Senior Adult Classes

Friday Forum

Friday Forum (All ages)

Fridays • 10:15–11:45 A.M.
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
Wednesday, February 3 & 10, 2016 10:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Qualify for insurance discounts by attending these newly revamped driver education classes. You must attend both days.
Reservations required by January 25, 2016. 

Price: $20; AARP Member Price: $15
Bring check payable to AARP to class.

RSVP: JCC Senior Dept., 858.362.1141 or

Bridge for Absolute Beginners

Bridge Card Game
Bridge for Absolute Beginners
Instructor: Leila Bloomberg
Thursdays, March 24 - May 12 (8 weeks) 10:30 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037
New to Bridge? Learn the basics of this captivating game: Hand Evaluation, Bidding Process, Playing Guidelines and Strategies, plus How to Keep Score. There is a $16 additional fee for materials
Price: $145; JCC Member Price: $120
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RSVP by March 10th to Melanie: 858.362.1141

Beginners Bridge Review

Beginners Bridge Review
Thursdays, May 19 - June 9 (4 weeks)
10:30 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

Review the basics including: Hand Evaluation, Bidding Process, Playing Guidlines and Strategies plus How to Keep Score. Instructor Leila Bloomberg.

Price: $75; JCC Member Price: $60
RSVP by May 5th to Melanie: (858) 362-1141

Technology Talks for Seniors

Instructor: Barbra Drizin of Start from Scratch Social Media Educators

THURSDAYS, 1:30-3:00 P.M.
Price per workshop: $10; JCC Member Price: $8
Minimum # of students need to be enrolled at least one week prior in order to hold each class.
Call Melanie or Ilene in the JCC Senior & Adult Dept. to register (858) 362-1141.

Thursday, January 14, 1:30 - 3:00 P.M.

Internet Basics & Privacy

What is the World Wide Web? What's a URL? A hyperlink? A web browser? The cloud? How can I be safe on the internet? What's the best way to choose a password and remember it?! Learn all this and more. Bring all the questions you ever wanted to ask as well! RSVP by January 7, 2016

Thursday, February 25, 1:30-3:00 P.M.

Google: It's More than a Search Bar

Create a free email account with Gmail and learn how to reply, forward, attach photos, and add contacts so it's easy to email! Topics also to include: YouTube, news, images, maps, calendar, Google Earth, plus 5 things you didn't know you could do with Google! RSVP by February 18, 2016

Thursday, March 31, 1:30-3:00 P.M.

All the Entertainment You Want on the Internet!

Learn about Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Buzzfeed, Pandora and More! RSVP by March 24

Thursday, April 14, 1:30-3:00 P.M.

Everything You Want to Learn is on the Internet

Learn about educational sites such as Google Earth,, GoodReads, Wikipedia, SeniorNet, free internet classes for seniors and more! RSVP by April 7

Spanish Lessons

Tuesdays, January 19 - March 22, 2016 (9 weeks)

Advanced Beginners Spanish, 12:30-2:30 P.M.
In addition to continuing to practice oral proficiency, students will also learn grammar and vocabulary. Their dialogue skills will continue to progress and, as they develop a native-like accent, they will better understand the importance of good pronunciation.

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

This class is a natural progression from the Pre-Intermediate Spanish course. It will systematically introduce further verb tenses, more vocabulary and focus more on structures that can be expanded to be used in a variety of situations such as talking about obligations, obtaining information through interrogatives, telling others about oneself and understanding short stories. This course will provide students with the confidence to establish very good pronunciation of the Spanish language. This class is designed for students who have some understanding of Spanish and a mastery of themes taught through the Pre-Intermediate course

Click Here for the Registration Form

RSVP by January 5

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).


Balancing Act

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 • 8:45 - 9:30 a.m. • Music Room
Thursday, March 31, 2016 • 5:45 - 6:30 pm • JCC Senior Activity Center

A comprehensive Fitness and Balance Training class for Seniors. These classes offer exercise specific to our unique balance deficits. You will not only learn comprehensive balance training-including sensory integration, vestibular and proprioceptive training- you will go home after each class with tools to incorporate into your daily life. Classes are taught by a Doctor of Physical Therapy.

Price: $15; JCC Member Price: Free
Contact: Robyn Cohen, 858-362-1340  

Tai Chi/Qigong for Older Adults

Tai Chi

Mondays, 10:45 A.M.–12:10 P.M.

Winter Session: January 25-April 4, 2016 (11 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: $66; JCC Member Price: $55 (sign up by January 18 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.

Improve your cardiovascular fitness, range of motion, flexibility, endurance, and energy level.
Price: $15; JCC Member Price: Free
Fitness Desk, ext. 1337

Feldenkrais (all ages)

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

Improve posture, flexibility and coordination.
Price: $15; JCC Member Price: Free
Gotthelf Dance Studio
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!
Friedenberg Olympic Pool
Price Per Class: $15; JCC Member Price: Free
Fitness Desk, ext. 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
Fitness Desk, ext. 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: $15; JCC Member Price: Free
Fitness Desk, ext. 1337


Free Classes

Offered through San Diego Community College Continuing Ed (Emeritus 55+ program).
The following classes are held at the Lawrence Family JCC.
Fall Semester = September 8, 2015-January 30, 2016.
(Winter Break= Monday, December 21, 2015-Tuesday, January 5, 2016. Classes resume Wednesday, January 6, 2016).
Spring Semester = Wednesday, February 3-June 11, 2016.
(Spring Break= Week of March 28-April 2, 2016).

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.

Study elements of and develop composition skills.

Law and the Retiree/Current Events

Mondays, 9:30 - 11:30 A.M.

Lively discussion lead by attorney/former newscaster on contemporary topics of interest to seniors, including: healthcare and news regarding Social Security and Medicare, new laws and proposals for changes (including taxes and estate planning), foreign affairs (including Israel), future elections and ballot propositions, and recent court decisions of interest to seniors, to name but a few of the hot topics we will have fun to explore in this class with our neutral moderator.

Watercolor Painting (Mondays)

Mondays, 12:15 - 3:15 P.M.
Color quality, theory, value and composition.

Piano Keyboard Lessons

Mondays, 12:30-3:30 P.M.
(No class in January resumes February 8)

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

Watercolor Painting (Tuesdays)

Tuesdays, 8:30 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

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

Music Appreciation

Tuesdays, 10:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M.

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

World Literature - New Class!

Tuesdays, 1:30 - 3:30 P.M. (Please note: class is NOT moving to Thursday mornings as previously announced and as appears in the January/February Shofar newsletter)

Explore a variety of literature types and themes. Discussions will engage class in a larger conversation of what is at stake in literature and the world we inhabit and imagine.

Joy of Opera

Wednesdays, 10:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M.

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

Nutrition & Health for Older Adults

(NOTE: Canceled for rest of Fall Semester)
Spring Semester: Thursdays, 1:00-2:30 P.M. (starting February 4, 2016)

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.

Sumi-E Japanese Brush Painting

Thursdays, 11:15 A.M.-2:15 P.M.

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

Online Music & Opera Appreciation

Thursday, February 4, 2016, 5:00-8:00 P.M. (meets one time for registration & orientation for Spring Semester)
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. Includes listening to samples and weekly online sessions. Meet for registration for one or both classes and learn how to navigate and continue in your own home at your own pace.

Astor Judacia Library