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. Register today for our classes! 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. It's really very fun and satisfying to be able to create portraits. Looking forward to you joining this fall.

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  |  Register Now
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 this session are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
August 6 - August 22  |  Register Now  (coming soon)

Basicz Mash-Up with Thomas Mann
An Introduction to the Wonderful World of Metalsmithing.

Would you like to have a real metalsmithing and jewelry-making experience? Plus learn an advanced method or a trick or two from a master? And then be challenged (in a fun way) to apply your new skills to the design and fabrication of finished piece of jewelry?

Then the Basicz Mash-Up with Thomas Mann is right for you! This three week series meets two days a week for Basicz demos and practices-De-Mystifying the Jeweler's Saw, FASTENation-a cold-connections exploration, introduction to the Potential of the Flexible Shaft Machine and Soldering 101 with the Micro-Torch, are all part of the course plan.
Thomas Mann was first introduced to jewelry making in a high school metalsmithing class and has made a living as a professional contemporary American metalsmith and jewelry designer for 49 years.

He has employed over 600 people, 450 of whom were trained to make jewelry in his burgeoning business. Thirty of them are now competing professionals themselves! Maybe you'll become one, too! At the very least you'll learn what's involved in the making of the stuff we all love to wear!

Classes held Tuesday and Thursdays, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
September 3 - September 19  |  Register Now


The Tribes of Israel: A Shared Homeland for a Divided People
“The Tribes of Israel”, developed by the Shalom Hartman Institute, confronts the challenge of creating a Jewish and democratic public space in the modern State of Israel--a shared common space for a people divided along ""tribal"" affiliations: religious, ideological, national and geographic.

What is the significance of the State of Israel as a Jewish public sphere? How does a people divided along religious, geographic and ideological lines build a shared society?

The Tribes of Israel begins a conversation to restructure the relationship between the collective and the individual tribes that comprise Israel.

Instructor: Rabbi Josh Pernick
Classes held Wednesdays, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
July 31 - September 4  |  Register Now  (coming soon)
No charge, but registration required



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  

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 held Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM




30-Minute Medicine Ball Circuit


By using a tool like a medicine ball, you can save time by completing a full-body circuit without having to hop from one machine to another.  


Metairie Summer Campers Get Creative

Artist Mandy Hernaez spends a week teaching Metairie campers all about art during the first week of Taglit.


30-minute Bosu Circuit Workout

Only have half an hour and need a full body workout? Grab a Bosu and follow Katie's circuit workout. The Bosu is a great tool to improve balance and challenge the core. 


Campers Kick Off Summer With Kindness March

New Orleans JCC campers kicked off summer by spreading kindness at the 3rd annual Kindness March.


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