Adult Classes

Created for those with a passion for art, a thirst to continue (or begin) their Jewish education, or those looking to adopt a new hobby, you’ll find what you need at the JCC. Both of our facilities offer a diverse list of classes throughout the year. More questions?  Contact Judy Yaillen.


Portrait Drawing
Beginning Portrait Drawing is a class where you will learn the proportions and principles of Drawing the Head, whether it's a self-portrait, a friend or favorite pet. You may choose to do a portrait that is very simple or complex. Bring in a number of things from which we can choose the best and clearest image for you to work from. Adrian will do demos to begin with so that you can understand the principles of proportion. Once you understand these principles you will apply what you've learned. 

Classes held Tuesdays, 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Creative Painting
Join us for Creative Painting! Adrian Deckbar has taught painting and drawing at universities and workshops around the country. Locally, in addition to the JCC, she has taught at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts for 10 years. Adrian enjoys working with beginners as well as more advanced students. She encourages all styles of art from Photorealism to Abstraction and everything in between, like Impressionism. This is an ongoing class with a great group of people. We have easels, lots of space and good light. Come check it out! To learn more about Adrian and to view her works, visit

Classes held Wednesdays, 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
August 14 - September 18
September 25 - November 6 (no class on October 9)  |  Register Now

Learn to Play Mah Jongg
This six lesson class is perfect for Mah Jongg beginners or those who need a refresher course. Learn the game using the National Mah Jongg League rules. No experience necessary. Bring a friend! Contact Judy Yaillen.

Classes for the following session are Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
September 18 - October 3  |  Register Now

Classes for the following session are Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
November 4 - November 14  |  Register Now


Dog Obedience
Teach your best friend how to become a delightful companion for you and your family with positive and humane training methods. With over 30 years of experience, trainer Ann Becnel specializes in ‘sit’ and ‘down’ commands, coming when called, reactions to other dogs and people, and other dog obedience skills.

Email Ann Becnel Companion Dogs, LLC directly at to register.

Classes held Tuesdays, 6:30 - 7:30 PM  

Journey of the Soul
Join Rabbi Mendel Ceitlin for a two-week introduction of Journey of the Soul: An Exploration of Life, Death and What Lies Beyond. 

Instructor: Rabbi Mendel Ceitlin
Classes held on Sunday, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
September 15 and 22
No charge, open to members and non-members | Register Now



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Join the JCC for pizza, beer, and an insider panel discussion about the NBA and player negotiations. 


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Fall Youth Programming Lineup

The summer has come to a close, but that doesn't mean the fun has to stop! See a roundup of all the youth activities offered at the JCC this fall. 


Introducing Team NOLA 2019

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