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.

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.

We will take a summer break for Mah Jongg. The final date will be May 21, and will resume August 13.

Monthly Programs and Special Events

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

Book Club

ASYMMETRY by Lisa Halliday
A brilliant and complex examination of power dynamics in love and war.. Reviewed by Rabbi Yonah Schiller, Tulane Hillel. Any questions, contact

Tuesday, April 9
1:30 - 3:30 PM
Free and open to the community

Cathy and Morris Bart Jewish Cultural Arts Series presents

Author Talks

Rachel Kadish, author of the award-winning book "The Weight of Ink" will speak about her"electrifying and ambitious" novel which takes place in London in the 1660's and in the early 21st century.  Toni Morris has said she is a "gifted writer, astonishingly adept at nuances, narration, and the politics of passion."

Tuesday, April 2
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Free and open to the community

Jaime Bernstein, author and oldest daughter of revered composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein offers a rare look at her father on the centennial of his birth in a deeply intimate and broadly evocative memoir, "Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein." Any questions, contact

Wednesday, April 10
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Free and open to the community

Commander's Palace Luncheon

For many years Robert Kohlmann sponsored an elegant luncheon at Commander's Palace for the JCC senior community. We will continue to honor his memory at this year's luncheon. Reservations are limited to JCC members only and required by Thursday, March 7.

Thursday, March 14
12:00 - 2:00 PM
No charge members only

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, April 1.

Thursday, April 4
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.

Last Monday of each month (typically) | 12:30 - 2:30 PM

March 25 | The Post
A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between the press and the government.

Morris Bart, Sr. Lecture Series

Roberta Gratz, Author of We're Still Here Ya Bastards: How the People of New Orleans Rebuilt Their City
We're Still Here Ya Bastards: How the People of New Orleans Rebuilt Their City presents an extraordinary panoramic look at New Orleans's revival in the years following the hurricane. Award-winning journalist and author of five books, Roberta Brandes Gratz shares the stories of people who returned to their homes and have taken the rebuilding of their city into their own hands. She shows how the city—from the Lower Ninth Ward to the storied French Quarter to Bayou Bienvenue—is recovering despite flawed governmental policies that promote disaster capitalism rather than the public good. While tracing positive trends, Gratz also investigates the most fiercely debated issues and challenges facing the city: a violent and corrupt prison system, the tragic closing of Charity Hospital, the future of public education, and the rise of gentrification.

Ms. Gratz is a former member of the NYC Landmarks Commission under Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the spearhead and leader for 20 years of the rescue and restoration of the Eldridge Street Synagogue on NYC's Lower East Side, now both a functioning Synagogue and museum. Lunch will be served. RSVP by Thursday, April 4.

Monday, April 8
11:45 AM - 1:30 PM
No charge members / $10 non-members
New Orleans JCC - Uptown

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

Movie Day Uptown

When Chef Carl Casper's plans for opening a restaurant in Los Angeles fail to pan out, he returns home to Miami and debuts a food truck instead. While trying to regain his zest for cookery, Carl also tries to mend his fractured family ties.  Written and directed by Jon Favreau, this movie stars him, Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, John Leguizamo, Dustin Hoffman, Oliver Platt, Bobby Cannavale and Robert Downey, Jr. Movie snacks will be served. RSVP to Rachel by Monday, March 25.

Thursday, March 28
12:00 - 2:00 PM
No charge members and non-members

Purim Party and Luncheon

Keep the costume bin handy, it’s Purim!  Join your friends for stories, hamantaschen and a delicious luncheon. Rabbi Freehling will lead the day. Costumes are optional. RSVP to Rachel by Monday, March 18.

Thursday, March 21
12:00 - 1:30 PM
$3 members / $5 non-members


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