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

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JCC Retirement Academy

Thursdays, February 15 - April 4, 2024 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm | Lawrence Family JCC
Fridays, February 16 - April 5, 2024 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm | Temple Solel; Encinitas

The Retirement Academy, a cohort-based experience, explores life after work for those recently retired or preparing to retire. Retire on your own terms through experiential learning from top-notch educators and professionals, social programming, and a robust alumni network. Two cohorts will be taking this 10-week program starting in February

Price: $400 | JCC Member: $360
Financial assistance is available

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Intermediate Spanish

Thursdays, January 25 - March 14, 2024 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Lawrence Family JCC

This class will introduce further verb tenses, more vocabulary and structures that can be used in different situations. This course is designed for students who have some understanding of Spanish.

New students will receive an assessment prior to enrollment.

Contact Alyssa Micklos at for an assessment appointment and to inquire if space is available in the class.

Price: $185 | JCC Members: $150 (book is additional cost)

Senior Social Hour

Wednesdays, January - February | 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Lawrence Family JCC

Spend time with old friends and make new ones in our weekly chats! Advanced registration required.

Price: Free

February 28 Add to Cart

Jewish Poets-Jewish Voices

Tuesday, January 16, 2024 & March 5, 2024 | 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Samuel & Rebecca Astor Judaica Library
LawrenceFamily JCC

The 16th Season continues with three featured local Jewish poets reading their work, and an open mic. A reception after the program will follow where the audience can meet the poets. In collaboration with the Astor Judaica Library, San Diego Center for Jewish Culture and JCC’s Senior & Adult Dept. RSVP by one week before the event.

Price: Free

Jewish Poets-Jewish Voices: March 5th Add to Cart

Pre-Purim Comedy Special

Friday, March 8, 2024 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Lawrence Family JCC

Celebrate Purim with other seniors at the JCC. Free Spirits, an Improv Group of seniors out of the Osher at UCSD, will perform based on suggestions from the audience, so we need YOU to attend! Join us for some laughs, lunch, Purim treats and a costume contest! RSVP by March 1.

Price: $20 | JCC Member: $16

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Middle East Update

Monday, January 29, 2024 | 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Monday, March 11, 2024 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Lawrence Family JCC

Join us in person for another update on the happenings in the Middle East. Dan Schwimmer, former chairperson of AIPAC San Diego, will join us in person, and Mark Silberstein, former PR Director of the Israeli Consulate in LA will zoom in from Israel for this in-person gathering, in March. Light refreshments served.

Price: $12 | JCC Member: $7

Middle East Update with Mark Silberstein | March 11 Add to Cart

Newcomers and Not-So-Newcomer

Tuesday, March 12, 2024 | 1:30 - 2:30 pm
Lawrence Family JCC

New to San Diego, our JCC, or looking to meet people? Kickstart new friendships as we get to know each other, learn about what the JCC offers, and make community connections. RSVP by March 5.

Price: Free

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Docent Tour of the Mingei International Museum

Tuesday, March 26, 2024 | 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Lawrence Family JCC

Hop on our bus from the JCC to head down to Balboa Park for a docent tour of the Mingei to explore various types of art from many different countries, plus some time for perusing on your own. RSVP by March 18.

Price: $33 | JCC Member: $26

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Treasures of the Jewish Music Collection: Beloved Voices

Thursday, February 22, 2024: Music of Theodore Bikel | 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Thursday, April 4, 2024: Music of Debbie Friedman| 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Thursday, June 6, 2024: Music of Cantor Sheldon Merel | 2:00 - 3:30 pm

Astor Judaica Library
Lawrence Family JCC

Join Eileen Wingard and other music enthusiasts as they showcase iconic musical gems from the Astor Judaica Library's Jewish music collection.

Price: Free

April 4 | Music of Debbie Friedman Add to Cart

June 6 | Music of Cantor Sheldon Merel Add to Cart

Camp Cool Age

Monday, Wednesday & Friday, May 13, 15 & 17, 2024 | 9:30 am - 3:30 pm (Optional Happy Hour Monday & Wednesday from 3:30 - 5:00 pm)
Lawrence Family JCC

Unleash your inner adventurer at this unique adult retreat. Engage in diverse activities from pickleball and dance to carpentry and meditation. Strengthen your core with Pilates, express yourself in arts and crafts, and enjoy sports, drumming, and trivia competitions. Dive into Jewish learning, and experience Shabbat. Join us for an unforgettable experience!

Price (Includes Catered Lunch):
Individual: $400 | JCC Members: $360
Couple: $760 | JCC Members: $680

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Camp Cool Age

Mah Jongg for Beginners

Tuesdays, February 13 - March 19, 2024 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Lawrence Family JCC

Learn to play American Mah Jongg with instructor Sandra Novack. Class will cover how to play the game, rules, vocabulary, getting to know the card, strategies and more.

Price: $190 | JCC Members: $165
Large Mah Jongg Card: $15 (or purchase on your own)

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San Diego College of Continuing Education - Emeritus Classes

Spring Semester runs February 1- June 10, 2023. Click here for the schedule and to register, or for help with registration contact the Outreach Department at 619.388.1285. College Admin. staff will be at the JCC for drop-in assistance with registration on Tuesday, January 31 from 11:00 am-1:00 pm and Friday, February 3 from 9:00-11:00 am. Many Emeritus classes meet virtually; some are in person or a mixed modality. The following classes will be held in person at the Lawrence Family JCC for Spring Semester.