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The Dwares JCC has something for everyone

What do you know about the Dwares JCC? Did you assume it was just for Jewish people? Learn about the programs provided by this community center.

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Provided by the Dwares JCC

The Dwares JCC is greater Rhode Island’s venue for a wide spectrum of programs, events, fitness, childcare, recreational activities, spiritual experiences, educational opportunities, and more.

As a Community Center, multiple generations become fully engaged in programs designed just for them. Membership to the Dwares JCC is open to people of all races, religions, family constellations and ethnic backgrounds. You do not have to be Jewish to join. Here are a few of the programs we offer:

The David C. Isenberg Family Early Childhood Center (ECC)

To us, learning is more than just child’s play. The David C. Isenberg Family Early Childhood Center (ECC) is dedicated to providing a quality, child-centered, developmental program that includes age appropriate educational and Judaic experiences in a secure and loving atmosphere that fosters cognitive, physical, emotional, and social growth.

We provide quality half- and full-day Jewish education for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Fully licensed by Rhode Island’s Department of Children, Youth, and Families, the ECC adheres to all DCYF regulations, policies, and procedures.

The ECC is also accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) as well as Bright Stars. Our care providers and teachers are carefully screened, chosen for their love of children, and trained in CPR and first aid. We also have two registered nurses on staff.

Eides Family J-Space Afterschool Program

Does your school-aged child need a safe, fun place to be after school? The Eides Family J-Space Afterschool Program provides a safe and nurturing environment where your child can thrive. Enriching after school activities are part of a thoughtful curriculum that is aligned with national educational standards, which include science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM).

Staff are experienced, well-trained professionals who are passionate about teaching and sharing their unique talents with children. During school vacation breaks, we offer J-Cation Camp. Children from ages 5 to 11 years enjoy a myriad of activities including arts and crafts, swimming, themed activities, filed trips, and visits from special guests.

Summer J-Camp

At Summer J-Camp, we provide a variety of excellent opportunities for children ages 3-to-15 to make the most of their summer vacation! What makes us different?

  • Lunch and snacks provided daily
  • Coordinated Judaic themes that focus on universal human values
  • Swim lessons for all campers
  • Weekly field trips & special visitors
  • Lots of outdoor play
  • Activities including art, cooking, sports, science & nature, acting, travel and more!


J-Fitness provides a full-service fitness center and heated indoor pool located in the heart of Providence’s East Side. We offer fitness and aquatics classes for every-BODY, regardless of age or ability. Get healthy, stay fit, and live better with full access to TRX, kettlebells, medicine balls and battle ropes, cardio machines, free-weight area, indoor cycling, cardio kickboxing, Fit Forever classes for Seniors, yoga, Zumba, and more. J- Fitness also has a team of dedicated Certified Personal Trainers that are eager to help you achieve all of your health and wellness goals.

Mermaid Alex joined a Dwares JCC program recently.

Pool and Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy (LKSA)

On any given day in our pool, you’ll see babies learning to swim, young children splashing with excitement, serious lap swimmers, and seniors relieved of the stiffness from arthritis. We house the Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy (LKSA), a learn-to swim program for children of all ages. Started in 2005 by four-time Olympic Gold Medalist Lenny Krayzelburg, “our core purpose is to teach and inspire children to be water safe.”

Using the SwimRight® Method, we utilize the swim-float-swim technique as our foundation and focus on providing children with the knowledge of confidence and safety in and around the water. From these basic skills, we take students from beginning stages of swimming all the way to learning all four strokes—freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly.

Swimmers, from ages 5 through 18, who have mastered these skills are welcome to join the TigerSharks Swim Team. Swimmers have the opportunity to grow and succeed in a fun, hardworking, and competitive environment.

Arts & Culture

The Dwares JCC offers a vast array of artistic and cultural opportunities in which you and your family can participate. From live music to film screenings, art exhibits to literary events, our Arts & Culture programming will provoke thoughtful discussions, stretch your imagination, and expose you to stimulating concepts and ideas. We are committed to presenting you with the best of Jewish culture—on display for the enjoyment of the Greater Rhode Island community.

Birthday Parties at the Dwares JCC

We plan Birthday Parties at the Dwares JCC that are fun for kids and stress-free for parents! We’ll work with you to create a memorable day. From pre-school (ages 4+) to middle school, party-goers will experience a festive event that will be remembered for years to come. Your party will be filled with fun activities that make both kids and parents smile.