Senior 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.

For more information on events listed below, contact Melanie Rubin in the JCC Senior Department: 858.362.1141 or


Senior Department Programs

To see all upcoming events at the JCC, visit:

Beginners' Spanish II

Thursdays, August 11 - September 15, 2022 | 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Astor Judaica Library Lawrence Family JCC

Designed to provide you with a solid foundation of this beautiful language, this course will focus on daily greetings and basic conversation. We will provide information on required book, upon registration.

New to our Spanish classes? Instructor Lucy will assess your level. Contact to set it up prior to registering.

Price: $121 | JCC Members: $99

Write Now

Every other Friday: July 1,15,29; August 12,26; September 9,23,2022 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Lawrence Family JCC

Join us for our bi-weekly, prompt-based writing workshop! Led by experienced writer and volunteer, Bobbi Rubinstein

Price: Free

Still Traveling: Buzzing Berlin (with Osher Marin JCC)

Mondays, August 1 - 22, 2022 | 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Zoom to Berlin, buzzing with history & culture, known also for significant scientific and architectural developments and achievements that happened there. Our guide will share his insights & experiences in this dynamic and exciting city.

Highlights of Berlin (Aug 1)
Museum Island (Aug 8)
Potsdam, a Royal Residence Town (Aug 15)
Berlin’s Jewish Quarter (Aug 22)

Price: Aug. 1 only: $12.50 | 4-Part series: $50

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Conversation Cafes

Wednesdays, July 20, August 17, October 19, November 16, December 14, 2022 | 10:30 - 11:30 am
Lawrence Family JCC

Are you a non-native English speaker, or do you speak other languages? Join us for conversations in other languages in our monthly coffee chats.

July 20 - Spanish
August 17- Yiddish
September 21 - Hebrew
October 19 - Russian
November 16 - German
December 14 - French

Price: Free

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LUNCH & LEARN: Tech Talks

Tuesdays, July 26, August 23 & September 6, 2022 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Lawrence Family JCC

Learn about important tech topics while lunching!

Bring your own lunch. Lunch is not provided.

Price: $20 | JCC Members: $16.50 (per class)

August 23 | The "Cloud" Add to Cart

September 6 | Online Shopping Tips Add to Cart

Health, Wealth & Self Workshop

Thursdays, August 25, September 22, October 27, 2022 | 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Astor Judaica Library
Lawrence Family JCC

Join us for a series of workshops presented by AARP and the Lawrence Family JCC.

August 25 - Brain Health
September 22 - Financial Scams & other Fraud Prevention
October 27 - Downsizing and Decluttering

Price: Free

August 25 | Brain Health Add to Cart

September 22 | Financial Scams & other Fraud Prevention Add to Cart

October 27 | Downsizing and Decluttering Add to Cart

Newcomers & Not-so-Newcomers Meeting

Tuesday, August 30, 2022 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Lawrence Family JCC

Are you new to San Diego or to the JCC, or are you looking to meet new people? Come make some new connections to do things together at the J and around town.

Price: Free

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Spanish Conversation

Tuesdays (6 week session) | 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Using advanced grammatical points, practice, improve, and acquire confidence using Spanish vocabulary. Topics include: genres of music, literature, history, current events and Indigenous Hispanic American societies.

Instructor: Luz Toledano.

New students will receive an assessment prior to enrollment to ensure the appropriate class is selected.

Price: $121 | JCC Member Price: $99

Spanish Conversation | August 30 - October 18 Add to Cart

Celebrate the Jewish New Year Through Drumming

Mondays, September 12 & 19, 2022 | 10:00 - 11:00 am
Lawrence Family JCC

In this two meeting class you will connect with each other, the High Holidays, and various drums from all around the world. Reflect and celebrate the Jewish New Year through guided imagery, personalized sacred rhythms, and improvisation with Galit Shezifi. No previous experience is necessary. All instruments will be provided.

Price: $49.50 | JCC Member Price: $44 (for the two part class)

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Senior Lounge

Meets Weekly
July: Fridays, July 1 - 29, 2022 | 2:00 - 3:00 pm
August: Wednesdays, August 10 - 31, 2022 | 2:00 -3:00 pm
September: Fridays, September 2 - 30, 2022 | 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Lawrence Family JCC

Spend time with old friends and make new ones in our weekly Senior lounges!

Price: Free

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Canasta Game

Ongoing on Tuesdays | 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Lawrence Family JCC

Join our volunteer leader and other JCC members in a friendly Canasta game!

Price: Free

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Mah Jongg Lessons

Four weeks (2-hours each); Dates and times to be arranged based on participants’ availability.

Want to learn how to play Mah Jongg, or sharpen your game? Sign up with friends or meet new people during these interactive virtual lessons for beginners and beyond with the School of American Mah Jongg.

Requirements: video and audio; Chrome, Firefox, or Safari browser; desktop computer, laptop w/external mouse, tablet, or iPad, and Mah Jongg card

Price: $175 | JCC Member: $150

For more information and to register contact Melanie Rubin.

Mah Jongg Lessons

San Diego College of Continuing Education - Emeritus Classes

Summer Semester runs July 11-August 25, 2022. Click here for the schedule and to register, or for help with registration contact West City Campus at 619.388.1873. Many Emeritus classes meet virtually; some are face-to-face or hybrid. One will be held in person at the Lawrence Family JCC this semester:

The Magic of Pastels (Artx515 | CRN: 91945)
Thursdays, July 14-August 25 (pre-register by June 27)
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Come and discover the original medium used by the Great Masters of Art. Not only will you learn how to record what you see but you will also leave the class observing everything differently. Instructor Rochelle Bradford will focus on composition, which is paramount, using the most “forgiving” of all mediums….The Magic of Pastels.

A supply list will be provided during the first class.


Need more information? Please contact...

Melanie Rubin, Director: Adult and Senior
Direct 858.362.1141 | Main line 858.457.3030