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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DECEMBER digital Newsletter

Book Club

Only Yesterday
by S. Y. Agnon

Israeli Nobel Laureate S.Y. Agnon's famous masterpiece, his novel Only Yesterday, here appears in English translation for the first time. Published in 1945, the book tells a seemingly simple tale about a man who immigrates to Palestine with the Second Aliya--the several hundred idealists who returned between 1904 and 1914 to work the Hebrew soil as in Biblical times and revive Hebrew culture. Only Yesterday quickly became recognized as a monumental work of world literature, but not only for its vivid historical reconstruction of Israel's founding society. This epic novel also engages the reader in a fascinating network of meanings, contradictions, and paradoxes all leading to the question, what, if anything, controls human existence?

Seduced by Zionist slogans, young Isaac Kumer imagines the Land of Israel filled with the financial, social, and erotic opportunities that were denied him, the son of an impoverished shopkeeper, in Poland. Once there, he cannot find the agricultural work he anticipated. Instead Isaac happens upon house-painting jobs as he moves from secular, Zionist Jaffa, where the ideological fervor and sexual freedom are alien to him, to ultra-orthodox, anti-Zionist Jerusalem. While some of his Zionist friends turn capitalist, becoming successful merchants, his own life remains adrift and impoverished in a land torn between idealism and practicality, a place that is at once homeland and diaspora. Eventually he marries a religious woman in Jerusalem, after his worldly girlfriend in Jaffa rejects him.

Led astray by circumstances, Isaac always ends up in the place opposite of where he wants to be, but why? The text soars to Surrealist-Kafkaesque dimensions when, in a playful mode, Isaac drips paint on a stray dog, writing "Crazy Dog" on his back. Causing panic wherever he roams, the dog takes over the story, until, after enduring persecution for so long without "understanding" why, he really does go mad and bites Isaac. The dog has been interpreted as everything from the embodiment of Exile to a daemonic force, and becomes an unforgettable character in a book about the death of God, the deception of discourse, the power of suppressed eroticism, and the destiny of a people depicted in all its darkness and promise.

Reviewed by Omri Einav, Adjunct Hebrew Professor at Tulane University

Tuesday, January 19
1:30 - 2:30 PM

No charge members and non-members 

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Meeting ID: 846 4355 9341
Zoom Password: jccbook

Cooking with Eman

Celebrate Tu B'Shevat with some new recipes this year.  Acclaimed chef, Eman Loubier of Dante's Kitchen and Noodle and Pie, will lead us in an online cooking class.  We will learn two new dishes:  Frittata Primavera and Charred Green Beans with Almonds.

A frittata is essentially a crustless quiche or a baked omelet. This frittata is loaded with vegetables. The recipe will make enough for 4 people as a brunch or lunch item. He even has it for dinner.

Eman likes to cook this green bean dish as a side dish. It involves the charring of the beans in a very hot pan to develop the proper browning. The onions add a nice sweetness and the almonds have a beautiful richness and crunch.

The ingredient list will be sent to you once you register for the program.  It will also linked below.

Wednesday, January 27
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
No charge members and non-members 

REGISTER IN ADVANCEingredients list

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.

In the summer of 1976, Aulcie Perry was playing basketball in Harlem when he was signed by a scout for Maccabi Tel Aviv. A year later, while taking the team to new heights, Perry converted to Judaism and became one of Israel's biggest stars. Behind the scenes, though, all was not well. This is the story of a remarkable athlete who captured the spirit of a nation.
Individually packaged movie snacks will be served. Masks and a reservation are required. 
Wednesday, January 6 | 2:00 - 4:00 PM
No charge members and non-members
Lunch & Learn

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

January  7 - Rabbi Gerber from Gates of Prayer

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

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Meeting ID: 839 5255 1847
Passcode: JCCL&L

Past Lectures:


Lives Well Lived

If you’re feeling a need to hear from people who have lived through a lot and have wisdom, humor and perspective to share, we’ve got just the thing. Join us for a free online screening of Lives Well Lived, one of the most uplifting films you’ll ever see, followed by a Zoom Q&A with the director and a chance to discuss the movie with others. This one-hour documentary film by Sky Bergman celebrates the incredible wit and wisdom of adults 75 to 100 years old who are living their lives to the fullest. Encompassing over 3000 years of experience, forty people share their secrets and insights into living a meaningful life. Their intimate memories and inspiring personal stories will make you laugh, and perhaps cry, but mostly inspire you.

Register below for the event to receive a link to watch Lives Well Lived on Wednesday, January 20. Then join us on Thursday to participate in a virtual Q&A with the filmmaker. This program has been generously sponsored by Cathy and Morris Bart.

Thursday, January 21 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
No charge members and non-members

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.

Past Lectures:

Persistent Inequality in Latin America and the Covid-19 Aftermath

In the last twenty-five years, Latin America experienced some progress in reducing inequality and poverty, and their intergenerational persistence. The COVID-19 pandemic puts this progress at a serious risk. In addition to losing jobs and income in 2020, the current generation of school children in low income, less educated households may be facing a future with the meager levels of education achievement last seen in the 1960s. This could result in lower social mobility and more inequality of opportunity in the future. Nora Lustig, Economics Professor and Director of the Commitment to Equity Institute at Tulane University, will discuss why it would be in the best interest of governments, private philanthropy, the for-profit sector, and community-based organizations to launch a crusade to save the next generation of vulnerable children from falling behind.

Register in advance for this meeting
Monday, January 11
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
No charge members and non-members

Learn More ABOUT THE MORRIS BART lecture series

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. 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,10:45 - 11: 45 AM with Monica 
Thursdays,10:45 - 11: 45 AM with Brittany
Fridays, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM with Patricia - Facebook Live Event

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


8 Miraculous Nights and 8 Fun Facts about the New Orleans JCC

As we reach the end of 2020, a year that has been filled with disruptions and uncertainty, we are glad to welcome a holiday about light and celebration. Chanukah is all about looking for beauty and celebrating life’s miracles. To honor that tradition, we’ve put together eight fun facts about the New Orleans JCC.


Jewish Community Thanksgiving Food Drive

The Jewish community is partnering with Tulane Medical School students for a holiday food drive for CrescentCare, a New Orleans clinic that offers comprehensive health and wellness services to the community, advocates for empowerment, safeguards the rights and dignity of individuals, and provides for the public. 


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.


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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