Active Adults

Research proves the lifelong importance of exercising body and mind. For adults 60+, the JCC offers resources to keep you engaged. Drawing on decades of experience, the JCC offers activities that address the social, cultural and physical needs of these members. Until we can meet in person, join us for exercise, discussions, book clubs, and more virtually!

For Uptown information, email Rachel Ruth or call 897-0143. For Metairie information, contact Wendy Goldberg or call 887-5158.

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Better Balance

Balance exercises, along with certain strength exercises, can help prevent falls by improving one's ability to control and maintain body position, whether you are moving or still. Join us for this invigorating, low impact class.

Wednesdays - Starting June 9
10:45 - 11:45 AM

No charge members / $2 non-members

Book Club

We are back in person!!! We look forward to seeing everyone for the beginning of the new season after a trying year!

Florence Adler Swims Forever
by Rachel Beanland

“The perfect summer read” (USA TODAY) begins with a shocking tragedy that results in three generations of the Adler family grappling with heartbreak, romance, and the weight of family secrets across the course of one summer.

“Rachel Beanland is a writer of uncommon wit and wisdom, with a sharp and empathetic eye for character. She’ll win you over in the most old fashioned of ways: She simply tells a hell of a story.” —Rebecca Makkai, Pulitzer Finalist for The Great Believers

Atlantic City, 1934. Every summer, Esther and Joseph Adler rent their house out to vacationers escaping to “America’s Playground” and move into the small apartment above their bakery. Despite the cramped quarters, this is the apartment where they raised their two daughters, Fannie and Florence, and it always feels like home.

Now Florence has returned from college, determined to spend the summer training to swim the English Channel, and Fannie, pregnant again after recently losing a baby, is on bedrest for the duration of her pregnancy. After Joseph insists they take in a mysterious young woman whom he recently helped emigrate from Nazi Germany, the apartment is bursting at the seams.

Esther only wants to keep her daughters close and safe but some matters are beyond her control: there’s Fannie’s risky pregnancy—not to mention her always-scheming husband, Isaac—and the fact that the handsome heir of a hotel notorious for its anti-Semitic policies, seems to be in love with Florence.

When tragedy strikes, Esther makes the shocking decision to hide the truth—at least until Fannie’s baby is born—and pulls the family into an elaborate web of secret-keeping and lies, bringing long-buried tensions to the surface that reveal how quickly the act of protecting those we love can turn into betrayal.

Based on a true story and told in the vein of J. Courtney Sullivan’s Saints for All Occasions and Anita Diamant’s The Boston Girl, Beanland’s family saga is a breathtaking portrait of just how far we will go to in order to protect our loved ones and an uplifting portrayal of how the human spirit can endure—and even thrive—after tragedy.

Reviewed by Lazelle Alexander

Tuesday, May 15
1:30 - 2:30 PM

No charge members and non-members 

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Cooking Demonstration

The Big Beautiful Cheese Board
Los Angeles chef, Andrea Ruth (yes, Rachel Ruth's sister-in-law,) will spend an hour discussing cheeses and the various condiments that go nicely with cheese and other delicacies that make up a beautiful grazing board. We will arrange and display our cheeses, dips, vegetables, pickles and condiments artfully with breads, crackers, and a few homemade accompaniments that will upgrade your board from ordinary cheese plate to extraordinary grazing board.
Andrea will demonstrate how to make crostini, quick jam and roasted garlic confit. You are welcome to make them along with her.

Friday, June 11
2:00 - 3:00 PM
No charge members and non-members


Games Day

Games Day is back! Once you are vaccinated, please come and join us for mah jongg, Rummikub or bridge. Challenge your brain, meet new people and spend the afternoon with friends. Bring your lunch, dessert and coffee will be provided.

12:00  - 3:00 PM
No charge members and non-members

Lunch & Learn

Lunch & Learn is in person at the JCC. Now that the CDC says it is safe for vaccinated people to gather inside, we are slowly restarting our onsite programs. We cannot wait to see you, share a meal and learn together!
Join us for our monthly Lunch & Learn as we discuss interesting topics with a local Jewish leader. This month it’s Rabbi Josh Pernick from Congregation Beth Israel. A light lunch will be served. RSVP to Rachel by Monday, May 31.

Tuesday,12:00 - 1:30 PM
$3 members / $5 non-members 

Past Virtual Lectures:

Morris Bart, Sr. Lecture Series

Created in 2013, the Morris Bart, Sr. Lecture Series features local experts in the fields of history, architecture, religion, politics, food, music, theater, and so much more. This monthly lecture series is generously funded by Morris Bart. Attendees do not need to have Zoom installed to participate. All sessions can be accessed through a computer, smartphone or tablet.

Past Lectures:

The Statues Tell the Story
"The Statues Tell the Story" covers Bernardo de Galvez of Spain; Simon Bolivar of South America; Benito Juarez of Mexico; Francisco Morazan of The Central American Republic (Honduras); Jose Marti of Cuba and Chep Morrison (the Louisiana politician who understood the importance of our Spanish Heritage). Each statue (and the countries) has a story and connection to New Orleans. This is the basis for The Friends of the Cabildo (FOC) Spanish Heritage Program for Spanish classes in local schools. The program is designed to provide local historical and cultural relevance to students learning Spanish.
Robert Freeland is vice president of the Friends of the Cabildo, the volunteer organization of the Louisiana State Museum. He is a tour guide and the project leader for the FOC Spanish Heritage Program for Spanish classes.
Monday, June 14
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
No charge members and non-members

Museum Excursions

Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience
Join us as we visit New Orleans' newest attraction, the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience. This museum explores the many ways that Jews in the American South influenced and were influenced by the distinct cultural heritage of their new homes. The exhibits are interactive with a vast collection of artifacts and are designed to be self-led. Due to the pandemic we will not meet for lunch first, but will instead meet at the museum to enjoy the group rate of $13 per person for entry. RSVP to Rachel by Monday, June 21.
Thursday, June 24
1:00  - 2:00 PM
$13 members and non-members

Senior Chair Exercise

We are back in person at the Uptown JCC three days a week for some exercise.
Designed for seniors at all levels and abilities, this class involves stretching and strength training. Either exercise from a chair or standing, according to your comfort level. Wear comfortable clothes and closed-toe shoes. Check with your doctor before starting any exercise program.
Mondays, 10:45 - 11: 45 AM with Peggy
Tuesdays, 10:45 - 11: 45 AM with Monica 
Thursdays, 10:45 - 11: 45 AM with Brittany
Fridays, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM with Patricia - Facebook Live Event

Email Rachel Ruth or call 897-0143 with any questions.

If you are not ready to join us in person, check out our virtual offerings. The most important thing is to take care of yourself, and keep moving!


Staff Spotlight: Patrick Orillion

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Celebrate Summer! [Printable Coloring Pages]

 Get in the summertime spirit with our free printable coloring sheets. We'd love to see your creations, so post them on social media and tag us!


Staff Spotlight: Peggy Myers

Lifelong member, Peggy Myers, recently joined the JCC fitness staff as an instructor. We are excited for Peggy to bring her enthusiasm for the JCC to our members. Get to know a little more about Peggy and sign up to take a class!


2021 Commemoration and Celebration Events

The global Jewish community will come together in the coming days to commemorate lives lost during the Holocaust, remember fallen Israeli soldiers and victims of terrorism, and celebrate Israel’s independence. 


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