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Jewish Journeys  |  General Interest ClassesSports & Fitness  |  Aquatics  |  Vacation Day Programs


 

Jewish Journeys

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The JCC wants to help make your Jewish Journey meaningful. From our Israeli Schlichut Program to classes and events, holiday celebrations and even our summer program, O-la-mi, we are committed to strengthening Jewish identity and creating a connection between Diaspora Jewry and the State of Israel.

 

B’nai Brith Youth Organization (BBYO)
Grades 8 – 12
The Stamford JCC partners with BBYO, the world’s leading pluralistic Jewish teen movement, to offer Jewish teens the opportunity to connect with one another, volunteer in the community, celebrate their Jewish heritage, prepare for leadership roles, and travel the world together, all within a Jewish context. Teens are given real responsibilities and develop leadership skills that relate to their everyday lives. By practicing public speaking, program planning and community organizing, BBYO teens build the skills that not only make them more confident and capable of navigating the challenging teen years but also prepare them to make positive contributions to the world around them as adults. BBYO meets at the Stamford JCC every other Monday. Membership dues are $149 for all 4 years of high school and 8th grade.For more information, please visit www.bbyo.org or contact Josh Cohen, Area Field Director BBYO Northeast at JCohen@bbyo.org or Tyler Pepe, Associate Regional Director, at Tpepe@bbyo.org.

Speak up for Israel for Teens
Not sure what to say if someone bashes Israel? Learn the facts, ask the hard questions and know your answers. Israel gets a bad rap, especially on college campuses. Join an elite group of high school juniors and seniors and learn from experts in the field - AIPAC, ADL, Jerusalem U and Stand With Us, how to respond and take action. Students enrolled will attend the AIPAC conference in March. Space is limited. For more information or to register, contact Or Berger, the JCC Israeli Shaliach at 203-487-0961 or oberger@stamfordjcc.org. A partnership program between the JCC and UJF.
Sunday, 5 – 7 p.m.
Jan. 24, Feb. 21, March 19-22 (AIPAC), Apr. 17
Free

 


 

General Interest Classes

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R&R (Recreate & Relate)
Grades 6 – 8 
R&R is an active social program that meets during the academic year. We meet at the JCC to participate in activities together such as cooking, seeing theater performances, varied sports events, pool parties, volunteering, and much more, which are not only fun but also enhance team-building skills. The social groups provide youths with a structured and safe environment to develop their social skills and build relationships.
The goal of R&R is learning to work together!
Wednesdays, 4 – 5:30 p.m.* and Sundays, 12 – 3 p.m.*
Jan. 13, Jan. 17, Jan. 20, Feb. 10, Feb. 17,
Feb. 21, Mar. 2, Mar. 6, Mar. 9, Apr. 10
Member $150 / Community $200 (10 sessions)

* Register early if you need the JCC van to pick you up from the Stamford Public Schools on school days! Admission fees to all Sunday trips must be paid separately.

 

Music, Movement, and Yoga
Grades 6 – 8
This practice is fun and interactive! Through meditation, movement, and chants instructors provide techniques to work on improving concentration, mindfulness, self-control, and relieving anxiety, as well as improving hand-eye coordination and thoughtful breath. Classes are kept small in order to modify and accommodate any individual needs. Both parent and child will learn to align the mind and body!
6 – 8 grades (parents may stay if they wish)
Sundays, 10 – 10:30 a.m.
Jan. 3 – Mar. 20 (No class Feb. 14)
Member $55 / Community $110 (11 sessions)

 

ArtWorks: Arts for Healing
Grades 6 – 8
Enjoy the benefits of creating art! ArtWorks takes place in a small group setting and is designed to help artists of various ages and abilities express themselves through art. The class also helps to improve communication skills (expressive and receptive), social interaction, enhance motor function, stimulate emotional development, and foster self-expression.
Materials including paint, clay, collage, drawing pens, markers, pastels, and charcoal give group members a wide variety of choices for personal expression. The group leader is a professional artist and art therapist who brings original and unique ideas to encourage individual creative expression.
Tuesdays, 4 – 4:40 p.m.*
Jan. 5 – Mar. 29 (No class Feb. 16)
Member $240 / Community $300 (12 sessions)
* Register early if you need the JCC van to pick you up from the Stamford Public Schools!

 

Classic Cooking
Grades 6 - 8
Learn to have fun with food! Children will collaborate on recipes while learning basic cooking skills and kitchen safety.
Thursdays, 4 – 5 p.m.
Jan. 7 - Mar. 24
Member $120 / Community $180 (12 sessions)*
* Register early if you need the JCC van to pick you up from the Stamford Public Schools!

 


 

 

Sports & Fitness

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Walter Bloom Youth Basketball Leagues
Grade 6
Take your game to the next level! Participants will learn to play the game by improving shooting, dribbling, passing, defense, and more. Every session ends in a scrimmage to enhance skills. Each participant will receive a jersey at the beginning and a trophy at the end of the semester.
Nov. 15 – Feb. 28 (No session Nov. 29, Dec. 27, Feb. 14)
Member $260 / Community $299 (13 sessions)

 

Junior Boxing Club
Ages 8 & up
Evander Holyfield began his boxing training when he was 8 years old and weighed 65 pounds. He went on to become an Olympic medalist and four-time world heavyweight champion. Your child may not become a heavyweight champion, but he or she can reap several benefits from the sport of boxing. Boxing will teach your child how to throw punches, including the jab, cross, hook and uppercut. Correct body mechanics needed to throw these techniques with the most speed and power will also be taught. Boxing offers children several psychological benefits, including improved confidence, self-discipline and determination.

Mondays, 5 – 5:45 p.m.
Jan. 4 – Mar. 28 (No class Jan. 18, Feb. 15)
Members $209 / Community $253 (11 sessions)

Wednesdays, 5 – 5:45 p.m.
Jan. 6 – Mar. 30
Members $247 / Community $299 (13 sessions)
Sign up for both Junior Boxing classes and receive a 20% discount.
Members $ 365 / Community $442 (24 sessions)

 

Teen Fit
Ages 13 & up
You keep your skin clean. You condition your hair. You’re eating right. You’re doing all you can to look and feel great. But are you missing out on an important part of a healthier lifestyle? No matter what your age or shape, you should exercise daily. Not only does exercise tone your body so you can wear your favorite jeans, it strengthens your muscles, keeps your bones strong, and improves your skin. And there are more benefits of exercise – increased relaxation, better sleep and mood, strong immune function, and more. This class will make you stronger, faster, more powerful and make you feel better by performing high-energy functional movements that are natural and safe.

Tuesdays, 5 – 5:45 p.m.
Jan. 5 – Mar. 29 (No class Feb. 16)
Members $228 / Community $276 (12 sessions)

 

Jiu Jitsu
Grade 6
Join First Degree Black Belt Master Vinicius de Jesus as he teaches the self-defense mixed martial art of Jiu Jitsu. Originating in Japan, the sport of Jiu Jitsu teaches concentration, dedication, and discipline that can be applied throughout everyday life. Practice take downs, arm bars, and leg locks while building self-confidence and exercising your mind and body, all in a fun, safe atmosphere. Each student, fully dressed in a sacred gi and belt, will learn the basic techniques it takes to become a Jiu Jitsu Master! Note: No prior experience is needed.
For more information, contact Emily Eisen at eeisen@stamfordjcc.org.

Thursdays, 5:15 – 6 p.m.
Jan. 7 – Mar. 31
Member $260 / Community $299 (13 sessions)

 

Private Basketball Lessons
Grades 6 – 12
For information or to make an appointment, contact Mo Concepcion at 203.487.0971 or mconcepcion@stamfordjcc.org

 

Fitness Center Certification Course

This class is for all 13-year-olds who would like to use the JCC Fitness Center on their own. Etiquette, proper equipment usage, form, safety, and training guidelines will be covered. After completion of this class, teens will have unlimited access to the Fitness Center during non-peak hours. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact Lori Price at 203.487.0967 or lprice@stamfordjcc.org

 


 

Aquatics

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Pre Swim Team Program

6 – 16 years

Two days per week are STRONGLY recommended. Prices listed for two days per week include a discount. Children enrolled in two days a week are eligible for a 3rd practice free of charge. Based on your child’s ability he or she may be able to join the senior team and travel to swim competitions.

Junior Team
6 – 16 years

Learn competition-style swimming to become faster and more efficient in your strokes and turns. Testing is required for children new to the program. Students must be able to swim two lengths of the pool, freestyle and backstroke. Children who are enrolled two days a week may qualify for Sunday sessions at no extra charge. Twice a week recommended, but once a week can be accommodated. Based on your child’s ability he or she may be able to join the senior team and travel to swim competitions.

2 Days

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:30 – 5:15 p.m., 5:15 – 6 p.m.
Jan. 5 – Mar. 31 (No class Feb. 16)
Member $575 / Community $800 (25 sessions)

1 Day

Tuesdays, 4:30 – 5:15 p.m., 5:15 – 6 p.m.
Jan. 5 – Mar. 29 (No class Feb. 16)
Member $288 / Community $396 (12 sessions)

Thursdays, 4:30 – 5:15 p.m., 5:15 – 6 p.m.
Jan. 10 – Mar. 31
Member $312 / Community $429 (13 sessions)

 

Private & Small Group Swim Lessons

Private lessons, alone or coupled with our group classes, are a great way to accelerate learning. These lessons offer a comfortable setting, so those new to the water can excel. Through an initial skills test, we can assess your child’s ability and plan lessons around his or her specific needs. Lessons are 30 minutes
and are sold in packages of 10 lessons and 5 lessons. All prices are per person. For more information, contact Daniel Servelli at 203.487.0990.

Private Lessons (1 person)
5 lessons
Member $220 / Community $265
10 lessons
Member $390 / Community $480
Semi-Private Lessons (2 people)
5 lessons
Member $170 / Community $205
10 lessons
Member $300 / Community $360
Group Private (3 or more people)
5 lessons
Member $155 / Community $180
10 lessons
Member $270 / Community $320

 

JCC Stingrays Competitive Swim Team

The JCC will compete in two leagues: USA Swimming League and The New England JCC League. Practices will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. Children must try out for the team, and must have the following prerequisites:
• Level 4 – Barracuda (stroke development)
• Pre-Swim Team Classes*
* The JCC’S Pre-Swim Team Program is a wonderful way to develop good swimmers into great swimmers before they join our competitive team. For more information please contact Daniel Servelli at dservelli@stamfordjcc.org or 203.487.0990.

 


 

Vacation Day Programs

 

Middle School Vacation Day Programs include awesome trips, plus games and activities at the JCC, and often an opportunity to do community service. Nut-free/kosher snacks are provided. Participants supply their own lunches. Drop-ins are welcome if space allows and require an additional $10 fee. To avoid disappointment, register early by calling the JCC welcome desk at 203.322.7900. For more information or to register, contact Brandon Yarborough at 203.487.0970 or byarborough@stamfordjcc.org.

 

Middle School Vacation Day Program
Grades 6 – 8
Middle School Vacation Day Programs include awesome trips, plus games and activities at the JCC, and often an opportunity to do community service. Nut-free, kosher snacks are provided. Participants supply their own lunches. Drop-ins are welcome if space allows and require an additional $10 fee. To avoid disappointment, register early by calling the JCC welcome desk at 203.322.7900. For more information or to register, contact Brandon Yarborough at 203.487.0970 or byarborough@stamfordjcc.org.

Monday, January 18 • 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Funfuzion Glow in the Dark Bowling
Enjoy a fun filled afternoon of glow in the dark bowling.
Member $75 / Community $90

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Friday, February 12 • 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Grand Prix New York
Come suit up and put the pedal the metal! Fulfill your need for speed at Grand Prix New York Go Kart Racing. An authentic race track experience like no other. Parental waivers are required and available online at www.gpny.com.
Member $75 / Community $90

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