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Adult Learning

Classes and Group Activities
For more information or to register, contact Connie Cirillo Freeman,, 203.487.0983


NEW! “Summertime with the Stamford Symphony”
Meet Russell Jones, Stamford Symphony CEO, and enjoy selections from the opera “Porgy and Bess.”

Thursday, Sept. 6
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.


Want to stimulate your brain power?
Brain Fitness offers games and puzzles in a casual setting to inspire confidence and exercise your brain. Come join us and explore playful ways to reach your personal goals. Led by Dr. Toby Lazarus, Schoke Jewish Family Service Brain Fitness Program Coordinator. Light refreshments.

Mondays, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Series #1:
Oct. 15 - Organization and Planning
Oct. 22 - Memory- Word Finding
Oct. 29 - Visual Special Skills

Series #2:
Nov. 26 - Logic
Dec. 3 - Language and Memory
Dec. 10 - Perception
Member $20 / Community $25 (3 sessions)
Member $8 / Community $10 (1 session)


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
Member $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 2018 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 - 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 or visit

Sundays, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Sept. 16, Oct. 14, Nov. 11, Dec. 9


AARP Smart Driver Course
Reservations required.

Wednesdays, 8:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Sept. 5, Nov. 7
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.


NEW! Celebrating Israel @ 70
Zionist Ideas Study Group Explore Israel’s amazing journey from 1948 to today using the new book, The Zionist Ideas: Visions for the Jewish Homeland ― Then, Now, Tomorrow by Gil Troy, with foreword by Natan Sharansky, the most comprehensive Zionist collection ever published. The Zionist Ideas sheds light on the surprisingly diverse and shared visions for realizing Israel as a democratic Jewish state. Sponsored by Hadassah Stamford and The J.

Thursdays, 10 – 11 a.m.
Dates TBD
Member $24 / Community $30 (3 sessions)
plus cost of book and study guide (purchased separately)


NEW! U. S. Presidents and the
Jewish Community in America Since George Washington wrote to the Jews of Rhode Island, American Jews have had an ongoing relationship with our nation’s highest office. This course will discuss the relationship that American presidents have had both to the Jewish community and to Jews within their administration. Presidents to be discussed include Washington, Grant, Roosevelt, Taft, Harding, and Truman. Led by Jonathan Fass, Schoke Jewish Family Service.

Tuesdays, 10 – 11 a.m.
Dates TBD

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.
Sept. 14 – Dec. 14 (No class Nov. 23, Dec. 7)
Member $228 / Community $264 (12 sessions)



Israel Programs

To register or for more information, contact Noa Bober, JCC Israeli Shlicha, at 203.487.0961 or


Israeli Film Series
Join us throughout the year for award-winning films direct from Israel. Following each film, the JCC Israeli Shlicha will lead us in a meaningful discussion. All films are shown at 7 p.m. at the JCC.

Thursday, December 13 • 7 p.m.
Movie TBD



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Revamping The J

The Stamford JCC will undergo needed maintenance, repair and improvements at the end of the month. These projects will continue to implement the JCC's strategic priority of improving the user experience. The JCC will be closed Saturday, August 25