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 Thursday, November, 22 - Happy Thanksgiving.

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.


Lunch and Learn with the Rabbi

Join us for our monthly lunch and learn as we discuss interesting topics with a local Jewish leader. A light lunch will be served. RSVP to Rachel by Monday, December 3. 

Thursday, December 6
12:00 - 1:30 PM
$3 members | $5 non-members

Morris Bart, Sr. Lecture Series

“Guidebooks to Sin: The Blue Books of Storyville, New Orleans”

Pamela D. Arceneaux, Senior Librarian/Rare Books Librarian with The Historic New Orleans Collection, will discuss her most recent book Guidebooks to Sin: The Blue Books of Storyville, New Orleans.

For most of Storyville’s twenty years (1898-1917), guidebooks were produced containing directories listing hundreds of prostitutes by name, address, and race as well as full-page advertisements for some of the better brothels. In New Orleans, these various published guides were known collectively as “Blue Books,” even though they did not all bear that title officially. New Orleans was not the first nor the only city to offer such guides to their vice districts, but probably produced them on a more regular basis than most other cities. By modern standards, the tone of these guides is almost demure; none of the Storyville-era Blue Books specifically describe the sexual services offered, nor do they list fees. Issued annually around Carnival and targeting a white male audience, these little books can be seen as marketing tools, not only to the city’s vice district but to the depiction of New Orleans itself as a popular and exotic winter convention and tourist destination. Lunch will be served. RSVP to Rachel by Thursday, November 8.

Copies of Guidebooks to Sin: The Blue Books of Storyville, New Orleans, a richly illustrated, hardcover, annotated bibliography, will be for sale, $50.

Monday, November 12
11:45 AM - 1:30 PM
No charge members | $10 non-members

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

Monthly Movies in Metairie

Join us at the Metairie JCC for new releases, the classics, and all your favorite comedies! Bring your lunch and we will provide movie snacks and drinks. Free and open to the community.

One Monday each month | 12:30 - 2:30 PM

The Shape of Water | Monday, November 26
Elisa is a mute, isolated woman who works as a cleaning lady in a hidden, high-security government laboratory in 1962 Baltimore. Her life changes forever when she discovers the lab's classified secret -- a mysterious, scaled creature from South America that lives in a water tank. As Elisa develops a unique bond with her new friend, she soon learns that its fate and very survival lies in the hands of a hostile government agent and a marine biologist.

Won't You Be My Neighbor | Monday, December 17
Filmmaker Morgan Neville examines the life and legacy of Fred Rogers, the beloved host of the popular children's TV show "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood."

Movie Day Uptown

Working as a trash collector in 1950s Pittsburgh, Troy Maxson struggles to raise his family while trying to transcend the bitter experience of being a talented baseball player denied the opportunity to play in the majors because of his race. This movie stars Denzel Washington and Viola Davis. Movie snacks will be served. RSVP to Rachel by Monday, November 26.

Thursday, November 29
12:00 - 2:20 PM
No charge members and non-members

The Glass Castle
Adapted from the novel of the same name, this family drama follows future writer Jeannette Walls who spends her hardscrabble childhood on the run with her negligent artist mother and storytelling, alcoholic father (Woody Harrelson). Movie snacks will be served. RSVP to Rachel by Monday, December 17.

Thursday, December 20
12:00 - 2:00 PM
No charge members and non-members

Seniors On The Go: North House Home And Gardens

Join us on our next adventure to the beautiful North House Home And Gardens in Bush, LA. North House has been a 20 year plus ongoing project for Dr. James Briggs and David Bourgeois.

Like everything, it started small and then took on a life of it's own.ᅠ They now have eight gardens and five buildings.  It has become a top rated event site and we will have the pleasure of seeing them prepare for a major wedding.  In addition to a tour of the gardens and grounds, we will enjoy a catered lunch and lecture by the Event Coordinator on how they prepare the grounds for large weddings.

Attendees should come comfortably dressed and wear comfortable shoes to walk through the gardens. The cost for the outing is $25.  Thanks to a generous donation from Morris Bart there is no charge for the bus, and the cost of the tour and luncheon has been subsidized. RSVP to Rachel by Monday, November 8.

Thursday, November 15
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
$25 members and non-members

The NOLA Grannies Project: Assisting Asylum Seekers Traveling Through New Orleans

Horrified by the implementation of the Zero Tolerance policy, a group of grandmothers from New York decided they could not remain still or silent and coordinated a "Granny Caravan" from New York to McAllen, TX.  About 10 grannies from New Orleans joined them.

Once the people in detention, who were legally seeking asylum but instead detained (imprisoned) and separated from loved-ones, are released, they are dropped off at a bus station, often with only the clothes on their backs and a ticket to their sponsor city.  Their destinations are often hundreds, if not thousands, of miles away and they are given virtually no provisions.

When the NOLA grannies returned, they knew they had to do something to help.  With advice from those in TX who are directly involved with helping these asylum seekers, the NOLA Granny group set up a program at the local Greyhound Bus Terminal to distribute "care kits" filled with non-perishable food, toiletries, diapers, and toys for the children. It is their hope that they can show these weary travelers that there are people here in the U.S. who truly do care. 

Come join us as we assemble "care kits" to be distributed, and learn more from program organizers about how we can help. You do not have to be a senior or a woman to participate. All are welcome. Your donation will help cover the cost of the kits we assemble. Bring your lunch, desserts and coffee will be served. RSVP to Rachel by Monday, November 5.

Thursday, November 8
12:00 - 2:00 PM
$7 members and non-members


Meet the Dogs of November Dog Yoga

Our second Dog Yoga event featured four furry friends: Bella, Charlie, Dillon, and Rock-Ski. Read a little more about the adoptable pups from Zeus' Rescues.


CHOOSE KIND - World Kindness Day at the JCC

World Kindness Day is a day to promote being kind, to share random acts of kindness, and to educate those around us about the positive effects of kindness on our whole world. Learn some fun ways to spread kindness from Children's Program Manager Brigid MacArthur-Thompson.


Take Your Workout to the Water

Now at the JCC, we offer pool workout classes every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. We added more times for current favorites like Aqua Fit and even expanded our offerings to include new aquatics classes.


Thanksgiving-Week Workouts

Your JCC fitness team is here to help you earn and burn that extra helping of your favorite aunt’s sweet potato casserole. Join us at either location for our annual Turkey Earner and Turkey Burner workouts.


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