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 December 25 and January 1

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 December 24, 25, 31 and January 1

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 December 25 and January 1

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 game on December 25 and January 1

Monthly Programs and Special Events

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


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 Greenberg, from Temple Beth Israel. Latkes and Chanukah treats will be served. RSVP to Rachel by Monday, December 3. 

Thursday, December 6
12:00 - 1:30 PM
$3 members | $5 non-members

Morris Bart, Sr. Lecture Series

“New Orleans: 300+ Years of Heritage and Risk”

Join Rebecca Snedeker, Executive Director of the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South at Tulane University, for a dive through our city’s 300+ year history, with a focus on the intertwining forces of cultural heritage and ecological risk. Snedeker will foreground several projects supported by the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South at Tulane, highlighting scholars and artists who explore states of fluidity and adaptability in our material surroundings, internal psyches, and collective practices, and whose projects cradle and rock around the arts, humanities, and sciences. Lunch will be served. RSVP to Rachel by Thursday, December 6.

Monday, December 10
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

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

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

The Glass Castle
Adapted from the novel of the same name, this family drama follows future writer Jeannette Walls who spends her hardscrabble childhood on the run with her negligent artist mother and storytelling, alcoholic father (Woody Harrelson). Movie snacks will be served. RSVP to Rachel by Monday, December 17.

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

NOMA: The Orleans Collection

At its founding in 1718, New Orleans was named for the French Regent, Philippe II, Duke of Orléans (1674–1723). A formidable personality, Philippe II’s legacy is his patronage of the arts: architecture, painting, furniture, music, dance, and theatre. In celebration of the tricentennial of the city that bears his regal title, NOMA will present an exhibition of selections from the Duke’s magnificent collection. This international loan exhibition will bring together masterpieces by Veronese, Valentin, Poussin, Rubens, and Rembrandt that formerly graced the walls of the Palais Royal in Paris.

Join your friends for lunch at Cafe’ NOMA in the museum at noon, dutch treat, then enjoy this new exhibit with the guidance of a docent. RSVP to Rachel by Monday, December 10.

Wednesday, December 12
12:00 - 2:00 PM
Museum entrance is free for Louisiana residents on Wednesdays | Lunch is on you


Upcoming Community Chanukah Celebration

Nefesh Mountain, a Jewish bluegrass ensemble, will brighten the Mintz Auditorium with soulful folk-inspired music.


NOLA Grannies Project Visits the Uptown JCC

Grandmothers seem to have one thing in common: they refuse to tolerate anything or anybody messing with their loved ones. And that’s just what a group of ten grannies from New Orleans did when they heard about trouble at the border for families seeking asylum.


Creating Eight New Memories for Chanukah

This year let’s create eight nights of memories instead of eight days of gifts. 


BINGO! Chanukah Edition

This year, we’re bringing the Chanukah celebrations to the fitness center with Chanukah BINGO. Get out of your comfort zone, make new friends, and learn more about everything the JCC offers.


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