Adults of All Ages

Classes, Workshops, Leagues & Clubs

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Beginner Canasta Lessons

New spring classes to be announced.

Beginner Mah Jongg Lessons

5 Thursdays, Jan 18-Feb 15

This class is designed for beginners.
Instructor: Stacy Budkofsky
  • Member $70
  • Public $90


Intermediate Mah Jongg Lessons

5 Thursdays, Mar 1-29

A chance to strengthen your basic skills.
Instructor: Stacy Budkofsky
  • Member $70
  • Public $90


Open Game Time

Monday-Friday, 9:30AM-5PM
The Esther Gitlow & Yvette Tekel Senior Program has tables available daily for Mah Jongg, Canasta, Rummy Q, Bridge, Scrabble and other games.
FREE. JCC Members Only.
Registration not required.

Arts & Crafts

Knitting & Crocheting Circle

Tuesdays, Jan 2–May 22
No meeting Feb 20, Mar 27, Apr 3 & May 29
Create blankest, hats, sweaters and more. Some projects are donated, some are sold and some are created as gifts for family and friends. Instruction, encouragement and socialization. Novices welcome.
FREE. JCC Members Only.
Registration required for free events.

Myrna’s Art Group

Wednesdays, Jan 3-May 30

Join us for a variety of art projects, including “adult” coloring books and air-dry clay—plus good conversation as we work.
FREE. JCC Members Only.
Registration required for free events.

Workshops and Lectures

Powerful Women in Judaism

6 Mondays, Apr 9-May 14

Facilitator: Merri Rosenbaum
FREE. JCC Members & Hadassah Members Only.
Registration required for free events.

Modern Judaism

Tuesdays, ongoing – Apr 3

Jews in the modern age. Who are they? What are they all about? What do they believe in?
Instructor: Shel Haas
FREE. JCC Members Only.
Registration required for free events.

Films with Renee

Wednesdays each month

  • Jan 10: The Jazz Singer (1927), starring Al Jolson
  • No February meeting
  • Mar 7: Some Like It Hot (1959), starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis & Jack Lemmon
  • Apr 11: Mrs. Miniver (1942), starring Greer Garson & Walter Pidgeon
  • May 9: The Young Lions (1958), starring Marlon Brando & Montgomery Clift
  • June 6: The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), starring Dana Andrews, Fredric March & Myrna Loy

A retrospective of classic American films including a presentation with background information, analysis and discussion.
Facilitator: Renee Weiner
FREE. JCC Members Only.
Registration required for free events.

Book Review Club


  • Jan 31: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • Mar 28: TBD
  • May 30: TBD

Facilitator: Lucille Schroeder
FREE. JCC Members Only.
Registration required for free events.

AARP Rockland Chapter

AARP Lectures at the J

Nanuet High School Concert Choir

Wednesday, Dec 20

AARP is very pleased to present a special concert featuring the acclaimed Nanuet High School Concert Choir. This 28-member student choir will perform a range of works, including classical, seasonal, and popular music, which will delight all audiences.
The Nanuet Senior High School Music Department has been a recipient of the National Association for Music Education Program Award and the New York State School Music Association’s Presidential Citation/Award of Excellence in Music Education. The school was also a GRAMMY Foundation Signature School finalist. The choir performs regularly at high school concerts and community events, including the 9/11 Remembrance Celebration and the United Way’s Day of Caring. The choir is directed by Tracy Dobelle, Dr. Jack Gremli, and Elaine Royal.
Save the date for an additional AARP Lecture at the J: Jan 17

Bagels and coffee are available at a nominal fee.
FREE and open to the public.
Registration not required.

For further information, please contact Norm Cohen, AARP Rockland County Program Director at 845-623-7606 or Myrna Arin at

Ongoing discussion groups

Schmooze on the News

Mondays, Jan 8-May 14
No meeting Jan 1, May 21 & May 28
Roundtable discussion on topics in the news. Occasional guest speakers invited. Facilitator: Shel Haas
FREE. JCC Members Only.
Registration required for free events.

5 Star Trivia

Tuesdays, Jan 2–May 22 & Thursdays, Jan 4-May 31
No meeting on these Tuesdays: Feb 20, Mar 27, Apr 3 & May 29
No meeting on these Thursdays: Feb 22, Mar 29, Apr 5 & May 24
This group could also be called Cerebral Gymnastics. Test your knowledge on a variety of subjects, while having fun and keeping brain cells jumping.
Facilitator: Martin Resnik
FREE. JCC Members Only.
Registration required for free events.

Women’s Discussion Group

Tuesdays, Jan 2–May 22
No meeting Feb 20, Mar 27, Apr 3 & May 29
This member-led rap group is for women who are looking for a warm, welcoming place to share and help one another.
FREE. JCC Members Only.
Registration required for free events.

Men’s Discussion Group

Tuesdays, Jan 2-May 29
What’s said in the room stays in the room. Be part of this member-led rap group for men only.
FREE. JCC Members Only.
Registration required for free events.

Women’s Views on the News

Thursdays, Jan 4-May 31

You are invited to join a women’s group open discussion on local, national and international current events. This is a lively gathering of women who care about our world.
FREE. JCC Members Only.
Registration required for free events.

Men’s Discussion Group II

Thursdays, Jan 4-May 31
There’s never enough time to chat – so we’ve created a second discussion group. This is a member-led rap group for men only.
FREE. JCC Members Only.
Registration required for free events.


Armchair Aerobics

12 Mondays, Jan 8-Apr 30 & 13 Thursdays, Jan 4-Apr 26
No class on these Mondays: Jan 1, Jan 15, Feb 5, Feb 19, Mar 26 & Apr 2
No class on these Thursdays: Feb 22, Mar 22, Mar 29 & Apr 5
Sponsored by Institute for Advanced Rehab at Friedwald Center.
Instructor: Rafael Muniz
  • Member $50
  • Public $65
  • Fitness Member FREE

Registration required for free events.

Israeli Folk Dance

Since Biblical times, Jews have expressed joy through dance. Dance has always been a part of religious, communal, and family celebrations. Israeli dance creates a cultural link shared by Jews around the world. Whether you are dancing the dances of the halutzim (the pioneers), or the modern dances of today, you feel the heartbeat and rhythm of Israel and its people.

Come dance with a wonderful group of dancers on Wednesday afternoons and learn not just steps of Israeli dance, but reasons behind the movements and the feelings expressed by them.

8 Wednesdays, February 7-March 28, 4-5PM
For intermediate & advanced dancers.
Class minimum 8
Instructor: Leng Leng
  • Member $120
  • Public $150M


Active adult fitness classes offered at the JCC Wellness Center.
Complementary month of fitness and wellness for all community members.
Offerings include classes such as Tai Chi, Yoga and Active Adults in Motion as well as access to free weights, strength training, cardio machines and locker with full amenities. Contact Marjorie Kornblau about membership at 845-362-4400 ext. 189.


Games are played weeknights at the JCC. Bring your own team or join one of ours. Play in either our competitive or recreational division. Season runs 10 games plus playoffs. T-shirt is $15 additional.
  • Member $150
  • Public $190

Registration is closed

Special Programming

Defensive Driving

Ages 16+
Open to all ages and drivers licenses including learners’ permits. Completion of a NY DMV approved Point and Insurance Reduction Program (PIRP) provides a 10% reduction for 3 years, off of the motorist’s liability, no-fault and collision insurance premiums. If you have a traffic ticket, the benefits are even greater: this course can mean a 4-point reduction on your driving record.
Register early as space is limited.
Instructor: Art Aldrich
  • Member $40
  • Public $55

Sunday, Jan 7 | 9AM-3PM >> REGISTER
Sunday, Apr 8 | 9AM-3PM >> REGISTER

Shabbat study with a schmear

Shabbat Study with a Schmear

Sponsored by Fountain View
Fridays, 12:30 at JCC Rockland


Members $8
Public $15
Bagels and coffee served. Registration required.

Jan 5: Navigating the Changing Jewish Community in Rockland County

Rabbi Brian Leiken from Temple Beth Sholom will discuss the realities, challenges and opportunities today’s synagogues face as the community changes and evolves.

Feb 2: Israel for Real

We know how the media portrays Israel, but what is it really like to live there? How do Israelis view America? Rabbi Scheff from Orangetown Jewish Center will share his experience and views of the Jewish State.

March 9: Jewish Image in American Film

Speaker Art Aldrich will share how the Jewish image in American film has changed since the early 20th century with the evolution of Jewish immigrants and their assimilation into society. From awkward “strangers in a strange land,” Jews have risen to prominence in a variety of occupations and professions. But despite that success, have Jews shed those feelings of being outsiders? We will analyze several contemporary films to reveal the nature of this conflict.

April 13: A Story of Survival

To commemorate Yom Hashoah, Holocaust survivor Charles Srebnik will share his story from his early years hiding in a Catholic orphanage to his tween years working for the underground movement. His path also lead him to advocate for other survivors and to help them obtain reparations from the German and French governments.

May 4: The Ziegfeld Follies

Marty Schneit tells the tale of the chorus girls from Florenz Ziegfeld’s 1907 – 1931 theatrical spectaculars. The Ziegfeld Girl became an American Institution, a symbol of the modern independent woman, and Florenz Ziegfeld was instrumental in bringing women to the center of society. This lecture will also discuss other important figures from the period, and the following songs will be presented: “My Man,” “Love Me or Leave Me” and “A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody.”

June 1: Anti-Semitism in Rockland County

Gary Spitzer, Jewish Federation of Rockland CEO, will lead a conversation on the principles and values of the Federation’s community relations work, with some case studies on fighting anti-Semitism, advocating for Israel and other political topics.

65+ Singles
Sunday, Dec 17, 12 PM, lunch at Golden Mushroom, Nyack, NY
Individual checks, please register by Dec 14

Sunday, January 7, 11AM-1PM, bagels and lox brunch at JCC Rockland
Member $10, Public $12, please register by Jan 4
Sunday, January 21, 12PM, lunch at Sutter’s Mill, Suffern, NY
Individual checks, please register by Jan 18
For more information and to register, please contact Seymour Chenkin, 845-848-2038 and Gene Arkin, 845-356-5525.