Monday, January 24, 2011


clip_image002All teens in the community, grades 6-12, JCC members and nonmembers, are invited to visit the new Teen Lounge at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades at a Grand Opening.
Sunday, January 30, 7-9 PM
WHERE: Kaplen JCC. 411 E. Clinton Ave., Tenafly

The new facility, equipped with computer docking stations, large screen TV, game systems and ultra-modern “teen” d├ęcor will offer the ultimate atmosphere for teens to gather for both study and fun.

DSC_0065During the Grand Opening, teens will enjoy music, watch a sushi-making demonstration and and try an exercise Boot Camp class. They will also have the chance to discuss activities they would enjoy seeing added to the department’s overall offerings.

“We also want to give teens ownership over the new lounge,” adds Teen Services Director Sara Lewis.

“It will always be supervised and staff will always be on-hand for guidance and assistance, but we want teens to feel that this vibrant new space is ‘theirs,’ a home away from home. We’ve created a real teen-friendly space and furnished it with great modern amenities that are sure to make the JCC a perfect destination for our local youth.”

TeenLoungeWallThe new Teen Lounge will be open to JCC members and nonmembers Monday- Thursday from 3:30–9 PM, Sundays from 12–5 PM, and occasional Saturday nights, the first on February 12, 7:30–10 PM. It will offer socializing, study, games, movies, a chalkboard wall, where teens can leave messages for each other and more. Teens can even request to have their favorite TV shows taped in advance and then book a time to view them with friends. Future plans include providing teens with the opportunity to host their own art shows, where they can exhibit their photographs, paintings, etc.

“Teens are highly social and peer-connected and our goal is to make our teen lounge a welcoming place where teens come to socialize, study, watch movies, bond and have fun,” says Youth Services Director Judi Nahary.

Teens 12 and up who are not JCC members can join the JCC for only $78 a month (with a 12-month commitment), which will enable them to enjoy additional JCC offerings such gyms, pools, a greatly expanded Benjamin Bergen Youth Fitness Center (ages 8–13) and many additional programs at reduced rates. For more information on the Open House or teen services at the JCC, please call Judi Nahary at 201.408.1470; e-mail or Sara Lewis, 201.408.1469;