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.

About the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Presented by Barry Curtiss-Lusher, Former National Chair of ADL
Tuesday, August 14 at 10:15 a.m. in the Wolf Room

Cost: Free
RSVP: Suzi Malman 303.316.6358,

Barry Curtiss-Lusher, former National Chair of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) will share his passion and knowledge of the organization. He will discuss the mission and values, and share incredible issues that ADL has been involved in. Founded in 1913, the ADL is our nation’s premier civil rights/human relations organization.

Jewish-Polish Relations: Is There Hope for Reconciliation?
Tuesday, August 21 at 10:15 a.m. in the Wolf Room

Cost: Free
RSVP: Suzi Malman 303.316.6358,

Filmmakers Lisa Hartman and Robert Denerstein will discuss Jewish-Polish relations, show several short interviews they shot in Poland in 2015 while researching a documentary, and facilitate a discussion. Robert Denerstein, former Rocky Mountain News film critic, reviews films and moderates filmmaker discussions for the Denver Film Society. Lisa Hartman, a third-generation Denverite, began her media career as a radio host and became a producer and director of television and independent films.

Ukulele Concert: Leila Covrigaru
Tuesday, August 28 at 10:15 a.m. in the MACC Boardroom

Cost: Free
RSVP: Suzi Malman 303.316.6358,

Join us for a delightful morning of music with Leila Covrigaru! Leila is a very talented ukulele player who will entertain us with songs from the 1920s and 1930s, and even play a few Yiddish songs. The ukulele is an instrument that is rich with history and tradition. First appearing in Hawaii in the 1800s, the ‘uke' has found a unique home for itself in both traditional and popular music.

Please note: The JCC will be closed September 10, 11, and 19. Offices are closed September 24, but Sports & Fitness will be open. Please note all of the program cancellations due to holiday closures. There will be NO VOA Lunch on September 11 or 25.

Active Minds: Cowboys
Tuesday, September 4 at 10:00 a.m. in the Social Hall

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

Join Active Minds for the story of the American cowboy. We will peel back the mythology and explain how the origins of the cowboy lie south of the border in the Spanish colonies in the Americas. Join us as we seek to understand the development of the American cowboy and its influence upon the country to this day.

Rosh Hashanah Lunch
Thursday, September 6 at 11:30 a.m. in the Social Hall

Cost: $10
RSVP: Lil Shaw 303.316.6359, RSVP and payment due by Thursday, August 23.

Please join us for a delicious Rosh Hashanah lunch and celebrate the holiday with your friends. Enjoy traditional foods including matzo ball soup, roasted chicken, gefilte fish, and more!
Please note, there is no regular VOA lunch this day.

Bingo & Bagels
Thursday, September 13 at 10:30 a.m. in the MACC Boardroom

Cost: $5.00, which includes two cards and food
 RSVP: Suzi Malman 303.316.6358,

Join us for a morning of light breakfast and Bingo with prizes.

Take Me Out to the Ball Game: Rockies vs. Phillies Baseball Game
Thursday, September 27, 12:00 p.m. pick up at the JCC Denver

(Return after the game at approximately 5:00 p.m.)
Cost: $25, includes ticket and transportation
RSVP: Gabriel 720.382.7842,

Come watch the Colorado Rockies play the Philadelphia Phillies in the second to last game of the season and celebrate Sukkot by shaking the lulav and etrog! Co-sponsored by Kavod on the Road and JFS at the JCC. 

 Ongoing Senior Programs


Let's Write
Every Monday, 9:00 a.m. in the Wolf Room (In September, we will ONLY meet on the 17th)
  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.


Mah Jongg
Every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 12:30 p.m. in the Perlmutter Room (Not meeting September 3, 10, 19, or 24)
  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, August 14 and 28, 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. in the Wolf Room (NOT MEETING IN SEPTEMBER)
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 (No Poker September 11 or 25)
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 (No lunch September 6, 11, or 25. Rosh Hashanah lunch instead on September 6)  Cost: $2.50 donation


Short Story Literature
Thursdays, August 23 and September 6 and 20, 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 (August 17 will meet in the Wolf Room) 
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.