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From the kosher hot lunch program, to discussion groups, and trips, connect with your peers at the J.

Wellness Services

At the JCC, we care about your health and well being, and we offer the services below for your convenience. It is important to take care of yourself and lead a healthy lifestyle. Hot kosher meals are available during the weekdays, along with van transportation for members to get a ride to the JCC. If you have questions about Medicare or need to borrow medical supplies, there are counselors and programs available. The JCC is a full service health club and offers a variety of fitness classes and programs.

Flu Clinic

Annual Fall Flu Clinic: Thursday, October 17, 2019, 11 am – 1 pm

Join us as Walgreens provides flu, pneumonia, TDap (whooping cough), and shingles shots in preparation for the winter season. There is a $0 co-pay with most insurance plans and vouchers are available for the under/uninsured. Hosted by Walgreens, these clinics are free and open to Springfield adults. No appointment is necessary. (Present your insurance card at the flu clinic.) Please call 413.739-4715 if you have questions.

Hot Kosher Meals

If you are aged 60 or older, join us for a kosher meal Monday through Friday when the JCC is open. This program also includes home-delivered meals to the home bound. Made possible by the cooperation of the Greater Springfield Senior Services, the Jewish Community Center, the Jewish Nursing Home, the Springfield Jewish Federation and our many volunteers who pack lunches, make home deliveries, and serve food. A donation ($2) is requested and reservations are necessary by 11 am the day BEFORE you want the meal. Call the Meal Site Manager, at 413.384-0363 for reservations.

INCLEMENT WEATHER: If Springfield schools are closed the meal program is cancelled for that day.

Medical Stock Exchange

413.739.4715 | Need the temporary use of a walker, cane or wheelchair? We may have it. You can trade and exchange gently used medical equipment and appliances.

Parkinson's Community Wellness Program

Community Wellness Programs for People with Parkinson’s Disease

Have you had difficulty beginning or sustaining a regular exercise program? The Boston University Center for Neurorehabilitation has an evidence based group exercise program for people with Parkinson’s disease that gives you the tools to get started with exercise and keep going. These groups have been helping people in Western Massachusetts since 2009.

A new group will be starting at the JCC in Springfield on Wednesday, October 23, 2019.

Under the guidance of a licensed physical therapist participants will learn:
• An exercise program specifically designed to meet the needs of persons with Parkinson’s disease
• Problem-solving approaches that can help you more effectively manage challenges you may experience related to daily mobility
• Strategies to help manage your health more effectively in order to optimize day-to-day function and quality of life

Course Information:

  • Jewish Community Center – 1160 Dickinson Street, Springfield MA 01108
  • Wednesdays and Fridays 1:00-2:30 PM Wednesday, October 23 through Friday, December 18
  • No class Thanksgiving week – November 27 and 29, 2019
  • Evaluation sessions will be scheduled before and after the program. Measurements will be taken at these times to help show your progress from the start to the end of the program.

Cost of the course is $249 paid in advance (Less than $20/session).
For JCC members, the cost will be discounted to $239
Past participant? Retaking the class? Cost of the course is $175.
There is some scholarship money available to those in need.

Please contact Debra R. Ellis, MS PT, NCS at 413-695-6069 or if you are interested in participating.

For more information about this program please go to

This program is supported in part by the American Parkinson Disease Association Massachusetts Chapter.

Parkinson's Support Group

Parkinson’s Support Group: 3rd Tuesday of each month, 10:30 am

To be added to the mailing list, call Kristina Casey @ the J, 413.739.4715, ext. 305. You may also contact Joyce Dupont at 413.323.4274. Additional information may be obtained at


Neil Epstein Offers Shine Services during Open Enrollment Period

The SHINE Program is the Massachusetts State Health Insurance Counseling Program which provides free and unbiased health information, counseling and assistance to Medicare beneficiaries of all ages and their caregivers. Neil, an extensively trained community volunteer, is available October 18 and 25 and November 1, 8, 15, 29 and December 6, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 pm, during the Open Enrollment Period (October 15 – December 7, 2018) by appointment only. If you need help understanding your Medicare benefits and other health insurance options, call the JCC at 739-4715 to schedule an appointment.

Medicare Beneficiaries can enroll in a different plan or choose a plan for the first time. Most people take this time to explore their options to see if their current coverage is the best they can get for their money. Each year, plans change their premiums, co-pays, and deductibles. They also change their providers, networks, and formularies. This can become very overwhelming with all these options to consider. Seeking help with a SHINE Counselor would make the process much easier.

The SHINE Program is the Massachusetts State Health Insurance Counseling Program (SHIP). The SHINE Program provides free and unbiased health information, counseling, and assistance to Medicare beneficiaries of all ages and their caregivers. The SHINE counselors help seniors (and younger disabled Medicare beneficiaries) understand their Medicare benefits and other health insurance options. The SHINE Program ensures that Medicare beneficiaries have access to accurate information regarding healthcare options. The SHINE Program is supported by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs in partnership with elder service agencies, social services agencies, and the Councils on Aging.
A SHINE Counselor is a community volunteer who is trained extensively and certified by the Executive Office of Elder Affairs in many areas of health benefits, including Medicare A&B covered services, prescription drug options, Supplement insurance plans, Medicaid, and free or reduced cost health care programs.

Van Transportation

The JCC mini-bus is available Tuesday – Friday, 9 am – 2 pm. The mini-bus schedule includes trips to the X, downtown Springfield, Big Y and Longmeadow Shops, to name a few. Individualized trips for medical appointments and errands can also be arranged, as well as transportation to and from the Center for activities and lunch. Please call the JCC office, 739.4715, for reservations. Mini-bus tickets are required and may be purchased at the J or from the driver ($2 per ride, or 12 rides for $18.)

Massage Therapy

Come to the J for a relaxing massage.

Single massage (30 minutes)
J Spa Member: $30 J Member: $35 General Public: $45
Double massage (60 minutes)
J Spa Member: $55 J Member: $60 General Public: $70

Email or call (413) 739-4715 to make an appointment.

J Massage Therapists:

  • Rick Deane, Men’s Massage Therapist Specializing in: Deep tissue and Swedish Massage and Reiki
  • Lorie Kowal, Women’s Massage Therapist Specializing in: Swedish, Sport and Oncology Massage and Reflexology

Open Discussion Group

2nd Thursday of each month | 1:00 – 2:30 pm @ the Springfield JCC

All are welcome to join in a wide range of discussion topics. This group meets year-round. Refreshments are served.

Facilitator: Saul Finestone
Call (413) 739-4715

Max Tasgal Luncheon

Mondays, 12:00 p.m. at the Springfield JCC

You must make a meal reservation with Kathy Grenier, 413.372.9751 by Friday at 11:00 am | $3 per week

The Max Tasgal Fund was established in the 1970s in honor of Max, who was the Executive Director for 28 years at the J. He was the first full time Executive Director, and oversaw the facility used today at 1160 Dickinson Street. “We give Max Tasgal all the credit for what we have today,” says Mark Dindas, Executive Director Emeritus. “Donations to the Max Taskel Fund are used for facility improvements.”

Facilitator: Saul Finestone
Call (413) 739-4715