)

This program provides quality recreational and enrichment programs for adults with different abilities. We are committed to providing a welcoming and supportive environment where participants develop skills, independence, and self-esteem while also fostering social and life skills and cultivating meaningful relationships. Our goal is to create a feeling of community at the J for individuals of all abilities.

Cost: $95 JCC members, $115 general public

Pre-registration is required.

Virtual Tour with Discover Live
Thursdays, November 11 |  4:45 – 6:00 PM | Ages 14+ | In Person at the J or Online

Join us for Virtual Live Tours with Discover Live, a new program where we’ll “travel” to amazing places from around the world. Certified, licensed tour guides will accompany us on our digital journeys. On November 10, we’ll be exploring Mexico City. This program takes place in person at the Springfield JCC and is geared for those ages 14 and up with different abilities.

More Dates TBD: This program will be held once a month, alternating between Thursday at 4:45 – 6:00 PM and Sunday at 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM.

Cost: $15 JCC members, $20 general public

Pre-registration is required.

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).

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).