JCC members are entitled to use the indoor/outdoor swimming pools, tennis and racquetball courts, gyms, indoor track and state-of-the-art fitness center.

Membership benefits also include FREE Group Exercise classes (with exceptions) and FREE baby-sitting, ages 6 months to 5 years, while you are in the building; weekdays, 8:30am-12 pm; Monday-Thursdays, 4-6 pm; and Sundays, 9 am-12 pm. Children may remain in the babysitting room for a two hour maximum on a first come first served basis.

Children ages 6-14 may use the Ben Bergen Youth Fitness Center and Teen Lounge on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4-8 pm (after completing an orientation). Teens, grades 6-12, may use the Teen Lounge, Monday and Wednesday, 3-8 pm and Sundays, 12-4 pm.

Members may enroll their children in the JCC nursery school, day care, kindergarten, after-school programs, summer camps and year-round sports programs.

Membership Categories

Couples, parents and children up to the age of 25 who live at home.

Single-Parent Family
Unmarried parent and children up to the age of 25 who live at home.

Individuals, ages 12 and/or in grade 6 through age 18

Young Adult
Individuals, ages 19-30

Individuals, ages 31+

Senior Couples
Couples, ages 65 and older

Senior Individuals
Individuals, ages 65 and older

Contributory Membership

The JCC is a nonprofit organization which serves the entire community and cannot provide the vast scope of programs and services through membership dues and program fees alone. Contributory members make a significant impact on the Center and in the lives of those in our community by helping the JCC provide scholarships, social service programs, special programs for senior citizens and those with special needs.

Benefactors help to provide scholarship and social service programs, program enhancements and expansions, and meet the needs of a growing and changing marketplace.

In recognition of the high level of commitment that benefactors make, the JCC extends them the following benefits:

  • Family membership
  • 2 Seiden Wellness Center Packages
  • $500 worth of group classes for the family
  • 50% discount on most other classes
  • Priority registration and two free tickets to all JCC events (excluding fundraisers)

Patrons support scholarship and social service programs. Patrons are also entitled to priority registration for all classes and two free tickets to all JCC events (excluding fundraisers).

Sustainers help support scholarship and social service programs.

Membership Cards

All members above the age of five receive a free, non-transferable membership card, which must be carried at all times while in the JCC. There is a $5 replacement fee for lost cards.


Reciprocity is given to out-of-town members of JCCs and YMHAs within the JCCA network. However, this does not include the JCCs and YMHAs within a 30 mile radius. The Kaplen JCC on the Palisades will give up to 2 weeks for a member from an out-of-town JCC/YMHA to use our facility when a visiting member presents a valid membership card or a letter validating membership from their membership office. While traveling in America most other JCCs will also honor our JCC members with reciprocity.

Corporate Recreation Plan

We provide group memberships to area businesses during work and non-work hours. A variety of options are available.

Guest Passes

$40 Families / $15 Adults / $10 Children ages 2-18

Guest Policy

  • Guests must be accompanied by a member host.
  • Each member family can bring up to 2 guests or 1 other family.
  • Guests may not use the JCC facilities before noon on Sunday.
  • Guests may be admitted at all other times, availability permitting.
  • Guests may use the JCC for a maximum of three times a year.
  • Arrangements for an extended-period guest pass for out-of-town visitors can be arranged through the Membership Director.
  • Guests over 18 years of age must present ID.

Payment Information for New Members

Membership at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades is an annual membership based on a twelve-month commitment when you join, renewing after the first year on your anniversary date and every year after on September 1. Payments may be made in full via check or credit card for the entire amount each year. Alternatively, those electing to pay monthly via Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) or credit card will be charged August through July on an annual basis. The Board of Directors may elect to change the annual dues effective September 1 of each year, thus affecting the rate and/or processing fee for automatic one time or monthly payments.

No one is ever denied membership because of an inability to pay membership dues. If you have special circumstances, please call the Membership Director and request a confidential interview.

Loss of Privileges

The JCC reserves the right to cancel membership or terminate a member’s participation in a program without refund for any reason including:

  • Damage or destruction of JCC property
  • Theft
  • Failure to follow proper safety precautions and practices
  • Inappropriate behavior
  • Fighting
  • Failure to pay membership fees
  • Harassment of other participants, members or staff
  • Physical or verbal abuse, or use of profanity
  • Failure to follow policies set by the JCC
  • Using our facility to conduct private business

The Kaplen JCC on the Palisades is a participating agengy of the JCC Association, the umbrella organization for the JCC Movement, which includes more than 350 JCCs, YM-YWHAs and camp sites in the US and Canada. JCCA offers a wide range of services and resources and is the only U.S. government accredited agency serving our Jewish military personnel.

To contact the membership office please call 201.408.1448.

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