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The J Zone

Respite Recreation Program

THE J-ZONE program is funded in part by grants from The United Way of Northern New Jersey and The Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon & Warren Counties.

Questions about the program or to schedule an intake interview?  Contact our Special Services Director, Ellie Willoughby, 908-443-9029 or

An intake interview must be completed prior to registration.

What is our Mission?

The J ZONE’s mission is the gift of time. During this time we support children, their families and caregivers to keep them healthy, happy and strong. Read All the details.

Hours of Operation: Sundays                                                                                     

         Zone 1:  5-11 years of age: 12:30 - 2:30 pm

         Zone 2: 12-16 years of age: 3:30 - 5:30pm

Spring Session: (April - June 2018, 10 Sessions)

  • April: 22, 29
  • May: 6, 13, 20, 27
  • June: 3, 10, 17, 24
  • Attire: Comfortable clothing, sneakers, swimsuit and a towel.
  • Snacks: Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Inclement weather: You will be contacted on the day of the program by 11:00am.

Enrollment process: Complete the intake, enrollment and consent forms and return it to:

Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center
Attn: Ellie Willoughby
775 Talamini Road, Bridgewater, NJ, 08807

For all questions, please contact Ellie Willoughby at 908.443.9029 or email


Save when you register for all 10 Sessions!

Discounted Fee Per Member:  $250 for 10 sessions     Fee Per Person:  $300 for 10 sessions

Ala carte Pricing:

Discounted  Fee Per Member: $30; or Fee Per Person: $35

1:1 support available for an additional fee.  Please contact the Director for details.                                        

Note: Max per age zone will be 10 children.

What is our respite program?

Our respite program will provide 2 hours (ages 5-11) and (ages 12-16) of recreational fun to children with special needs. This program will offer a well-deserved break to parents and caregivers from the daily challenges of childcare.

Supporting a child with special needs can be tremendously challenging on parents and caregivers. Often parents and caregivers of children with special needs go for long periods of time before they get any free time.  At the J ZONE, we give parents and caregivers the time to take a needed break to have some fun, go out to eat, run errands, have some alone time or just get some needed rest.

The time spent at the J ZONE, will allow the child, their family and/or caregivers to return home recharged after everyone has had time away from their day to day routine and challenges.

The J ZONE will offer your child the opportunity for socialization, arts and crafts, variety of games, sensory activities, playing in the gym or pool and much more. At the J ZONE, your child can expect to enjoy fun filled activities, form new friendships and have peer interaction in a well supervised and structured environment.

What type staff support will be provided?

The SSBJCC J ZONE staff members are trained in CPR/First Aid and all required specialized trainings. All of our staff must complete a background check and all required specialized training before they are allowed to work in the program. We will also have volunteers who complete the background check and an orientation.

How are behaviors handled?

When behaviors do occur we utilize positive behavior supports or a sensory/ quiet room.

The intake process?

During the intake process a detailed profile will be created for your child and we will utilize that information to address their needs and care while at the J ZONE.

What types of special needs do the children have?

The children in the J ZONE program have a wide range of special needs. Such as Autism, Down syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Emotional Disturbance, Cerebral Palsy, Asperger’s Syndrome just to name a few.  Each child in our program is unique and different, but they are still a child who loves to play and have fun.

Questions about the program?  Contact our Special Services Director, Ellie Willoughby, 908-443-9029 or