Adult 55+ Programs & Classes

Check out the monthly Calendar for our latest events!

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, in our via monthly e-newsletter and full listing online.

Door-to-door transportation is available to assist senior adults who reside within 5 miles of the campus 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.


For more information about our classes, please contact Annie Skelton, Program Coordinator, at (512) 735-8088 or annie.skelton@shalomaustin.org.  


ARTS & CRAFTS


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. Click here for more information and to register.

Wednesdays | 9:45-11 AM | Congregation Agudas Achim Multipurpose Room | Ongoing 

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. Click here for more details and to register.

Fridays I 10-11 AM  I JCC Room 150D | Ongoing I Free


MUSIC & THEATER 

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. Click here for more information and to register.

Thursdays I 1:30 - 2:30 PM I Ongoing I 1x per week I Free

Simcha Readers' Theater                                      

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! Click here for more information and to register.

Tuesdays I 10-12 PM I JCC Room 150C | 1x week 


FUN & GAMES

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. Click here for more information and to register.

M & W I 1-3:30 PM I JCC Room 150D | 2x week I Ongoing I Free


LIFETIME LEARNING

AARP Smart Driver Course 
AARP offers the nation's first and largest refresher course designed specifically for older drivers. Most participants receive a multi-year insurance discount for completing the half-day course (check with your local agent). Not appropriate for ticket dismissal. Pre-registration required to attend. Pay instructor on the day of class by check or cash only. AARP members should be sure to bring your card for $5 discount. Cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. Meets at the JCC Community Hall. Preferred RSVP to Annie Skelton at (512) 735-8088 or annie.skelton@shalomaustin.org. Class dates and times vary.

Click here for more information and to register.

Armchair Astronomy
Ken VanLew uses beautiful pictures from NASA, European Space Agency, and other sources to illustrate his talks on varied topics in astronomy. Topics range from the sun, planets, meteors, and asteroids to black holes, famous astronomers, extrasolar planets, and the future state of our planet, the solar system, and the Universe.

$3 donation is suggested at the door towards the cost of program. Please RSVP to attend. Will meet in JCC Room 150C.

Ah Bissel Yiddish 

Missing the mameloshn? Come to the JCC to enjoy either a movie or other program in Yiddish or on a Jewish theme. Dates vary, check the calendar or call for upcoming dates and program selections. For more information, contact Annie Skelton at (512) 735-8088 or annie.skelton@shalomaustin.org.

Meets At the JCC Community Hall.  

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 discuss a 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 learn about books they might later want to read on their own. Modeled on the successful book club at the Austin Public 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.

F l 11:30 AM-1 PM I JCC Room 150D | Ongoing I Free

News and Schmooze
Join the conversation. Come and discuss local, national and international Discuss local, national and international news and keep up with what’s happening. Participants bring in newspaper articles or research a topic of interest to share with the group. 

Tuesdays | 10 AM | JCC Room 150D | Ongoing | Free


Knowing Neuropathy
These monthly meetings are both a learning opportunity with guest speakers each month and a change to build community and get support from others. "Knowing Neuropathy" is a collaboration with the Neuropathy Alliance of Texas and the JCC. Learn more at neuropathyalliancetx.org/. Click here to register. 


Mondays | 1:30-3 PM | JCC Room 150D | Ongoing | Free


FITNESS & WELLNESS

P.A.C.E. - People with Arthritis Can Exercise
PACE is a seated exercise class designed to increase mobility and range of motion, keep joints flexible, maintain muscle strength and increase overall stamina. Register one month at a time. For more information, contact Annie Skelton at (512) 735-8088 or annie.skelton@shalomaustin.org. Meets in Meets in the JCC Room, 150D. 

View details and register here.

Flex Your Brain 
This class incorporates the latest research on keeping your brain strong and flexible with individual and group games and challenges. 

View details and register here.

Sit & Be Fit 
Have fun and move to the music through a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular , range of motion and enhance activity for daily living skills. 

View details and register here.

TLC Tai Chi Level 1 
In TLC Tai Chi, special attention is focused on adapting Tai Chi forms to your needs and challenges. Participants are asked to be part of a research study about Tai Chi for chronic care management and commit to at least one class per week for 12 consecutive weeks if possible.

View details and register here.


SPORTS


Pickleball 65+
Have you Pickleballed yet? Come play the game that is sweeping the nation! Please join us as we watch, learn and play. Pickleball is a racquet sport which combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. Once you get started, you will be hooked! Beginners welcome. Coaching available.

Click here for more information and to register.


HOLIDAYS & CELEBRATIONS

Holiday Celebrations

Come enjoy festive Jewish holiday celebrations at the JCC. These special clergy-led holiday programs include kosher lunch. All holiday events occur in the JCC Community Hall and transportation is available to attend. Advance reservations required. Holiday festivities are typically on Wednesdays and include: 

Meets in JCC Community Hall. For more information on upcoming holiday celebrations, contact Annie Skelton at (512) 735-8088 or annie.skelton@shalomaustin.org.

 

Music, Shabbat & Birthdays

Join us as we celebrate an early Shabbat together quarterly, along with birthdays in that month, live music and kesher kehiah (community togetherness). Occurs on Friday most months, check the calendar for specific dates. Reservations and $6 donation requested for bagel brunch or kosher lunch (alternating months).  Meets in JCC Room 150D. Walk ins welcome, preferred RSVP to Annie Skelton at (512) 735-8088 or annie.skelton@shalomaustin.org.

 

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. 

For more Fitness & Wellness programs, click here.

For more Jewish Learning and Melton classes, click here.