Seniors

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Please look out for emails from your senior staff about wellness classes and important announcements. You are invited to join J Dallas Seniors on Facebook to easily access wellness and fun daily posts from our senior department.

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The Senior Adult Department at the J promotes Jewish cultural heritage and values by providing social, cultural, educational and recreational programs.

Programming is offered Monday – Friday, from 9 am until 3 pm, and includes line dancing, lectures, specialty chair classes, Body Balance, Jewish education and study, Jewish history, card games, arts and crafts, wellness and nutrition education, ceramics, painting, choir, day trips, out of city trips, social club, and volunteer opportunities. Hot coffee is always available in the lounge, and hot lunches are available for purchase!

The J invites everyone ages 65+ to become a Social J member for just $44 a year (regardless of religious affiliation).

Senior Fitness

GET FIT AND HAVE FUN

We have many fitness options available at the J for active aging adults. From group fitness classes to national programs, you are sure to find something you love.

Social activities & Clubs

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays | 9:15 – 10:20 am

Get on the move with our total body low impact group exercise class. This class is especially designed for active aging adults that are looking to improve cardiovascular fitness, make a few strength gains, and fine tune your balance.

Mondays | 11:15 am – 12 pm

Stretching and strengthening the body and spine from your chair. Includes healing benefits connecting through breath.

Tuesdays | 1 pm

A unique, fun, and gentle process of maintaining and restoring balance, utilizing no impact, cardio, and strength training.

Tuesdays | 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Thursdays | 1 – 2 pm

For those battling cancer, stroke, MS, Parkinson’s, or those who just want to restore the body.
Location: Mind Body Studio

Mondays | 1:15 pm

One of the most popular performance styles because it is flexible, creative, and doesn’t require actors to memorize lines. Participants will learn to develop characters, explore vocal techniques, learn to read more expressively, blocking and bring a show to performance. If you enjoy acting, comedy, drama, and laughter join this class.

Mondays | 9:30 am

Our JCC Sewing and Knitting Club volunteer group of special women who give their time and energy stuffing dolls and sewing them up for young children who have cancer; these dolls go to Parkland Hospital. For newborn babies, volunteers knit baby caps and booties. Volunteers are welcome. We accept donations of fabrics, stuffing and yarn.

Guest Speaker – Each week we have guest speakers, often local Jewish educators, for a presentation and interactive discussion.

Wednesdays | 1 – 2 pm

Director Sharon Balaban leads this group of people who love to sing and perform. The chorus performs at the J and local retirement communities, and welcomes new voices! No memorization required. Contact the Senior Department at 214-239-7115 for further details.

Thursdays | 1 pm

Join us to learn some fun line dances or just come for the great exercise. You never need a partner, Plus you get the health benefits of working out with realizing you are actually exercising. Dancing has been found to be the only regular physical activity associated with a significant drop in the incidence of dementia. Other Studies have shown Line Dancing in particular to be a great help in areas of memory, balance, cardiovascular, and vertigo.

Mondays (Judith) | 1 pm
Second and last Wednesdays (Chinook) | 10 am

Often described as meditation in motion, tai chi promotes serenity through gentle, flowing movements.

First, Third, and Fourth Thursday | 9:30 am

Chair Pilates promotes mobility and flexibility in the body. The exercises focus on spinal articulation, stretch, and strength.

Third Tuesday | 11 am

Gently use and move all joints, muscles and connective tissue during the class.

First Wednesday | 10:30 am

Strengthens your core and assists with coordination.

Thursdays | 10 am – 12 pm

Nancy Johnson teaches technique and a variety of medium. You don’t need any prior experience to join the fun and creativity!

  • Reduce stress
  • Try a new hobby and stimulate your brain
  • Make new friends

Please RSVP and we’ll save you an easel.

For more information on activities and clubs, please contact Sharon Cane at 214-239-7183 or scane@jccdallas.org.

EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER 30th

Due to winter weather, the Senior Meal Program will be shortening the pick-up window. We will now be distributing meals on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays only from 12 – 12:45 pm. It is essential that you call to reserve your meals, no later than 11:00 am because meals are now pre-packed.  To reserve, please call 214-239-7183.

Kosher Lunch

We serve about 18,000 meals to seniors in our congregate meal program per year.

  • Hot kosher lunches are available every weekday at 12 noon.
  • For everyone age 60 or better for a suggested donation.

All food is prepared by our chef and is supervised by Dallas Kosher. Lunches are supported in part by the Dallas Area Agency on Aging, the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services, and the Jewish Community Center of Dallas. These meals are also made possible with generosity from the following foundations: Bank of America, Carrie S. Orleans, Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas, Hillcrest, Leo & Rhea Fay Fruhman, W.P & Bulah Luse.

This program serves everyone without discrimination regarding race, creed, color, sex, age, ancestry, national origin, religion, or handicap. JCC membership is not required. We welcome people with economic needs, disabilities, or limited English proficiency.

Upcoming Events

Join popular San Francisco Bay Area opera instructor (and JCC colleague) James Sokol for delightful musical journeys celebrating the careers & talents of Jewish artists whose work has graced many operatic stages; true operatic treasures! Audio & video clips bring the beauty and excitement of opera into the discussion. Whether Jewish or not, this is a wonderful series for the opera newcomer & the long-time fan!

Jewish Composers (Dec 3)

Catan, Gershwin, Halevy, Mendelssohn, Meyerbeer, Previn, Rubenstein, Schoenberg, Weill. Some names are quickly recognized; others totally unknown. Each is a gifted composer whose career & operatic repertoire merits discovery.

Jewish Singers – Part I (Dec 10)

Jump back to the early & mid-20th century, a period that many call “The Golden Age of Opera Singers.” (Re-)Discover some of the singers and voices that would define the era. Learn about life & career highlights and enjoy hearing their vocal artistry.

Jewish Singers – Part II (Dec 17)

Pick up where we left off (at the end of Part-I) in the mid-20th century and continue our operatic journey to celebrate those of the past as well as those still singing today.

Wed, Dec 2-30 from 5:00 -6:00 pm (CT) on Zoom

B.Y.O.C. and let’s make the holiday season more festive! Stir, shake, pour your preferred cocktail, wine or other libation and join popular San Francisco Bay Area Opera Instructor James Sokol for a happy hour of beautiful music, interesting tidbits, and lively banter; maybe a behind-the-scenes story or two thrown in for good measure! Who knows, we might even have special guests drop in for a “toast.” Video performance clips bring the magic of opera into our festivities. Come for the music; stay for the fun!

Lagniappe: Want some cocktail inspirations? For ideas & recipes, read Town & Country‘s “21 Classic Drinks to Order at the Bar,” click here.

Sunday, December 13, 2020, on Zoom

Whether celebrating “the Festival of Lights” or not, come and join James Sokol to journey through an array of music – Broadway, pop, opera & more! – exploring the theme of “light” along the way.

Senior Spotlight

SHARING THE PAST, CREATING THE FUTURE

Check the J’s monthly Spotlight Newsletter for latest senior activities, events, and updates.

Mildred Potash 85 Alive Grant

If you are 85 or older we want to make you aware of a special gift made possible by the Mildred Potash Eighty-Five Alive JCC Seniors’ Endowment Fund of the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation.

In celebration of your age, this fund has 20 grants available in the amount of $100 to be used to discount the cost of a JCC Membership. These grants are available on a first-come, first-served yearly basis.

Meet Our Team

  • All Trainer
  • Seniors
Senior Adult Program Director
Senior Coordinator
Senior Outreach Coordinator