Senior Adult Classes

Qi Gong Winter Session 2019

Mondays January 14-March 25, 2019 (11 sessions) at 10:45 am.-12:10 pm
Robert H. Jaffe Aerobics Studio
Lawrence Family JCC

Qi Gong (or Chi exercise) has been shown to help reduce stress, improve balance and coordination and lead to a great sense of well-being. The practice consists of slow paced, rhythmic, simple to learn movements, breathing patterns and self-healing techniques.

Drop-in price per class meeting: $7.50; JCC Member Price: $6.25
Sorry, No Refunds Unless JCC Cancels

Beginners Spanish I

Tuesdays, January 29 -March 26 (9 weeks), 3:00-5:00 P.M.
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. Tailored to students with little or no background in Spanish. Take your first step towards Spanish fluency!

To RSVP go to or call the Senior Dept. at (858) 362-1141 by January 8, 2019.

Minimum number must be met to hold class.

Price: $156; JCC Member Price: $125 (additional fees for materials may apply).
No refunds unless JCC cancels.

Jewish Poets of the Past

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 7:00 PM
Astor Judaica Library
Lawrence Family, JCC

This evening’s program we will feature readings of the American Jewish poet, Emma Lazarus and the Yiddish Poet and founder of the Yiddish Theater, Abraham Goldfaden (composer of song, Rozhinkes Mit Mandeln).

Refreshments to follow.
RSVP Online or in person.
Price: Free

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Lives Well Lived

Wednesday, March 27, 2019
10:00 AM- 12:00 PM

David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC

Winner of San Diego Jewish Film Festival 2018 Audience Choice Award: Documentary Feature!

Lives Well Lived is a feature documentary film by Sky Bergman that celebrates the incredible wit and wisdom of adults 75 to 100 years old who are living their lives to the fullest. Encompassing over 3000 years of experience, forty people share their secrets and insights to living a meaningful life. Their intimate memories and inspiring personal histories will make you laugh, perhaps cry, but mostly inspire you.

Thank you to our generous underwriters, Seacrest Village Retirement Communities and Atria Senior Living La Jolla

Sign online or In Person to Senior Dept. (858) 362-1141 by March 20.
Price: FREE

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Jewish Poets-Jewish Voices & The Art of Aging

Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Gotthelf Art Gallery
Lawrence Family, JCC

Coinciding with the Art of Aging exhibit in our art gallery, this evening’s poetry will feature local poets presenting on the theme of aging.

Refreshments to follow.

Price: Free, registration required.

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Thursdays, 4:00-5:00 P.M.
January 17, February 21, March 21, April 11

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! Whether you want to make font sizes larger on your screen and phone, establish a Skype or Facebook account, learn word processing tips, set up email, take photos with your phone, or whatever, come learn from the younger generation how it is done on your device!

This free service is a collaboration between the JCC Senior & Teen Departments, the JCC's Teen Leadership Council, and Camp Jaycee CITs.

RSVP in advance to Senior Dept., (858) 362-1141 with the date(s) you would like to attend and the type of device with which you need assistance. Bring your charged device and questions.

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.
Gotthelf Dance Studio
Price Per Class: $15; JCC Member Price: Free
For more info, call JCC Guest Services: 858.457.3030.

Aqua 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
For more info, call JCC Guest Services: 858.457.3030.

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.
Gotthelf Dance Studio
Price Per Class: $15; JCC Member Price: Free
For more info, call JCC Guest Services: 858.457.3030.

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 Per Class: $15; JCC Member Price: Free
For more info, call JCC Guest Services: 858.457.3030.


Free Classes

Offered through San Diego Community College Continuing Ed (Emeritus 55+ program).
The following classes are held at the Lawrence Family JCC.

Spring Semester: January 30-June 6, 2019: no classes during Spring Break March 25-29, 2019 in addition to Federal Holidays)
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.

Check with instructors for alternate meeting sites or dates when the JCC is closed for Jewish holidays.

Figure Study & Still Life Drawing

Mondays, 8:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M. 

Study line, mass, proportion and value, space and composition using a variety of pencils, charcoal & brush. 

Piano Keyboard Lessons

Explore your musical talent through learning the fundamentals of piano techniques, musical expression and styles, theory and ear training, recital preparation and experience. Three levels offered:

Beginning Piano for Adults

Mondays, 8:45-10:30 A.M. (resumes for Spring Semester starting Feb. 11, 2019)

This class is intended for students with little or no piano experience. 

Intermediate Piano for Adults

Mondays, 10:30 A.M.-12:15 P.M. (resumes for Spring Semester starting Feb. 11, 2019)

This class is suitable for students with previous piano experience. 

Intermediate-Advanced Piano for Adults

Mondays, 1:00-3:30 P.M. (resumes for Spring Semester starting Feb. 11, 2019)
This class is intended for students with little or no piano experience. 

Watercolor Painting

Tuesdays, 8:30 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. (resumes for Spring Semester starting Feb. 12, 2019)

Study watercolor fundamentals including color, composition and design, then focus will be on working with the 5 Elements.

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

Tuesdays, 1:30 - 3:30 P.M.

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.

Law and the Retiree/Current Events

Thursdays, 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.

Asian Brush Painting

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

This is an introductory through advanced course in the art of the Asian brush, using watercolor, rice paper and ink. This course will explore the principles of art and design of Asian and American cultures. The student will learn how to use the Asian round brush using traditional and contemporary techniques.

Nutrition for Healthy Living

Thursdays, 12:30-2:00 P.M.

Find a healthy nutritional balance for life in these science-based lectures to help prevent chronic diseases, reduce premature death, and improve health and vitality.

Online Music & Opera Appreciation

Wednesday, February 6, 4:30-6:30 P.M. (meets one time for registration & orientation)

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.