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Adult Learning

Classes and Group Activities
For more information or to register, contact Connie Cirillo Freeman, cfreeman@stamfordjcc.org, 203.487.0983

 

Want to stimulate your brain power?
Brain Fitness offers games and puzzles in a casual setting to inspire confidence and to exercise your brain. Join us and explore playful ways to reach your personal goals. Led by the Brain Fitness Program Coordinator from Schoke Jewish Family Service.

 

Learn to Play Canasta
You’ve been asking, so here’s your chance – learn to play from an expert.
Mondays, 1 – 2 p.m., Dates TBD
Members $25, Community $35 (5 lessons)

 

Learn to Play Mah Jongg
Learn to play this classic game from our resident mah jongg masters. All levels welcome. Participants will need to bring a 2017 National Mah Jongg League card. 

Tuesdays or Thursdays, 1 – 3 p.m., Dates TBD
Member $25 / Community $35 (5 lessons)

 

Games & Gab
We welcome you to bring your game of choice - bridge, Scrabble, canasta, mah jongg, etc. - or drop in to join a game (if openings available).

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays, 1 – 3 p.m.
Free of charge. All are welcome.

 

Learn to Crochet
Always wanted to learn how to crochet? Now in only three sessions you can learn how to crochet a scarf or hat.

Tuesdays, 1 – 2 p.m., Dates TBD
Member $24 / Community $30 (3 sessions) 
plus cost of materials (purchased separately)

 

Interested in Needlework?
The Kesher chapter of the Pomegranate Guild of Judaic Needlework meets at the JCC. When members of the Pomegranate Guild sit down to stitch, they are reviving Jewish traditions through their work with textiles. Meetings are a rich blend of needlework, culture, tradition and religious practices as they relate to Judaic textiles. In the Jewish tradition, an item created by an unrecognized stitcher is as esteemed as one created by a master artisan. The Guild recognizes this tradition and encourages membership, beginner and professional, women and men alike. For more information, please email kesherpg@gmail.com or visit pomegranateguild.org.

Sundays 
Jan. 14: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Feb. 11: 1 – 3 p.m.
Mar. 11: 1 – 3 p.m.
Apr. 8: 1 – 3 p.m.

 

AARP Smart Driver Course
Reservations required.

Wednesday, 8:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Apr. 11
AARP members $15 / All others $20

 


 

Jewish Journeys
The JCC wants to help make your Jewish Journey meaningful. From our Israeli Schlichut Program to classes and events, holiday celebrations and even our summer program, Day Camps@The J, we are committed to strengthening Jewish identity and creating a connection between Diaspora Jewry and the State of Israel. Click here.


Neshama Yoga
Neshama Yoga is a fusion of Kundalini Yoga and Jewish spirituality. These two systems of ancient wisdom share much in common. At their core, they provide the practitioner access to the pathways to connect with G-d on a deep, spiritual level. No prior experience needed. Suitable for all fitness levels. Led by Jackie Tepper.

Fridays, 9 – 10:30 a.m. 
Jan. 5 – March 23 (No class Feb. 16)
Member $209 / Community $ $242 (11 sessions)

 


 

Israel Programs

To register or for more information, contact Yael Stolarsky, our JCC Israeli Shlicha at 203.487.0961 or ystolarsky@stamfordjcc.org.


Boker Tov, Israel!
Join Yael Stolarsky as we explore Israel’s politics, innovations, society, culture, and values through discussion, interactive presentations, and videos.

Thursdays, 11 – 12 p.m.
Sundays, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Thurs., Jan. 18 & Sun., Jan. 21: The Sticker Song: Israel from Bumper to Bumper
Bumper stickers, slogans and graffiti are ubiquitous in Israel and play important roles in Israeli society. They speak volumes about Israel’s politics, values, culture and passions. The Sticker Song was written by leading Israeli author and recorded by a popular rap group.

Thurs., Feb. 15 & Sun., Feb. 25: Silicon Wadi
Israel has proven to be a startup nation that wows the world again and again. What makes entrepreneurship and innovation so pervasive in Israel? Why do Israelis have so many out of the box ideas? And what does the IDF have to do with all of this?

Thurs., Mar. 15 & Sun., Mar. 18: The Building of the Country
Join me as I share the story of my grandma, Yehudit, who was part of the Palmach Brigade unit which built Kibbutz Yizrael in 1948. She was also a student in Mikveh Israel, the famous historic agricultural school founded in 1870 that taught the first Israelis how to build Kibbutzim.

Thurs., Apr. 26 & Sun., Apr. 29: Israel as a Jewish & Democratic State
Israel’s secular–religious status quo was determined with the birth of the country. What was started as a desire to strengthen the Jewish identity after the holocaust and maintain the religious character of the state, has become a burden for many Israelis. In this session we will discuss the conflict between religion and democracy in Israel.

 

Israeli Film Series
Join us throughout the year for award-winning films direct from Israel. Following each film, Yael Stolarsky will lead us in a meaningful discussion. All films are shown at The J.
Suggested donation: $5

Thursday, January 11 • 7 p.m.
Precious Life 
With the help of a prominent Israeli journalist, Precious Life chronicles the struggle of an Israeli pediatrician and a Palestinian mother to get treatment for her baby, who suffers from an incurable genetic disease. 

Thursday, February 8 • 7 p.m.
Broken Wings 
Daphne and her four children try to cope with the abrupt death of their husband and father. As the family seems to fall apart, a sudden incident gives them a chance to heal their broken wings.

Thursday, March 8 • 7 p.m.
The Secrets 
At a girls’ seminary in the Israeli holy city of Safed, studious Naomi befriends rebellious Michelle. Their friendship is tested when they meet Anouk, a sickly French woman who needs their help. Naomi and Michelle embark on a journey of self-discovery as they secretly study Kabbalistic texts, in hopes of finding spiritual healing for Anouk. A Jewish Arts & Film Festival of Fairfield County favorite!

 

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