Children & Youth

Per Connecticut state guidelines and to support the health and safety of our community, we have postponed all indoor classes until further notice. Visit the JCC Reopening Hub to stay up to date with our latest announcements. 

 

Ninja Karate (Ages 4-6)

 

Session 1

  Time Dates
Sun. 10:30 - 11:00 AM 4/25-6/20*

 

*No Class Sunday, May 30.

 

 

Traditional Karate (Ages 7-12)

 

Session 1
  Time Dates
Sun. 11 AM-12 PM 4/25-6/20*

 

*No Class Sunday, May 30.

 

 

NEW Teen & Adult Karate (Ages 13+)

 

Session 1
  Time Dates
Wed. 6-7 PM 4/28-6/15

 

Questions? Contact Nicolle at nicollec@jccnh.org

 

Pricing:

Member: $100
Community: $120

Intro to Soccer Outdoors

Sundays, April 11 - May 23

10:30-11:20 AM (Ages 6-8)

11:30-12:20 (Ages 4-5) 

JCC of Greater New Haven

 

Fundamentals of soccer will be held at the JCC gymnasium. Your child will learn basic soccer skills in a safe and fun environment!
 
 

Pricing:

Member: $80
Community: $100

 

Dance Classes:

Tutus & Top Hats (An introductory ballet class for ages 2-3)

Sundays | April 25 - June 20 | 10-10:40 AM

JCC of Greater New Haven

 

Students will be introduced to ballet (tiptoe, gallop, march…) in a fun and age-appropriate way that explores movement and creative expression with the use of songs, activities, games and obstacles. Pink ballet shoes (girls) or black ballet shoes (boys) are required.  For safety, students are encouraged to wear dance attire (or your favorite tutu or top hat!), but leggings and a form-fitting t-shirt are also allowed.  Long hair should be pulled off face and neck.  A parent or guardian must accompany the child. 

 

 

Pricing:

Member: $125

Community: $150

Micro Mini Ballet/Tap (An introductory ballet and tap class for ages 4-6) 

Sundays | April 25 - June 20 | 11 AM-12 PM

Tuesdays | April 27 - June 22 | 3-4 PM

JCC of Greater New Haven

 

Students will be introduced to ballet (first position, demi plie, pique…) and tap (dig, shuffle, flap…) in a fun, but structured way that follows a set curriculum and focuses on skill building.  Songs, games, obstacles and activities will be sprinkled into each class to provide a good balance between fun and skill building.  At the end of the semester, students will receive a progress report so parents can observe growth.  Pink ballet shoes and black patent leather tap shoes are required.  For safety, students are encouraged to wear dance attire, but leggings and a form fitting t-shirt are allowed.  Long hair should be pulled off face and neck. 

 

 

Pricing:

Member: $125

Community: $150

Mini Ballet/Tap (A beginner ballet and tap class for 6-8 year olds) 

Sundays | April 25 - June 20 | 12:15-1:30 PM

JCC of Greater New Haven

 

Students will be introduced to ballet (first position, pique, releve…) and tap (dig, shuffle, flap…) in a fun, but structured way that follows a set curriculum and focuses on skill building. Class time will be divided into warm up, stretch, center work, across the floor progressions and a fun activity.  At the end of the semester, students will receive a progress report so parents can observe growth.  Pink ballet shoes and black patent leather tap shoes are required.  For safety, students are encouraged to wear dance attire, but leggings and a form fitting t-shirt are allowed.  Long hair should be pulled off face and neck. 

 

Pricing:

Member: $125

Community: $150

Petite Ballet (An intermediate beginner level ballet class for ages 8-10)

Tuesdays | April 27-June 15 | 4:15-5:15 PM

JCC of Greater New Haven

 

In this intermediate beginner level ballet class, students will be introduced to the Vaganova style of ballet which combines acrobatic elements (splits, straddles, bridges…) and classical ballet training (ballet barre, center work, across the floor progressions….) to build coordination, balance, agility, grace, self-discipline and musicality.  Class time is divided into warm up, stretch, ballet barre (degage, battement…), center work, across the floor progressions and reverence.  For safety, students are required to wear dance attire.  Girls are recommended to wear a dance leotard with bare legs, ankle socks (bare feet for acrobatic elements), pink ballet shoes and hair pulled off face and neck.  Boys are recommended to wear elastic waist shorts or pants, a form-fitted t-shirt, ankle socks and black ballet shoes.

 

Pricing:

Member: $125

Community: $150

 

Dance Teacher Bio:

Jenifer Budzinski has been teaching dance and gymnastics for more than 25 years.  She has a deep love of teaching.  While she was given the opportunity to perform and compete in her youth, she's always been most passionate about inspiring others and producing her own original productions.  Jen has built several successful dance and gymnastics programs over the years including designing her own curriculum and evaluation system that supports the whole child.  She is trained in several dance genres including classical ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, musical theater and acrobatics.  Her specialty is in developing and building a strong dance and gymnastics foundation in her students.  Several of Jen’s students have gone on to be high-level competitive gymnasts, award-winning competitive dancers, pursue careers in dance, and get accepted into top colleges for dance and gymnastics.  She has produced dozens of productions including Annie, the Wizard of Oz, Beauty & the Beast, Newsies, Seussical, The Greatest Showman and more!  Ms. Jen also holds a master's degree in education.  

Drop-in Options:

Postponed until further notice

Babies & Bagels (Ages: Birth-18 months)

Postponed until further notice

 

PJ Library’s educator and mindfulness teacher Stacey Battat (also a mom) will facilitate discussion around the season, the joys, the challenges and whatever else parents want to discuss at Bagels & Babies, which will take place alternate Wednesdays this winter. Meet at 11 AM in the Terrace Room behind Cafe 360 at the J, and we will move to the babysitting room for activities for older toddlers at 11:30. Free and open to all!

 

*Attend one or all playdates. 

 

Questions? Contact Stacey Battat at pjlibrary@jewishnewhaven.org

 

 

Pricing:

Member: $125

Community: $150

Sticky Fingers (Ages 2-5)

Postponed until further notice
 

Dress for a mess! Join us for hands-on fun with your toddler! Each session, a fun, kid-friendly recipe with be explored and enjoyed! Appropriate for ages 2+. Join us for one or all sticky finger sessions.

Questions? Contact Nicolle Camara at (203) 387-2424 x306 | nicollec@jccnh.org

Pricing:

Member: $125

Community: $150

Virtual Piano Lessons with Yelena Gerovich (All Ages)
 

Individual lessons are available in the following time allotments, seven (7) lessons at a time. 
 

Seven 30 min lessons: Members: $250 | Community: $300
Seven 45 min lessons: Members: $350 | Community: $400
Seven 60 min lessons: Members: $400 | Community: $450
 

If students wish to take a trial lesson before committing to seven (7), rates will be prorated

Online lessons by appointment only.

 

Please contact:

 

Barbara Zalesch at Barbaraz@jccnh.org

PJ Library

PJ Library is a national Jewish family engagement program that mails free, high-quality Jewish children’s literature and music to families on a monthly basis.

 

Greater New Haven’s PJ Library program is open to any Jewish children from ages 6 months to 8 years old. PJ Library and the JCC Family Center also offer family programs & events including author readings, story times, holiday celebrations, and Shabbat Friends - a weekly cooking series for children and their caretakers.

 

Kids and parents can expect to receive their books within six to eight weeks. Sign up online or contact Kayla Bisbee, Family Outreach Coordinator, at kbisbee@jewishnewhaven.org.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Jun

13

Little Free Library Dedication

Beckerman Lender Jewish Community Center 360 Amity Road
Woodbridge, CT 06525

School Vacations

K-8 | M: $57 | Afterschool $47 | Kids Klub $47 | C: $67

Fun-filled themed days with swimming, gym, outdoor time, arts and crafts, cooking, games and more. We provide all day care (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.) with optional am and pm care available most days during school vacations.

 

Check here for upcoming Vacation Programs.