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. The JCC will be closed Monday, May 27 for Memorial Day.

Canine Companions 
Tuesday, May 21 at 10:15 a.m. in the Social Hall
RSVP to Suzi Malman at 303.316.6358 or
Cost: Free

Founded in 1975, Canine Companions for Independence® is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. The assistance dogs we breed, raise, and train aren’t just the ears, hands, and legs of their human partners. They’re also goodwill ambassadors and often their best friends. They open new opportunities and new possibilities and spread incredible joy. We unite people with dogs in a powerful program that leads to greater independence and confidence. 

My Journey, My Gifts: Presented by Evan Silverman
Thursday, May 23 at 10:30 a.m. in the MACC Boardroom
RSVP to Suzi Malman at 303.316.6358 or
Cost: Free

Join Evan, our Thursday lunch volunteer, for a very interesting and personal account of the mental and emotional challenges he has been managing over the years. He will share his experiences and personal milestones. There will be a Q&A following.

Jack Welner, Holocaust Survivor
Tuesday, May 28 at 10:15 a.m. in the MACC Conference Room (room is located across from the elevator)
RSVP: Suzi Malman, or 303.316.6358
Cost: Free

At 98 years young, Jack Welner has vivid memories of his years in the Warsaw Ghetto, Auschwitz, and finally liberation. Please join us once again to hear his remarkable story.

Active Minds: Railroads
Tuesday, June 4 at 10:00 a.m. in the JCC Boardroom (main entrance)
RSVP not required; for information, call Suzi Malman at 303.316.6358
Cost: Free

This May marks the 150-year anniversary of the “Golden Spike” that completed the construction of the First Transcontinental Railroad. Join Active Minds as we review the rich history of railroads in the United States. We will explore the role they played in building a young country as well as the industry titans that emerged to build and control them. We will bring the story all the way up to the present, discussing current freight and passenger train issues and opportunities. All aboard!

History, Collecting, and Staying Relevant in the Digital World Presented by Bob Topp of the Hermitage Bookshop
Tuesday, June 11 at 10:15 a.m. in the MACC Boardroom (lower level of JCC)
RSVP to Suzi Malman at 303.316.6358 or
Cost: Free

The Hermitage Bookshop is a long-standing bookstore offering rare and vintage books, first editions, and Victorian yellow backs. Through and interactive presentation, Bob will dicuss his personal history, Cherry Creek longevity, the value of books, and what makes them collectible. His talk will also include a Q&A session.

Saul Rosenthal: Musical Sing-Along
Tuesday June 18 at 10:15 a.m. in the MACC Boardroom (lower level)
RSVP to Suzi Malman at 303.316.6358 or
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 MACC Boardroom (lower level of JCC)
RSVP to Suzi Malman at 303.316.6358 or
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.

Ongoing Senior Programs


Let's Write
Every Monday, 9:00 a.m. in the Wolf Room (no program May 27, in the JCC Boardroom on June 3)
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 MACC Boardroom (lower level of JCC)
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 and Thursdays: 12:30 p.m. in the Wolf Room (in the JCC Boardroom on June 3 and 6)
Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 12:30 p.m. in the Perlmutter room (in the MACC Boardroom on June 4 and 5)
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, May 28, and June 11 and 25, 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 (in the MACC Boardroom on June 4 and 6)
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 (in the MACC Boardroom on June 4, 6, and 7)
Cost: $2.50 donation


Short Story Literature
Thursdays, May 30, and June 13 and 27, 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   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.