Programs: JFS at the JCC Senior Events

Programs: JFS at the JCC Senior Events

Jewish Family Service, the Staenberg–Loup Jewish Community Center (JCC Denver), JEWISHcolorado, Volunteers of America, Shalom Park, and Kavod Senior Life teamed up to provide social, recreational, educational, and health programming to older adults. The programs all take place at JCC Denver, 350 S. Dahlia Street, (unless otherwise noted). This page is updated monthly with the program schedule.

A suggested $5.00 fee will be charged for many JFS at the JCC events. Please note if there is a fee under “Cost” for each program.

Please note: Beginning July 3, VOA Lunch will be served on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. JCC Denver will be closed Monday, September 2 for Labor Day and Monday, September 30 for Rosh Hashanah.

CarePatrol Presented by Sara Shvartzman
Tuesday, August 27 at 10:15 a.m. in the Mizel Reception Room (lower level of JCC Denver)
RSVP to Suzi Malman at 303.316.6358 or smalman@jewishfamilyservice.org
Cost: Free

Are you or your older loved ones exploring what's next for their care? Sara Shvartzman, MSW, senior care consultant from CarePatrol of Denver, will present the ins and outs of easing the process of navigating care options and learning the differences between in-home care, assisted living, memory care, independent living, and nursing homes. CarePatrol is a free community service.

Active Minds: The Lewis and Clark Expedition
Tuesday, September 3 at 10:00 a.m. in the Social Hall (lower level)
RSVP not required; for information, call Suzi Malman at 303.316.6358
Cost: Free

Join us for a program focusing on Lewis and Clark’s expedition that opened the West over 200 years ago. We will discuss the achievements and challenges of the expedition, as well as the legacies it left for the young nation. Building upon the experiences from the expedition, we will also discuss the evolution of our country’s relationship with Native Americans and the lands they inhabited.

“The Art & Meaning of Hebrew Letters” presented by Martin Mendelsberg
Tuesday, September 10 at 10:15 a.m. in the Mizel Reception Room (lower level)
RSVP to Suzi Malman at 303.316.6358 or smalman@jewishfamilyservice.org
Cost: Free

“The letters are to the Torah as the foundation is to a building.” — R’ Bechaye, IV, 25. Martin Mendelsberg will share his ten year journey developing Hebrew letterforms and digital typefaces for printing and the fine arts. 

Rosh Hashanah Lunch
Tuesday, September 17 at 11:#0 a.m. in the Social Hall (No regular VOA lunch on this day)
RSVP to Suzi Malman at 303.316.6358 or smalman@jewishfamilyservice.org
Cost: $10

Please join us for a delicious and traditional Rosh Hashanah lunch and celebrate the holiday with your friends.

Brain Health and Change Presented by Maryann Touitou
Tuesday, September 24 at 10:15 a.m. in the Mizel Reception Room (lower level)
RSVP to Suzi Malman at 303.316.6358 or smalman@jewishfamilyservice.org
Cost: Free 

Ongoing Senior Programs

MONDAYS 

Let's Write
Every Monday, 9:00 a.m. in the Wolf Room (no meeting September 2 or 30)
Cost: Free
Contact: Lil at 303.316.6359

Discover the joy of writing. If you have never written before or have written volumes, joining this unique group of writers will be interesting and stimulating. We enjoy sharing our experiences through writing. Whether you prefer creating fiction, non-fiction, or poetry, putting your thoughts on paper is as valuable to you as to the group. Facilitated by Susan Jacobs.

Gentle Yoga
Every Monday, 10:15 a.m. in the Mizel Reception Room (lower level of JCC Denver) (no yoga September 2 or 30)
Contact: Lil at 303.316.6359
Cost: Free

Gentle yoga class integrates tai chi and other Asian practices for breathing, stretching, balance, and general well-being. This is an opportunity to try an adaptable fitness activity for beginner to mid-level, with the option of using a chair. The teacher, former college professor Mary Hart, has an advanced certification as a yoga instructor. Mary’s experience focuses on a non-competitive environment—doing what feels good while pretending no one’s watching! If you own a yoga mat, please bring it with you. Wear loose clothing. Meet the instructor in the main lobby of the JCC.

MONDAYS, TUESDAYS, WEDNESDAYS, AND THURSDAYS

Mahjong
Mondays and Thursdays: 12:30 p.m. in the Wolf Room (no Mahjong September 2 or 30)
Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 12:30 p.m. in the Perlmutter room  
Cost: Free
Contact: Lil at 303.316.6359

We are looking for more people to play Maj regularly at JCC Denver. If you have a group of 4 players, call us and we will have a table set up for your group. If you do not have a group, call to have your name placed on the substitute list.

TUESDAYS

Come SCHMOOZE with Us!
Tuesdays, 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. in the Wolf Room
Cost: Free
Contact: Lil at 303.316.6359

Definition of schmooze: Friendly, informal conversation.

We are here to connect a group of people who want to make friends, converse casually, make social connections, network, laugh, and share. Are you new in town? This is a great place to find new friends, learn about the community, and find resources. If you want to talk about your family, worries, or simply have fun experiences to share, join us! Facilitated by Susan Jacobs. 

TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS

Poker, Poker, Poker
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Perlmutter Room 
Contact: Lil at 303.316.6359 

TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS, AND FRIDAYS

VOA Lunch Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Perlmutter Room (No lunch on September 17, Rosh Hashanah lunch instead)
Cost: $2.50 donation

THURSDAYS

Short Story Literature
Thursdays, September 5 and 19, 10:00 a.m. in the
Wolf Room
Cost: Free
Contact: Lil at 303.316.6359 

“The end of reading is not more books, but more life”
We are here to connect a group of people who want to converse casually and interact with peers, and who enjoy reading and discussing literature. The book we are using is “The best American Short Stories of the Century,” edited by John Updike.  Facilitated by Susan Jacobs.  

Coed Poker
Every Thursday, 12:30 in the Perlmutter Room
 
Cost: Free
Contact: Lil at 303.316.6359

Join us at JCC Denver for an afternoon game of nickel-dime coed poker. Experienced and/or novice players are invited to join this lively group. Drop-ins are always welcome; the more the merrier!

FRIDAYS

Current Events
Every Friday, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. in the Boardroom    Cost: Free
Contact: Lil at 303.316.6359

This participant-led group offers the opportunity to kibbutz with friends and make new friends. Discuss current situations that are taking place locally, nationally and worldwide. A guest speaker is often invited and we offer the opportunity for participants to choose a topic and lead the discussion. We encourage you to join this stimulating, lively and interesting group.