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.

No class July 30 and August 6.

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.

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.

Mah Jongg is taking a break for the summer and will return August 13.

Monthly Programs and Special Events

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

Book Club

My Mother's Son by David Hirshberg
A riveting coming-of-age story that plays out against the backdrop of the Korean War, the aftermath of the Holocaust, the polio epidemic, the relocation of a baseball team, and the shenanigans of politicians and businessmen. Reviewer TBA. Any questions, contact

Tuesday, August 20
1:30 - 3:30 PM
Free and open to the community

How to Use Apps

Join us for a one-hour workshop, presented by People's Health, where we’ll share our favorite smartphone apps and how to use them. Paige Hoffmeister will talk about different apps, how to download them and basic usage. Some of the applications covered are Facebook. YouTube, Bitmoji, Pandora and more. We will also cover internet and texting slang. Dessert and coffee will be provided. RSVP to Rachel by Monday, July 22.

Thursday, July 25
12:00 - 1:30 PM
No charge members and non-members

Lunch and Learn with the Rabbi

Join us for our monthly lunch and learn as we discuss interesting topics with a local Jewish professional. A light lunch will be served. RSVP to Rachel by Monday, July 29.

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

Morris Bart, Sr. Lecture Series

Dame Zombi Meets Jim Crow: Voodoo and Race in New Orleans
Kodi Roberts, Professor of History at LSU, will give a brief overview of the racial politics of practicing Voodoo in New Orleans.  He will look at the identity politics of practitioners and clients and how both were influenced by the notions of race prevalent in early twentieth century Louisiana. Lunch will be served. RSVP to Rachel by Wednesday, July 3.

Monday, July 8
11:45 AM - 1:30 PM
No charge members / $10 non-members
New Orleans JCC - Uptown

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

Movie Day Uptown

Finding Your Feet
When 'Lady' Sandra Abbott discovers that her husband of forty years is having an affair with her best friend, she seeks refuge in London with her estranged, older sister, Bif. The two could not be more different - Sandra is a fish out of water next to her outspoken, serial dating, free-spirited sibling. But different is just what Sandra needs at the moment, and she reluctantly lets Bif drag her along to a community dance class, where she starts finding her feet. Movie snacks will be served. RSVP to Rachel by Monday, July 15.

Thursday, July 18
12:00 - 2:00 PM
No charge members and non-members

The Importance of Proper Nutrition & Hydration

Many of the diseases suffered by the elderly are the result of dietary factors, which are compounded by changes that naturally occur with the aging process. Join speaker Rodereick Williams, an occupational therapist with Colonial Oaks Living Center and Premier Rehab, as we discuss the importance of proper nutrition and hydration as we age. Bring your lunch.  Dessert and coffee will be provided. RSVP to Rachel by Monday, July 8.

Thursday, July 11
12:00 - 1:30 PM
No charge members and non-members


30-Minute Medicine Ball Circuit


By using a tool like a medicine ball, you can save time by completing a full-body circuit without having to hop from one machine to another.  


Metairie Summer Campers Get Creative

Artist Mandy Hernaez spends a week teaching Metairie campers all about art during the first week of Taglit.


30-minute Bosu Circuit Workout

Only have half an hour and need a full body workout? Grab a Bosu and follow Katie's circuit workout. The Bosu is a great tool to improve balance and challenge the core. 


Campers Kick Off Summer With Kindness March

New Orleans JCC campers kicked off summer by spreading kindness at the 3rd annual Kindness March.


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