Adult Programs

Classes and 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 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.
Mar. 4 – Reasoning 
Mar. 11 – Memory-Recall 
Mar. 18 – Visual Organization

Spring Semester dates:

Series #1:
April 22 – Memory and Perception
April 29 – Memory and Language
May 6 – Memory and Organization

Series #2:
May 13 – Memory and Logic
May 20 – Memory and Word Finding
June 3 – Memory and Attention

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).

Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 4 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 $15 / Community $21 (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, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
May 19, June 23

 

AARP Smart Driver Course
Reservations required.

Wednesday, 8:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Apr. 3
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! Conversation Salon
Come together for a monthly salon - a welcoming place to participate in informal conversations about a wide array of subjects.  Borrowing from the Jewish tradition of salons, join us for open discussions on literature, cultural and social issues, and the many dilemmas facing the Jewish and larger community here and in Israel. Facilitated by community members. Sponsored by the JCC, The Jewish Historical Society and Stamford Hadassah.

Tuesdays, 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Session 1:
Feb. 19 - “What is New Power? How is power managed differently by different generations? What values are inherent in the ways we use and abuse power?”
Facilitated by Dr. Betsy Stone, PhD, Psychologist and Adjunct Lecturer, Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion

Session 2:
Mar. 19 - “What does Israel’s new Basic Law change? Why has it sparked so much controversy?"
What’s the problem with stating that Israel’s right to exercise national self-determination is “unique to the Jewish people”, making Hebrew Israel’s official language while giving Arabic  “special status”, and declaring “Jewish settlement as a national value”? 
Facilitated by Noa Bober, JCC Israeli Shlicha
Apr. 30, May 21, Jun. 18 - To come!

$5 per session/person
Please contact Connie Cirillo at 203.487.0983 or cfreeman@stamfordjcc.org for more information or to register.
Sponsored by The Jewish Historical Society, the Stamford JCC and Stamford Hadassah.

  

Gallery @ The J
A gallery space at the JCC featuring local artists and their artwork, with rotating exhibits every two months.

Upcoming exhibits:
March and April Dusk to Dawn
Photography by Dr. Steven Labkoff

Wine & Art Exhibit Opening:
Thursday, Mar. 14 • 6:30 p.m.
Join us for a reception with photographer Dr. Steven Labkoff.

May and June “Renewal”
Painting by Liron Sissman (May & June)

Wine & Art Exhibit Opening:
Wednesday, May 8 • 6 p.m.
Join us for a reception with painter Liron Sissman.

 

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. To register or for more information, contact Nancy Schiffman at 203.487.0941 or nschiffman@stamfordjcc.org.

Fridays, 9 – 10:30 a.m.
$25 per session

 

 


 

Israel Programs

To register or for more information, contact Noa Bober, JCC Israeli Shlicha, at 203.487.0961 or nbober@stamfordjcc.org.

NEW! Café Dilemma
Understanding that the reality in Israel is complex, during each Cafe Dilemma a recent event or topic regarding Israel will be raised and participants will have an intellectual discussion looking at multiple perspectives using various news sources. A traditional Israeli breakfast will be served.

Sundays, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
$10 per session

March 17 • 0202 Website
0202 is a website that posts translated news articles written by Haredi Jews and Arabs in Jerusalem to better understand their points of view.

April 28 • “Migrants,” “Infiltrators,”
“Refugees” and “Asylum Seekers”

 

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.

 

March 28 • The Settlers
An intimate look at life inside Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

Thursday, May 16 • Life According to Agfa
In a small Tel Aviv pub where employees and patrons represent a microcosm of Israeli society – men and women, Jews and Arabs, Ashkenazic and Sephardic Jews, kibbutzniks and city-dwellers, an aggressive group of chauvinistic army soldiers are thrown out. The plot unfolds with a streak of violence which takes a surprising turn.

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Family Play Time at The J!

Come drop in and play at The J! Riding toys, balls, crafts, snacks and more! FREE to JCC Members Click here to RSVP. MEMBERSHIP HAS ITS’ BENEFITS