Adult Learning


Classes and Group Activities

For more information or to register, contact Connie Cirillo Freeman,, 203.487.0983


Learn to Play Canasta
You’ve been asking so here’s your chance – Learn to play from an expert.

Mondays, 1 – 2 p.m.
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 2016 National Mah Jongg League card.

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1 – 3 p.m.
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. Taught by Madeline Field. Limited capacity.

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


Interested in Needlework?
The Kesher chapter of the Pomegranate Guild of Judaic Needlework now 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.
Jan. 8, Feb. 12, Mar. 12, Apr. 16


Jewish Journeys

Click here to register online.


Neshama Yoga
Neshama Yoga is a fusion of Kundalini Yoga and Jewish spirituality. Learn Torah and move your body, mind and soul in ways to deepen your awareness and connection to ancient wisdom through a modern lens. No prior experience needed. Suitable for all fitness levels. Created and led by Jackie Tepper.

Fridays, 9 – 10:30 a.m.
Jan. 6 – Apr. 7 (No class Feb. 17, Feb. 24, Mar. 3)
Members $209 / Community $242 (11 sessions)
Drop-in $25 per session


Israel Programs
To register or for more information, contact Yael Stolarsky, our JCC Israeli Shlicha at 203.487.0961 or

Adult Learning Series

Join Yael Stolarsky, our JCC Israeli Shlicha, for learning and conversation about hot topics and current events related to Israel.

Dates & times TBD
Free of charge. All are welcome.


Brunch and Learn Series: Minorities in Israel
Israel is a country of minorities—literally built and founded by immigrants from a multitude of ethnic groups. When the State of Israel was born, Ben Gurion, the first Prime Minister, had to create a modern international community that looked toward to the future and yet drew upon cultural heritage. How was that done? Was the plan successful? Which minorities are represented in Israeli society? What kind of obstacles have they faced?

In each session, Yael Stolarsky, JCC Israeli Shlicha, will focus on a specific social group in Israel. We will explore the blending process of different groups into Israeli society, its culture, conflicts with other groups and the struggles they face as a migratory or minority group in Israel. No charge.

Sundays, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Dec. 18: Israel as a Melting Pot
Jan. 29: Haredim- Ultra Orthodox Jews
Feb. 26: Post-Soviet Union Aliyah (Russian Jews)
Mar. 19: Ethiopian Jews


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

Thursdays, 7 p.m.
Dec. 8: The Other Son (Drama)
Jan. 12: Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (Drama)
Feb. 9: Atomic Falafel (Comedy)
Mar. 9: A Borrowed Identity (Drama)

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Brunch and Learn Series: Haredim-Ultra Orthodox Jews

In the world of Jewish observance and identification, it is Haredi Jews that are perhaps the most visually identifiable. Out of the 80% of Jews in Israel, Haredi Jews make up the smallest population at only 8%. How do Haredim fit into Israeli