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JCC Operating Hours

Normal Facility Operating Hours

Sunday 7:00 am - 6:00 pm

Monday - Thursday 5:30 am - 10:00 pm

Friday 5:30 am - 6:00 pm

Saturday 7:00 am - 6:00 pm

Fitness Center Hours

Sunday 7:00 am - 6:00 pm

Monday - Thursday 5:30 am - 10:00 pm

Friday 5:30 am - 6:00 pm

Saturday 7:00 am - 6:00 pm

Gaelen Center for the Arts

Sunday 7:00 am - 6:00 pm

Monday - Thursday 5:30 am - 10:00 pm

Friday 5:30 am - 6:00 pm

Saturday 7:00 am - 6:00 pm

Open Gymnasium Hours

SundayCLOSED

Monday 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Tuesday 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Wednesday 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Thursday 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Friday 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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Membership Office Hours

Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Monday - Thursday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm

Friday - Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Track Hours

Sunday 7:00 am - 5:45 pm

Monday - Thursday 5:30 am - 9:45 pm

Friday 5:30 am - 5:45 pm

Saturday 7:00 am - 5:45 pm

Holiday Hours 2018 - 2019

Monday, September 03

Labor Day 7:00 am - 3:00 pm

Sunday, September 09

Erev Rosh Hashanah 7:00 am - 3:00 pm

Monday, September 10

Rosh Hashanah, Day 1

Tuesday, September 11

Rosh Hashanah, Day 2

Tuesday, September 18

Kol Nidre 5:30 am - 3:00 pm

Wednesday, September 19

Yom Kippur

Thursday, November 22

Thanksgiving Day 7:00 am - 3:00 pm

Monday, December 24

Christmas Eve 5:30 am - 3:00 pm

Tuesday, December 25

Christmas Day 7:00 am - 3:00 pm

Monday, December 31

New Year's Eve 5:30 am - 3:00 pm

Tuesday, January 01

New Year's Day 7:00 am - 3:00 pm

Friday, April 19

Erev Passover 5:30 am - 3:00 pm

Saturday, April 20

Passover, Day 1

Monday, May 27

Memorial Day 7:00 am - 3:00 pm

Thursday, July 04

Independence Day 7:00 am - 3:00 pm

Book Group

JCC MetroWest Book Group

Our book group is free, open to both members and non-members, and you can join and begin attending at any time! Click button below for the Book Group archives.  For more information contact, Sarah Diamond, 973-929-2938, [email protected]



September: Thursday, September 13, 12:00pm
 (Bring your lunch!)
The Weight of Ink, by Rachel Kadish
Helen Watt, an elderly British academic in Jewish studies, sees her final opportunity for fame in a collection of 17th-century documents discovered in the home of a former student. The documents, primarily written in Portuguese and Hebrew, are the work of an unknown scribe, identified by the Hebrew letter aleph. As she researches, Helen and her graduate assistant Aaron Levy find that “aleph” is actually a woman named Ester Velasquez who scribed for a rabbi, blinded during the Inquisition. Ester, like Helen, chose a life of intellect over that of marriage and family. The stories of both women are linked as the novel moves back and forth between their lives 350 years apart. Ester and her blind rabbi are beset by the plague and anti-Semitism while Helen and Aaron struggle through the toxicity of academia and their own botched personal relationships. This astonishing novel introduces readers to the 17th-century Anglo-Jewish world with not only excellent scholarship but also fine storytelling. (Library Journal)



Tuesday, October 16, 12pm

The Emperor of Shoes, by Spencer Wise
Alex Cohen, a twenty-six-year-old Jewish Bostonian, is living in southern China, where his father runs their family-owned shoe factory. Alex reluctantly assumes the helm of the company but comes to a grim realization: employees are exploited, regulatory systems are corrupt and Alex’s own father is engaging in bribes to protect the bottom line. When Alex meets a seamstress named Ivy, his sympathies begin to shift. She is an embedded organizer of a pro-democratic Chinese party, secretly sowing dissonance among her fellow laborers. Will Alex remain loyal to his father and his heritage? Or will the sparks of revolution ignite? The Emperor of Shoes is a timely meditation on idealism, ambition, father-son rivalry and cultural revolution, set against a vivid backdrop of social and technological change.


Wednesday, November 14, 12pm
Among the Living, by Jonathan Rabb
Set in post-WWII Savannah, Georgia, Rabb’s novel tells a classic survival story in all its hope and heartbreak. Abe and Pearl Jesler, Conservative Jews, take in Abe’s young cousin, Yitzhak, who survived the camps. They change his name to Ike and put him to work in Abe’s shoe store. He falls in love with Eva, a Reform Jew whose husband was killed in Germany in 1945. In a surprising, bitter twist reminiscent of Isaac Bashevis Singer, Ike’s German Jewish fiancée, Malke, turns up. He thought she was dead. So what about Eva? The novel vividly reveals the complex texture of Savannah’s thriving Jewish community, its diversity as well as its heroism, but also the clash between Reform and Conservative Jews and the lingering prejudice against African Americans.


Thursday, December 13, 12pm
All the Rivers, by Dorit Rabinyan
This beautifully written and complex novel about a love affair between an Israeli woman and a Palestinian man who meet in New York City in 2003 won the Bernstein Prize, but Israel’s Education Ministry attempted to ban the book, fearful that it would encourage intermarriage. Liat, an Israeli Fulbright scholar studying in New York City, has a chance meeting one afternoon with the affable Hilmi, a Palestinian painter on an artist’s visa, that explodes into an intense love affair. A relationship unthinkable at home flourishes in post 9/11 New York. In what later became a best seller in Israel, Rabinyan shows how two young people find happiness despite holding vastly different political and religious beliefs.


Wednesday, January 16, 12pm
The Gustav Sonata, by Rose Tremain
Winner of the 2016 National Jewish Book Award for Fiction, this is a poignant tale about the enduring friendship between two men post-WWII. Gustav Perle grows up in a small town in Switzerland, where the horrors of the Second World War seem only a distant echo. He lives alone with Emilie, the mother he adores but who treats him with bitter severity. He begins an intense friendship with a talented Jewish boy his age, Anton Zweibel, a budding concert pianist. The novel follows Gustav’s family, tracing the roots of his mother’s anti-Semitism and its impact on her son and his beloved friend. Moving backward to the war years and forward through the lives and careers of the two men, The Gustav Sonata explores the passionate love of childhood friendship as it is lost, transformed, and regained over a lifetime.


Tuesday, February 12, 12pm
Bed-Stuy Is Burning, by Brian Platzer
A gamble once cost Aaron his life as a rabbi, but without his penchant for risk-taking, he wouldn’t now be a successful financial manager and the new owner of a vintage brownstone on the most beautiful block in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. Platzer’s debut takes place mostly over the course of a single day, on Rosh Hashanah, following a weekend when a 12-year-old, unarmed and black, was shot 10 times and killed by police. When Aaron heads to the subway on Monday morning, local teenagers are forcing their own arrests by jumping turnstiles in protest of the senseless killing. Demonstrations remain peaceful for only so long before violence threatens, cops react, and the angry crowd moves en masse, with Aaron and his girlfriend Amelia’s brownstone, a symbol of the neighborhood’s gentrification, as their first stop. (Booklist)


Wednesday, March 13, 12pm
The Immortalists, by Chloe Benjamin
In 1969, the four rambunctious Gold children, Simon, Klara, Daniel, and Varya, visit a psychic on Manhattan’s Lower East Side who predicts the date each of them will die. The novel then follows how the siblings deal with news of their expiration dates. In the late ’70s, Klara and Simon, the youngest, run off to San Francisco, where the closeted Simon becomes a dancer and Klara a magician and stage illusionist. In 2006, Daniel, a married army doctor based in Kingston, N.Y., learns that the psychic who foretold their fates is a con artist wanted by the FBI, and attempts to track her down. In 2010, Varya, the eldest Gold, is a longevity researcher who feels closest to the rhesus monkeys she uses for her experiments. One day, a journalist interviews her and changes the course of her life. This is a cleverly structured novel steeped in Jewish lore and the history of four decades of American life. The four Gold siblings are wonderful creations, and their story becomes a moving meditation on fate, faith, and the family ties that alternately hurt and heal. (Publishers Weekly)


Tuesday, April 9, 12pm
Promised Land: A Novel of Israel, by Martin Fletcher
*Martin Fletcher will speak at the JCC on Thursday, April 11 at 7:30 PM*

Fourteen-year-old Peter is sent west to America to escape the growing horror of Nazi Germany. But his younger brother Arie and their entire family are sent east to the death camps. Only Arie survives. The brothers reunite in the nascent Jewish state, where Arie becomes a businessman and one of the richest men in Israel, while Peter becomes a top Mossad agent heading some of Israel’s most vital espionage operations. One brother builds Israel, the other protects it. But they also fall in love with the same woman, Tamara, a lonely Jewish refugee from Cairo. And over the next two decades, as their new homeland faces extraordinary obstacles that could destroy it, the brothers’ intrigues and jealousies threaten to tear their new lives apart.