Adult Programs

Coming Winter 2020!
Announcing The J’s Center for Arts & Culture The J’s Center for Arts & Culture will offer programs, classes and events that seek to encourage members of The J and the Stamford community to explore the many aspects of culture and the arts that are found here in our diverse neighborhood. For more information or to register, contact Connie Cirillo Freeman,, 203.487.0983


NEW! Book & Author Conversations
Join us for fascinating conversations with prominent authors. Featuring fiction and non-fiction writers of topical and compelling books, the discussions promise to educate, enlighten and entertain.


A new series designed to showcase highly accomplished individuals, within the Stamford Jewish community and the community at large, who have contributed to the growth and richness of our daily lives for being champions of unique Innovations, community initiatives or other groundbreaking ventures across a wide spectrum of achievements, from science, to the environment, to philanthropy, to community and public service. Watch for the announcements of the Book & Author events and the first J-Talks speakers! 

JTALKS with Ira Flatow
Tuesday, Jan. 21 • 7 p.m. at The J

Topic: How to make science and technology a topic for discussion around the dinner table.
Award winning science correspondent and TV journalist Ira Flatow is the host and executive producer of Science Friday, heard on public radio stations worldwide. For over 30 years the show has brought listeners lively, informative discussions on science, technology, health, space, and the environment. His numerous TV credits include six years as host and writer for the Emmy Award-winning Newton’s Apple on PBS, science reporter for CBS This Morning, and cable’s CNBC and appearances on Today, Oprah and The Big Bang Theory.

Member $10 per person / Community $15 per person 


Conversation Salon
Join us for a bimonthly salon, in the Jewish tradition, that provides an opportunity to participate in conversations that run the gamut from local community issues to discussions of the many dilemmas facing the Jewish and larger communities here and in Israel. Facilitated by community members. Sponsored by the JCC, The Jewish Historical Society and Stamford Hadassah. Light refreshments.

Tuesdays, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Jan. 21:
Topic: Introducing “The Branch,” a podcast series that offers a glimpse into the everyday lives of Jews and Arabs in Israel forging meaningful relationships. Presented by Hadassah and hosted by Dina Kraft, The Branch shines a light on the stories of people living the example of a shared society.
Facilitator: Connie Cirillo Freeman, Director, Arts & Culture, Stamford JCC

Feb. 25, Mar. 24
$5 per session


Collage and Beyond
Ever want to create artwork from images, decorative papers and art materials? Let mixed-media artist Ellen Gordon show you how to combine materials to create fascinating artwork. Drawing and painting will be integrated with collage. No experience necessary – just a willingness to try! Demonstrations and individual attention will be given as students work on completing their mixed media creations. Elements of design and composition theories, which will enhance each student’s way of thinking about art and creating art, will be taught each session.

Tuesdays, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Feb. 4, Feb. 11, Feb. 25, Mar. 3
Member $100 / Community $140


Taste of Torah
Featuring the Parsha of the Week
Join us every Friday for a discussion on the Torah portion. Our conversation will focus on the timeless life lessons of our tradition, gleaned from both traditional and modern commentaries. Knowledge of Hebrew is not required. Led by Jonathan Fass, Elaine and James Schoke Jewish Family Service. Feel free to bring a bag lunch.

Fridays, 12 - 1 p.m.
Member FREE / Community $5 per session
Community $75 for all sessions (Jan. – Jun.)


Neshama Yoga
Neshama Yoga is a fusuion 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. 10 – Apr. 3 (No class Feb. 14)
Member $228 / Community $264 (12 sessions)


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

Upcoming exhibits:

Jan. and Feb.: Tampered Books by Ilene Africk
Wine & Art Exhibit Opening
Thursday, Jan. 9 • 6:30 p.m.

Mar. and Apr.
Wine & Art Exhibit Opening
Thursday, Mar. 12 • 6:30 p.m.


Israel Programs

Israeli Film Series at The J
Join us throughout the year for award-winning films direct from Israel. There will be a discussion following each film. All films are shown at 7 p.m. at the JCC. Suggested donation $5.

Thursday, Jan. 9 • Working Women
Thursday, Feb. 20 • The Oslo Diaries
Thursday, Mar. 26 • Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story

Classes and Activities
For more information or to register, contact Connie Cirillo Freeman,, 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.
Winter Series #1:
Jan. 6 – Perception
Jan. 13 – Organization
Jan. 27 – Memory-Recall

Winter Series #2
Mar. 9 – Memory and Logic
Mar. 23 – Memory and Language
Mar. 30 – Memory and Attention

Member $20 / Community $25 (3 sessions)
Member $8 / Community $10 (1 session)


Learn to Play Canasta
Learn to play from an expert.

Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays, 1 – 2 p.m.
Dates TBD
Member $24 / Community $30 (3 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 & Wednesdays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 12 – 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 $24 / Community $30 (3 lessons)
plus cost of materials (purchased separately)


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 2019 National Mah Jongg League card.

Tuesdays or Thursdays, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Dates TBD
Member $40 / Community $50 (5 lessons)


AARP Smart Driver Course
Reservations required.

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


Interested in Needlework?
The Kesher chapter of the Pomegranate Guild of Judaic Needlework now meets at the JCC! Meetings are a rich blend of needlework, culture, tradition and religious practices as they relate to Judaic textiles. Beginners and professional, women and men are welcome. For more information, please email or visit

Sundays, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Jan. 12, Feb. 9, Mar. 8, Apr. 12, May 17, Jun. 7


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Birth – 5 years This is a pajama party to say goodbye to Shabbat and hello to a great new week. Families will participate in the traditional Havdalah candle lighting, munch down on some tasty treats, and have a great time singing and dancing