Adult Enrichment Programs & Classes
Fall 2017

The Jewish Community Center Adult Programs Office provides a variety of social, educational, cultural, and spiritual programs for adults. Current information about upcoming programs is available at the JCC Welcome Desk and via monthly e-newsletter. Door-to-door transportation is available to assist senior adults 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. 

For more information on any of the below calsses, contact Annie Skelton at 512-735-8088 or

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Bridging The Gap: Intergenerational Art Program

This program joins adults who are passionate about art and looking for a creative outlet together with Austin Jewish Academy 5th graders for a journey of intergenerational creative expression. Participants meet one Wednesday of the month for a 90 minute class during the school year. Program culminates in a community art show in May. Instructor is Art Specialist Susan Slomowitz.  Meets in the Congregation Agudas Achim Multipurpose Room.

W | 9:45 – 11:15 am | 9/20-5/20 | $20 members/ $25 nonmembers  

Mitzvah Knitters 

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. Materials are provided. Meets in the JCC Room 150D. 

F I 10-11 AM I 10/11 I Ongoing 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. Meets in the JCC 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

Music Scholars Lecture Series

Music Educator Martha Buchanan will take you on a tour through music history, from the 1700's to contemporary sounds, to deepen your understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of 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 and refreshments. Meets in JCC Room 150C.

T I 12–1:15 PM I Ongoing I 1x month I Free

The Art of Making Art: How Musicals Are Made                                             Adults

As Stephen Sondheim famously writes in his musical Sunday In the Part with George, "The art of making art is putting it together." In this six-session lecture series led by Austin Jewish Repertory Theater Artistic Director Adam Roberts, we'll follow the journey a musical takes from idea to opening night and beyond.

#1. It's a Musical: When Inspiration Strikes
#2. Matchmaker, Matchmaker: Collaborators and Collaboration
#3. Bit By Bit:  Putting Pen to Paper
#4. There's No Business Like Show Business: Producing the Musical
#5. Every Little Step: Casting and Rehearsing the Musical
#6. They're Playing Our Song: Opening Night and Onward

Meets in 150D.  Varies Ongoing I 6x I Requested Donation of $3


Game Time Lounge

Players gather twice a week for an afternoon of game playing at the J. Games include bridge, mah jongg, dominoes, pinochle and more. Please call ahead if you are looking for a bridge or pinochle foursome, or to play Mexican train. Tell us YOUR favorite game and we will find others to play with. Light refreshments served, donation of $1 per visit suggested towards the cost of food. Meets in the JCC Room, 150D. 

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


The Art of Storytelling                              

Learn the art of dramatic storytelling in this 3-session 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. Class is taught by Sue Bilich and Dianne Dorman.  Meets in JCC Room 150D. For more information, contact Annie Skelton at 512-735-8088 or Meets in the JCC Community Hall, 150D. 

Tuesdays, April 17 – May 22 from 10-12 in 150D.

Cafe Au Lit Book Club

Unlike conventional book clubs where books are assigned, Café Au 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. Meets in JCC Room 150D.

11:30 AM-1 PM I 9/29, 10/27, 12/22 I Free

Memoir Writing Class                                Adults

Have you thought about writing your memoir but didn't know how to get started? This class will look at the excitement, hard work, and fun in remembering and then writing your personal memoir, including incorporating photos and other memorabilia. Led by Ruth Fagan-Wilen, class will focus on the basics of memoir writing, include brief at-home writing assignments, shared work during class, and end with each class member having a strong outline and beginning chapter(s) of your memoir underway. Class requires access to a computer and printer at home.  Meets in 150D.

W I 10 AM - 12 PM I 9/27/17 - 11/1/17 I 4x I $75m /$90nm

Simcha Readers' Theater 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. Meets in JCC Room150D.  

T I 1:30-3:30 PM I 1x week I $60m/$75nm

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.  Meets in JCC Community Hall. $3 donation is collected at the door to help defray cost of this program.
Lecture dates: 1/17, 3/14, 5/16.

T I 10/-11 AM I 9/19, 11/14 I $3 donation

Bridging The Gap: Intergenerational Art Program

This program joins adults who are passionate about art and looking for a creative outlet together with Austin Jewish Academy 5th graders for a journey of intergenerational creative expression. Participants meet one Wednesday of the month for a 90 minute class during the school year. No particular art experience needed, that's what the class is for! Program culminates in a community art show in May. Instructor is Art Specialist Susan Slomowitz.   Meets in Austin Jewish Academy Art Room. Class meets: 9/20, 10/18, 11/15, 12/13, 1/17, 2/21, 3/21, 4/11, and 5/16.  For more information, contact Annie Skelton at 512-735-8088 or

History L'Chaim!                               Adults

Are you interested in and passionate about Jewish history? We're looking for adults who can be occasionally available during daytime hours to work with fourth graders as history sleuths, helping students learn about Texas Jewish history. Students will be researching the Jewish people and Jewish places that help tell the story of the great state of Texas, and these adult volunteers will be part cheerleader, part helper/guide, always encouraging the students to find the 'why'! This new program is in cooperation with the Texas Jewish Historical Society.  For more information, contact Annie Skelton at 512-735-8088 or

Varies I  Free of Charge I  JE4130F17

Intergenerational Pen Pal Program                                      Adults

Be a part of this rewarding opportunity and make new friends. Adults are paired with students from the Austin Jewish Academy's third grade class. Throughout the school year, letters are exchanged along with a monthly lunch opportunity to meet your pen pal in person. The program culminates in final projects by the students about their pen pals' life experiences. Help bring history alive for these students by sharing your life stories and, more importantly, your time. Program runs from September through May. Optional kosher lunch is available for $5 donation. For more information, contact Annie Skelton at 512-735-8088 or Meets in 150D.


Knowing Neuropathy                                 Adults

These monthly meetings are both a learning opportunity with guest speakers each month and a change to build community and get support from others. "Knowing Neuropathy" is a collaboration with the Neuropathy Alliance of Texas and the JCC. Learn more at Meets in 150C.

M I 1:30 - 3 PM I ongoing I 1x month I Free of Charge

News and Schmooze: Current Events Discussion                                       Adults

Start the week off right by discussing current events in an enjoyable facilitated discussion on local, national and international headlines. Donation requested towards cost of coffee and light breakfast refreshments.   Meets in 150D.

M I 10-11 AM I ongoing I 1x week 

Texas Jewish History Talks

One Wednesday evening each month, come to the JCC for a free lecture to learn about the rich and vibrant history of Jews and Jewish communities in Texas, featuring a different scholar or author each evening. Co-sponsored by the Texas Jewish Historyical Society. Coffee and conversation after each lecture. RSVPs appreciated.  Meets in Congregation Agudas Achim Multipurpose Room. 

W I 7-8:30 PM I Free

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. 

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