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.


Active Minds: Tobacco
Tuesday, January 7 at 10:00 a.m. in the Social Hall (lower level)
RSVP not necessary

The global tobacco market exceeds half a trillion dollars annually. If tobacco were a country, it would be roughly the 20th largest economy in the world. Join Active Minds as we tell the story of tobacco, from its roots to its leaves. We will cover the origins of tobacco, the role it has played in history as a plantation crop, and the rise and fall of tobacco in the U.S. As part of that, we’ll discuss how tobacco’s adverse health effects impacted society, consumption and created one of the largest legal settlements in history. We will end with a brief discussion of e-cigarettes and vaping.

Book Review: Resilience by Janice McDermott
Thursday, January 9 at 10:15 a.m. in the Mizel Reception Room (lower level)
RSVP to Suzi Malman at or 303.316.6358

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. Of course, attend even if you have not read the book!

Our Courts: The Workings of the Colorado State Courts
Tuesday, January 14 at 10:15 a.m. in the Mizel Reception Room (lower level)
RSVP to Suzi Malman at or 303.316.6358

How Colorado’s procedures for selecting, disciplining, and evaluating judges keep our state courts fair and impartial. This presentation is available in Spanish.

Improve Your Mental Health, Improve Your Life
Tuesday, January 21 at 10:15 a.m. in the Mizel Reception Room (lower level)
RSVP to Suzi Malman at or 303.316.6358

Life’s stressors can put one at risk for mental health concerns at any age. Learn where and how to access help, decrease stigma, combat isolation, address suicide, and increase socialization. We’ll cover how to identify signs of depression and anxiety, some easy steps to maintain your own mental well-being, and how to be a champion for better mental health in your family and community.

Center for Conscious Aging: Preview of the Jewish Film Festival
Thursday, January 23 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. in the Mizel Reception Room (lower level)
RSVP to Catherine Dockery at 303.903.2368 or Donations accepted.
Cost: Free

Meet the director of the DJFF who will give us a preview of the festival that begins in February. This is an opportunity to learn about the films and themes in this year’s festival. Learn how films are reviewed and selected. The high quality of the film festival and the Jewish themes create a greater sense of community and lift the human experience in a way no other medium does.

Portraits of the Famous and Not So Famous Presented by Glen Cuerden
Tuesday, January 28 at 10:15 a.m. in the JCC Boardroom

Glen Cuerden operated a graphic design and photography firm in Denver for 45 years. He also had 30 one-man photographic exhibitions and is broadly respected for many of his iconic images. This presentation will be accompanied by approximately 85 of his portraits spanning a time period from 1959 through the present.


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
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 
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, January 9 and 23, 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
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 
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.