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.

No class on Thursday, November, 22 - Happy Thanksgiving.

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.

Monthly Programs and Special Events

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

Book Club

Typically meeting the third Tuesday of each month from 1:30 - 3:00 PM at the Uptown JCC, the JCC Book Club offers engaging and insightful discussions in a laid back environment. Free and open to the community - all are welcome.

Books are available for purchase at our neighborhood partner bookstore, Octavia Books.

For more information or to RSVP, please email Judy Yaillen or call 897-0143.

We hope you will join us for some interesting reading and discussions!

November 13



Shocking Paris: Soutine, Chagall and the Outsiders of Montparna by Stanley Meisler
Rich in period detail, this book explores the short, dramatic life of one of the most
influential artists of the twentieth century, Chaim Soutine.

Reviewed by Molly Travis, PhD, Associate Professor of English at Tulane University

December 11



The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
A remarkable tale of the island of Guernsey during the German Occupation, and of a society as extraordinary as its name.

Reviewed by Rabbi Deborah Silver, Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation

January 8



We Are Gathered by Jamie Weisman
Humor and sorrow join together in the story of an interfaith wedding from the
perspectives of its (adoring, envious, resentful) guests.

Reviewed by Lauren Gerber, a book lover with a B.A. in English and M.A. in English Education who looks forward to meeting some fellow bibliophiles in the Big Easy!

February 12



The Last Watchman of Old Cairo by Michael David Lukas
In this wonderfully rich novel, a young man [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

March 12




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

Reviewed by Rabbi Matthew Reimer, Temple Sinai

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

April 9


Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday
A brilliant and complex examination of power dynamics in love and war.

Reviewed by Rabbi Yonah Schiller, Tulane Hillel

May 14



Promised Land by Martin Fletcher
A sweeping saga of two brothers and the woman they love, a devastating love triangle set against the tumultuous founding of the state of Israel, Promised Land is the gripping tale of a struggling family and an epic novel about a struggling nation.

Reviewed by Judy Steinberg, Former JCC Nursery School Teacher

 If you would like to be placed on our Book Club email list, send an email to Beth Orgeron with your request.

Flossie Strug Kerner Memorial Luncheon

The annual Flossie Strug Kerner Memorial Luncheon for the senior group will be held at Impastato's Restaurant in Metairie. There is no charge for this event but reservations are limited. RSVP to Rachel by Thursday, October 11.

Thursday, October 18
12:00 - 2:00 PM
No charge members and non-members

Lunch and Learn with the Rabbi

Join us for our monthly lunch and learn as we discuss interesting topics with a local Jewish leader. This month it’s Rabbi Reimer, from Temple Sinai. A light lunch will be served. RSVP to Rachel by Monday, October 29. 

Thursday, November 1
12:00 - 1:30 PM
$3 members | $5 non-members

Morris Bart, Sr. Lecture Series

“Guidebooks to Sin: The Blue Books of Storyville, New Orleans”

Pamela D. Arceneaux, Senior Librarian/Rare Books Librarian with The Historic New Orleans Collection, will discuss her most recent book Guidebooks to Sin: The Blue Books of Storyville, New Orleans.

For most of Storyville’s twenty years (1898-1917), guidebooks were produced containing directories listing hundreds of prostitutes by name, address, and race as well as full-page advertisements for some of the better brothels. In New Orleans, these various published guides were known collectively as “Blue Books,” even though they did not all bear that title officially. New Orleans was not the first nor the only city to offer such guides to their vice districts, but probably produced them on a more regular basis than most other cities. By modern standards, the tone of these guides is almost demure; none of the Storyville-era Blue Books specifically describe the sexual services offered, nor do they list fees. Issued annually around Carnival and targeting a white male audience, these little books can be seen as marketing tools, not only to the city’s vice district but to the depiction of New Orleans itself as a popular and exotic winter convention and tourist destination. Lunch will be served. RSVP to Rachel by Thursday, November 8.

Copies of Guidebooks to Sin: The Blue Books of Storyville, New Orleans, a richly illustrated, hardcover, annotated bibliography, will be for sale, $50.

Monday, November 12
11:45 AM - 1:30 PM
No charge members | $10 non-members

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

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

Book Club | Monday, October 29
Diane (Diane Keaton) is recently widowed after 40 years of marriage, Vivian (Jane Fonda) enjoys her men with no strings attached, Sharon (Candice Bergen) is still working through her decades-old divorce, and Carol's (Mary Steenburgen) marriage is in a slump after 35 years. The lives of these four lifelong friends are turned upside down after reading the infamous "50 Shades of Grey," catapulting them into a series of outrageous life choices.

The Shape of Water | Monday, November 26
Elisa is a mute, isolated woman who works as a cleaning lady in a hidden, high-security government laboratory in 1962 Baltimore. Her life changes forever when she discovers the lab's classified secret -- a mysterious, scaled creature from South America that lives in a water tank. As Elisa develops a unique bond with her new friend, she soon learns that its fate and very survival lies in the hands of a hostile government agent and a marine biologist.

Won't You Be My Neighbor | Monday, December 17
Filmmaker Morgan Neville examines the life and legacy of Fred Rogers, the beloved host of the popular children's TV show "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood."

Movie Day Uptown

Free State of Jones
As the Civil War rages on, Mississippi farmer Newton Knight, his neighbors and a ragtag group of slaves band together and lead Jones County to secede from the Confederacy, establishing a mixed-race free state in the heart of the South. Movie snacks will be served. RSVP to Rachel by Monday, October 22.

Thursday, October 25
12:00 - 2:00 PM
No charge members and non-members

Working as a trash collector in 1950s Pittsburgh, Troy Maxson struggles to raise his family while trying to transcend the bitter experience of being a talented baseball player denied the opportunity to play in the majors because of his race. This movie stars Denzel Washington and Viola Davis. Movie snacks will be served. RSVP to Rachel by Monday, November 26.

Thursday, November 29
12:00 - 2:20 PM
No charge members and non-members

Seniors On The Go: North House Home And Gardens

Join us on our next adventure to the beautiful North House Home And Gardens in Bush, LA. North House has been a 20 year plus ongoing project for Dr. James Briggs and David Bourgeois.

Like everything, it started small and then took on a life of it's own.ᅠ They now have eight gardens and five buildings.  It has become a top rated event site and we will have the pleasure of seeing them prepare for a major wedding.  In addition to a tour of the gardens and grounds, we will enjoy a catered lunch and lecture by the Event Coordinator on how they prepare the grounds for large weddings.

Attendees should come comfortably dressed and wear comfortable shoes to walk through the gardens. The cost for the outing is $25.  Thanks to a generous donation from Morris Bart there is no charge for the bus, and the cost of the tour and luncheon has been subsidized. RSVP to Rachel by Monday, November 8.

Thursday, November 15
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
$25 members and non-members


Dance for Parkinsonís Celebrates One Year

October marks the one year anniversary for the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust Dance for Parkinson’s Program at the New Orleans JCC. This award-winning program takes place every Wednesday with instruction from the New Orleans Ballet Association.



No Sukkah? No Problem!


With temperatures in the 90s, it is easy to forget that fall is here. Fortunately, we have the holiday of Sukkot to remind us that the harvest season has begun. There is no denying that sukkahs are awesome, but it can be challenging to find the space and time to build one. Here are some alternative ways to celebrate this holiday



New Recipes for the New Year

Rosh Hashanah - “head of the year”- commemorates the creation of the world. Traditionally, apples and honey are eaten to represent our hope for a sweet year of health and peace. Dipping apples in honey is delicious, and here are few creative recipe suggestions to help kick this duo up a notch.


National Coloring Book Day

We love to celebrate here at the JCC, and we also look for any opportunity to be creative. Join us for a coloring break in The Nosh of the Uptown JCC for National Coloring Book Day on August 2. We’ll have a table with crayons and JCC-themed coloring sheets. Can’t make it to the JCC? Download and print our coloring sheets. We’d love to see your artwork, so be sure to tag us and use hashtag #nojcc on social media!


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