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 on February 25

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 cclass 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.

Monthly Programs and Special Events

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

Book Club

The Collector’s Apprentice: A Novel by B.A. Shapiro
A thriller of art and revenge, of history and love, that will transport readers to 1920s Paris and America, The Collector’s Apprentice is an unforgettable tale about the lengths to which people will go for their obsession, whether it be art, money, love, or vengeance.

Reviewed by Debbie Pesses, former Jewish Enrichment Director at the Jewish Community Center.

Tuesday, January 21
1:30 - 3:30 PM
Free and open to the community

Any questions, contact Judy Yaillen. To be placed on our email list, send request to

Cooking with Noam

Noam Yaillen is continuing his cooking classes. This month we are making a sweet and a savory dish. For a savory start we will make Sarina Roffe’s Syrian Cheese Sambusak (kind of like bourekas). To finish, we will bake Felicia Schlenker’s German Nut Crescents with Mississippi Pecans. Sounds delicious to me! Let’s cook together.Bring your lunch. Dessert and coffee will be served. RSVP to Rachel by Monday, January 13

Thursday, January 16
12:00 - 2:00 PM
No charge members and non-members

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 Gerber from Gates of Prayer. A light lunch will be served. RSVP to Rachel by Monday, December 30

Thursday, January 2
12:00 - 1:30 PM
$3 members / $5 non-members

Morris Bart, Sr. Lecture Series

Pretty, Pretty and So Much More
Cherice Harrison-Nelson is an educator, narrative visual and performance artist, and arts administrator. Cherice, or Queen Reesie, is the daughter of Big Chief Donald Harrison Sr. She was born into Mardi Gras Indian culture and explains: “It is a tradition of resistance. It is an homage to the mutual struggles of both African Americans and Native Americans on their quest for freedom, self-actualization, and self-expression in America.”  Her work is primarily autobiographical and explores themes that are both ancient and contemporary. She uses imagery from her family history, her ancestral homeland, and her life experiences. She is currently writing her autobiography, which is tentatively titled: Queen Reesie: Pretty, Pretty and So Much More. Join us and learn about the wonderful cultural history of the Mardi Gras Indians. Lunch will be served. RSVP to Rachel by Thursday, January 9

Monday, January 13
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

Queen of the Desert
Helmed by Werner Herzog, this historical drama charts the life of the remarkable Gertrude Bell, a British adventurer, archaeologist, spy and political attaché who played a key role in reshaping the Middle East after World War . Movie snacks will be served. RSVP to Rachel by Monday, January 27

Thursday, January 30
12:00 - 2:00 PM
No charge members and non-members

NOLA Grannies Program

The NOLA Grannies are organizing a clothing drive for asylum seekers at the Mexican border. There will be a group of Grannies going to the border in February and they’re asking for donations of “new clothing with price tags” for men, women and children.  Please consider bringing in some clothes for those in need. We will have a local expert who works as an immigration advocate come and speak with the group. Bring your lunch. Dessert and coffee will be served. RSVP to Rachel by Monday, January 6

Thursday, January 9
12:00 - 1:30 PM
No charge members and non-members

NOMA: The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden

Join us for a docent-led tour of the beautiful Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA. Particularly, we will spend time visiting the new addition which features 27 new works by artists working primarily in the twenty first century.

We will meet for lunch at Cafe’ NOMA in the museum at noon, then walk over to the sculpture garden for our tour. In case of rain, we will visit exhibits inside the museum. RSVP to Rachel by Monday, January 20

Wednesday, January 22
12:00 - 2:00 PM
Sculpture garden and museum entrance are free for Louisiana residents on Wednesday | Lunch is dutch treat


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Earn and Burn Your Thanksgiving Feast at the J

If you are like most Americans, you will need some help balancing out that Turkey Day indulgence. Thankfully, both our Uptown and Metairie campuses will be offering special Turkey Earner and Turkey Burner classes before and after Thanksgiving.


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