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.

Please note: JFS at the JCC will be closed December 25 for Christmas, and closed January 1 and 21. 

Piano Concert by Lydia Yu from DU Lamont School of Music
 Thursday, December 6 at 10:15 a.m. in the Perlmutter Room
Cost: Free
RSVP: Suzi Malman 303.316.6358, 

Lydia is currently a sophomore at Lamont School of Music. She has been playing the piano professionally for 13 years. She has held two recitals and won several competitions. In addition to her solo work, she collaborates frequently with string players for ensembles and accompaniments. This performance will include pieces by: J.S. Bach: “Toccata in E minor BWV 914,” F. Liszt: “Sonetto 104 del Petrarca,” and S. Barber: “Piano Sonata in E flat minor, Op. 26.” 

Denver’s Richthofen Castle presented by Othniel Seiden
Tuesday, December 11 at 10:15 a.m. in the MACC Boardroom

RSVP to Suzi Malman at 303.316.6358 or
Cost: Free

Yes, the Richthofen Castle is indeed haunted; according to the book Denver’s Richthofen Castle by O.J. Seiden. Ottie Seiden was a previous resident of the castle. He and his family experienced many unexplainable events in that house.He will share stories of the friendly spirits in the old castle.

A History of Jews in Denver Presented by Phil Goldstein
Tuesday, December 18 at 10:15 a.m. in the MACC Boardroom (lower level of JCC)

Cost: Free
RSVP: Suzi Malman 303.316.6358,

Since 1859, amidst the Pikes Peak Gold Rush, Jews have been part and parcel of the Mile High City. Phil Goldstein will discuss how Denver Jews have interacted with the larger community, their achievements, failures, hopes, and omission. This talk integrates Jewish developments with the history of Denver as a whole.

Active Minds: Italy
Tuesday, January 8 at 10:00 a.m. in the Social Hall

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

After a contentious election in March 2018 that included rumblings about possibly leaving the European Union, Italy has formed a fragile government under the leadership of Giuseppi Conte. Join Active Minds as we review the rich history of Italy and its current turmoil. We’ll visit Italy’s roots in Holy Roman Empire, its rich artistic and scientific contributions of the Renaissance, its role during and after World War II, and its economic and political struggles over the past decade.

The World of CBD: The Non-Intoxicating Compound Called Cannabidiol
Presented by Marcello Cabus of Promesa

Tuesday, January 15 at 10:15 a.m. in the MACC Boardroom
RSVP: Suzi Malman 303.316.6358,

Promesa, a small Colorado family-owned company, is dedicated to educating people on the healing benefits of CBD-infused products. It provides its customers with the best natural hemp-infused products, such as creams, tinctures, salves, and CBD-infused coffee. We know how confusing it can be to people considering using CBD products, so we have arranged to have representatives from Promesa present to answer all questions. They will provide you with current information on the best use of CBD products and have coffee samples and literature available. Promesa buys hemp directly from local farmers, so its products are consistent and of the highest quality. The coffee is locally air roasted twice a month; therefore, freshness is guaranteed.

Gun Violence Prevention Presented by Harold Koch
Tuesday, January 22 at 10:15 a.m. in the MACC Boardroom

Cost: Free
RSVP: Suzi Malman 303.316.6358,

Is there an unlocked or loaded gun in your house? It’s a simple question, but it has the power to save a child’s life. The fact is, too many parents and grandparents have loaded guns in the house and claim their child/grandchild does not know where a gun is in the home. However, three out of four children do know. Harold Koch, Ph.D., will share answers to pertinent questions about gun safety.

Ongoing Senior Programs


Let's Write
Every Monday, 9:00 a.m. in the Wolf Room
(Not meeting January 1)
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 (through December)
In January: Mondays and Thursdays in the Wolf Room, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 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, December 11 and January 8 and 22, 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 (No Poker December 25 or January 1)
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 January 1)
Cost: $2.50 donation


Short Story Literature
Thursdays, December 13 and 27, and January 10 and 24, 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

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.