Programs: JFS at the JCC Older Adult Events

Programs: JFS at the JCC Older Adult Events

Jewish Family Service, the Staenberg–Loup Jewish Community Center (JCC Denver), JEWISHcolorado, Volunteers of America, Shalom Park, and Kavod Senior Life teamed up to provide social, recreational, educational, and health programming to older adults. The programs all take place at JCC Denver, 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: JFS at the JCC will be CLOSED November 28 and 29 for Thanksgiving and December 25 for Christmas.

Cut the Craft Sip and Paint
Saturday, November 23 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m in Room 207
RSVP to Shana Jacobs at 303.316.6445 or at
Cost: $35.00

Join us for an afternoon of fun learning to paint. Amy Berlin will teach you how to paint a masterpiece while sipping wine with your friends.

Active Minds: Japan
Tuesday, December 3 at 10:00 a.m. in the Social Hall (lower level)
RSVP not necessary

From imperialist empire to economic power, Japan has a complicated and fascinating history. Join Active Minds as we trace the evolution of the modern Japanese state from its ancient roots to the present. We will cover the impact of Japan’s involvement in World War II as well as their economic recession in the 1990’s.

Film: Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George’s Creators
Tuesday, December 10 at 10:00 a.m. in the JCC Boardroom
RSVP to Suzi Malman at or 303.316.6358

Using animation, archival materials, and interviews, this film explores the extraordinary lives of the Reys, who were as curious as George himself. The Reys were a husband and wife team, German Jews, global refugees, and immigrants to America. On makeshift bicycles carrying the original Curious George manuscript, they rode across Nazi occupied Europe in search of freedom.

Kavod on the Road: Mile High Bee Club
Tuesday, December 17 at 10:15 a.m. in the Mizel Room (lower level)
RSVP to Suzi Malman at or 303.316.6358

All bees are not in the best health. Dan Braun, a backyard beekeeper in central Denver, will explore population declines, mortality rates and the status of bees in the U.S. and in the world. Learn what drives poor bee health, the concerns and possible consequences of status quo and what can be done to improve the situation.

Center for Conscious Aging: Correcting Posture
Thursday, December 19 at 1:00 p.m. in the Mizel Room (lower level)
RSVP to Catherine Dockery at 303.903.2368 or Donations accepted.

As a part of the series on preventing and relieving chronic pain, Kevin White, owner of Full Circle Fitness, will present on the benefits of correcting your posture. Kevin specializes in working with older adults on pain relief fitness and proper body mechanics training.

Shoah Interview of Stephen Metzler, Part 2
Tuesday, December 31 at 10:00 a.m. in the JCC Boardroom
RSVP to Suzi Malman at or 303.316.6358
Cost: Free

Holocaust survivor Steve Metzler has graciously offered to share his interview with the Shoah Foundation, created by Steven Spielberg. Founded in 1994, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education is a nonprofit organization established to record testimonies in video format of survivors and other witnesses of the Shoah.
Prepare for this upcoming January program by reading the book Resilient by Janice McDermott:

Book Review
Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 10:15 a.m. in the Mizel Room (lower level)

Leaving her tattered faith on the convent doorstep, Sister Janice grabs her suitcase of unusable clothes and steps into her sister’s car—and into her new life. It’s the beginning of her jaunt through “the rest of her life.” Navigating the totally foreign world that is now her life, Janice experiences the challenges, and the joys, of all that world offers—numerous ill-fitting jobs, world travel, raising a family, and so many other completely unexpected life events. Continuing the journey started in Janice’s successful memoir, What Would Your Father Say?, her new memoir, Resilient, leads readers on a highly personal trek toward a life of normalcy and self-esteem. And the many surprises life threw her way that even Janice could have never imagined.

Ongoing Senior Programs


Let's Write
Every Monday, 9:00 a.m. in the Wolf Room 
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.

Gentle Yoga
Every Monday, 10:15 a.m. in the Mizel Reception Room (lower level of JCC Denver)  Contact: Lil at 303.316.6359             
Cost: Free

Gentle yoga class integrates tai chi and other Asian practices for breathing, stretching, balance, and general well-being. This is an opportunity to try an adaptable fitness activity for beginner to mid-level, with the option of using a chair. The teacher, former college professor Mary Hart, has an advanced certification as a yoga instructor. Mary’s experience focuses on a non-competitive environment—doing what feels good while pretending no one’s watching! If you own a yoga mat, please bring it with you. Wear loose clothing. Meet the instructor in the main lobby of the JCC.


Mondays and Thursdays: 12:30 p.m. in the Wolf Room (no Mahjong Nov. 28 or Dec. 25)
Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 12:30 p.m. in the Perlmutter room  
Cost: Free
Contact: Lil at 303.316.6359

We are looking for more people to play Maj regularly at JCC Denver. 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, 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 Nov. 28)
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 VOA Lunch Nov. 28 or 29 or Dec. 25)
Cost: $2.50 donation


Short Story Literature
Thursdays, December 12 and 26, 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 (no Poker Nov. 28)
Cost: Free
Contact: Lil at 303.316.6359

Join us at JCC Denver for an afternoon game 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!


Current Events
Every Friday, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. in the Boardroom  (Not meeting Nov. 29)
Cost: Free
Contact: Lil at 303.316.6359

This participant-led group offers the opportunity to kibbutz with friends and make new friends. Discuss current situations that are taking place locally, nationally and worldwide. A guest speaker is often invited and we offer the opportunity for participants to choose a topic and lead the discussion. We encourage you to join this stimulating, lively and interesting group.