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 Thursday, July 4 for Independence Day.

Saul Rosenthal: Musical Sing-Along
Tuesday June 18 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

Saul Rosenthal serves as the cantor at Congregation Rodef Shalom, where he leads services and directs the synagogue’s music ensemble, Shir Rodef. He is also the founder of the popular Jewish bluegrass band, Rocky Mountain Jewgrass. A multi-instrumentalist, Cantor Saul is also a composer of contemporary Jewish music. Join Cantor Saul for a sing-along program of well-known Jewish, Yiddish, and secular songs from the 1940’s through today.

The Crown: Headdress and Idea Presented by Dr. Beverly Chico, Collector of International Headpieces
Tuesday, June 25 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: $5.00

Dr. Chico traces the “crown” from Ancient Greece, through Roman Emperors, Medieval royalty including Russian czars, and elected popes up to England’s Queen Elizabeth II today. Long-time professor of history at Maryland and Colorado colleges; collector of international headpieces (600 items from over 100 countries/cultures); and curator of more than 40 museum exhibitions. Dr. Chico is the author of numerous scholarly publications including Mexican, Central American, Caribbean, South American, and Asian headpieces in Oxford University’s Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Her book, Hats and Headwear Around the World: a Cultural Encyclopedia, published in 2013, is the first comprehensive book on this topic for English-speaking researchers.

Active Minds: Eleanor Roosevelt
Tuesday, July 2 at 10:00 a.m. in the JCC Denver Boardroom (main entrance)
RSVP not required; for information, call Suzi Malman at 303.316.6358
Cost: Free

As the longest serving First Lady of the United States, Eleanor Roosevelt was both outspoken and at times, quite controversial. Join Active Minds as we examine her life and the impact it had on important causes such as human rights and the successful launch of the United Nations.

Kamtza Bar Kamtza: The Party That Went Wrong Presented by Rabbi Kobrin of Rodef Shalom
Tuesday, July 9 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

We will look at the Talmudic story of Kamtza and Bar Kamtza and discuss the profound impact of social interactions.

“SMILES”: A 10-minute Stage Reading Written by Robert Benjamin
Tuesday, July 16 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: $5.00

SMILES by Robert F. Benjamin is a live, upbeat comedy about aging with grace, courage, and humor. A grandfather skirmishes with his bright, school-age granddaughter, Jamie, about the meaning of wrinkles and the role of a family’s wisdom-keeper. As they tease each other, Jamie seems to outsmart Grandpa. Or did Grandpa intend the outcome? Glass Slipper Productions will perform this brief staged reading, immediately followed by a facilitated discussion of the play’s many issues about aging and intergenerational connections.

“The Bookbinders Passage” Presented by Phillip Greenberg
Tuesday, July 23 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

Phillip Greenberg will present a reflection on his grandfather’s life, covering 19 years — from 1897 to 1916. It is the story of an immigrant’s journey from Romania, to France, to England where he learned a trade, and finally to middle America. Phillip says, “I have been curious about my grandfather’s journey to America since I was a child. My goal was to record available facts about his passage before they fade and are forgotten.”

Ukulele Concert performed by Leila Covrigaru
Tuesday, July 30 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

Join Leila for a morning of ukulele tunes. She will perform a little Broadway, Yiddish, and older American favorites.

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.

Gentle Yoga
Every Monday, 10:15 a.m. in the Mizel Reception Room (lower level of JCC Denver)
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 (not meeting July 4)
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, June 25 and July 9 and 23, 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 (not meeting July 4)
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 July 4)
Cost: $2.50 donation

THURSDAYS

Short Story Literature
Thursdays, June 27 and July 11 and 25, 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
 (not meeting July 4)
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   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.