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clientuploads/2013/palmbeachgardens/icon_fa.gif  Family Programs

Our goal is to strengthen community and family life by creating meaningful experiences and memories while learning about Jewish culture, ritual and tradition--and living Jewish values. In keeping with our mission, you will find many programs and activities designed for you and your family to enjoy together. These include family Shabbat Dinners and Shabbatons, annual holiday celebrations, pool parties, family movie nights, the Annual South Florida Parenting Family Fun Expo, mother-daughter and father-son events, and much more!


The Mandel JCC is raising funds to help 9 year old Cole Malone battle Leukemia, a hero in our hearts! Follow Cole’s Journey at

Community Hanukkah Candle Lighting
Come celebrate Hanukkah with the entire Jewish community as we light the 6th Hanukkah Candle.

Program includes:
• Concert by Cara Freedman
• Community Children’s Concert
• Performance by Hip Hop Kidz
• Olive Oil Tasting
• Children’s Hanukkah Activities
• Informational tables from synagogues and Jewish agencies

> Sunday, Dec 21; 2:00-4:00 pm
   Canyon Town Center – Boynton Beach
   Free and open to the community

Paint Your Own Pottery for Shabbat and Havdalah Dinner at Picasso’s
Share a meal, create beautiful pottery and observe Havdalah (a short, sensory ritual that separates Shabbat from the rest of the week) that will help you celebrate Shabbat for years to come. Each family will receive two candlesticks and a wine goblet and all materials necessary to paint them, and additional pieces will be available for purchase (pieces will be fired and then available for pick up a week after the event at the family’s convenience).

> Saturday; January 24; 6:00-8:00
   Includes pizza dinner and two Shabbat candlesticks and a wine goblet with all materials for painting them.

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Tu B’shvat  Family Celebration at Bedners
Join us as we celebrate the New Year for the Trees during our community-wide, family event in conjunction with the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County. Enjoy hay rides, crafts, strawberry picking, Ice Cream and a Tu B'shvat seder!

> January 18; 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
   Pre-registration pricing -$8/Child; $3/Adult; $10/Nextgen
   At door pricing -$10/Child; $5/Adult; $15/Nextgen

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Passover Foods with a Healthy Twist
A cooking class to learn, taste and prepare for Passover!  Learn how to update classic foods and flavors with healthy and creative techniques and flavors with Amanda Fernandez, Healthy Eating and Green Mission specialist and Certified Holistic Health Coach.

> March 26, 6:00-7:30 pm
   Whole Foods Wellington, 2635 Florida 7, Wellington, FL 33414
   $15/Member;  $18/Guest
   Includes a culinary dinner adventure.
   Pre-registration is required by March 22, please call Arlene LeHew, 561-259-3000

A SPECIAL day at the J 
A day specially planned for special needs children and their families! 

> March 29; 1:30 pm
   Free/Member; $15/Guest


Quality Swimming®
Quality Swimming specializes in infant and toddler swimming, as well as programs for school-age children, including our Riptide Swim Team.  We also offer classes for adults of all ages from beginner to tri-athletes.  We are a year-round Aquatics Education Center that has been serving Palm Beach County for over 28 years. All instructors have completed the extensive Quality Swimming training program and participate in year-round local and national workshops, in-house training sessions and hands-on help from Lead Instructors. All Quality Swimming instructors are certified in CPR, Standard First Aid and Lifeguard Training. All Supervisors are Water Safety Instructors. All infant teachers have completed the United States Swim School Association’s Infant Course. Many of our teachers are certified in swim instruction for developmentally disabled individuals by the International Swim Instructors Association. For more information call 561-487-8276 or visit

Baby & Me Swim Classes (6 Months – 36 months)
Infants and young toddlers adjust well to a new environment and new adults when the parent or primary caretaker is present. There are three different levels of Baby and Me swim classes. Classes meet weekly for 30 minutes; recommended for babies ages 6 to 36 months.

Toddler (Waterbug) Swim Classes (2 – 3 ½ years old)
Waterbug classes are for the child who is ready to enter a group without a parent or caregiver present.  There are four levels of Waterbug classes to progress through: Waterbug, Advanced Waterbug, Super Waterbug, and Super Waterbug 2.  Children under the age of 2 ½  must have completed Baby & Me classes or private lessons and must be recommended by a teacher.

Level Swim Groups (3 ½ years and older)
Children are grouped in 30-minute classes from beginner to advanced skills, including Level 1 to 6, and Training Group.

Pick-up Times:
For Waterbug and Level classes, we can pick up students and return them to class at the Glantz Early Childhood Learning Center or The Mandel JCC After School Program:
> Mondays; 1:00 pm; 3:00 pm; 3:30 pm & 4:00 pm
   Tuesdays; 1:00 pm; 3:00 pm; 3:30 pm & 4:00 pm
   Thursdays; 1:00 pm; 3:00 pm; 3:30 pm & 4:00 pm

Registration Fee (yearly): $20/Member; $25/Guest
Monthly Tuition: $81/Member; $90/Guest

Riptide Swim Team
Quality Swimming offers a recreational year-round swim team for children 5 years old and above that can swim one lap of the pool freestyle and one lap of the pool backstroke.  This is an introduction to competitive swimming.  Stroke technique, goal setting, interval training, and drills will be emphasized.  We participate with the South Florida Recreational Swim League.
> Mondays – Thursdays; 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm (Novice Swimmers – under age 10)
   Mondays – Thursdays; 5:15 pm – 6:30 pm (Advanced/Competing Swimmers with Coach Approval)

Registration Fee (yearly): $20/Member; $25/Guest
Monthly Tuition: $72/Member; $80/Guest
Seasonal League Fee: $15

For more information or to register please contact Quality Swimming at 561-487-8276 or visit


Bagels and Babies
Popular informal get-together of Shalom Baby mothers and babies. Meets monthly at three separate locations throughout the community. Please call 561-736-4753 to find the nearest meeting location and time.

Shalom Baby Book Club
Monthly meetings at various locations. Please call 561-736-4753 for current book and location. No Cost.

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