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

Mondays: February 1-22

Would you like to still travel? Now you can without leaving your home – just stay still! Let our JCC colleague James Sokol zoom you away for an “armchair adventure” to NYC to meet and “tour” with our terrific, local guide, a Broadway history expert who shares interesting stories, rarely seen photographs & videos to see Broadway’s past and present merge before their eyes.  Visits include: 

  • Act I: Broadway’s Beginnings (Feb 1) 
  • Act II: The Shuberts & Beyond (Feb 8) 
  • Act III: “Hamilton”: The Real NYC Sites (Feb 15) 
  • Act IV: Hippies, Discos & Dogs, Oh My! (Feb 22) 

Thursdays: February 4-25

The word “Diva” strikes excitement in some, fear in others. Regardless, an opera diva usually has an exceptional voice. Some are legendary; others almost forgotten. Join popular San Francisco Bay Area instructor James Sokol to discover some of these great ladies. Learn about their backgrounds and experience their brilliance through performance videos. Hear the variations among the female vocal ranges – soprano, mezzo, contralto – and bask in the glorious, gorgeous voices & repertoire. Don’t miss this series, terrific for opera newcomers and long-time fans! 

Wednesdays: February 3-24

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! 

Wednesday: February 3

Bring your dessert & coffee or cocktail & nosh and take your front-row seat for a beautiful & interesting, live musical event with insights into each piece of the program!  Pianist Ian Scarfe brings an early Valentine program of classical music and discussion, this time featuring Bay Area violinist Philip Brezina. Today, the duo presents works from their new recorded CD “Violin Romances,” including works by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, and more!  Today’s Program: 

  • Beethoven, Romance in F Major 
  • Tchaikovsky, Melodie for Violin and Orchestra 
  • Sibelius, Romance, Op. 78 
  • Bolcom, The Graceful Ghost
  • Ysaye, Reve d’Enfant 

Friday: February 12

Whether Chinese Chunjie, Vietnamese Tet, Korean Solnal, Tibetan Losar or other, the Lunar New Year festival is celebrated in several Asian countries and communities around the world. On this day before the first new moon of the lunar calendar, join popular San Francisco Bay Area instructor James Sokol to journey through a diverse array of music – Broadway, pop, opera & more! – exploring the theme of the moon along the way. Audio & video clips bring the beauty of music into our discussion!  

 

Sunday: February 14

It’s said that “love is a many-splendored thing!” But so, too, is music, no? Celebrate Valentine’s Day by joining popular San Francisco Bay Area instructor James Sokol to journey through a diverse array of music – Broadway, pop, opera & more! – exploring the theme of love along the way. Audio & video clips bring the beauty of music into our discussion!  

Sunday: February 21

Let JCC trip leader James Sokol whisk you away to The Netherlands to explore – with a terrific, professional local guide – facets of their beloved cheese. Begin off the beaten path at the quaint farm/shop where our guide buys her cheese. Learn about her traditional Dutch breakfast. Follow our guide to for a highlights tour of the town of Gouda and other points of cheesy interest. Finally, head to Amsterdam for a stop at the Rijksmuseum to see how cheese shows up in Dutch art. 

Thursday: February 25

Celebrate Esther and Mordecai’s triumph by joining popular San Francisco Bay Area instructor James Sokol to journey through a diverse array of music – Broadway, pop, opera & more! – exploring the theme of victory & triumph along the way. Audio & video clips bring the joy of music into our discussion!  

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