Senior Adult Classes

Friday Forum

Friday Forum (All ages)

Fridays • 10:15–11:45 A.M. (no meetings on 7/3)
Speakers lead discussions on various topics such as Israel and the Middle East, anti-Semitism, the Jewish community locally, nationally and abroad, health issues, and more.
Price: $2.50; JCC Member Price: $2

The views expressed by any of the speakers are not necessarily those of the LFJCC or its affiliates.

AARP's Smart Driving Classes (ages 55+)

Initial Course
Wednesdays, October 21 & 28, 2015, 11:00 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.
(must attend both days)

Qualify for insurance discounts by attending these newly revamped driver education class. Reservations required one week before class starts.

Price: $20; AARP Member Price: $15 (one price covers both days). Bring check payable to AARP to the first class.

RSVP: JCC Senior Dept., 858.362.1141 or

Mah Jongg for Beginners

Wednesdays, May 20-June 3
9:30-11:30 A.M.
Learn to play this popular ancient Chinese tile game that involves skill, strategy, calculation and a little luck. In a few short weeks learn the rules and strategies from instructor Rita Kahn while making some new friends to play with!
Price: $60; JCC Member Price: $48
(2015 Mah Jongg card additional $9 or $10 for large print)
Advanced registration required by May 11 so we can order enough cards. Minimum # of students must be enrolled to hold class.

Spanish Lessons

Tuesdays, October 13 - December 8, 2015 (9 weeks)

Absolute Beginners Spanish, 12:30 - 3:30 P.M.

Pre-Intermediate Spanish, 3:00-5:00 P.M.

Instructor: Luz Toledano. Limited to 12 students per class so RSVP today!

Price per class level: $150; JCC Member Price: $120
Book additional $16(to be paid at first class).

Click Here for the Registration Form

Balancing Act

Comprehensive Fitness and Balance Training for Seniors

Falls are dangerous, but often can be prevented.  In order to prevent them, functional fitness training is recommended.  With practice almost anyone can attain better balance.

Classes will be held in the Music Room for a one hour, small group, personal training session with a Doctor of Physical Therapy.

Classes will be held at 8:00 am

Session 1: Tuesdays, April 14 - May 26, 2015
Session 2: Tuesdays, July 28 - September 1, 2015
Session 3: Tuesdays, October 13 - November 17, 2015
Session 4: Tuesdays, January 11 - February 15, 2016

Per Session Price: $128; JCC Member Price: $108

More Information: Robyn Cohen: or 858-362-1337

Tai Chi/Qigong for Older Adults

Mondays, 10:45 A.M.–12:10 P.M.

Summer Session 1: June 1-July 20 (7 weeks, no class 7/13)
Summer Session 2: July 27-August 31 (6 weeks)

Tai Chi/Qigong involves simple moves to help increase energy, strengthen immune system, reduce stress and discover joy through movement. Instructor Leslie Johnson-Leech has taught this class for over 20 years.

Winter Session Price: $78; JCC Member Price: $65 (sign up by Jan. 26 and save $5)
Summer Session 1 Price: $42; JCC Member Price: $35 (sign up by May 22 and save $5)
Summer Session 2 Price: $36; JCC Member Price: $30 (sign up by July 20 and save $5)
OR Drop-in price, per class: $6; JCC Member Price: $5

Aerobics for Everyone (all ages)

Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays, 9:15 - 10:10 A.M.

This high energy, low-impact class focuses on coordination, stamina, and strength. Benefits include: reduced stress on joints and lower back as well as increased range of motion and mobility for better movement. All ages and fitness levels welcome.

Price: $12; JCC Member Price: Free

For more info and to sign up, call the Fitness Desk: 858.362.1337

Feldenkrais (all ages)

Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30 A.M.

Feldenkrais aims to reduce pain or limitations in movement, to improve physical function, and to promote general well-being by increasing students' awareness of themselves and by expanding students' movement repertoire. This helps alleviate stress, tension and fatigue.

Price: $12; JCC Member Price: Free

For more info and to sign up, call the Fitness Desk: 858.362.1337

H2O Aerobics (all ages)

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30-9:30 A.M.

Bring your swimsuit and towel and get ready for a water workout in our 81 degree pool! The low-impact water environment allows participants to improve cardiovascular and strength conditioning while protecting joints and promoting joint flexibility. Feel the water's resistance!  

Price Per Class: $12; JCC Member Price $7

For more info and to sign up, call the Fitness Desk: 858.362.1337

Core and Balance

Tuesdays, 10:15-10:45 A.M.

Strengthen your core and improve your balance ability through standing and seated exercises. You'll increase your overall body awareness, core strength, and balance, which will improve confidence in performing everyday activities.

Price Per Class: $6; JCC Member Price: Free

For more info and to sign up, call the Fitness Desk: 858.362.1337

Stretch for Flexibility

Tuesdays/Thursdays, 9:15 - 10:10 A.M.

Reduce tension in your body by elongating your muscles. This class combines a variety of stretching techniques to open up your body. Adding stretching to your life will prevent muscular strain, tearing, and general soreness. Wear comfy clothes. JCC provides mats if you don't have one.

Gotthelf Dance Studio
Price: $12; JCC Member Price: Free

For more info and to sign up, call the Fitness Desk: 858.362.1337


Free Classes

Offered through San Diego Community College Continuing Ed (Emeritus 55+ program).
The following classes are held at the Lawrence Family JCC.

Spring Semester begins Wednesday, January 28-June 6, 2015 (Spring Break from March 30-April 3). 
Summer Semester begins Monday, June 8-August 15, 2015 (note: not all classes meet at the JCC over the summer, and not all meet for the entire 10 weeks. Check back later for fall schedule).

Please visit the San Diego Community College Continuing Education website at for more details. Instructors will have enrollment forms and/or online access codes the first few weeks of classes. 

When the JCC is closed for Jewish holidays, check with instructors for alternate meeting sites or dates.

Figure Study Painting

Mondays, 8:30 A.M.-12:00 P.M. (not meeting Summer Semester)

Study elements of and develop composition skills.

Taubman Drama Workshop

Watercolor Painting (Mondays)

Mondays, 12:15 - 3:15 P.M. (not meeting Summer Semester)

Color quality, theory, value and composition.

Taubman Drama Workshop

Piano Keyboard Lessons

Mondays, 12:30-3:30 P.M. (not meeting Summer Semester)

Learn basic skills and fundamentals, techniques in performance, improvisation, and chord building.

Epstein Music Studio

Watercolor Painting (Tuesdays)

Tuesdays, 9:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. (ends Spring Semester 5/12, then resumes for Summer Semester 6/9-8/4/15, no meeting 7/7)

Enhance your skills - still life, flowers, landscapes and more.

Taubman Drama Workshop

Music Appreciation

Tuesdays, 10:00 A.M.-12:45 P.M. (note new time instead of 9:30-12:30. Continues Summer Semester on Tuesdays 6/9-7/28/15 but content will also include opera as there will not be a Wednesday class for summer.)

Study and appreciate different composers, hear and see great classical music performed.

Epstein Music Studio

Joy of Opera

Wednesdays, 10:00 A.M.-12:45 P.M. (note new time instead of 9:30-12:30. See Tuesday Music Appreciation schedule for summer as this class will not meet on Wednesdays for Summer Semester.)

Discover operas from Monteverdi's times to present, enjoy studying complete operas through video and audio.

Taubman Drama Workshop

Nutrition & Health for Older Adults

Wednesdays, 1:30-3:00 P.M.  No fee. (Summer Semester 6/10-8/12/15)

Theory and practices in nutrition, specifically related to maintaining the physical and cerebral health of adults 55+.  Learn the latest nutrition topics, simple ways to plan and prepare balanced meals, and consumer education.

Law and the Retiree/Current Events

Thursdays, 9:15 - 11:15 A.M. (Summer Semester time 9:30-11:30 A.M., 6/11-8/13/15).

Lively discussion lead by attorney/former newscaster on contemporary topics of interest to seniors, including: healthcare, Social Security, Medicare, new laws and proposals for changes (e.g. taxes and estate planning), foreign affairs, future elections and ballot propositions, and recent court decisions.

Taubman Drama Workshop

Sumi-E Japanese Brush Painting

Thursdays, 11:15 A.M.-2:15 P.M. (note new time instead of 12:15-3:15 P.M. Summer Semester time 12:30-3:30 P.M. 6/11-7/30/15)

Learn Japanese brush painting, develop Zenga and spontaneity with flowers, animals, and more.

Taubman Drama Workshop

Online Music & Opera Appreciation

One-time registration for Summer Semester: Monday, June 8, 2015 5:00-8:00 P.M. at JCC

Online music course explores background of composers, their times and compositions from late Baroque to early Romantic periods. Enhance your enjoyment of the S.D. Opera and Met HD productions by better understanding each opera, its background, musical particulars, composer and times.