Programs: JFS at the JCC

Programs: JFS at the JCC

Jewish Family Service, the Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center (JCC), JEWISHcolorado, Volunteers of America, Shalom Cares, and Kavod Senior Life teamed up to provide social, recreational, educational, and health programming to older adults. The programs all take place at the JCC, 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: VOA Lunch is now served on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Please note: JFS at the JCC will be closed November 22 and 23 for Thanksgiving. 

Creative Adventures: Art, Writing, Cooking, and Other Fun Happenings
Presented by Marilyn Raff Author, Cook & Horticulturists
 
Tuesday, October 16 at 10:15 a.m. in the MACC Boardroom (lower level)

Cost: Free
RSVP: Suzi Malman 303.316.6358, smalman@jccdenver.org

Originally from New Jersey, Marilyn Raff is a local Denver author who has lived in the area for more than 40 years. She recently published her sixth book—Nourished: A Memoir of Cooking and the Arts. In this presentation, Marilyn will discuss how she got into cooking, and explain how it became more of a passion and deep craft, aside from cooking for her family. Marilyn will discuss the fun of exploring new creative adventures with writing and other crafts, no matter your age or skills. She will answer your questions about cooking, poetry, and writing, and will offer fresh cooking tips and techniques.

Active Minds: The Year 1968: Chaos, Conflict, and Change
Tuesday, October 23 at 10:00 a.m. in the JCC Boardroom (main Level)

Cost: Free
RSVP not required; for information, call Suzi Malman at 303.316.6358

The year 1968 was a year of chaos, conflict, and change—all brought into America’s living rooms by television. It began in January with the Tet Offensive in Vietnam and ended with the successful completion of the Apollo 8 moon orbit mission. In between we saw civil rights struggles, student protests, political upheaval, and the assassination of both Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy. Join Active Minds as we travel back in time to this key year in history to explore these and other important events.

Book Discussion: The Remnant by Othniel Seiden, MD
Tuesday, October 30 at 10:15 a.m. in the MACC Boardroom (lower level of JCC)

Cost: Free
RSVP: Suzi Malman 303.316.6358, smalman@jccdenver.org

Join our own “Dr. Otie” Seiden for a very interesting presentation and Q& A of his book, The Remnant. Seiden’s fast-paced, historical novel of the Holocaust offers facts, statistics, and details of Nazi crimes against Jews and other civilians in occupied Ukraine. The basis of the story focuses on the enormity of the murders at Babi Yar, the ravine located near the city of Kiev, the capital of the Ukraine. The novel then expands to the survivors—the remnant Jews—who survived the destruction of their villages and towns and found shelter in the forests, then later banded together to become partisans.

Active Minds: The Future of Bees
Tuesday, November 6 at 10:00 a.m. in the Social Hall

Cost: Free
RSVP not required; for information, call Suzi Malman at 303.316.6358

Found on every continent except Antarctica, bees are vital pollinators, making possible much of the food humans eat. In recent years, however, crucial bee species have experienced significant loss. Since the 1990s, the bumblebee population has plunged almost 90 percent. Additionally, since 2006, a malady called Colony Collapse Disorder has afflicted honeybee populations. Join Active Minds as we dive into the world of bees and examine the factors that are affecting this important species.

SARDOC: Search and Rescue Dogs of Colorado
Thursday, November 8 at 10:00 a.m. in the Social Hall

Cost: Free
RSVP: Suzi Malman 303.316.6358, smalman@jccdenver.org 

The oldest Search Dog certification agency in Colorado, SARDOC began in 1983 to meet a growing need for highly qualified dog teams to aid in searches for missing people. SARDOC has some of the highest Search Dog certification standards in the nation. The organization certifies dogs in air scent, trailing, water search, avalanche, and human remains detection. Enjoy this demonstration by a SARDOC member and canine partner! 

Film: Looking for Roots, Finding Flowers and Talk-back with Stephen Metzler
Tuesday, November 13 at 10:00 a.m. in the Wolf Room
  Cost: Free
RSVP: Suzi Malman 303.316.6358, smalman@jccdenver.org

Looking for Roots, Finding Flowers is the first full-length documentary film by independent filmmaker Dan Jacobson, grandson of our own Stephen Metzler. In Looking for Roots, Finding Flowers, the filmmaker finds himself burdened by his responsibility as a Jew to remember his family lost in the Holocaust. This commandment seems to him so inescapable and all-consuming that he escapes and assimilates. He is forced, however, to again explore these feelings when his grandfather, a survivor of Auschwitz, decides that he is ready to return to his birthplace in rural Romania after a 63-year long exile. In their search for the long-lost family home, they are passed from villager to villager, slowly connecting the dots that lead to discovery. The testimonies that they collect from these non-Jews teach that memory and loss are not distinctly Jewish responsibilities, but are rather the fabric that ties all communities together.

Live Music with the Front Porch Sisters
Tuesday, November 20 at 10:15 a.m. in the MACC Boardroom (lower level of JCC)

Cost: Free
RSVP: Suzi Malman 303.316.6358, smalman@jccdenver.org

Enjoy tunes from the Front Porch Sisters, an entertaining, acoustic duo playing banjo, guitar, ukulele, and harmonica. They will perform an eclectic collection of popular sing-a-long tunes. Their music genres range from “old timey” to 50’s and 60’s rock ‘n’ roll.

Evolution of the Black Jewish Movement with Joe Dickerson
Tuesday, November 27 at 10:15 a.m. in the
MACC Boardroom (lower level of JCC)
Cost: Free
RSVP: Suzi Malman 303.316.6358, smalman@jccdenver.org 

Is there a difference between a Jew and a Hebrew? What are the roots of this movement and how is this community of black Jews practicing in Denver?

Ongoing Senior Programs

MONDAYS 

Let's Write
Every Monday, 9:00 a.m. in the Wolf Room
 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.
 

MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS, AND THURSDAYS 

Mahjong
Every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 12:30 p.m. in the Perlmutter Room (Not meeting November 22)
 Cost: Free
Contact: Lil at 303.316.6359

We are looking for more people to play Maj regularly at the JCC. 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, October 23, and November 13 and 27, 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 (No Poker November 22)
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 November 22 or 23)  Cost: $2.50 donation

THURSDAYS

Short Story Literature
Thursdays, October 18, and November 1, 15, and 29, 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 (no Poker November 22)

Cost: Free
Contact: Lil at 303.316.6359

Join us for a lively game of nickel-dime coed poker.

FRIDAYS

Current Events
Every Friday, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. in the Boardroom (Not meeting November 23)
Cost: Free
Contact: Lil at 303.316.6359

Join us at the JCC for an afternoon 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! Facilitated by Ben Cohen.