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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:

10th Annual Celebrity Charity Poker Tournament

Sunday, December 14, 2014
The Bicycle Casino, Bell Gardens

11 a.m. Registration & Lunch · 1 p.m. Shuffle Up & Deal
$160 to enter tournament + $35 Bicycle Club entry fee: $195 per person to play
Must be 21 or over to participate.

$10,000+ Prize Guarantee!

  • All Ca$h prizes · Raffle Prizes and Giveaways
  • Complimentary Non-Alcoholic Beverages
  • "Bounties" for Knocking out Celebrities
  • Live & Silent Auction · Multiple $20 Re-buys and Add-ons


Time:Sunday from 11 a.m. to
Date:Sunday, Dec. 14 Add to Outlook
$195 for the members & the general public.
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 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.
Books & Bagels August 26
Enjoy coffee and bagels while discussing the book or the month: The Paris Architect by Charles Balfoure
Facilitated by Dana Susson and Marcy Middler
JCC Members & Womens Philanthropy: Free. Public: $10
Time:Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Date:Tuesday, Aug. 26 Add to Outlook
Free for members, $10 for the general public.
Bridge Workshop:Play of the Hand
Tuesday: August 12, 19 & 26 9:30am-11:30am
Learn bridge bidding techniques important to take your game to a higher level. Learn Losing Trick Count, hand evaluation and the importance of opening 2C or 2No-trump, strong bids, cue bids and responses to these bids.
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, Aug. 12 Add to Outlook
Ends:Tuesday, Aug. 26
$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.
CLASS is Closed: Fused Glass Workshop 8/19
We are sorry, this class is full
Tuesday, August 19, 7-10 p.m.
Come and make a fabulous custom fused glass plate or bowl! In this exciting new workshop, you will get to cut glass and learn how glass fusing works. This is a 3-hour class for beginners so no experience is necessary. You will be provided with a basic glass package and be able to purchase additional colors of glass from the instructor. 5 student minimum, 10 student maximum. Use of tools is included. Finished products require two firings and will be ready for pick up 2 weeks from the class date.
Time:Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Date:Tuesday, Aug. 19 Add to Outlook
Instructor:Lynne Kaplan
$75 for members, $85 for the general public.
Family Volunteering at the Food Bank
Sunday, August 3rd from 10:00am-11:30 a.m.
Join JCC Cares, the JCC's Social Action group, for a fun morning of giving back! We will be heading to the OC Food Bank to pack food boxes that are distributed to hungry families in the Orange County and surrounding areas. This is a great event for families! Email heatherz@jccoc.org for more information.
Time:Sunday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Date:Sunday, Aug. 3 Add to Outlook
Ages:Ages 12-16
Fused Glass Workshop 8/6
Wednesday, August 6, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Come and make a fabulous custom fused glass plate or bowl! In this exciting new workshop, you will get to cut glass and learn how glass fusing works. This is a 3-hour class for beginners so no experience is necessary. You will be provided with a basic glass package and be able to purchase additional colors of glass from the instructor. 5 student minimum, 10 student maximum. Use of tools is included. Finished products require two firings and will be ready for pick up 2 weeks from the class date.
Time:Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Date:Wednesday, Aug. 6 Add to Outlook
Instructor:Lynne Kaplan
$75 for members, $85 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 Yoga
Wednesdays & Fridays, 10:00-11:00. June 25-Aug 27
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 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Starts:Wednesday, June 25 Add to Outlook
Ends:Wednesday, Aug. 27
Instructor:Ell Rubin
Gentle Yogalates & Meditation
Mondays 9-10:20am
July 28 - September 22
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, July 28 Add to Outlook
Ends:Monday, Sep. 22
Instructor:Ell Vered Rubin
$50 for members.
Grandparent & Me: Moving to the Music
Ages 12 - 30 months. Classes promote motor skills, self esteem, musicality and rhythm. Enjoy instrumental jam sessions, creative movement, and a puppet show featuring special guest Elmo. Min. 6, max 12.
Time:Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Starts:Wednesday, Sep. 10 Add to Outlook
Ends:Wednesday, Oct. 29
Instructor:Reina Rivera
$160 for members, $184 for the general public.
Grandparent & Me: Sunday Morning Storytime in the Sukkah
Sunday, Oct. 12. Meet in the JCC Sukkah or an interactive story, crafts, snacks and special bonding time. Ages 3 - 5.5 years.
Date:Sunday, Oct. 12, 10 a.m. Add to Outlook
$5 for members, $7 for the general public.
iPhone Tips and Secrets
Learn how to get the most out of your iPhone! Four 90 minute sessions
Tuesdays, July 8, 15, 22 & 29- 7-8:30pm
Instructor: Jake Jacobs.
JCC Members: $25, Public: $35 for 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.
JYA - Art & Wine
Tuesday, July 29 from 7-9:30 p.m.
Art Studio. JYA Young Adults 21-35
Join us for a fun and relaxed evening of wine and fabulous creativeness! We will give you step by step instructions. You will take home your masterpiece. No experience needed! All you need to do is bring yourself, we provide the brushes, ceramics, & paint. BYO wine to enjoy. $15 class + $5 material cost
Time:Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Date:Tuesday, July 29 Add to Outlook
Instructor:Lynne Kaplan
$20 for the members & the general public.
JYA Israel 101 Lecture
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Israel 101 Lecture with brief Q&A
Merage JCC, Conference Rooms A&B

Israel? Who? What? Where?
What happened when? Why is there fighting?
Don Schwartz, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, CSULB will fill us in.

During this time of particularly heightened sensitivity, Young Adults are looking to better understand the history of Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as well as explore their personal connection to the Jewish state.
Specifically targeted at those who are looking to obtain/expand a basic foundation of knowledge.
Moderated Q&A, Suggested Reading Lists, and List of news sources will be provided.

No cost to attend, open to JCC Members and community.

Time:Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Date:Tuesday, July 22 Add to Outlook
Instructor:Don Schwartz, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, CSULB
JYA Labor Day Pool Party
Come celebrate Labor Day at the prettiest pool around!
Time:Sunday from 3:45 a.m. to
Date:Sunday, Aug. 31 Add to Outlook
$15 for members.
Laughter Yoga for Health Workshop
Thursday, August 14, 9:30- 10:30am
Experience unconditional, heartfelt laughter techniques, breathing & easy stretches, blending the best of Eastern/Western healing systems. Enjoy the scientifically proven benefits of pro-active laughter: relief of stress, anxiety, pain, depression; enhanced immune system; improved respiration, circulation, digestion, stronger self-confidence, improved relationships; and a sense of peace and happiness.
Instructor: Pat Leszczynski, CLYL, Certified Laughter Yoga Leader through the Dr. Kataria School of Laughter Yoga. JCC
Members:Free Public: $15 each workshop registration required
Time:Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Date:Thursday, Aug. 14 Add to Outlook
Instructor:Pat Leszczynski
Free for members, $15 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 Wednesdays
Wednesdays: 10:30am - 12:30pm
August 20 - October 8, 8 classes
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, Aug. 20 Add to Outlook
Ends:Wednesday, Oct. 8
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: June 17, July 15, August 12
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, June 17 Add to Outlook
Ends:Tuesday, Aug. 12
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
Parent & Me: Sunday Library Storytime and More!
Ages 0 - 6 years. On the first Sunday of each month (starting Oct. 5), come enjoy the love of reading in our beautiful library. Through story time, interactive crafts, free time in the library as well as outside time, you will be able to spend some special time with your child. (Monthly, ongoing)
Time:Sunday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Instructor:Lindsay Brownstein
$5 for members, $7 for the general public.
Parenting Bootcamp Series
Join fellow parents and learn from experts as well as peers on a variety of parenting topics. Register here for the entire series or see below to register for individual classes and descriptions.
Time:Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Starts:Wednesday, Sep. 10 Add to Outlook
Ends:Wednesday, Oct. 29
Instructor:Lauren Gavshon, PsyD, Allison Johnson, LMFT, Hayley Goldberg, MF
$120 for members, $150 for the general public.
Parenting Bootcamp's Developmental Milestones
Is Your Child "Advanced"? Explore physical and psychological developmental milestones and different themes as children age.
Date:Wednesday, Sep. 24, 11 a.m. Add to Outlook
$20 for members, $25 for the general public.
Parenting Bootcamp's Love Languages of Children
What is your child's "love language"? Find out how children express and receive love through five communication styles.
Date:Wednesday, Oct. 15, 11 a.m. Add to Outlook
$20 for members, $25 for the general public.
Parenting Bootcamp's Mindful Parenting: Getting to Calm
How do we make sense of ALL the articles, books and advice available on parenting? Learn how to make your own sense of calm and focus.
Date:Wednesday, Sep. 10 Add to Outlook
$20 for members, $25 for the general public.
Parenting Bootcamp's Nutrition: Avoiding Food Fights
How much do children really need to eat at different ages? Learn tricks to avoid food fights.
Date:Wednesday, Sep. 17, 11 a.m. Add to Outlook
$20 for members, $25 for the general public.
Parenting Bootcamp's Over-Reacting/Under-Reacting
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly... How do we parent our children through the tough topics? Learn how to parent through changes such as new babies, schools, homes, friends and loss.
Date:Wednesday, Oct. 29, 11 a.m. Add to Outlook
$20 for members, $25 for the general public.
Parenting Bootcamp's Problem Solving
Discuss with our experts the language of discipline.
Date:Wednesday, Oct. 1, 11 a.m. Add to Outlook
$20 for members, $25 for the general public.
Parenting Bootcamp's Social Skills and the Importance of Play
Good social skills are critical to success in life. Explore social skills and why some children find it difficult performing these skills.
Date:Wednesday, Oct. 8, 11 a.m. Add to Outlook
$20 for members, $25 for the general public.
Parenting Bootcamp's Transition and Separations
Uh oh, how are we going to survive another change? Transitions are inevitable. How could your child react when you start a new job, move to a new house, start in a new classroom? Gain knowledge on transition success.
Date:Wednesday, Oct. 22, 11 a.m. Add to Outlook
$20 for members, $25 for the general public.
Parents: Book Club
Monthly meeting to discuss books about parenting and family. Get together for a nosh and lively conversation. Book will be announced a month in advance. Meeting dates: Oct. 6, Nov. 3 and Dec. 1
Time:Monday from 9:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Instructor:Lisa Monette
Parents: Pre-Natal Fitness
Using Pilates-based principles, maintain the strength in your legs and core for delivery while preparing your upper body for the demands of infant care.
Time:Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Starts:Tuesday, Sep. 9 Add to Outlook
Ends:Tuesday, Oct. 28
Instructor:Yvette Casal
$120 for members, $150 for the general public.
Poker 2014- Individual Games
Sunday, July 13, 2014, Games start at 1:00 p.m.
Play in our monthly games on Sundays. Each game has prizes for the winner of the day.
If you are interested in registering for a future month please contact Geri at 949-435-3400 x303
Time:Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Date:Saturday, July 13 Add to Outlook
$20 for members, $25 for the general public.
Poker League 2014
Five Sundays remaining- 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 $59, Public $79
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, July 13 Add to Outlook
Ends:Sunday, Dec. 7
$59 for members, $79 for the general public.
Race for the Cure
All Ages - Join the JCC Cares/Mitzvah Mavens walk the Komen Race for the Cure to help fight Breast Cancer. Follow these simple steps to register: (1) Go to: http://www.komenoc.org/faf/home/waiver. asp?ievent=1016557 (2) Click I AGREE. (3) Click JOIN A TEAM. (4) JOIN AN EXISTING TEAM: Scroll down to "JCC Cares/Mitzvah Mavens", then click Continue. (5) Proceed to fill out personal information. ---Note: Event: 7:30 am 5K Run/Walk
Time:Sunday from 7:15 a.m. to
Date:Sunday, Sep. 28 Add to Outlook
Ages:Grades K-5
$35 for members.
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.
Womens Connection - Finding Your Inner Strength
Wednesday August 20 10:30 11:30am
Learn 7 tips to igniting your personal power. Discover how to illuminate your personal strength, overcome obstacles and enjoy a life lived to the fullest.
Presenter: Jodi Roseman, a certified yoga instructor, supports women in realizing their potential and finding strength in adversity.
JCC & Jewish Federation & Family Services: Free, Public $10
Date:Wednesday, Aug. 20 Add to Outlook
Instructor:Jodi Roseman
Free for members, $10 for the general public.
Writing Your Story
Wednesday July 30, 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, July 30 Add to Outlook
Free for members, $10 for the general public.
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