Adult Enrichment Programs & Classes
Fall 2017

The Jewish Community Center Adult Programs Office provides a variety of social, educational, cultural, and spiritual programs for adults. Current information about upcoming programs is available at the JCC Welcome Desk and via monthly e-newsletter. You can always contact Annie Skelton at (512)735-8008. Door-to-door transportation is available to assist senior adults to attend programs at the JCC. Our bus is lift accessible. Please call Julia Sparks, Transportation Coordinator at (512) 735-8024 or email julia.sparks@shalomaustin.org for more information and reservations.

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Bridging The Gap: Intergenerational Art Program

This program joins adults who are passionate about art and looking for a creative outlet together with Austin Jewish Academy 5th graders for a journey of intergenerational creative expression. Participants meet one Wednesday of the month for a 90 minute class during the school year. Program culminates in a community art show in May. Instructor is Art Specialist Susan Slomowitz. For more information, contact Annie Skelton at 512-735-8088 or annie.skelton@shalomaustin.org. Meets in the Congregation Agudas Achim Multipurpose Room.

W | 9:45 – 11:15 am | 1/18, 2/15, 3/22, 4/19 | $20 members/ $25 nonmembers  

Mitzvah Knitters 

Give back to our community by volunteering your time and talent at the J! If you knit or crochet, or want to learn how, we have a weekly teacher attend to help you along the way. Projects vary each season and blankets, stuffed animals, hats and scarves are given to those who are less fortunate. Materials are provided. Meets in the JCC Room 150D. For more information, contact Annie Skelton at 512-735-8088 or annie.skelton@shalomaustin.org.

F I 10-11 AM I 10/11 I Ongoing I Free

Become A Music Detective

As we sleuth for styles -- musical styles, that is --  AJRT Artistic Director Adam Roberts leads participants on a weekly hunt for clues to sharpen music-listening skills. Each week covers a new musical genre, from chant to opera, motet to Broadway musical, ragtime to rock... the list goes on. Bring your listening ears, your thinking cap, and a notebook and writing utensil. (Sherlock-style magnifying glass not required.) For more information, contact Annie Skelton at 512-735-8088 or annie.skelton@shalomaustin.org. Meets in JCC Room 150D.

Th | 3:45 – 4:30 pm | 1/12 – 3/9 | 8 x |  $25 for JCC members/ $30 non members/ $20 for Dell’s Angels 

Broadway’s “Jew”-kbox Musicals

On Broadway, the term "jukebox musical" refers to a show whose music is made up of hits by a given artist. In this lecture series, we take this concept one step further, as Austin Jewish Repertory Theater Artistic Director Adam Roberts examines five jukebox musicals with story lines by or about influential Jewish figures of popular music: Leader of the Pack (Ellie Greenwich), Beautiful (Carole King), Smokey Joe's Cafe (Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller), and The Times They Are a-Changin' (Bob Dylan). For more information, contact Annie Skelton at 512-735-8088 or annie.skelton@shalomaustin.org. Meets in JCC Room 150D. $3 donation suggested at the door to help defray cost of program.

Tu | 12-1:15 pm | 2/14, 3/7, 4/4, 5/9 

Dell's Angels Choir 

The Dell's Angels Choir is an adult vocal performance opportunity. Rehearsals are weekly and performances occur approximately once a month at various locations such as retirement communities, hospitals, nursing homes and community events. Participation in the Choir is open to all singers with a basic understanding of reading music. Dell's Angels Chamber Singers, a subgroup of the choir, have additional rehearsals and performance opportunities. Participation in this group requires an audition and the ability to read music well, and to commit to additional rehearsal time. Chamber Singers attend the full Choir rehearsals and stay for an additional hour of practice weekly. Dell's Angels are under the direction of Adam Roberts. Meets in the JCC Room 150D. For more information, contact Annie Skelton at 512-735-8088 or annie.skelton@shalomaustin.org.

Th I 1:30-2:30 PM Choir; 2:30-3:30 PM Chamber Only I Ongoing I 1x per week I Free

Evening Musical Scholars Lecture Series

You asked and we listened! Music educator Martha Buchanan's monthly daytime lectures have garnered a faithful following in the 18 months that she has been taking students on a tour through music history from ancient Greece to contemporary sounds. This spring, she will offer lectures monthly in the evenings and will start back at the beginning. Each month focuses on major periods of music history, their characteristics, composers, instruments, innovations, and context. Lectures may include multimedia presentations, recordings and the occasional live performance. Increase your Music IQ and deepen your understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of music. Join us to deepen your understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of music!

For more information, contact Annie Skelton at 512-735-8088 or annie.skelton@shalomaustin.org. Meets in Congregation Agudas Achim Multipurpose Room. A $3 donation is requested at the door to help offset the cost of this program, and RSVPS are appreciated.

W I 7–8:15 PM I Ongoing I 1x month I Free

Broadway’s “Jew”-kbox Musicals

On Broadway, the term "jukebox musical" refers to a show whose music is made up of hits by a given artist. In this lecture series, we take this concept one step further, as Austin Jewish Repertory Theater Artistic Director Adam Roberts examines five jukebox musicals with story lines by or about influential Jewish figures of popular music: Leader of the Pack (Ellie Greenwich), Beautiful (Carole King), Smokey Joe's Cafe (Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller), and The Times They Are a-Changin' (Bob Dylan). For more information, contact Annie Skelton at 512-735-8088 or annie.skelton@shalomaustin.org. Meets in JCC Room 150D. $3 donation suggested at the door to help defray cost of program.

Tu | 12-1:15 pm | 2/14, 3/7, 4/4, 5/9 

Music Scholars Lecture Series

Music Educator Martha Buchanan will take you on a tour through music history, from the 1700's to contemporary sounds, to deepen your understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of music. Each month will focus on major periods of music history, their characteristics, composers,instruments, innovations and context. Lectures may include multimedia presentations, recordings,and occasional live performances. $3 donation requested at the door to cover cost of lecture, performers and refreshments. Meets in JCC Room 150C.

T I 12–1:15 PM I Ongoing I 1x month I Free

Flex Your Brain

Everyone needs to exercise their brain! This class incorporates the latest research on keeping your brain strong and flexible in a fun format of individual and group games and challenges intended to excite many areas of your brain. Each class is stand-alone session. Meets in Room 150D. Meets in the JCC Room, 150D.

Thursdays I 10-11 AM I Ongoing I Free 

Game Time Lounge

Players gather twice a week for an afternoon of game playing at the J. Games include bridge, mah jongg, dominoes, pinochle and more. Please call ahead if you are looking for a bridge or pinochle foursome, or to play Mexican train. Tell us YOUR favorite game and we will find others to play with. Light refreshments served, donation of $1 per visit suggested towards the cost of food. For more information, contact Annie Skelton at (512) 735-8088 or annie.skelton@shalomaustin.org. Meets in the JCC Room, 150D. 

M & W I 1-3:30 PM I 2x week I Ongoing I Free

Mah Jongg Tutorial Classes                                

Are you interested in learning to play Mah Jongg, or are you a rusty player looking for a slow-paced table to relearn the game and regain your skills? Lisa Quay leads a mah jongg tutorial table that's perfect for you! She has all materials you will need to get started. Tutorials occur as part of Game Time Lounge program. Light refreshments served, $1 per visit requested towards cost of food. For inquiries, please contact Annie Skelton at 512-735-8088 or annie.skelton@shalomaustin.org. Meets in the JCC Room, 150D.

W I 1-3:30 PM I Ongoing I Weekly I Free

Cafe Au Lit Book Club

Unlike conventional book clubs where books are assigned, Café Au Lit is a monthly discussion group of senior adults who will each be given 5-10 minutes to discussa book they have read or are reading now, and critique it. Books can be any type: fiction, non-fiction, historical, biography, travel, sci-fi, cooking, mystery, romance, how-to, etc. All can participate and learnabout books they might later want to read on their own. Modeled on the successful book club at the AustinPublic Library, North Village Branch, Café Au Lit at the JCC will be facilitated by Stan and Elly Field. You are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch with you; group will meet around tables. For more information, contact Annie Skelton at (512) 735-8088 or annie.skelton@shalomaustin.org. Meets in JCC Room 150D.

11:30 AM-1 PM I 1/27, 2/24, 3/17, 4/28 I Free

The Art of Storytelling                        

Learn the art of dramatic storytelling in this 3-session program. Whether childhood stories, tales from your grandparents, fictional imaginations, folktales or tall tales...learn how to organize and tell a story verbally and in writing.Class is taught by Sue Bilich and Dianne Dorman. Tentative performance scheduled for June 2. For more information, contact Annie Skelton at 512-735-8088 or annie.skelton@shalomaustin.org. Meets in JCC Room 150D.

T I 1:30-3:30 PM 5/9 - 5/23 I 1x week I $25m/$35nm

Simcha Readers' Theater Spring Workshop                                     

Have you wanted to try acting but feel anxious about memorizing a script, or want to be educated and involved in producing live theater?  Then Simcha Readers' Theater is the place for you! Many actors in our group are seasoned performers, but some are not. We welcome you to put on the mask of comedy and tragedy with this non-memorizing, low pressure and nurturing group of thespians. Rehearse weekly and perform gratis readers' theater for children and adults in the community. Add a little drama to your life! Class led by Sue Bilich and Dianne Dorman. For more information, contact Annie Skelton at 512-735-8088 or annie.skelton@shalomaustin.org. Meets in JCC Room150D.  

T I 1:30-3:30 PM I 1/10-3/7 I 1x week I $60m/$75nm

Armchair Astronomy Lecture Series

Retired astronomer Ken Van Lew provides a multi-media lecture experience with large projection images and lots of time for discussion about celestial discoveries and occurrences. Come be amazed at the wonders of the universe. Topics change for each lecture. For more information, contact Annie Skelton at 512-735-8088 or annie.skelton@shalomaustin.org. Meets in JCC Community Hall. $3 donation is collected at the door to help defray cost of this program. Lecture dates: 1/17, 3/14, 5/16.

T I 10/-11 AM I Dates Vary I $3 donation

 Texas Jewish History Talks

One Wednesday evening each month, come to the JCC for a free lecture to learn about the rich and vibrant history of Jews and Jewish communities in Texas, featuring a different scholar or author each evening. Co-sponsored by the Texas Jewish Historyical Society. Coffee and conversation after each lecture. RSVPs appreciated. For more information and reservations, contact Annie Skelton at 512-735-8088 or annie.skelton@shalomaustin.org. Meets in Congregation Agudas Achim Multipurpose Room. 

W I 7-8:30 PM I 1/11, 2/15, 3/22, 4/19, 5/10 I 1x month I Free

Jewish Family Service also offers outreach services to older Jewish adults living in congregate living settings.  JFS geriatric case management services provide help to older Jewish adults needing assistance in order to continue living in their own homes.  JFS also offers assistance to families who seek information on area assisted living facilities and nursing homes, and provides consultation on end-of-life planning. 

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