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 from 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

Promised Land by Martin Fletcher
The sweeping saga of two brothers and the woman they love, a devastating love triangle set against the tumultuous founding of Israel. Reviewed by Judy Steinberg, former JCC Nursery School Teacher. Any questions, contact

Tuesday, May 14
1:30 - 3:30 PM
Free and open to the community

Hannah Dansky Luncheon

Join us for an elegant luncheon honoring the memory of our past member, Hannah Dansky. Enjoy delicious food catered by Brack May (Cowbell restaurant) and entertainment by Joe Krown and Meryl Zimmerman. There is no charge for this event, but space is limited and reservations are required to Rachel by Thursday, May 16.

Thursday, May 23
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 on Yom Ha’Shoah, it’s Rabbi Gerber from Gates of Prayer. A light lunch will be served. RSVP to Rachel by Monday, April 29.

Thursday, May 2
12:00 - 1:30 PM
$3 members / $5 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

Future dates coming soon

Morris Bart, Sr. Lecture Series

The Secret Life of Krazy Kat
Curious how New Orleans-born cartoonist George Herriman created one of the most enigmatic and enduring characters in American comics? Author Michael Tisserand—whose biography of George Herriman was listed in the New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2017—will present the long-hidden story of Herriman and Krazy Kat with words, comics and film. Lunch will be served. RSVP by Thursday, May 9.

Monday, May 13
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

This Beautiful Fantastic
When her landlord forces librarian and aspiring author Bella Brown to clean up her overgrown garden, she meets grumpy elderly neighbor Alfie Stephenson, who’s an avid horticulturalist—and an unlikely friendship is born. Movie snacks will be served. RSVP to Rachel by Monday, May 13.

Thursday, May 16
12:00 - 1:30 PM
No charge members and non-members

Ogden Museum - Vernacular Voices

This exhibition draws from the Ogden Museum’s growing collection of Self-Taught, Outsider and Visionary art to celebrate the creative spirit and intuitive vision of the American South’s Vernacular artists. Artists represented include Minnie Evans, David Butler, Clementine Hunter, Lonnie Holley, Eddy Mumma and many others! Join us for a docent led tour of the exhibit. We will meet for lunch at noon at the NOCHI Cafe by Gracious Bakery, located at 725 Howard Avenue. The restaurant is two and a half blocks from the Ogden. Transportation will be available if you need it. The museum is free for Louisiana residents on Thursdays. Lunch is on yo. RSVP to Rachel by Monday, May 27.

Thursday, May 30
12:00 - 2:30 PM
No charge members and non-members

Rabin In His Own Words

In honor of Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel Independence Day, we will show the movie Rabin In His Own Words. This movie is an autobiography of sorts as the story is told entirely in Rabin’s own voice. Through a combination of rare archival footage, home movies and private letters, his personal and professional dramas unfold before the viewer’s eyes—from his childhood as the son of a labor leader before the founding of the State of Israel, through a change of viewpoint that turned him from a farmer into an army man who stood at some of the most critical junctures in Israeli history, through his later years during which he served as Prime Minister and made moves that enraged a large portion of the public, until the horrific moment when his political career and life were suddenly brought to an end. Movie snacks will be served. RSVP to Rachel by Monday, May 6

Thursday, May 9
12:00 - 1:45 PM
No charge members and non-members


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