Seniors

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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

Mondays, June 7-28

Capital of the province of Campania and third-largest city in Italy, Napoli (re: Naples) has been overlooked by many visitors for years.  Some thought it was dangerous, others heard it was uninteresting. Today, it is neither.  Naples is a vibrant city, steeped in history and traditions.  Let trip leader James Sokol zoom you to meet our fantastic, professional, local guide to go on four “trips” to uncover and discover the treasures of this neglected southern Italian gem!

 

Wednesday, June 16

Swing and sway with jazz singer & storyteller Gilda Solve as she revisits ]favorite Italian songs made famous by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and others, from “That’s Amore” to other melodies such as “Vieni Sul Mar” beloved here, there and everywhere.  Ci vediamo presto (“see you soon”).

Monday, June 21

Celebrate the official arrival of summer and the longest day of the year (in the northern hemisphere) with popular San Francisco Bay Area instructor James Sokol who leads a journey through diverse genres of music – Broadway, pop, classical & more! – exploring the theme of the season along the way.  Come for the music; stay for the fun!

Thursday, June 24

Opened in 1737, Naples’ Teatro di San Carlo is the oldest continuously active venue for opera in the world. Join popular San Francisco Bay Area instructor James Sokol to learn interesting tidbits about this notable theater and about some of the masterpieces that premiered there. Experience some of these gorgeous operas with video performance clips, which bring the beauty of this soaring art form into the discussion. A great class for the opera newcomer and the longtime fan!

Thursday, July 1

With Independent Day’s festivities right around the corner, join popular San Francisco Bay Area instructor James Sokol for a fun and interesting journey through diverse genres of music – Broadway, pop, country & more! – exploring the theme of the USA along the way.  Come for the music; stay for the fun!

Mondays,  July 5-26

A new series by popular demand!  Join our adored, dynamic, professional guide – a “walking encyclopedia of Broadway!” – who shares interesting stories and rarely seen photographs to make Broadway’s past & present merge before your eyes. Attendance on our first set of trips not required.

Wednesday, July 7

Continue July 4th festivities by joining pianist & historian Ian Scarfe for a live, classical piano concert celebrating American classics; music by George Gershwin, Samuel Barber, Florence Price, and William Grant Still.  After the program, join the artist for some live Q&A!

Thursday, July 15

The United States has been the setting of operas by native and foreign composers alike. Celebrate our country by joining popular instructor James Sokol for a journey through some of the masterpieces set in locations from Boston to California, from New York to New Orleans. Video performance clips bring the beauty of this soaring art form into the discussion.  Come for the music; stay for the fun!

Wednesday,  July 21

Known in the decade before World War I as “the man who owned Broadway,” George M. Cohan is considered “the father of American musical comedy.” He was involved in it all; from vaudeville and minstrel shows to the Broadway musical. Join cabaret singer Gilda Solve for an all-out American tribute by revisiting this historic, patriotic time through the great music of “George M.”

Thursday, July 22

Prepare for International Friendship Day (July 30) and Friendship Day (Aug 1) with a journey through delightful songs from an array of shows from “The Great White Way!” Join James Sokol to learn interesting tidbits about the shows and to experience songs that celebrate friends & friendship!

Thursday, July 29

Prepare for International or National Friendship Day (July 30 or Aug 1) with popular instructor James Sokol and his guided journey through a diverse array of songs – classical, folk, pop & more – and interesting tidbits, all of which celebrate friends & friendship! 

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

Senior Adult Program Director
Senior Coordinator
Senior Outreach Coordinator