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.

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

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

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 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

*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

Wednesday, February 20
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. This month is Rabbi Silver from Shir Chadash. A light lunch will be served. RSVP to Rachel by Monday, March 4.

Thursday, March 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.

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

February 25 | 42
In 1947, Jackie Robinson becomes the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball in the modern era when he was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers and faces considerable racism in the process.

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

Topic Coming Soon
Lunch will be served. RSVP to Rachel by Thursday, March 7.

Monday, March 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

Going In Style
Cheated out of their pensions, three elderly friends decide to extract justice from the system by robbing a bank and then heading for Las Vegas. But their grand plan starts to fall apart when a dogged FBI agent picks up their trail.  Starring Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin, this movie gets lots of laughs with an all-star cast. Movie snacks will be served. RSVP to Rachel by Monday, February 25.

Thursday, February 28
12:00 - 1:45 PM
No charge members and non-members

Newcomb Art Museum - Per(Sister): Incarcerated Women In Louisiana

Since 1986, Louisiana has ranked in the top ten states nationwide for the highest incarceration rates. Women are one of the fastest growing state prison populations. About 80% of women imprisoned are mothers, of which the majority are the sole caregivers for their children. 

Newcomb Art Museum has partnered with formerly incarcerated women, community organizations, stakeholders, and those directly impacted by the prison system to create the exhibition Per(Sister), which is intended to share the stories of current and formerly incarcerated women in Louisiana, and shine a light on the myriad of issues as identified and expressed by the women themselves.

Tom Friel, Coordinator for Interpretation and Public Engagement at Newcomb Art Museum, will lead us on a tour of this fascinating exhibit. Bring your lunch.  We will eat together before we go in to the exhibit. There is no charge for the museum. RSVP to Rachel by Monday, February 18.

Thursday, February 21
12:30 - 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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