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Adults over 65 Weekly meetings, group fitness, book club, games, trips, and more offer camaraderie and companionship in your home away from home. Early Childhood Learning Center The ECLC provides a rich and unique early childhood learning experience for children ages 6 weeks-prekindergarten. The curriculum includes age-appropriate academics, Jewish cultural enrichment, Discover CATCH, music with Mr. Steve, swim lessons, and Shabbat with Mr. Jack. Our ECLC has a three-star rating, the highest award by the Tennessee Department of Human Services. Programming for School-Age Kids Planet Kid, our after-school program, runs from 2:30-6 p.m. – and the children will love every minute of it. They start the afternoon off with a snack and then may spend time on the huge Pargh Playground, swim in our indoor pool or play in our gym. Activities, both structured and unstructured, are geared to developing social, physical, and cognitive skills. We know homework is important, so tutors are on-hand to help your child complete their tasks. Books, games, puzzles and friends are always here too. Two separate but linked classrooms allow us to provide planned activities and games in one room, while keeping the other room quieter for homework, reading and low key activities. The facilities of the GJCC allow us to spend time outside the classroom too. Our calendar reflects the schedules of Akiva School and Metro Public Schools, and we are open even when school is not. We offer transportation from Akiva, West Meade and Harpeth Valley.
Camp Davis kids celebrate superheroes.
Camp Davis, the Gordon JCC day camp for children in grades K-9, lives up to its motto “Keeping Kids Dirty Since 1930.” Camp Davis provides a Jewish summer day camp experience that is safe, inclusive and, most important, fun. Holding Jewish values high, Camp Davis is a community of support where children are encouraged to try new things and take risks on a daily basis as well as appreciate our natural world. Traditional camp, late nights and overnights, as well as specialty tracks encourage children to build their own sense of confidence and sense of belonging within the community. During the school year, Camp Davis offers engaging programming for kids in grades K-5 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on days when school is not in session, with optional early care starting at 7 a.m. and later care extending until 6 p.m. Children participate in a number of activities including art projects, music, sports, physical challenges, board games, puzzles, playground time, cooking, dramatic play, and the list goes on! In addition, we are also able to take advantage of our great indoor pool facility, so be sure to pack a suit and towel to join in on the fun. Teens Our programs for teens include the JCC Maccabi Games, an Olympics-style competition for sports and camaraderie; AZA and BBG, the two local BBYO groups sponsored by the GJCC, and BBYO Connect for middle-schoolers. Sports We offer many different sports throughout the year for both adults and kids including soccer, baseball, flag football, basketball, tennis, fencing and racquetball. Adults can play pick-up basketball games weekly – and participate in basketball and softball league play. Jewish Community and Identity Marking every occasion on the Jewish calendar, from our annual Chanukah Festival and menorah lighting to Kosher Hot Chicken Festival, the Gordon JCC is the social hub for the Jewish community of Nashville and Middle Tennessee. •
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