One big circle, everybody in it


As an inclusive community center offering programs and services for all regardless of age, religious observance, income, or ability, we make our community stronger and offer opportunities for all of us to learn and grow together.

The JCC’s Center for Inclusion and Special Needs provides important resources for individuals with special needs and their families by offering programs that are open to the whole community.

Questions about our inclusion programs?

Contact Jody Margolis, Special Needs Director, at 414-967-8206.

Inclusion Programs

Students That Are Really Special (STARS)
STARS is an important support system for families of students with special needs. Navigate your child’s academic, behavioral, and social experiences through the STARS Family Resource Center. After school, the STARS Tutoring Center offers elementary and middle school age students homework support from our Special Education staff. Many classes at the JCC for children under 5 are labeled as STARS-friendly giving little ones and their parents opportunities to connect with the whole community.

Sunday STARS is a fun, monthly program where students with special needs can socialize and interact while participating in active and engaging programming.


Adults 18+
Looking for a sense of community, belonging, satisfaction and an active social life? Join Chaverim, a social, recreational, educational and Judaic program for adults with developmental disabilities designed to increase social skills, create peer relationships, and welcome participants as active members of the community. The group meets 6 – 8 times a month and offers a variety of activities that focus on fostering ongoing learning and personal growth. To make programs accessible to individuals regardless of living situation and income, we provide transportation to each event whether it is at our Jewish Community Center or out in the city of Milwaukee, and pricing is structured to encourage attendance. Pick and choose which activities you wish to attend.


Upstream Arts 2021
Partnership program for youth & adults
Through a partnership with Upstream Arts, a non-profit based out of Minneapolis, adults and youth with disabilities are invited to foster creative communication and social independence through the power of arts education. The arts are uniquely suited to act as a tool to teach and learn the complicated nuances of social interaction and communication. Workshops are held 2-3 times yearly.

JCC Special Needs Membership
Fitness membership is open to all regardless of ability. Adults with special needs requiring the help of a caregiver are able to participate in fitness programs with admission for their caregiver included at no extra charge. Contact Jamie Seitz, Membership Director, to learn more.

STARS Aquatics Movement: Summer 2021
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Dates: Jul 19, 2021 - Aug 16, 2021
Days of the week: Mon
Times: 10:00am - 10:45am
Ages: 7 - 18
STARS Aquatics Movement: Summer 2021
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Dates: Jun 14, 2021 - Jul 12, 2021
Days of the week: Mon
Times: 10:00am - 10:45am
Ages: 7 - 18
Upstream arts: Summer 2021
Join us as we partner with Upstream Arts to build our fall community Beyond a Building in this 8-week, interactive, online program. Participants will work on social skills and communication using play, dance, theater, music, visual arts, and poetry.
Dates: Jun 22, 2021 - Aug 10, 2021
Days of the week: Tue
Times: 10:00am - 10:50am
Ages: 13 - 45
Chaverim June: Spring 2021
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Dates: Jun 1, 2021 - Jun 24, 2021
Days of the week: Tue, Thu
Times: 06:00pm - 06:30pm
Ages: 18 - 99

A supportive community

Through every age and stage, the JCC supports families and individuals throughout our community.

Classes for Little Ones

All parent-child classes and many of our kids-only classes are STARS friendly.

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Family Time

Holiday programs and special family events are inclusive for all families.

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Another way we keep the JCC inclusive is through scholarships.

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