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

Tuesdays
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 March 5

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 March 5

Games Day

Tuesdays
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.

No games on March 5

Mah Jongg at the Metairie J

Tuesdays
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.

No class on March 5

Monthly Programs and Special Events

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

Book Club

The Last Watchman of Old Cairo by Michael David Lukas
In this wonderfully rich novel, a young son of a Jewish mother and Muslim father journeys from California to Cairo to unravel centuries-old family secrets. Reviewed by Sarah Allison, PhD - Assistant Professor of English at Loyola University. Any questions, contact judy@nojcc.org.

Tuesday, February 12
1:30 - 3:30 PM
Free and open to the community

The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish*
This novel has been called beautiful, engrossing and engaging. The story takes place in the 1660’s and in the 1990’s and will hold you in its grip from the first page. Reviewed by Rabbi Matthew Reimer, Temple Sinai. Any questions, contact judy@nojcc.org.

*Rachel Kadish will be speaking about this book at the JCC on April 2.

Tuesday, March 12
1:30 - 3:30 PM
Free and open to the community

Cathy and Morris Bart Jewish Cultural Arts Series presents

The Cakemaker
This is a film about Thomas, a young German baker who is having an affair with Oren, an Israeli man who dies in a car crash. Thomas travels to Jerusalem, seeking answers. Keeping his secret, he starts working for Oren's widow Anat, in her cafe. Any questions, contact judy@nojcc.org.

Wednesday, February 20
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Free and open to the community

Cathy Barrow - Pie Squared
Cathy Barrow is the author of the cookbook, Pie Squared. She will speak about slab pies, which are pies baked on a sheet pan and can easily serve a crowd of people. The book has sweet and savory pies and all will be able to taste them after her presentation. Any questions, contact judy@nojcc.org.

Tuesday, February 12
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Free and open to the community

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, February 4.

Thursday, February 7
12:00 - 2:00 PM
No charge members and non-members

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

More information coming soon.

Morris Bart, Sr. Lecture Series

Robert DuPont from the University of New Orleans on New Orleans Public Works Departments

Lunch will be served. RSVP to Rachel by Thursday, February 7.

Monday, February 11
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

Million Dollar Arm
Looking to save his failing business, sports agent J.B. Bernstein launches a reality show to find India’s best cricketers, with the goal of turning them into professional
baseball players and signing them to Major League contracts. Movie snacks will be served. RSVP to Rachel by Monday, January 28.

Thursday, January 31
12:00 - 2:00 PM
No charge members and non-members

NOLA Grannies: Recyclable Bag Production

In honor of Tu B’Shevat, the new year of the trees, we will spend the afternoon working on a recycling project for a wonderful cause. In their efforts to bring support and
comfort to asylum seekers passing through New Orleans, the NOLA Grannies have come to realize one of the most needed resources for families are bags to carry their few posessions. Thanks to YouTube, there is an easy solution. Bring in your old t-shirts (solids and patterns are better than logos or pictures) to cut up and turn into useful carrier bags. Bring your lunch; desserts and coffee will be served. RSVP to Rachel by Monday, January 14.

Thursday, January 17
12:00 - 2:00 PM
No charge members and non-members

NOMA: Ear to the Ground: Earth and Element in Contemporary Art

Working with natural elements like earth, wind, water and fire, the artists in Ear to the Ground show how nature can spur artistic innovation and spark new thinking about human culture and community. In their art, nature is not just as a resource to be protected or exploited, but rather a generative force with its own sentient power. Mining earth both as a material and a metaphor, the artists in this exhibition treat nature as a teacher: a model for negotiating the complexities of contemporary cultural life. Informed by a kind of elemental logic, their art envisions new ways we might relate to the natural world, as well as to one another. Join your friends for lunch at Cafe’ NOMA in the museum at noon, dutch treat, then enjoy this new exhibit with the guidance of a docent.

Join your friends for lunch at Cafe’ NOMA in the museum at noon, dutch treat, then enjoy this new exhibit with the guidance of a docent. RSVP to Rachel by Monday, January 21.

Wednesday, January 23
12:00 - 2:00 PM
Museum entrance is free for Louisiana residents on Wednesdays | Lunch is on you

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