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.


NEW! J-Talks
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! 


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.
Nov. 19: Topic: "Immigration -- how communities can support employment, education and empowerment opportunities for immigrants”
Facilitator: Marilyn Shapiro, former Development Director and Grants Coordinator for Neighbors Link, New York Times Staff Editor

Dec. 17, Jan 21, 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.

4 Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Dates TBD
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:
Nov. and Dec. 
Mixed Medium: A Walk Through Color and Design
Mixed media artwork by Anita (Kandi) Wasserman

Wine & Art Exhibit Opening:
Thursday, Nov. 7 • 6 p.m.
Join us for a reception with mixed media artist Anita (Kandi) Wasserman.

Jan. and Feb.
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, Dec. 5 • East Jerusalem, West Jerusalem
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.
Fall Series #2:
Nov. 4 – Memory and Recall
Nov. 18 – Memory and Perception
Nov. 25 – Memory and Logic

Fall Series #3:
Dec. 2 – Language
Dec 9 – Attention
Dec 16 – Memory

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.
Nov. 6, 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


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