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Classes, Clubs & Interest Groups

Games, Classes, Workshops,
Discussion & Interest Groups

Join the vibrant community of adults who enjoy sharing intellectual, recreational, physical and spiritual pursuits. The J’s program for adult and active senior men and women offers a wide variety of classes, activities and special events in a friendly environment. Make new friends while pursuing long held interests and discovering new ones. For information about PrimeTime Adult programs, contact Geri Dorman, Senior Adult Director at (949) 435-3400 ext. 303, gerid@jccoc.org .

Events:

Art & Wine - Uncork Your Creativity!
Looking for a way to explore your artistic side but don't know where to start? Come join us for a glass of wine and a fabulous creative evening! This class is designed for both the artistic and not so artistic. The instructor will guide you through basic drawing skills and you will learn the basics of acrylic painting. We believe it's easier to learn when you're having fun. No experience necessary. Students supply their own materials.
Must be 21.
4-Class pass: $150 members/$170 public
Every Thursday 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Time:Thursday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Instructor:Lynne Kaplan
$150 for members, $170 for the general public.
Books & Bagels April
Enjoy coffee and bagels while discussing the book of the month:
Tuesday, April 29
Open Heart by Elie Wiesel
Facilitated by Dana Susson & Marcy Middler
JCC Members & Womens Philanthropy: Free. Public: $10
Time:Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Date:Tuesday, Apr. 29 Add to Outlook
Free for members, $10 for the general public.
Books & Bagels May
Enjoy coffee and bagels while discussing the book of the month:
Tuesday, May 27
The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
Facilitated by Dana Susson & Marcy Middler
JCC Members & Womens Philanthropy: Free. Public: $10
Time:Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Date:Tuesday, May 27 Add to Outlook
Free for members, $10 for the general public.
Books & Bagels June
Enjoy coffee and bagels while discussing the book of the month:
Tuesday, June 24
The World Without You by Joshua Henkin
Facilitated by Dana Susson & Marcy Middler
JCC Members & Womens Philanthropy: Free. Public: $10
Time:Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Date:Tuesday, June 24 Add to Outlook
Free for members, $10 for the general public.
Books & Bagels July
Enjoy coffee and bagels while discussing the book of the month:
Tuesday, July 29
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
Facilitated by Dana Susson & Marcy Middler
JCC Members & Womens Philanthropy: Free. Public: $10
Time:Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Date:Tuesday, July 29 Add to Outlook
Free for members, $10 for the general public.
Bridge Workshop:Play of the Hand
Tuesday: May 6 & May 13, May 20 9:30am-11:30am (Note Date Changes)
This is the perfect class for bridge players who want to learn more about the leads, discards, crossroughing or pulling trump, unblocking, setting up the long suit, watching entries, guidelines for defense & declarer play. This workshop will include exercise sheets, handouts, pre-dealt hands to play & supervised play of hands Instructor: Jane Dober, Silver Life Master, taught at Dana Harbor Bridge Club. JCC Members: $50, Public: $65 for 3 classes
Time:Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Starts:Tuesday, May 6 Add to Outlook
Ends:Tuesday, May 20
$50 for members, $65 for the general public.
Bridge: Beginner Supervised Play
Tuesdays, July 1-August 5, 10am-12:00pm
Improve your play through supervised instruction & analysis of hands.
Instructor: Ann Cressman, ACBL certified instructor, Gold Life Master
JCC Members $100, Public $115 per session
Time:Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Starts:Tuesday, July 1 Add to Outlook
Ends:Tuesday, Aug. 5
Instructor:Ann Cressman
$100 for members, $115 for the general public.
Bridge: Drop In & Play - Ongoing
Mondays, 11:30pm-2:00pm. Bring a partner and meet others to play bridge. Tables arranged by level. Ongoing Class. JCC members only. No charge.
Time:Monday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Bridge: Intermediate Supervised Play
Tuesdays, July 1-August 5, 1-3:00pm
Improve your play through supervised instruction & analysis of hands.
Instructor: Ann Cressman, ACBL certified instructor, Gold Life Master
JCC Members $100, Public $115 per session
Time:Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Starts:Tuesday, July 1 Add to Outlook
Ends:Tuesday, Aug. 5
Instructor:Ann Cressman
$100 for members, $115 for the general public.
Celebrating Orange County's Jewish History
Wednesday, May 21 10:30-11:30am
Orange County's Jewish roots extend back to when Anaheim was founded in 1857 by two German-Jewish immigrants. Presented by Dalia Taft:
-Archivist for the OC Jewish Historical Society
-Editor of Jewish Pioneers of Orange County
-Wrote & directed the 2010 documentary film California Orange Jews
-Writes for JLife
JCC & Jewish Federation Members:Free, Public:$10
Time:Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Date:Wednesday, May 21 Add to Outlook
Free for members, $10 for the general public.
Gentle Yoga
Wednesdays & Fridays, 8:45-9:45. Ongoing.
This gentle approach to yoga helps you increase flexibility, improve circulation and experience more energy. It's a great way to reduce stress and improve physical condition. All Ages are welcome.
Only JCC Members, No Charge.
Materials: Bring your own Yoga Mat.
Time:Wednesday & Friday from 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
Instructor:Ell Rubin
Gentle Yogalates & Meditation
Monday's 9-10:20am
May 19 - July 14
Gain the benefits of mind body wellness in a gentle yogalates class that integrates gentle core exercises with yoga and meditation.
Members only: $50 for 8 classes
Time:Monday from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Starts:Monday, May 19 Add to Outlook
Ends:Monday, July 14
Instructor:Ell Vered Rubin
$50 for members.
iPhone Tips and Secrets Fridays
Learn how to get the most out of your iphone and things you didnt know your iphone could do. Four 90 minute sessions
Fridays, May 2, 9, 16 & 23 - 11:30am-1:00pm
Instructor: Jake Jacobs.
JCC Members: $25, Public: $35 for 4 sessions
Time:Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Starts:Friday, May 2 Add to Outlook
Ends:Friday, May 23
Instructor:Jake Jacobs
$25 for members, $35 for the general public.
IPhone Tips and Secrets Tuesdays
Learn how to get the most out of your iPhone and things you didnt know your iPhone could do. Four 90 minute sessions
Tuesdays, July 8, 15, 23 & 30, 7-8:30pm
Instructor: Jake Jacobs
JCC Members: $25, Public: $35 4 sessions
Time:Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Starts:Tuesday, July 8 Add to Outlook
Ends:Tuesday, July 29
Instructor:Jake Jacobs
$25 for members, $35 for the general public.
Israel: Past & Present
Thursday's, May 8 -29: 7-8:30pm
May 8: Build & Be Rebuilt While Fighting and Being Fought: The Creation of the State of Israel and the Wars Over its Existence: Presented by Dr. Jeffrey Blutinger
May 15: The Invisible Problem That Everyone Saw: Israel and the Rise of Palestinian Identity: Presented by Dr. Jeffrey Blutinger
May 22: The "Fossil" bursts into Life: The Continual Conflict over the Place of Religion in Israeli Society: Presented by Dr. Jeffrey Blutinger
May 29: Israel's transition from StartUp Nation to Global Nation: Presented by Dr. Glenn Yago
JCC Members $80, Public $100 for 4 lecture series
Time:Thursday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Starts:Thursday, May 8 Add to Outlook
Ends:Thursday, May 29
Instructor:Dr. Jeffrey Blutinger & Dr. Glenn Yago
$80 for members, $100 for the general public.
JYA + JCC Cares Volunteer Sunday
Sunday, May 18 7:30am-12pm
Location TBA
Orange County, CA
JYA: the Merage JCCs Young Adults (21-35) is joining forces with JCC Cares, the Merage JCCs community service group, to volunteer as part of Big Sunday.
Come help us help people!
And we will grab coffee/brunch/froyo, too.
Dress code: Closed toed shoes, long hair pulled back, no tank tops.
Email ElanaSimon@jccoc.org or Heatherz@jccoc.org
Time:Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Ends:Sunday, May 18
JYA Laguna Art Walk
May 1, 2014 6:00-10:00pm
Stroll with JYA: Merage JCCs Young Adults (21-35) on the "First Thursdays" Art Walk in Laguna Beach!
Join us for all or just a part of the evening!
RSVP to Elana through email to elanasimon@jccoc.org
Time:Thursday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Date:Thursday, May 1 Add to Outlook
Mah Jongg Refresher
Fridays May 2-23 10:30am-12:30pm
Practice and brush up on your skills at our supervised play session.
Instructor: Joan Samson
JCC Members: $60, Public: $75, 4 classes
Time:Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Starts:Friday, May 2 Add to Outlook
Ends:Friday, May 23
Instructor: Joan Samson
$60 for members, $75 for the general public.
Mah Jongg: Drop in & Play - Ongoing
Mondays 7-9 p.m. Thursdays 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Beginner & Advanced tables. JCC Members only: no charge
Time:Monday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Mah Jongg: Learn to Play Mondays
Mondays, 7-9pm
May 5 - June 30, 8 classes (no class May 26)
Learn to play in a small, friendly class setting
JCC Members $115, Public $130, Card $9 Minimum 6 players
Time:Monday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Starts:Monday, May 5 Add to Outlook
Ends:Monday, June 30
Instructor:Joan Samson
$115 for members, $130 for the general public.
Mah Jongg: Learn to Play Wednesday
Wednesdays, 10:30am−12:30pm, March 5-April 30(no class April 9)
Learn to Play in a small, friendly class setting
Instructor: Joan Samson
JCC Members: $115, Public: $135 Card $9 8 classes
Time:Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Starts:Wednesday, Mar. 5 Add to Outlook
Ends:Wednesday, Apr. 30
Instructor:Joan Samson
$115 for members, $135 for the general public.
Mah Jongg: Learn to Play Wednesdays
Wednesdays: 10:30am - 12:30pm
May 7 - July 2, 8 classes (no class June 4)
Learn to play in a small, friendly class setting.
JCC Members: $115, Public: $130, Card $9, Minimum 6 players
Time:Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Starts:Wednesday, May 7 Add to Outlook
Ends:Wednesday, July 2
Instructor:Joan Samson
$115 for members, $130 for the general public.
Medicare - Free Private Consultations
Request a free private consultation at the JCC on the first Tuesday of each month with consultant Joan Kaye, from Health Insurance Counseling Agency. Call Geri at (949) 435-3400 x 303 to schedule an appointment in advance.
Time:Tuesday from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Date:Tuesday, May 6 Add to Outlook
Instructor:Consultant: Joan Kaye
Men's Club At The J - Ongoing
Friday's, 10:00am - 12pm
Enjoy coffee and bagels while discussing issues of the day. Club members share views on current news items and other thought provoking topics. The participant's wide range of professional experience, life lessons, and opinions enhances the discussion. Coordinator:Marty Migdall. Members only. No charge. Drop-in guests welcome.
Time:Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Mens Wine Tasting
Tuesdays: May 13, June 17, July 15
RSVP Required to Sid Field, Coordinator.
Call (949) 464 9939 or email Bacchus1961@cox.net JCC Members only: Free.
Time:Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Starts:Tuesday, May 13 Add to Outlook
Ends:Tuesday, July 15
Mixed Media Art with Lynne Kaplan - 4 Class Pass
Under the supervision of art expert, Lynne Kaplan students work in an open studio setting which emphasizes individualized instruction. Each student works on their own project while Lynne guides the student on technique, form, and color. Students can work in any paint medium or low-fire clay. Classes are ongoing. Join in anytime! Students provide their own materials.
Time:Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Instructor:Lynne Kaplan
$150 for members, $170 for the general public.
Mixed Media Art with Lynne Kaplan - 8 Class Pass
Under the supervision of art expert, Lynne Kaplan students work in an open studio setting which emphasizes individualized instruction. Each student works on their own project while Lynne guides the student on technique, form, and color. Students can work in any paint medium or low-fire clay. Classes are ongoing. Join in anytime! Students provide their own materials.
Time:Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Instructor:Lynne Kaplan
$275 for members, $300 for the general public.
News and Views - Ongoing
This class is for everyone who loves to discuss current events and the news. Come debate and discuss local and world issues in an interactive format where participation is encouraged. Facilitated by Bob and Lillian Kurtz JCC Members Only: Free
Time:Monday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Instructor:Robert & Lillian Kurtz
Passport To Israel: Sights, Sounds & Tastes
Tuesday, May 6 12-1:00pm
Israeli lunch: falafel, hummus, pita, Israeli salad , rugelach & cookies
Israeli Map Experience: discover how each war since 1948 changed Israels borders
Trivia challenges: test your knowledge about Israel
Experience the shuk: Israeli Market Place
Recognize Yom Ha'zikaron(Memorial Day) & Yom Ha'atzmaut (Independence Day)
JCC Members $14 per person, Public $16
Advanced registration required by May 1
Time:Tuesday from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Date:Tuesday, May 6 Add to Outlook
$14 for members, $16 for the general public.
Poker League 2014
Nine Sundays -Jan. 19, Feb. 23, March 23, May 18, July 13, Aug. 17, Sept. 14, Nov. 9 & Dec. 7
Games Start at 1:00pm
Play in our monthly games on Sundays and earn points toward the yearly grand prizes. Each game has prizes for the winner of the day.
League Fee: JCC Members $99, Public $129
Registration for individual games available but not eligible for league
Individual games: JCC Members $20, Public $25
Time:Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Starts:Sunday, Jan. 19 Add to Outlook
Ends:Sunday, Dec. 7
$99 for members, $129 for the general public.
The View for Women of All Ages - Ongoing
Come for coffee, chat, and share your ideas while discussing topics of interest to women.
Meet for lunch out the last Tuesday of the month. Facilitated by Michelle Walot & Ro Probolsky
Time:Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Instructor:Michelle Walot and Roe Probolsky
Free for members, $5 for the general public.
Women's Connection: Wisdom in Your Life Story
Tuesday, May 13 10:30-11:30am
What is our role as Maven? How has your life experiences influenced your thinking? How can you impart your wisdom to share with future generations?
Facilitator: Marcy Middler, PhD, MFT
JCC Members Free, Public $10
Time:Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Date:Tuesday, May 13 Add to Outlook
Free for members, $10 for the general public.
Women's Connection: Intuitive Eating
Wednesday, June 18, 10:30-11:30am
Do we eat with our body, heart or brain? What makes us satisfied & why? What is a healthy eating? Tips to eat healthy & stay healthy.
Instructor: Joanna Richardson Jones RD, MBA, CEDS
JCC Members: Free, Public $10
Time:Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Date:Wednesday, June 18 Add to Outlook
Free for members, $10 for the general public.
Writing Your Story
Wednesday May 2, 10:30-11:30am
Do you have a memory that begs to be written? Do you find it difficult to get started? Through the use of prompts & free writes, we will get those memories on paper. We will talk about the basics of memoir & the details that bring them to life. Join us in a safe, supportive environment. Additional sessions to come: June 25 & July 30
Facilitator: Dr. Marcy Middler PhD, MFT
JCC Members Free, Public $10 each session
Time:Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Date:Wednesday, May 28 Add to Outlook
Free for members, $10 for the general public.
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