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.

Create a Jewish Legacy Luncheon Presentation

Monday, January 26, 12:00 p.m.

Your legacy can reflect everything that is most important and meaningful to you.  You can give a future planned gift in many ways to organizations that hold a special place in your heart.  The legacy planning process can engender heartfelt conversations with your family and build bonds with your partners in the community, such as the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center.  By including a gift to the JCC after your lifetime, you will be acknowledged as a member of the Joan & Irwin Jacobs JCC Jewish Legacy Society and included in exclusive events and programs.

Elise S. Wald, JD, LLM, Charitable Planning Officer of The Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego, will offer a short presentation about the Create a Jewish Legacy program and answer your questions about legacy planning.

RSVP by January 19

Free Documentary Film Screening - Cyber-Seniors: Connecting Generations

Thursday, January 29, 2015, 4:00 p.m.

Join us for a free screening in our JCC’s Garfield Theatre of a humorous and heartwarming documentary about the growing generation gap. Focusing on a group of seniors who take their first steps into cyber-space under the tutelage of teenage mentors, the film renders a thought-provoking look at a spirited group enriched by digitally re-connecting with their families and each other. Bring your grandchildren and families to this intergenerational event.

Free! RSVP by January 22

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San Diego Central Library Tour and Brunch

Wednesday, February 18
Depart 9:00 A.M., Return 1:00 P.M. (times are approximate; On the Go will confirm)

Enjoy a one-hour tour of our fabulous new nine-story San Diego Central Library. The library took three years to build and is truly awe-inspiring! The tour will include visits to the 1st, 2nd, 8th and 9th floors. After the tour, we’ll have a no-host brunch at the Mission Restaurant downtown, with great reviews and an interesting and varied menu. Space is limited!!

Price: $25 (Brunch is not included)

RSVP with payment to On the Go at (858) 637-7320 by February 13 (must be enrolled prior to deadline. On the Go enrollment fee of $20 is waived for JCC Members)

Newcomers' Meeting

Wednesday, February 4
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 Jan. 28.

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. To RSVP contact Melanie 858-362-1141.

The JCC Senior Dept. has a bus for the Tuesday night performances, so reserve your bus seat by calling Melanie or Ilene at the JCC. Purchase your own tickets through San Diego Opera at (619)533-7000 or at

Price for bus per show: $15; JCC Member Price: $10

San Diego Opera 2015 Season

  • January 27 - La Boheme with special back stage tour and pre-opera lecture with Dr. Reveles (meet at JCC 4:30 P.M.)
  • February 17 - Don Giovanni (Meet at JCC 5:45 P.M.)
  • March 17 - Nixon in China (Meet at JCC 5:45 P.M.)

Other Performances

Sunday, March 1 matinee- Murder for Two at the Old Globe Theatre

Meet at JCC at 12:45 P.M.
Price: $60; JCC Member Price: $50 (includes bus from JCC and ticket)

Sunday, March 29 matinee - Pinchas Zukerman, plays with and conducts the San Diego Symphony at Copley Symphony Hall

Meet at JCC at 12:45 P.M.
Price: $50; JCC Member Price: $40 (includes bus from JCC and ticket)

Sunday, April 12 matinee - The Romeros 55th Anniversary Concert at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts

Meet at JCC at 12:45 P.M.
Price: $57; JCC Member Price: $46 (includes bus from JCC and ticket)

Senior Model Seder

Friday, March 27

12:00 P.M.

Rabbi Scott Meltzer of Ohr Shalom Synagogue leads this annual event that gives us new perspectives to the traditional rituals of Passover.  Light lunch served with ceremonial foods.

Price: $15; JCC Member Price: $11

RSVP by March 20

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.

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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


Thursdays, January 8, 22, February 5, February 26

4:00-5:00 P.M.

NEW SESSION JUST ADDED: Sunday, March 15, 1:00-4:00 P.M. (sign up in advance for the hour you want to attend: 1:00, 2:00 or 3:00)

Who do you turn to when you have questions about your computer and/or smartphone? Your grandkids? Never fear if they’re not here, we have teens for you! This free service is a collaboration between the JCC Senior & Teen Depts. Thanks to a grant from the Jewish Women’s Foundation.

Please RSVP with date(s) to Senior Dept., (858) 362-1141.  Bring your charged device, or the teens can demonstrate from theirs.




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.