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 — and input from JCC members — activities are available that address the social, cultural and physical needs. At the facilities both Uptown and in Metairie, you can join exercise classes, discussion groups, or game clubs. The program is rounded out with guest speakers, performances, and trips to local cultural centers. Most of all, you celebrate the joy of giving and growing in a supportive circle of friends. For Uptown information, email Rachel Ruth or call 897-0143. For Metairie information, contact Wendy Goldberg or call 887-5158.

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Ongoing Programs

Better Balance

3:00 - 4:00 PM
$2 members and non-members
New Orleans JCC - Uptown

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.

Exercise Class

Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays
10:30 - 11:30 AM
No charge members | $2 non-members
New Orleans JCC - Uptown

This class is designed for seniors at all levels and abilities. Either exercise from a chair or standing, according to your comfort level. The class involves stretching and strength training. Wear comfortable clothes and closed toe shoes. Check with your doctor before starting any exercise program.

No class on November 28.

Games Day

11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
New Orleans JCC - Uptown

Bring your lunch on Tuesdays and stay for Games Day after the exercise class finishes. Mah Jongg is going strong. We could use a few more players for Rummikub and bridge. Contact Rachel if you are interested in any games. Coffee and desserts are provided. Come spend the afternoon with your friends and make some new ones, too.

Mah Jongg at the Metairie J

11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
$2 members and non-members
JCC - Metairie

Bring your game and enjoy the afternoon with your friends and meet new ones, too. Coffee and snacks are provided. Email Wendy with any questions or call 887-5158.

Monthly Programs and Special Events

All programs and special events held at the Uptown JCC unless otherwise noted.

Book Club A Novel by Nathan Englander
In this streamlined comic masterpiece, to appease his sister, an Orthodox Brooklyn Jew hatches an ingenious if cynical plan to hire a stranger through a website called kaddish. com to recite the prayer and shepard his father’s soul safely to rest after he passes away.

Reviewed by Rabbi Joshua Pernick from Congregation Beth Israel. Any questions, contact Judy Yaillen.

Tuesday, November 19
1:30 - 3:30 PM
Free and open to the community

The Only Woman in the Room: A Novel by Marie Benedict
The Only Woman in the Room is a powerful novel based on the incredible true story of glamour icon and scientist, Hedy Lamarr, whose groundbreaking invention revolutionized modern communication.

Reviewed by Molly Travis, PhD, Associate Professor of English at Tulane University. Any questions, contact Judy Yaillen.

Tuesday, December 17
1:30 - 3:30 PM
Free and open to the community

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Lunch & Learn

Join us for our monthly lunch and learn as we discuss interesting topics with a local Jewish professional. This month it’s Rabbi Bauman from Touro Synagogue. A light lunch will be served. RSVP to Rachel by Monday, November 4.

Thursday, November 7
12:00 - 1:30 PM
$3 members / $5 non-members

Join us for our monthly lunch and learn as we discuss interesting topics with a local Jewish professional. This month it’s Rabbi Josh Pernick from Congregation Beth Israel. A light lunch will be served. RSVP to Rachel by Monday, December 9.

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

Medicare Open Enrollment and JFS Senior Services

Join us for a delicious, catered luncheon sponsored by the New Orleans Council on Aging (NOCOA) and the opportunity to learn about the many services offered in our area for the senior population. Carmelita Williams from NOCOA will provide information on the Council’s Aging and Disability Resource Center along with services offered through SenioRx. She’ll also talk about Medicare Open Enrollment, which started October 15 and runs through December 7.

Following Carmelita, we will have Kim Nonemacher from Jewish Family Service, discuss their senior programs including Lifeline, Senior Care Planning, and Catch a Cab. RSVP by Monday, November 11.

Thursday, November 14
12:00 - 2:00 PM
No charge members and non-members

Morris Bart, Sr. Lecture Series

City Park: From The Worst of Times to The Best of Times!
In this presentation, Bob Becker, CEO of City Park, will give a brief history of the park, explain the damage it sustained during Hurricane Katrina and their efforts at recovery since 2005. Lunch will be served. RSVP to Rachel by Thursday, November 7.

Monday, November 11
11:45 AM - 1:30 PM
No charge members / $10 non-members

Click here to learn more about the Morris Bart Sr., Lecture Series

Movie Day Uptown

Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House
Mark Felt - The Man Who Brought Down the White House centers on the true story of "Deep Throat," the notorious whistle blower for one of the greatest scandals of all time—Watergate. The true identity of the secret informant remained a mystery and source of much speculation for over 30 years. Until, in 2005, special agent Mark Felt shockingly revealed himself as the tipster. This powerful true story chronicles the life of the brilliant and uncompromising Felt, who sacrificed everything—his family, his career, his freedom—a in the name of justice. Movie snacks will be served. RSVP to Rachel by Monday, December 23.

Thursday, December 26
12:00 - 1:45 PM
No charge members and non-members

NOMA: An Ideal Unity: The Bauhaus & Beyond and Inventing Acadia: Painting and Place in Louisiana

We will visit two exhibits starting with An Ideal Unity, which is rescheduled from October.

Celebrating the centennial of the Bauhaus (1919-1933), An Ideal Unity will explore the artistic breadth and reach of the innovative school that integrated fine arts and design. In response to the rise of industrial production and the movement away from individually made objects, architect Walter Gropius founded the school in Weimar, Germany, aspiring to unify the arts through craft. The goals of the institution grew to include creating an aesthetic that served the modern industrial society, designing for mass production, and incorporating technology to improve quality of life.

The second exhibit, Inventing Acadia: Painting and Place in Louisiana is the first major exhibition featuring Louisiana landscape painting in more
than forty years. Exploring the rise of landscape painting in Louisiana during the nineteenth century, Inventing Acadia reveals Louisiana’s role in creating—and exporting—a new vision for American landscape painting that was vastly different from that found in the rest of the United States.

Join your friends for lunch at Cafe’ NOMA in the museum at noon, then enjoy these new exhibits with the guidance of Jillian Richman, our favorite museum docent. RSVP to Rachel by Monday, November 18.

Wednesday, November 20
12:00 - 2:00 PM
Museum entrance is free for Louisiana residents on Wednesday | Lunch is dutch treat

Piatigorsky Concert and Luncheon

We are fortunate to have the Piatigorsky Foundation return to New Orleans for a concert this month. Cellist Evan Drachman, Founder and Artistic Director of The Piatigorsky Foundation,  and piano accompanist Wan-Chi Su will entertain us and teach us about their musical choices. Join us for a fabulous concert. Lunch will be served. RSVP to Rachel by Monday, December 2.

Thursday, December 5
12:00 - 2:00 PM
$5 members / $7 non-members


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