Senior Adult Department

The Senior Adult Department of the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center promotes Jewish cultural heritage and values by providing social, educational, and recreational programs. Through these programs we strengthen our connections to our community and keep alive our history and traditions. The Senior Adult Program encourages us to learn, grow and enrich our lives among others who share our values.

To sign up to receive the bi-monthly senior newsletter, The Shofar, call 858.362.1141.

For more information on events in this section, contact Melanie Rubin or Ilene Greenspan in the JCC Senior Department: 858.362.1141 or
Unless otherwise noted, events will take place at the JCC.

Do You Know an Older Woman Who Would Benefit From Social & Community Connection?

Do you know any Jewish women age 75 or older who are isolated and would like to make connections in the community? Thanks to a generous grant from the Jewish Women’s Foundation, the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS, and Jewish Family Service are collaborating to provide vital assistance and social programs to this population.

Click here for more details.

Asian PROMenade (Annual Senior Party)

The aura of Asia surrounded us with pagodas, lanterns, origami, cranes and the like at our annual senior party. 

Click here to view Photos from the Asian PROMenade, this year’s Senior Prom!


Upcoming Events

Classical Connections

A great way to enjoy San Diego! Bus transportation from the JCC available. JCC members will receive first priority for tickets and transportation. Refer to The Shofar for full schedule and more information.

RSVP to Melanie or Ilene in the JCC Senior Dept. at 858.362.1141 or

• Trip to the Skirball Cultural Center (Los Angeles): Sunday, November 2, 
7:30 A.M.- 7:00 P.M. (times are estimated)
Hollywood’s film history is a Jewish and an American story alike. The exhibition Light & Noir: Exiles and Émigrés in Hollywood, 1933–1950 highlights the émigré actors, directors, writers, and composers who were refugees from Nazi persecution in Europe—exploring the origins of their exclusion from the German film industry and focusing on their subsequent contributions to American cinema and culture. In addition, we will have a docent tour of Visions and Values: Jewish Life from Antiquity to America. We are delighted to share this trip with the Merage JCC of Orange County.

Price: $88; JCC Member Price: $72 (includes admission, docent tours, lunch and coach bus)

RSVP by October 13.

Newcomers' Meeting

Wednesday, October 1
1:30 P.M.

New to San Diego? Newly single? Meet new people for book or movie discussions, game partners, things to do around San Diego together, lunch outings, or whatever your interests are. Come to the JCC and kick-start your new friendships! This is not a dating service.

RSVP by September 23.

Lunch & Concert in the Sukkah

Tuesday, October 14, 12:00 P.M.
in the JCC Sukkah (located near entrance to back parking lot)

Celebrate the Jewish fall harvest festival of Sukkot with your senior friends at the JCC! Even if you have never shaken a lulav or smelled the fragrant etrog (ritual objects used for this Jewish holiday), you are welcome to join us for this special occasion, complete with lunch sponsored by The Patrician plus entertainment by Klezmer Del Cerro Band!

Price: $13; JCC Member Price: $11

RSVP by October 7. 

Senior Safety Fair: Emergency & Disaster Preparedness

Friday, October 31
10:15-11:45 A.M. (instead of Friday Forum)

Learn tips to prevent emergencies, as well as how to respond during and after emergencies and disasters such as wildfires, earthquakes, tsunamis, personal emergencies and more. Panelists from various organizations (CA Public Utilities Commission, SDG&E, San Diego Fire-Rescue Dept., and more) will help you become more confident that you will be prepared when something happens.

Free! RSVP to the JCC Senior Dept. by October 24.

Annual Senior Hanukkah Party

Thursday, December 11, 12:00 P.M.

Enjoy some of the tastiest home-made latkes in town! You’ll savor the smell of these traditional potato pancakes from the minute you walk through the doors at the JCC to join your fellow senior friends in celebrating the holiday, complete with entertainment by Innerdancer Performing Arts (in addition to the Nierman Preschool)! This annual special event is definitely one not to be missed!

Price: $10; JCC Member Price: $6

RSVP by December 4.


Services Offered


If you need a ride to the JCC, contact On the Go Transportation Solutions for Older Adults. You can also get rides to synagogues, medical appointments, shopping, and more. ON THE GO WEBSITE >


Free counseling at the JCC once a month! The Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) provides individual and confidential counseling related to Medicare and long term care insurance. State certified HICAP counselors can help you with these services and more:

• Understand your Medicare benefits.
• Review Medicare Advantage options (HMO, PPO, PFFS).
• Compare Part D drug plans.

HICAP counseling on Medicare will be at the JCC once a month on the third Tuesday for one hour appointments between 12:00 and 3:00 P.M. To make an appointment with a counselor call 1-800-434-0222 or 858-565-8772.


Free legal guidance and counseling opportunities on the third Friday of each month (mornings, by appointment) in the Garb Senior Activity Center. For an appointment, contact Melanie Rubin: 858.362.1141



Please stop by the Senior Department offices or the Fitness Front Desk to fill out an "Emergency Form." These will only be used in case something should happen to you while participating in a JCC program or working out in our facility. We need to know who to contact on your behalf (closest relative, preferred hospital, doctor's number, etc.). If you haven't completed one recently, please provide us with a new one so that we have the most current information available.