Senior Adult Programs

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Ongoing Weekly Programs

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Jewish Family Service
also offers outreach services to older Jewish adults living in congregate living settings.  JFS geriatric case management services provide help to older Jewish adults needing assistance in order to continue living in their own homes.  JFS also offers assistance to families who seek information on area assisted living facilities and nursing homes, and provides consultation on end-of-life planning.  

The Jewish Community Center Senior Adult Programs Office provides a variety of social, educational, cultural, and spiritual programs for older adults. Current information about upcoming programs is available at the JCC Welcome Desk and via the Silver Scene monthly e-newsletter. You can always contact Lisa Quay, LMSW, Senior Adult Programs Director at or (512) 735-8086. Door-to-door transportation is available to attend programs at the JCC. Our bus is lift accessible. Please call Julia Sparks, Transportation Coordinator at (512) 735-8024 or email for more information and reservations.

A Matter of Balance 

Many older adults experience fear of falling. People with this fear often limit their activities which actually can result in increased risk of falling. A Matter of Balance emphasizes practical strategies to reduce this fear of falling, increase your activity level, improve your balance and flexibility,familiarize yourself with easy adjustments to reduce fall risks at home, and identify and control your fear of falling. Course consists of 8 2-hour sessions led by trained facilitators following a nationally recognized curriculum. Course offered in collaboration with AGE of Austin. Preregistration is required to attend. For more information, please contact Lisa Quay at (512) 735-8086. Meets in Room 150C. Th I 10 AM-12 PM I 10/12-12/8 (no class 11/24) I Free

A Memoir Writing Class Senior Adults

Have you thought about writing your memoir but didn’t know how to get started. This classwill look at the excitement, hard work, and fun in “remembering…” and then writing yourpersonal memoir, including incorporating photos and other memorabilia. Led by Ruth Fagan-Wilen, classwill focus on the basics of memoir-writing, include brief at-home writing assignments, shared work duringclass, and end with each class member having a strong outline and beginning chapter(s) of your memoirunderway. Class requires access to a computer and printer at home. For more information, contactAnnie Skelton at 512-735-8088 or Meets in Room 239.

T I 10 AM-12 PM I 10/27-12/1 I 4x I $75m/$90nm I SR1347

AARP Smart Driver Course 

AARP offers the nation’s first and largest refresher course designed specificallyfor older drivers. Most participants receive a multi-year insurance discount forcompleting the course (check with your local agent). Not appropriate for ticket dismissal. Call (512) 735-8086 to inquire about the next course.

W l 12:30-4:30 PM 9/2  $15 AARP members/ $20 non-members
W l 9 AM-1 PM l 12/2 

Ah Bissel Yiddish?

Adults Looking for a place to speak or hear the mameloshn? Join us twice a month at our Senior Adult Yiddish gathering. One date each month we will watch movies or programs, or listen to music, in Yiddish. The alternate meeting will be more guided discussion on topics such as humor, poetry, history and more. Dates and times vary from month to month. Please call for the complete schedule of dates and programs. Meets in JCC Community Hall.

T I 8/25 I 1:30-3:30 PM I 1x I free
F I 10/9 I 11 AM-1 PM I 1x I free
W I 11/11 I 11 AM-1 PM I 1x I free
W I 12/23 I 11 AM-1 PM I 1x I free

Armchair Astronomy Lecture Series

Retired astronomer Ken Van Lew provides a multi-media lecture experience with large projection images and lots of time for discussion about celestial discoveries and occurrences. Come be amazed at the wonders of the universe. Topics change for each lecture.  For more information, contact Annie Skelton at 512-735-8088 or Meets in Room 150D. $3 donation is collected at the door to help defray cost of this program.

T I 10-11 AM I Dates Vary I $3 donation

Bridging the Gap: Intergenerational Art Program  

This program joins senior adults who are passionate about art and looking for a creative outlet together with Austin Jewish Academy fifth graders for a journey of intergenerational creative expression. Participants meet monthly for 90 minutes during the school year. Program culminates in a community Art Show in May.Instructor is Art Specialist Susan Slomowitz, a recent recipient of the Grinspoon Steinhardt Award for Excellence in Jewish Education. . Meets in AJA. Wed l 9:45-11:15 AM I October-May l ongoing I $20m/$25nm I SR4150

Broadway "Jew"-sicals Lecture Series                               

Join Austin Jewish Repertory Theater Artistic Director Adam Roberts for a fun-filled journey through Broadway musicals that feature Jewish themes. Class will dive into Bock and Harnick's Fiddler on the Roof, Jerry Herman's Milk and Honey, Stephen Schwartz's Rags, Flaherty and Ahrean's Ragtime, and a few surprises along the way. Whether you're Jewish or not, this unique 'tour' of Broadway musicals is not to be missed!  For more information, contact Annie Skelton at 512-735-8088 or Meets in Room 150D. $3 donation is collected at the door to help defray the cost of this class.

Tues I 12-1:15 PM I 8/30, 9/20, 11/15, and 12/13 I $3 donation

From Midrash to Make-Believe: A Fables & Fairy Tales Creative Writing Class Senior Adults

Led by Austin Jewish Repertory Theater Artistic Director Adam Roberts and inspired by AJRTand Trinity Street Players’ fall production of Into The Woods, this class will explore both religious andsecular source material as we create our own cautionary tales. For more information, contact AnnieSkelton at 512-735-8088 or Meets in Room 150C.Th I 12-1:15 PM I 10/1-11/19 I 7x I $35m/$45nm I JE412


M & W I 1-3:30 PM I ongoing I 2x week I Free

Intergenerational Pen Pal Project 

Be a part of this rewarding opportunity and make new friends. Senior adults are paired with studentsfrom the Austin Jewish Academy’s fourth grade class. Throughout the school year, letters are exchangedand you will have an opportunity to share a monthly lunch with your pen pal. The program culminates infinal projects by the students about their pen pals’ life experiences. Help bring history alive for thesestudents by sharing your life stories. Program runs from October through May. Optional Kosher lunch isavailable for $4 monthly . Specifically seeking pen pal volunteers who are bilingual English/Hebrew . For more information, contact Annie Skelton at (512) 735-8088 or  Meets in Room 150D. Th I 12-1 PM I 8x

Joint Connections: Thriving with Arthritis                                        

Joint Connections is a JCC program in collaboration with the Arthritis Foundation. Meetings are held monthly for a health talk and discussion, for those with or curious about living well with arthritis. Professionally facilitated, there is time for sharing concerns and support within the group as well.  For more information, contact Lisa Quay at 512-735-8086 or Meets in Room 150C. T I 10-11 AM I 9/6, 10/11, 11/1, and 12/6 I Free

Living With Low Vision                             

Vision changes present unique challenges for gathering information and building knowledge about the best course of action. This monthly gathering features guest speakers on topics related to vision loss, available services and assistive devices, research and treatment and more. Meetings also include time for discussion, strategies for tackling challenges, and talking with friends and family about vision loss.  For more information, contact Lisa Quay at 512-735-8086 or Meets in Room 150C. M I 1:30-3 PM I 9/12, 10/10, 11/14, and 12/12 I Free

Mah Jongg Tutorial Classes for Adults                                

Are you interested in learning to play Mah Jongg, or are you a rusty player looking for a slow-paced table to relearn the game and regain your skills? Lisa Quay leads a mah jongg tutorial class that's perfect for you! She has all materials you will need to get started. For more information, contact Lisa Quay at 512-735-8086 or Meets in Room 150D. Tutorials occur as part of Game Time Lounge program. W I 1-3:30 PM I Ongoing I Weekly I Free

Movin' and Groovin': Energizing Music and Rhythm                                   

This class will focus on the physicalization of rhythm, teaching participants to "feel the beat"--literally! Singers and instrumentalists of all levels will enjoy learning a variety of grooves and poly-rhythms from a range of eras and styles of music, all in a fun and laid-back atmosphere. No experience necessary! Instructor is Adam Roberts. For more information, contact Annie Skelton at 512-735-8088 or Meets in Room 150D.

Th I 3:45-4:30 PM I 9/1-11/17 I 12x I $60m/$75nm/$50 members of Dell’s Angels Choir

Musical Scholars Lecture Series: Boost Your Musical IQ

Music Educator Martha Buchanan will take you on a tour through music history, from ancientGreece to contemporary sounds, to deepen your understanding, appreciation and enjoymentof music. Each month will focus on major periods of music history, their characteristics, composers,instruments, innovations and context. Lectures may include multimedia presentations, recordings,and occasional live performances. $3 donation requested at the door to cover cost of lecture, performers andrefreshments. For more information, contact Lisa Quay at (512) 735-8086 or Meets in Room 150D. 8/23, 9/27, 10/11, 11/22, 12/20 I 12–1:15 PM I Ongoing

Powerful Tools for Caregivers Class                                    

This free series of 6 classes is designed to empower family caregivers of older adults to take better care of themselves. The evidence-based curriculum of PTC was developed by Dr. Kate Lorig and her colleagues at Stanford University and has benefited more than 80,000 caregivers nationwide. Participants will learn to reduce personal stress, express their needs, learn from emotions, communication strategies, and more. Class is in collaboration with AGE of Austin and made possible thanks to financial support from the St. David's Foundation.  For more information, contact Lisa Quay at 512-735-8086 or Sign up to be contacted for next session.

Simcha Readers' Theater Fall Workshop                                           

Have you wanted to try acting but feel anxious about memorizing a script, or want to be educated and involved in producing live theater?  Then Simcha Readers' Theater is the place for you! Many actors in our group are seasoned performers, but some are not. We welcome you to put on the mask of comedy and tragedy with this non-memorizing, low pressure and nurturing group of thespians. Rehearse weekly and perform gratis readers' theater for children and adults in the community. Add a little drama to your life! Class led by Sue Bilich and Dianne Dorman.  For more information, contact Annie Skelton at 512-735-8088 or Meets in Room 150D.  

T I 1:30-3:30 PM I 11/1-12/20 I 8x I $50m/$60nm

The Art of Storytelling                               

Learn the art of dramatic storytelling in this 4-week program. Whether childhood stories, tales from your grandparents, fictional imaginations, folktales or tall tales...learn how to organize and tell a story verbally and in writing. Guest artist storytellers will share their craft and wisdom as part of class.  For more information, contact Annie Skelton at 512-735-8088 or Meets in Room 150D.

T I 1:30-3:30 PM I 9/6 - 9/27 I 4x I $30m/$40nm

The “Not Dead Yet” Poets’ Society: A JCC Poetry Reading Group

Do you write poetry? Are you looking for a setting to read, critique and discuss poetry? Come be part of our new monthly social gathering of poets at the JCC. Be each other’s listening audience. Take this opportunity to author new works for discussion and refinement. As we meet, we will consider whether these monthly sessions will culminate in a public reading, a published book, or something else entirely (that’s up to you!). Participants are asked to commit to attend monthly, and this is not intended for novices or those looking for instruction on ‘how to’ write poetry. Members are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch, beverages will be provided. Meets in Room 150D. F I 11:30 AM-1 PM I 9/9, 10/7, 11/11, and 12/9 I Free


Ongoing Weekly Programs

Most of these programs are free of cost with a suggested donation for refreshments and materials.  Join us for the wonderful activities below!

Cafe Au Lit: A Monthly Discussion of your latest and Favorite Reads

It’s a new kind of Book Club! Unlike conventional book clubs where books are assigned, CaféAu Lit is a monthly discussion group of senior adults who will each be given 5-10 minutes to discussa book they have read or are reading now, and critique it. Books can be any type: fiction, non-fiction, historical, biography, travel, sci-fi, cooking, mystery, romance, how-to, etc. All can participate and learnabout books they might later want to read on their own. Modeled on the successful book club at the AustinPublic Library, North Village Branch, Café Au Lit at the JCC will be facilitated by Stan and Elly Field. You are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch with you; group will meet around tables. For more information, contact Annie Skelton at 512-735-8088 or Meets in Room 150D I 11:30 AM-1 PM I 9/25-12/18 I 1x/month I free

Dell's Angels Choir

The Dell's Angels Choir is an adult vocal performance opportunity. Rehearsals are weekly and performances occur approximately once a month at various locations such as retirement communities, hospitals, nursing homes and community events. Participation in the Choir is open to all singers with a basic understanding of reading music. Dell's Angels Chamber Singers, a subgroup of the choir, have additional rehearsals and performance opportunities. Participation in this group requires an audition and the ability to read music well, and to commit to additional rehearsal time. Chamber Singers attend the full Choir rehearsals and stay for an additional hour of practice weekly. Dell's Angels are under the direction of Adam Roberts.  For more information, contact Lisa Quay at 512-735-8086 or Meets in Room 150D. Th I 1:30-2:30 PM Choir; 2:30-3:30 PM Chamber Only I Ongoing I 1x per week I Free

Doc Talks                                         

Throughout the year, physicians from Well Med come to the JCC for lunchtime "Doc Talks" on health issues for adults, with time for questions. Topics vary.  For more information, contact Annie Skelton at 512-735-8088 or W I 11:30 AM-12:30 PM I ongoing I 8x per year I Free

Eclectic Sounds: Music Lover's Concert Series

Come enjoy free concerts from various local, national and international artists. Performances held in the JCC Community Hall. Stay after the concert for dessert reception with artists. Donations appreciated to cover cost of refreshments. Concerts are once a month at various times.

Flex Your Brain Thursdays 10-11 AM Ongoing 

Everyone needs to exercise their brain! This class incorporates the latest research on keeping your brain strong and flexible in a fun format of individual and group games and challenges intended to excite many areas of your brain.

Knowing Neuropathy

These monthly meetings are both a learning opportunity (guest speakers each month)and a chance to build community and get support from others. ‘Knowing Neuropathy’ is acollaboration of the Senior Adult Program and Hands, Feet & Heart, Texas Chapter of the nationalNeuropathy Association. Meets the 4th Monday of each month except December, July and August.For more information, contact Lisa Quay, LMSW, MPA at (512) 735-8086 or Meets in Room 150C. M I 1:30-2:30 PM I Ongoing I 9x

Mitzvah Knitters  Fridays 10-11 AM Ongoing

Give back to our community by volunteering your time and talent at the J!  If you knit or crochet, or want to learn how, we have a weekly teacher attend to help you along the way. Projects vary each season and blankets, stuffed animals, hats and scarves are given to those who are less fortunate.  

News & Schmooze  M 10 - 11 AM Ongoing

Start the week off right by discussing current events in an enjoyable faclitated discussion on local, national and international headlines. Donations requested to cover cost of refreshments. 

PACE – People with Arthritis Can Exercise (Mondays/Thursdays 11 AM-1 PM):

Participants in this seated exercise class will go through a series of gently movements and activities designed to increase mobility and range of motion, keep joints flexible, maintain muscle strength, and increase stamina. A delicious, healthy lunch and facilitated discussion follows the exercise session. Pre-registration is required at the JCC Welcome Desk; call (512) 735-8000.  $6 per class for JCC members; $7 for non-members. Sessions pre-rated for 4 weeks at a time.  M & Th I 11 AM -1 PM I Ongoing; New session begins every 4 weeks.

Senior Lounge  (Mondays & Wednesdays 1-3:30 PM):

From Mah Jong to Poker, Bridge, Canasta and other games - the Silver Lounge has it all! Players gather weekly for an afternoon of game playing and conversation. Novices are welcome, as well as players with 'rusty' skills for tutorial play on Wednesdays. This is a wonderful opportunity to find out who else loves to play your favorite games and make some new friends. Light refreshments served, donations requested towards cost of food. Meets in Community Hall 150D. M & W 1 - 3:30 PM ongoing.

Ongoing Monthly Programs

Holiday Celebrations

Come enjoy festive Jewish holidays and secular celebrations at the JCC. These special clergy-led holiday programs include kosher lunch. All holiday events occur in the JCC Community Hall. For more information on upcoming holiday celebrations, contact Lisa Quay at (512) 735-8086 or

Music, Shabbat & Birthdays

Join us as we celebrate Shabbat, Birthdays, Music and Kesher Kehilah (community togetherness). Every second Friday of the month. $5 suggested donation towards lunch provided by CAA Kosher catering. Dates are subject to change, please check monthly calendar.  Walk ins welcome, preferred RSVP to or (512) 735-8086.

Lecture Series

Join us once a month for various lectures and talks. Topics range from health, religion, art, science and more.  $2 requested donation to cover cost of speaker and refreshments. Meets in JCC Main Community Hall Stage. Please see seniors calendar to check on date and times.

Matinee Movie Series

Join us the 2nd Wednesday of each month for various movie screenings. Interactive discussions will follow each screening.  Popcorn and beverages provided. Donations requested towards refreshments. Please see seniors calendar to check on date, times and upcoming film selection. 10:30 AM-12:30 PM.

Road Scholars

Join us for bus trips as we explore all that Austin and Central Texas have to offer! Destinations include inner and outer city galleries, museums and lectures, shows and concerts, restaurants, cultural events, movies and more. Reservations are required to ensure room on the bus and cost varies depending on event.

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