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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OCTOBER digital Newsletter

Book Club

The Book of Words: Talking Spiritual Life, Living Spiritual Talk

by Lawrence Kushner

As the tribes of the South make the grueling journey across the Mississippi River, a trio of disparate characters is united by a “far-reaching story of love, courage, and honor” (Booklist).

Greensborough, North Carolina, 1828. Abrahan Bento Sassaporta Naggar has traveled to America from the filthy streets of East London in search of a better life. But Abe’s visions of a privileged apprenticeship in the Sassaporta Brothers’ empire are soon replaced with the grim reality of indentured servitude.

Some fifty miles west, Dark Water of the Mountains, the daughter of a powerful Cherokee chief, leads a life of irreverent solitude. Twenty years ago, she renounced her family’s plans for her to marry a wealthy white man—a decision that soon proves fateful.

And in Georgia, a black slave named Jacob has resigned himself to a life of loss and injustice in a Cherokee city of refuge for criminals.

From the author of Marching to Zion and One More River comes a sweeping novel of American history. As their stories converge in the shameful machinations of history, three outsiders will bear witness to the horrors known as Andrew Jackson’s Indian Removal Act—just as they also discover the possibility for hope. See why Library Journal raves, “This absorbing and vivid portrait of 19th-century America will attract serious historical fiction fans.”

Reviewed by Rabbi Deborah Silver, Congregation Shir Chadash.

Tuesday, November 17
1:30 - 2:30 PM
No charge members and non-members

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Meeting ID: 846 4355 9341
Zoom Password: jccbook

Cathy and Morris Bart Jewish Cultural Arts Series

This year The Cathy and Morris Bart Jewish Cultural Arts Series will feature four movies shown in socially distant screenings at the Uptown JCC. In addition, three authors will speak in virtual book events held in partnership with the Nashville and Memphis Jewish Community Centers. 

MOSSAD! 

A box-office smash in Israel, features the creative support of legendary filmmakers David Zucker and Avi Nesher, MOSSAD! is a riotous sendup of the Mossad, Israel's revered national intelligence agency. When an American billionaire is kidnapped in Israel, operative Guy Moran teams up with the CIA's best agent to try and save the day-with wildly entertaining results. Starring Tsahi Halevi from Fauda. Reservations are required to judy@nojcc.org.
 
Monday, November 9  |  7:00 - 9:00 PM
Tuesday, November 10  |  7:00 - 9:00 PM
Wednesday, November 11  |  2:00 - 4:00 PM

Douze Points

A proud, gay, Muslim singer is fulfilling his dream of representing France in Europe's biggest song contest, this year taking place in Tel Aviv. This action-comedy mixes bumbling ISIS operatives, tough Mossad agents, and a unique relationship between two young Muslim men in the most rainbow-colored song contest imaginable. Reservations are required to judy@nojcc.org.

Monday, November 30  |  7:00 - 9:00 PM
Tuesday, December 1  |  7:00 - 9:00 PM
Wednesday, December 2  |  2:00 - 4:00 PM

Informational Zoom Session

Why You Need a Home Inventory and How to Create One

2020 has unfortunately taught us that extreme weather events may only be increasing in frequency, putting our homes and possessions at risk.  While home insurance can cover us after damage, we can only get money for items we can prove we had.  On November 18th, Carol Kaufman, founder of pinventory, will teach you how to create your home inventory - a catalog of photos of your home and its contents - so that, if you find yourself in the position where you need to prove what you had, you won’t need to worry.

Carol will take you step-by-step through the process and provide you with a plan, a set of guidelines, tips, and ways to engage your whole family.  Creating a home inventory is fun; you don’t need anything other than your cellphone and, while yes, it’ll take some time, it’s easy to do.  If you have things you care about…either because they’re financially or sentimentally valuable, the right time to start a home inventory is now.  It’s the best insurance for your insurance! 

Wednesday, November 18
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
No charge members and non-members

register in advance for Zoom Meeting

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting

Lunch & Learn

Join us via Zoom for our monthly lunch and learn as we discuss interesting topics with a local Jewish professional.

November 5 - Rabbi Gerber from Gates of Prayer
December 1 - Rabbi Josh Pernick from Beth Israel

Thursdays,11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
No charge members and non-members 

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Meeting ID: 839 5255 1847
Passcode: JCCL&L

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.

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Senior Chair Exercise

We are back in person, poolside! Join us on the pool deck at the Uptown J three days a week for some fresh air exercise. Classes begin October 19.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 Michele 
 
Tuesdays, 10:30 - 11:30 AM with Monica 
 
Thursdays, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM with Brittany

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

Seniors On The Go

Jewish Roma

It is time to take a trip! Even though we cannot currently travel physically, we can travel virtually. Join us on a two-hour tour of Rome's Jewish Quarter led by Micaela Pavoncello, whose company Jewish Roma Walking Tours has been leading tours of the city since 2003. On October 26, let Micaela lead us on this journey as we take a brief respite from our homes and travel through Rome via photos and videos. Micaela will show us the life of Roman Jews from emancipation until today, through the war and the Nazi occupation, and will describe the structure of Rome's Jewish community with many funny anecdotes only a native can share. This program is generously brought to us by Cathy and Morris Bart. 

Monday, October 26
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
No charge members and non-members 

register in advance for Zoom Meeting

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Virtual Tastings 

Virtual Bourbon Tasting 

Phil Minnisale, who introduced us to M&H Whisky, is returning with a lesson on bourbon. He will not only teach us about the distilling process, but will introduce us to the nuances of different bourbons and what to look for in the bourbons you are drinking. If you are someone who enjoys complex spirits or want to learn more about them, I highly recommend this talk. Phil is a true aficionado and his talks are fantastic! Any bourbon will do for this tasting, but Phil recommends Deadwood Bourbon and Tumblin’ Dice High Rye Bourbon as these show different mashbills. 

Tuesday, November 17
7:00 - 8:00 PM
No charge members and non-members

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Virtual Irish Whiskey Tasting

Phil Minnisale, who introduced us to M&H Whisky, is returning with a lesson on Irish whiskey.  He will not only teach us about the distilling process, but will introduce us to the nuances of different Irish whiskies and what to look for in the ones you are drinking.  If you are someone who enjoys complex spirits or want to learn more about them, I highly recommend this talk.  Phil is a true aficionado and his talks are fantastic!  Phil recommends Silkie Irish Whiskey and Fighting 69th Irish Whiskey for this tasting. 

Tuesday, December 8
7:00 - 8:00 PM
No charge members and non-members

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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JCC Diaper Drive October 5 - 9

As we move into the joyful celebration of Sukkot, the New Orleans JCC is pleased to partner with the Junior League Diaper Bank for a week-long diaper drive to help those who are most vulnerable.

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Cathy and Morris Bart Jewish Cultural Arts Series Events Announced

This year, the Cathy and Morris Bart Jewish Cultural Arts Series will feature four feel-good movies shown in socially distant screenings at the Uptown JCC. In addition, three authors will speak in virtual book events held in partnership with the Nashville and Memphis Jewish Community Centers. 

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Spin Into Fall - Group Cycling is Back

Fresh air and curated playlists will push you through a 50-minute ride led by one of the JCC's experienced instructors.

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We’re Open! Members Share What It’s Like Returning to the JCC

A few of our regular members were kind enough to share their experience coming back to the J after quarantine. 

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