Programs: JFS at the JCC Senior Events

Programs: JFS at the JCC Senior Events

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.

From Telegraph to Twitter Presented by Andrea Gross and Irv Green
Tuesday, February 19 at 10:15 a.m. in the JCC Boardroom
Cost: Free
RSVP: Suzi Malman 303.316.6358,

Join Andrea Gross and Irv Green, longtime journalists, communicators, and photographers, for an interesting discussion about communication techniques. As the world moves from telegraph to Twitter, we’re being forced to change the ways in which we communicate. Whether we want to promote an event that will take place in the future or recount an event that happened in the past, the best way to get the message across is to go beyond words.

Booker T. Washington Presented by Eric Hughes
Tuesday, February 26 at 10:15 a.m. in the MACC Boardroom
Cost: Free
RSVP: Suzi Malman 303.316.6358,

Eric Hughes, the great grandson of Booker T. Washington, provides a unique perspective on this outstanding American leader. Using family photographs and other illustrations, Eric will connect us to Booker T. Washington and his important contributions to our nation.

Active Minds: Aviation: From Kitty Hawk to Today
Tuesday, March 5 at 10:00 a.m. in the Social Hall
RSVP not required; for information, call Suzi Malman at 303.316.6358
Cost: Free

Join Active Minds for a review of aviation in the United States. We will begin the story with the Wright Brothers and end with a look at the airline industry today, including the possibility of supersonic flights in the near future. In between, we’ll visit Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart, aviation in the military, and the increased use of drones.

Part 2: Series on Alternative Medicine: Benefits of Medical Marijuana for Seniors presented by Dr. Ray Gottesfeld
Tuesday, March 12 at 10:15 a.m. in the MACC Boardroom (lower level)
RSVP to Suzi Malman at 303.316.6358 or
Cost: Free

In addition to his board certification in Ob-Gyn, Dr. Gottesfeld is a diplomate of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine. Holistic medicine is a form of healing that addresses the whole person—mind, body, and spirit. As a practitioner of holistic medicine, Dr. Gottesfeld integrates conventional and alternative therapies, such as cannabis to prevent and treat disease and promote optimal health.

Part 3: Series on Alternative Medicine: The Physio Revolution: Dr. Brooke Olsen, Doctor of Physical Therapy
Thursday, March 14 at 10:15 a.m. in the MACC Conference Room (across from elevator)
RSVP to Suzi Malman at 303.316.6358 or
Cost: Free

Dr. Olsen will show you how you can virtually end all your pain and give it the best shot of not returning, so you can stay independent in your own home and walk farther for longer as you age. During this talk you will learn: 

  • Why pain lasts longer than it should, and how to get to the root cause to ensure that it never comes back.
  • Why medicinal care (pain pills, injections, and surgery) haven’t solved your problem yet, and why.
  • The 5 phases of rehab you must complete to ensure your ability to stay active and independent as you age.
  • If pain is the only thing solved, what threat this has to your independence as you age.

Meet Peg Perl, Candidate for Denver Clerk & Recorder 
Tuesday, March 19 at 10:15 a.m. in the MACC Boardroom (lower level)
RSVP to Suzi Malman at 303.316.6358 or
Cost: Free

Meet Peg Perl, an ethics lawyer and policy consultant who has declared her candidacy for the office of Denver Clerk and Recorder. What is the job of the Clerk and Recorder? You’re not alone if you don’t know. The Clerk and Recorder is one of the quietest but most important roles in Denver. If elected, Peg will be important in protecting your ballot and helping you get access to your records when you need them. The Denver election will take place in May.

Learning to Forgive Yourself: Presented by Rabbi Birdie Becker
Tuesday, March 26 at 10:15 a.m. in the JCC Boardroom (main level)
RSVP to Suzi Malman at 303.316.6358 or
Cost: Free

We ask for forgiveness from G-d and we have been taught to forgive others, but most of us live with guilt. We haven’t been taught to forgive ourselves. Through biblical stories and personal experience, we will explore this duality.

Ongoing Senior Programs


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.  


Every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 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 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.


Come SCHMOOZE with Us!
Tuesdays, February 26 and March 12 and 26, 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. 


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


VOA Lunch Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Perlmutter Room  Cost: $2.50 donation


Short Story Literature
Thursdays, February 21 and March 7 and 21, 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 for a lively game of nickel-dime coed poker.


Current Events
Every Friday, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. in the Boardroom (February 15 and March 15 will be in the Wolf Room)  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.