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

Wednesday, April 7

Take a front-row seat at your computer to join pianist Ian Scarfe for a unique, live, classical piano recital.  This month, Scarfe’s program and discussion whisks you away to Paris to experience the sensuous atmosphere of the early 20th-century Impressionist composers who lived in “The City of Light.” Scarfe will perform an exotic program featuring lyrical & colorful works by Debussy, Satie, Chopin, and more!

Thursday, April 8

Although in the early 1950s Israel’s parliament passed a resolution establishing Yom HaShoah, this “Holocaust & Heroism Remembrance Day” has become a day commemorated by Jewish communities and individuals worldwide.  Join popular San Francisco Bay Area instructor James Sokol to journey through an array of music – Broadway, pop, opera & more! – exploring the theme of remembrance along the way.

 

Sundays, April 11 and 18

For this special double-header, let James Sokol zoom you to meet a local guide who specializes in the Jewish history of Argentina. Part-1 focuses on the immigration & history of the Jews in Argentina between the 16th-century and WWII. Learn about the inquisition in Latin America, Jewish gauchos (re: cowboys) and a pogrom in Buenos Aires.  Part-2 looks at the country during WWII through today, including the Nazis & Eichmann, terror attacks, the political & economic crisis, emigration waves, antisemitism and Jewish life & culture today.

 

Thursday, April 15

After paying taxes, join popular San Francisco Bay Area instructor James Sokol for a fun and interesting journey through diverse genres of music – Broadway, pop, opera & more! – exploring the theme of money along the way.  Come for the music; stay for the fun!

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