Adult Programs

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.

Thursday, Mar. 5 • 7:30 p.m.
Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing The Alliance in the 1960s
by author Marc Dollinger, Ph.D.

Prof. Dollinger is the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Chair in Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility at San Francisco State University.
Member $15 / Community $18

Thursday, May 14 • 7:30 p.m.
The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism
by author Katherine Stewart
Stewart is one of the leading authorities on the political aspects of the Religious Right.
Member $15 / Community $18


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!  


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. 25, Mar. 3, Mar. 10, Mar. 17
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.)


JCC Book Club
Love to read? Enjoy meaningful discussions? Interested in getting to know people in a different way? The JCC Book Club will meet every 4-6 weeks to discuss a book of the group’s choosing. It’s a great way to make new friends and engage in interesting conversation. All are welcome. For more information and to RSVP, contact

Sundays, 11:45 a.m.
Mar. 29 • Olive, Again by Elizabeth Stout
Apr. 26 • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens


Lunch & Learn
The name says it all! Join us for Lunch, stay to Learn. Sessions are led by David Citrin, our Coordinator of Jewish Engagement and Innovation. David earned a M.Ed. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and has been teaching professionally for over three years. Get to know him and your fellow community members while enjoying delicious food and discussing interesting topics! Please RSVP by registering or contacting David Citrin at

Thursday, Apr. 23 • 12 – 1 p.m.
Commemorating Jewish Holidays with Food

Wednesday, May 20 • 12 – 1 p.m.
Lag BaOmer Burgers

Member $5 suggested donation / Community $5 per session


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.: The Contemplative Landscape by painter Robert Selkowitz 
Wine & Art Exhibit Opening
Thursday, Mar. 12 • 6:30 p.m.

May and Jun.: Child’s Play by painter Jackie Gordon
Wine & Art Exhibit Opening
Thursday, May 7 • 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, Mar. 26 • Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story
Thursday, Apr. 30 • The Other Son

Thursday, May 7 • The Cousin
Thursday, Jun. 11 • Lemon Tree

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

Series #3:
Apr. 13 • Memory and Perception
Apr. 20 • Memory and Organization
Apr. 27 • Memory and Recall

Series #4
May 4 • Memory and Attention
May 11 • Memory and Word Finding
May 18 • Memory and Problem Solving

Series #5
Jun. 1 • Memory and Visual Spatial Skills
Jun. 8 • Memory and Reasoning
Jun. 15 • Memory and Language

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, Apr. 12, Jun 7 • 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 17 • 1 - 5 p.m.


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