Worcester JCC
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January 21, 2020 |

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History

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

Organized in the 1940s 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-1960s, 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 build a new Jewish Community Center began.

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 facility.

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

Our Sponsors


Israel BondsComplete Payroll SolutionsMiles Funeral HomesMorgan StanleyMountain Dearborn
North Oxford MillsOasis at Dodge ParkPampered PetPepsiCoPublick House
Ransford PestReal Living BarberaMercadante Funeral HomeMcCracken, D.D.S.Jewish Healthcare Center
Jewish Family ServicesJ.J. BafaroLexus of NorthboroughAdult & Pediatric Dermatology1010 Dental Elm
Rotman's FurnitureWorcester Cat & BirdWorcester AcademyGreater Worcester Community FoundationWorcester Centers for Crafts
Worcester OpthalmologistsWilmer HaleWebster FiveSimply OrthoPatrick Motors
Sunnyside FordTech Cleaners & TailorsTree of Life HealthcareUnibankVisions by Bakr
Visiting AngelsVonderful Hair & NailVox New EnglandVF PropertiesBancroft School
Barry CommunicationsBay State Savings BankBC ProsBean CounterBagel Time
Assumption CollegeArts WorcesterTESPhysical Therapy InnovationsSustainable Senior Solutions
A.L. PurintonAC Hotel WorcesterArmsby AbbeyArthur Cole PaintingBrunelle Landscaping
Busy Bee NurseryEllie's Pet BarnJewish Federation of Central MAFirst American RealtyFletcher Tilton
Green Gardens NurseryGreenberg, Rosenblatt, Kull & BitsoliHarr ToyotaHerlihy Insurance GroupImperial Distributors
Ed Hyder's MarketplaceCyprian Keyes Golf ClubCutler Capital ManagementCaola EquipmentCarr Financial Group
Country BankCentral Mass OrthodonticsCentral Mass Safety CouncilCongregation Beth IsraelCooper's Hilltop Farm
Critter ControlSeder LawStrand's Ski Shop15-40 ConnectionLocation Inc.

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