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NEWTON — Strolling five-month-old babies into the lobby of the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center on a recent Tuesday afternoon,six new moms entered a much needed oasis.
A former gallery space off the lobby is the venue for a new-moms group that had been abruptly disrupted by the sudden closure of Isis Parenting — a popular for-profit maternity and early parenting center, which had locations in Arlington, Boston, Needham and Hanover.
A white divider blocked off a window that overlooked the lobby and another window, offering a tableau of a snowy landscape, flooded light onto the shoeless mothers and their babies as they settled in for “circle time” on multi-colored foam rubber floor titles.
Little more than month after Isis announced on Jan. 14 that it was shuttering its doors and canceling all its classes immediately, several local organizations are filling the void by continuing disrupted Isis classes or expanding offerings for new and expecting parents.
The JCC alone has picked up seven disrupted Isis parenting and fitness classes and businesses such as Kidville in Wellesley have also added classes. Mommybites Boston has put in additional classes in Arlington and Needham and has partnered with former Isis instructors as well.