Worcester Jewish Community Center

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Basic Information

Address: 633 Salisbury St, Worcester, MA 01609
Phone Number: 508-756-7109
Fax Number: 508-754-3373
Director Name: Emily Rosenbaum

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Click here for the 2018-2019 Program Guide

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Membership is open to people of all races, religions and ethnic backgrounds.  The JCC is a place where dedicated volunteers and professional staff work together to help shape the foundation and guide the direction of the JCC.  

Get involved.  Join us for a class, exercise your mind and body, enjoy a cultural event or holiday program, become a volunteer.  It is all here for you at the JCC.

An active membership is required to participate in many JCC activities and programs. Preferred rates are often available to members for activities and programs open to the general public.  Membership fees are payable by check, credit card or EFT. JCC photo ID membership cards processed at the front desk. Membership cards are required as identification for access to fitness, spa, aquatic and ECC areas.

Building tours are offered at your convenience. You must present a valid photo ID. Please contact the Membership Director or submit a request on our website.

The JCC is proud of its safe, secure building. Photo ID cards are provided for all adult members, and children over the age of 10, and must be "swiped" at the front desk for admission to the JCC. If you forget your ID, you sign in manually. There is a $10 fee to replace a lost card.

Your JCC membership card is recognized at many Jewish Community Centers in the United States, Israel and Canada. Policies vary by location.

Membership Benefits Include:

  • Access to all classes & programs
  • 6-lane, 25 yard indoor pool
  • Outdoor pool complex with separate wading pool
  • Gymnasium
  • Arts & Crafts Studio
  • International Squash Court
  • Aqua Aerobics classes (Aqua Challenge, Deep Water, Spin on Water, Waterworks, Water in Motion)
  • Racquetball and outdoor tennis courts
  • Group Fitness Classes (BobyPump, BodyStep, BodyFlow, BodyCombat, BobyVive, Zumba, Step Interval, Cardio Interval, Yoga, Tai Chi, Senior Fitness, Chair Exercise, Johnny G Spinning, Muscle Mix, CXWORX and Tone/Spin)
  • 50 + Fit Fitness Program
  • Training Studio*
  • Private and Semi-Private swim lessons*
  • TRX Suspension Training*
  • Personal Training* (Yoga, Aqua H.I.I.T,  Aqua Burdenko Method, Tai Chi, Les Mills G.R.I.T. Series, Stott Pilates (Reformer & Mat), Training Performance Grades 8-12, TRX Suspension Training, Boxing, Bootcamp, Fundamental & Balance Training and Hills, Climbs, Sprints)

Fitness Center

A modern fitness room with a full line of new Cardiovascular Training and Strength Training Equipment.  The Fitness Center is open to children 15 years and older or those teens who have completed our Junior Fitness Training Course* or who are working with a personal trainer*.  Complimentary fitness orientation available upon request. 

Spa Locker Rooms*

Ages 18+

Dry sauna, steam room, cable TV, free towel service, private showers, massage therapy*, spacious lounge with free coffee, grooming supplies, hair dryers, full time lockers* and day lockers.


Free babysitting for ages 4 months thru 10 for members participating in JCC activities. No Saturday babysitting in the summer. Snack free zone. Monday—Saturday 8:45 am—12 pm. Hours subject to change. We can watch your children up to 90 minutes. Babysitting service will be cancelled with a cancellation of Worcester Public schools.

In case of Worcester Public School delays,  for specific program info and/or changes in operation hours, please call the JCC  main phone number; 508 756 7109 and press 1.

Refer a Friend and Save!
As a JCC member, every time you refer a new member you will receive a credit.  It's a way of thanking you for your support!

  • 12 month membership = $50 credit
  • 6 month membership = $25 credit

Health Insurance Reimbursement
Reimbursement may be available.  Please contact your health insurance provider to determine eligibility.  Members may request documentation from the front desk. Please specify the year you are requesting and give us a week or two to process your information. Your account must be paid in full to receive a letter.

It's easy to become a member! Check out our payment options and prices here.

If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact Monica or fill out our Contact form

*Indicates additional fee


In addition, no one is denied membership because of inability to pay. Financial aid available for those elegible. Click here for a scholarship application.

Monica Maher, Membership Director, 508.756.7109 ext. 236 mmaher@worcesterjcc.org

Fitness, Health & Wellness:

Bob Berman, Health & Physical Education Director x233 bberman@worcesterjcc.org
Elaine Drawbridge, Fitness Director x230 edrawbridge@worcesterjcc.org
John Dietel, Assistant PE & Fitness Director x213 jdietel@worcesterjcc.org
Kelly Sampson, Aquatics Director x235 ksampson@worcesterjcc.org
Ben Tucker, Assistant Aquatics Director x250 btucker@worcesterjcc.org

The JCC Health and Fitness Center is exactly what you have been looking for so that achieving your health & fitness goals has never been easier. Whether you have an established routine or are new to exercise, our qualified staff will help you to develop a training program with your long term health & wellness benefits in mind. You'll find classes that range from beginner to high intensity and are taught by certified instructors who are dedicated to maintaining a high quality fitness experience. Programs offered include 5 Les Mills classes which give a member a wide range of choices to experience calming/centered to unleashed/empowered to everywhere in between. Additionally we offer Cardio, Mind & Body classes, Aquatic Exercise, Strength Training, spinning, Circuit training and Senior Adult Group Exercise. With access to a year round indoor pool and seasonal outdoor pool, racquetball court, International squash court, tennis courts and basketball leagues, you'll find there is something for everyone at the "J"!
No matter what your age, the JCC provides instructional and recreational activities to help get members into shape, stretch and tone, or compete in an organized league.
Group Fitness Schedule
Gym Schedule
Indoor Pool Schedule
Small Group Fitness Schedule
Boxing Circuit
Nutrition RightStyle Living
Hydrorider Aquabike Class
As part of your JCC membership, you receive a MicroFit's state of the art fitness and wellness evaluation along with an orientation to the JCC Fitness Center and suggestions for your participation in JCC fitness programming. MicroFit's "State of the Art" Fitness and Wellness Evaluations will measure your Lifestyle Choices, Blood Pressure, Heart Rate, Body Composition (% Fat), Aerobic Fitness, Strength and Flexibility.
For Microfit:
Health History Form
Fitness Profile Pre-Test Instructions
TurboRoster - sign up for classes online now!
TurboRoster our online reservation system for reserving a spot in JCC small group training sessions and spin (required) and in JCC group exercise classes (not required). Members enroll in the online system by clicking on TurboRoster or sign up for online classes now on the TurboRoster link on the Health and Fitness page, small group exercise page, group exercise page or the spinning page.
Once you enroll in the system, signing up for small group exercise classes is easy! Use your mobile phone or any computer. No more paper signups at the front desk!
The benefits of the new system include:

  • Mobile signups for small group exercise classes
  • Easy to use
  • Efficient
  • Customizable updates
  • Earn rewards for using the system!

Note: TurboRoster works best with Google Chrome
Click here to view "how to" directions for TurboRoster.

Introduction to Fencing - New
Ages 7 years+ and adult classes. Click here for more information.
Group EX Weather Announcements
 With a delay or cancellation of Worcester Public schools, all group ex classes before 7:30am will be cancelled.
 All members will have access to the fitness center when classes are cancelled.
 8am classes and later will be determined after consideration of the severity of the weather and road conditions.
 A J Alert will be sent if there are any class cancellations. This includes classes on weekdays, weekends and school vacation programs.
 If you are wondering if the JCC is up and running, call our main phone number; 508-756-7109 and press 1.

Sports & Recreation:

Bob Berman, Health & Physical Education Director x233 bberman@worcesterjcc.org
John Dietel, Assistant PE & Fitness Director x213 jdietel@worcesterjcc.org

The JCC offers opportunities for fun, fitness, and relaxation. Join our age-appropriate basketball leagues for children through adult players. Or drop-in for an informal pickup game, indoors and outdoors. If you enjoy racquet sports, play to your heart's content on our racquetball, international squash court, or outdoor tennis.

2018-2019 Basketball Season

Gym Schedule

Floorball is a fast and exciting game that promotes end-to-end plays with quick transitions and fluid game play. The rules stress the importance of safety and sportsmanship and are designed to limit the chance of injury without decreasing the speed or skill of the game. Floorball is great training for hockey players as it improves your stick handling, shooting and passing skills.

Pickleball An easy game for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players. A fun sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong.


MASH (More After School Hoops) Age-appropriate fundamental drills combined with weekly basketball games and contests.

Appropriate skills combined with learning game sense and team play. Weekly scrimmages and fundamental drills.

Youth Basketball for 5 yrs. & grade K to grade 8 - preseason and regular season games. Youth Basketball teaches a combination of fundamental skill work, fun contests, and weekly organized league games. Consider sponsoring a team for either preseason and/or regular season!

Men's and Women's Adult Basketball Leagues for 18+

Click here to visit the JCC League's website.

STRONGER TEAM Athletic performance grades 6 - 12

Individual training, group training, team training, boys and girls training available. Performance and skill development training sessions to improve athleticism, strength and conditioning. (flexible rates and times available)

HIGH SCHOOL Basketball League grades 9 - 12


T-Ball for ages 3-5 teaches basic baseball skills such as throwing, hitting and base running.

Major League Baseball - Rookie League - Grades K-6 will work on skills and take part in weekly fundamentals and games.

Introduction to Fencing

Ages 7 years+ and adult classes. Click here for more information.


Preschool Gymnastics for ages 3-5 will be introduced to tumbling and the apparatus appropriate for their age and development.


Click here for the JCC Karate Club Flyer

(age 8 to adult) offers traditional instruction in the Japanese art of Hirano Wado-ryu Karate. Classes are taught by Ronald C. Teixeira, Sandan.Training is highly cardio-vascular incorporating Kihon(basics), Kata(forms), Kumite(sparring) and aikido/ju-jitsu based self-defense.

Uniforms are not required to start but are available for purchase in time. To register for a free introductory class or for more information call Ron Teixeira at 508-864-6895 or register at the front desk.

Pre-school Gym Programs

The JCC offers children 3-5 year olds their first organized sports experience in a wide variety of sports and activities. Children learn in this age-appropriate program through movement exploration using specific sports as a vehicle to grow. Classes offered Monday through Friday's 1:15- 2:00 pm.


Micro Soccer - Emphasis on soccer skills, team play, and fun. An active introductory program for 3-5 year-olds.

2018 Fall Super Soccer Stars Classes - Super Soccer Stars' goal is to teach soccer skills in a fun, non-competitive, educational environment. Their philosophy is to use soccer to nurture, to build self-confidence, and to develop teamwork in every class. Their specially designed curriculum uses positive reinforcement and a low child-to-coach ratio to ensure that each child improves at his or her own rate while having endless fun.

Sports Summer Camp

2018 Sports Camp Packet

Our co-ed Sports Camps provide expert instruction in a supportive atmosphere of fun and camaraderie. Our emphasis is on skill and technique paired with an appreciation of teamwork and strategy. Campers make use of the JCC's athletic facilities: newly renovated gymnasium, outdoor ball fields, basketball and tennis courts, 25 yard indoor and outdoor pools, gymnastics studio and new outdoor gaga pit. Members of our camp staff are certified Youth Development Coaches having completed the USA Basketball Coach licensed program.

Soccer Camp - Grades 1 - 8

Director Adam Strogoff is the former head coach of the Worcester Academy Girls Varsity Soccer team and led the team to three N.E. Championships in his eight years with the program, compiling an overall record of 102-14-23 in the process. Under his guidance, the team won the NEPSAC Class A title in 2011, its first year of Class A play, and NEPSAC Class B championships in 2008 and 2009. The team was a New England finalist in 2010, semifinalist in 2005 and 2007, and quarterfinalist in 2006 and 2012. In 2008 Adam was named the NSCAA Massachusetts Private School Coach of the Year. He brings years of soccer camp experience having worked at numerous soccer camps throughout New England. Special Guest....MASSOOD ABOLFAZLI ... 20-year coaching veteran who trained 20 All-American Players as head soccer coach at Clark University. As a player Massood was a 4-time All-New England Selection and All-American Selection and a Clark University Sports Hall of Fame member. STAFF...Top high school & college coaches assisted by college players.

Basketball Camp - Grades 1 - 9

Expert staff composed of top high school and college coaches, help campers better understand the game of basketball, develop fundamentals and understand the concepts of teamwork and good sportsmanship in a fun and safe environment.
Grades 1 - 4 Players will participate in daily drill sessions helping them build fundamental skills that are the foundation of youth basketball development. Campers will also participate in fun skills competitions and games throughout the day.
Grades 5 - 9 Staff will help young players understand the game of basketball through fundamental skill work, advanced skill work, individualized instruction and coaching. Players will participate in a week long tournament leading to a championship game, helping them learn concepts of teamwork and team play.

All Sports Camp - Grades 1 - 9

Campers will receive instruction in a variety of sports. Skill sessions, contests and scrimmage games will help campers improve their level of play in a fun and exciting atmosphere. Baseball, basketball, soccer, gaga, Jr. Olympic skills competition, NHL street hockey, track and field, lacrosse, team handball, tennis, NFL flag football, dodgeball, Mass Wiff whiffle ball tournaments and capture the flag. Daily swim option plus elective periods provide campers with a fun-filled experience.

Rich Gedman Baseball Camp - Grades 1 - 7

Program Coordinator RICH GEDMAN: Hitting Coach of the Boston Red Sox Triple A Minor League affiliate Pawtucket Red Sox and former Can-Am Manager of the Year with the Worcester Tornadoes. Rich brings 12 years of Major League experience. He played with the Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros, and St. Louis Cardinals and participated in two American League Championship Series and the 1986 World Series. He was the 1981 Sporting News Rookie of the Year and a two-time American League All-Star Catcher.

TAF Junior Triathlon Camp - Grades 3 - 6 and Grades 7 - 10

The TAF Junior Triathlon Camp is designed to introduce kids from grades 3 - 10 to the exciting sport of triathlon. Focus is on skill development and fun. Instruction includes swim stroke improvement, bike handling and safety, run skills, warm up routines and nutrition. TAF Junior Triathlon Inc. is a non-profit organization whose mission is the promotion of a healthy lifestyle that young triathletes can develop for a lifetime.

Head Coach- Gabriella Stolpinski- Gabby has been racing for more than 8 years in in regional and national events. She is also the captain of the TAF Junior Elite High Performance Team.

Camp cookout Wednesday, July 10 - lunch provided

Gymnastics Camp - Grades 1 - 4

This program provides interactive recreational gymnastics delivered in a fun, creative and safe environment. Incorporates tumbling, balance beam, spring board, dance and more. Perfect for first time gymnast. Quality instructors safely challenge the limits of individual abilities.

Wahoo Swim Camp - Ages 7 - 18

This full day, week long noncompetitive technique based program focuses on building strong components of skills in all four racing strokes through drills and activities. Increasing strength and performance in swimming, flip turns, starts and fundamentals. Each day will be a new stroke with instructions through a drill circuit at the outdoor pool in the morning, dryland strength development, video analysis and discussion session, finished off with a swim team style practice to tie in lessons of the day together. Wahoo Swim Club coach; Ben Tucker and Aquatics Director; Kelly Sampson will be directing all activities and instruction.
Swimmers must be evaluated by Ben Tucker in the 50yd Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, and 25 Fly before registering.

Youth & Family:

Megan Catlin, ASSP & Youth Director, ext 238, mcatlin@worcesterjcc.org
Benjamin McCue, Assistant Youth Director, x 231, bmccue@worcesterjcc.org
Talia Mugg, Teen Director, ext 245, tmugg@worcesterjcc.org

Youth Department

The JCC Youth Department provides children in grades K - 6 with a rainbow of safe, fun programs to enhance their mental, emotional, physical, and social development. We offer a variety of professionally-run programs and activities to meet your child's needs during these important growth years. In addition, our school vacation camps give parents peace of mind while their children have a wonderful time in a safe and Jewish environment.

Teen / College Flyer
Teen Application

Teens, Ages 11 - 17

The Teen Department is dedicated to providing fun and meaningful programs for students in grades 7-12 and sometimes grade 6. Our caring and qualified staff helps develop educational, social, and leadership skills. Teens are encouraged to register friends!

Job Opportunities - Responsible, enthusiastic teens (grades 12 and up) are needed as activity staff for Youth Department programs, including vacation weeks, no school days, Snow Camp, birthday parties and more! For information contact Megan Catlin, x 238.

Community Service Program

Get your teen involved and prepared for both college and applications! The JCC announces a partnership with South High Community School! In September teens in grades 10 -12 will work as a team to supply South High's food and clothing pantries. Students will be given responsibilities through activities where they will learn supply chain creation, management, proper budgeting, negotiation, problem solving and buying skills. For this time and mitzvot, they will be offered scholarships, the ability to be named founding members of the program, letters of recommendation, free team building field trips and possible stipends. For more information contact Talia Mugg, x 245

Teen Lounge

Play games, Wii games, watch a movie or hang out with your friends at the teen lounge! Free to JCC Members and $5 for Non Members. For more information call Talia Mugg, x 245.

Currently the Teen Lounge hours are Tuesdays and Fridays 2:30-5:30.


Megan Catlin, Day Camp Director x 238 mcatlin@worcesterjcc.org
Ben McCue, Assistant Day Camp Director x 231 bmccue@worcesterjcc.org

An amazing summer experience adventures, friendships and fun! Monday--Friday , 9:00am--4:00pm

Afterschool Programs:

Megan Catlin, ASSP and Youth Director, x 238, mcatlin@worcesterjcc.org
Benjamin McCue, Assistant Youth Director, x 231, bmccue@worcesterjcc.org

Our EEC licensed After School Program is designed for children in grades K-6. The program runs for the school year, Monday - Friday from the close of school until 5:30 PM. Children engage in a variety of daily activities, They have supervised homework help and use our state-of-the-art facility which includes an indoor pool, new gym and new playground.

The After School Special Program follows the Worcester Public School Calendar and will make every effort to accommodate the Holden elementary school calendar for days when these schools are open and the Worcester Public Schools are closed.

Detailed schedules are as follows:

Abbey Kelly Foster Charter Calendar

Wachusett Regional School Calendar

Worcester Public Schools Calendar

Jewish Education:


Lets celebrate our Jewish traditions together! This charming pushcart program is licensed to the JCC and provides the "vehicle" for enjoyable, informal, interactive, multi sensory activities. The pushcart will visit our lobby and a variety of departments throughout the year, presenting programs for High Holidays, Sukkot, Simchat Torah, Hanukkah and Shabbat. (In the winter and spring, it will provide enriching programs for Tu B'Shevat, Purim, Passover, Yom Ha'atzmaut and Shavuot.) Components may include traditional food, music, background information, useful handouts, activities for adults and children, suggestions for celebrating the holidays as a community or at home, and much more. There is no charge for these programs. Watch for information in the JCC CenterNews throughout the year, and plan to join us!


Delicious, kosher Shabbat challah is available every Friday from September through mid-June, sponsored by the Early Childhood Department.

The braided challah is the Jewish Sabbath-and holiday-bread. Challah is made in various sizes and shapes, all of which have a meaning. Braided ones, which may have three, four, or six strands, are the most common, and because they look like arms intertwined, symbolize love. Three braids symbolize truth, peace and justice. MyJewishLearning.com

Be sure to place your order with the front desk staff by noon on Thursday - payment due with order.

Questions? Email Wendy Wong, Judaic Educator wwong@worcesterjcc.org

Adults Programs:


Nancy Greenberg, Adult/Senior Adult Director, x 232 ngreenberg@worcesterjcc.org


The Senior Department quarterly newsletter, Mature Matters will keep you up to date on programs, travel opportunities and special events. Watch your mail!

Our Senior Adult Lounge can be reached by elevator. Wheelchairs and a walker are available for those with limited mobility. Our comfortable lounge is used for programs, lunches, holiday celebrations and more. Stop by during other hours and have a cup of coffee and kibbitz with friends.

Van transportation is provided through the Gery & Emil Eisenberg Assisted Living Residence. Transportation is available during the week for medical, nutritional, and other appointments:

  • Reservations must be made at least 24 hrs. in advance between 8:30 am and 4:00 pm by calling 508-757-0981.
  • The van operates within a 15 minute (not mile) radius of the JCC/Eisenberg Campus.
  • One-way fee is $3. (To attend Lunch-Out and/or a program at the JCC, the one-way fee is $2.)
  • You must have an affiliation with an organization or agency in the Jewish community.
  • WEDNESDAY Grocery Shopping is a free service, thanks to the Lorraine Fay Linder Grocery Shopping Fund. The shuttle currently runs several Wednesdays a month from 1-4 pm, to Price Chopper on Park Avenue or Shaw's on Gold Star Boulevard in Worcester. Schedule is subject to change. Reservations must be made by Friday.
  • For schedule & further information, please call the Gery & Emil Eisenberg Assisted Living Residence at 508-757-0981.
  • Limited assistance with transportation is also available through JCC Volunteers. For more information call Nancy at the JCC 508-756-7109, x 232.


Supervised by the Worcester JCC, a hot, delicious home-style kosher lunch is served every Tuesday and Thursday at 12 noon at Bet Shalom Apartments, 475 Chandler St., Worcester. Suggested donation $3.50. Transportation available. Register by 12 noon the day before by calling Nancy Greenberg x 232.

Mantalk: Looking for a Few Good Men & Women! Mantalk is now co-ed!

Please join us on Tuesday mornings from 9-10 am for lively discussion of current events (these days there's always a lot to talk about!). Bagels and coffee served ($2 appreciated!) And if not every Tuesday, please join us for our monthly Distinguished Speaker.
$2/per meeting, ongoing. Nancy Greenberg, Staff Facilitator.

  • With cancellation of Worcester Public schools, all morning senior programs are cancelled, including ManTalk, Bridge and Lunch programs.
Arts & Culture:

Nancy Greenberg, Cultural Arts Director, ext. 232 ngreenberg@worcesterjcc.org

Worcester JCC Author Series:

Jamie Bernstein, author of Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein

Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 7pm

The eldest daughter of revered composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein offers a rare look at her father on the centennial of his birth, in a deeply intimate and broadly evocative memoir.

Co-sponsored by JFCM

JCC Book Club - First Monday / Month @ 10am
The JCC Book Club is up and running again thanks to efforts by JCC members Linda and Bob Michel! Linda Michel has agreed to be the book club's new facilitator! If you enjoy reading and lively discussion, please join us in the JCC conference room!

Maude by Donna Foley Mabry
Monday, January 7, 2019, 10am

In 1906, I was barely fourteen years old, and it was my wedding day. Based on the life of the author's grandmother.



Congregation B'nai Shalom (Reform)
Temple Emanuel Sinai (Reform)
Congregation Beth Israel (Conservative)
Congregation Beth Tikvah(Conservative)
Congregation Beth Judah, Young Israel of Worcester (Orthodox)
Shaarai Torah West Synagogue (Orthodox)
Yeshiva Tifereth Israel/Sons of Jacob (Orthodox, Chabad)


Bet Shalom House

Clark University Hillel

Jewish Family Service

Jewish Federation of Central Massachusetts
Jewish Community Calendar

Jewish Healthcare Center

Rachel's Table
508-799-7600, Food Pick Up Line

Jewish Community Center Association

My Jewish Learning

Mission Statement:

The purpose of the Center is:

To provide the Greater Worcester Community with the highest quality educational, health, wellness, social and recreational programs for people of all ages guided by Jewish values and culture in an environment that is safe, welcoming and respectful to all.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

To Our JCC Friends and Family:

It is another exciting year at the JCC. If you are a returning member, welcome back. If you are considering the JCC, we strive to be inclusive of everyone in the Greater Worcester community-we are a true community center. We hope you and your family will join us.

This year's guide represents an increasing emphasis on programming that has been created, reworked and tweaked to be responsive to your needs and wants. While we continue to have the best early childhood, summer camps and youth basketball programs, we have expanded and improved everything from the fitness equipment to adult basketball leagues. We have an entirely new basketball gym, the area's most extensive offering of Les Mills group exercise programs, and have introduced small group training to meet your demands for a more intensive work out.

The JCC serves a diverse community and is open to all. We are proud to offer need-based scholarships. Our single most important objective continues to be to provide the Worcester community with the friendliest service and the highest quality programming that constantly evolves to meet your needs.

Please stop by and check us out or sign up for one of our many programs today!

JCC Program Guide PDF

The JCC offers FREE babysitting services for for members who are participating in JCC activities. Click here for more information. Ages: 4 months through age 10.

Guest Policy
We encourage members to introduce their friends and family to the JCC. You may bring guests under the following guidelines:

  • Members must accompany guests at every visit. Guests may enjoy whatever privileges the member has.
  • Members must register guests at the lobby kiosk and purchase guest passes for $15/per day/ per person or $35/per week/per person (7 consecutive days).
  • Kids guest pass available for children up to age 14 for $5/per day/per day or $25/per week/per child (7 consecutive days).
  • Saturday guest passes must be purchased during the week prior to use. (No business will be transacted on Saturdays/Shabbat).
  • All guests must present a valid photo ID and sign a fitness waiver at the front desk.
  • All guests must follow JCC policies and procedures.

Financial Aid
Scholarship assistance is available for membership, day camp, preschool, and after school care on a limited basis.

To apply click here to download the application, visit the kiosk or contact Paola Bytyqi at pbytyqi@worcesterjcc.org or ext 226 for further information.

Please make sure you read the instructions for the application process so that all information is submitted in a timely manner.

Supervision of Children
Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult or in a supervised activity at all times.

Inclement Weather

When Worcester Public Schools are delayed or cancelled due to inclement weather (snow days), all all group X and small group classes before 7:30am will be cancelled. 8am classes and later will be determined after consideration of the severity of the weather and road conditions. Visit worcesterschools.org for school cancellation messages. In the event of Worcester Public Schools' early dismissal or cancellation due to inclement weather, there will be NO After School Special or transportation, NO sports programs and NO senior programs (Man Talk, etc.) If you are wondering if the JCC is up and running, call our main phone number (508.966.7264) and press 1. The recorded message will give opening/closing/class cancellation information. During inclement weather, the information will be updated during the day, if necessary. J Alert Text Message Sign up to receive opening/closing and other important informative text messages via your cell phone. To enroll, visit our website worcesterjcc.org and click on Sign Up for J Alert.

J Alert Notification System

Sign up to receive JCC closing and safety information text messages via your cell phone. To enroll click here.

Refund/Payment Policy

  • Membership fees and Guest Passes are non-transferable and non-refundable.
  • Membership fees may not be prorated for any reason.
  • Membership fees must be paid in full in advance, or members may elect to pay in four consecutive equal monthly payments starting with the first month of the membership/renewal. A transaction fee of $2, per transaction, will be charged for payment plans. All payment plans are by EFT or credit card only, no checks.
  • 6 month membership fees may be paid in full in advance, or members may elect to pay 50% in the first month of membership/renewal and the balance of 50% the following consecutive month via EFT
  • Refunds or credits for programs shall be allowed, less a $25 administrative fee, for all cancellations by participant, if notice of cancellation is received by the Center office before the starting date of the program or unless otherwise specified. No refunds of Early Childhood, Camp, and After School Special deposits. Forfeited amounts may not be applied to another service or program. See camp brochure for camp payment policies.
  • Full refunds or credits to account shall be made in the event an activity is cancelled by the Center due to insufficient registration.
  • No credit or refund shall apply if participant withdraws after the starting date of the program.
  • No credit or refund for missed classes.
  • A 20% administrative fee (minimum $30) will be charged for approved refunds.
  • There will be a $35 charge for any returned checks.
  • Birthday Parties require a non-transferable, non-refundable deposit of 50% of the entire cost of the party to reserve the party date and time. The remainder of the cost of the party must be paid to the receptionist at the front desk on the day of the party.
  • No transactions will be conducted on Saturdays/Shabbat.
  • Prices subject to change without a notice. We reserve the right to correct typographical errors.

Photo ID Cards
The JCC is proud of its safe, secure building. Photo ID Cards are provided for all adult members, and children over the age of 10, and must be "swiped" at the front desk for admission to the JCC. If you forget your ID, you must sign in manually to check-in. There is a $10 fee to replace a lost card.

Holiday Schedule - 2018 / 2019
Labor Day Open 8am - 1pm, Monday, September 3, 2018

Rosh Hashanah Close 4pm, Sunday, September 9, 2018

Closed Monday, September 10, 2018

Closed Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Yom Kippur Close 4pm, Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Closed Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Thanksgiving Day Open 8am - 1pm, Thursday, November 22, 2018

Hanukkah Open December 2 - December 10, 2018

Christmas Eve Close 6pm, Monday, December 24, 2018

Christmas Open 8am - 1pm, Tuesday, December 25, 2018

New Year's Eve Close 6pm, Monday, December 31, 2018

New Year's Day Open 8 am - 1pm, Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Passover Close 4pm, Friday, April 19, 2019

Closed Saturday, April 27, 2019

Memorial Day Open 8am - 1pm, Monday, May 27, 2019

Independence Day Open 8am - 1pm, Thursday, July 4, 2019

*Pool closes 1/2 hour before building

Center History:

The Worcester Jewish Community Center has been an institution of excellence for nearly 60 years.

Organized in the 1940's as an activity center for Jewish youth, the JCC first occupied the second floor of Mr. Abe Persky's factory building on Franklin street in downtown Worcester.

In 1951, due to the growth of the local Jewish population and the need for more broad-based services, the Worcester Post of the Jewish War Veterans donated a building at 111 Elm Street as a new home for the Center.

From 1951, through the mid-1960's, the Center grew and flourished. Youth programs were popular, activities for younger children were developed, and active groups of volunteer leaders drove the Center to the forefront of Jewish life.

In 1965 community leaders once again saw a need to expand, modernize, and relocate the Center in order to keep pace with the growth and geographic movement of the Jewish population. Visionaries purchased land on Salisbury Street and a massive campaign to raise funds to buld a new Jewish Community Center was begun.

The "new" Center opened in 1967 and again the JCC was at the core of Jewish life in Worcester.

By 1988 we had once again outgrown the existing facility as confirmed by a comprehensive strategic study. In response to the findings of this study, a Capital Campaign was initiated in October 1993. the result of this campaign is our current beautiful physical plant.

Opened in 1996, the indoor regulation swimming pool, health and fitness center, and state-of-the-art early childhood education wings are proud additions, contributing to the overall growth and success of our center.



Monthly literary events featuring an eclectic line up of both emerging and prominent authors. Free and open to the public. Dessert reception follows lecture and book signing.
For more information and to RSVP, contact Nancy Greenberg at 508-966-7264 x 232 or email ngreenberg@worcesterjcc.org

Jamie Bernstein, author of Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein

Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 7pm, book signing and dessert reception follow author talk.

The eldest daughter of revered composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein offers a rare look at her father on the centennial of his birth, in a deeply intimate and broadly evocative memoir. Co-sponsored by JFCM


2019 Camp Kickoff!

Click here for Camp Brochure.

Lowest prices of the year.

Early bird specials:

February 10-28...15% off*

March 1-31...........10% off*

April 1-15..............5% off*

*Valid only on base camp price.
Does not apply to:
Paid Electives
Teen Travel Camps
Other Restrictions May Apply.

Win one free week of camp!

Raffles, Membership Specials, Refreshments, Preschool Tours and more!


Nancy Greenberg, Cultural Arts and Senior Adult Director, ext. 232, ngreenberg@worcesterjcc.org

The Adult Department offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities. If you have time to spare, we will match your talents to our needs! Volunteers are needed as phone friends, friendly visitors, nursing home visitors, drivers, foster grandparents, mailings, hostesses at congregate meals, nursery school aides and more. If you would like to be involved call Nancy, x 232.

While you provide valuable service, you'll make new friendships, develop new skills and, perhaps most important, experience the satisfaction that comes from helping others. You decide when you're available. Whether it's one evening a week, once or twice a month or only a single day, we need your help. Tell us about your special interests, your skills and the type of work you might enjoy. Maybe you have no idea what you'd like to do. That's fine, too. Here are some suggestions...

Driver: Transport people to appointments.
Escort: Accompany a senior to an appointment.
Foster Grandparent: Visit a child or teenager for an hour each week.
Friendly Visitor: Visit an isolated elderly person in his/her home for an hour each week.
Host/Hostess at Congregate Meals: Set-up, serve and clean-up from twice-weekly Congregate Lunch program at Bet Shalom.
Man Talk Volunteer: Tuesday - Help set-up, serve and clean-up from breakfast for weekly mens group.
Nursery School Aide: Visit and assist JCC and Temple Emanuel Nursery Schools for 3 hours each week.
Nursing Home Visitor: Visit Jewish residents in an area nursing home for an hour each week.
Phone Friend: Make daily reassurance phone call to an isolated elderly person.
Senior Reader: Visit and read to kindergarten and first-grade students 1 hour each week.

"The ride program of the JCC volunteer department has been an important part of my life. The volunteer drivers have given me rides over the years to scheduled doctors' appointments. When I unexpectedly needed a ride to the pharmacy or lab, Sue Granoff made every effort to provide me with a ride asap.

The drivers are considerate and helpful. I have not found any other program like this in Worcester for those of us who don't drive due to the infirmities of aging or temporary or chronic disabilities.

This service has definitely made my life easier. I hope the program is around for many, many years.

Thanks to Sue and the drivers."

Information & Referrals
Nancy Greenberg, Cultural Arts and Senior Adult Director, is available to you for information and referrals to local resources, including housing, health and social issues. Call Nancy, x 232.

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