Classes and Lectures
The JCC offers classes for adults of all ages, on a variety of topics from Judaica to fitness to enrichment classes.
To register for a class, please click the "Register" button in the class description to sign up online, or you can print a registration form.
For more information, contact Cherie Ravel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 408.357.7462.
All APJCC programming for older adults is made possible, in part, by a generous grant from The Myra Reinhard Family Foundation. Continued Learning programs for older adults are made possible, in part, by the Corporate Alliance sponsorship of MOORE Buick GMC.
CM = Full Center Member SM = Social Member NM = Non-member
Mission College Programs for Older Adults
Mission College offers free classes at the JCC for adults ages 55 and up, including Art History and Music History
Art History/Selected Topics (ages 55+)
Each week focuses on a stand-alone topic and is not dependent on prior sessions.
No previous experience is required. This class is offered by Mission College at the JCC.
|Wed||Spring Session I 3/1-4/26||1:00-2:30pm||FREE|
|Wed||Spring Session II 5/3-6/21||1:00-2:30pm||FREE|
* No classes 3/29, 4/12 or 5/31
This is a free, drop-in class. No need to register.
Music Appreciation (age 55+)
This isn't your basic introductory class on music listening, it's a lot more. We'll talk to musicians about their art, and hear live and recorded performances. Learn to enjoy and appreciate music through active and guided listening. Fall classes will take you on a tour of American Music.
This class is offered by Mission College at the JCC.
|Wed||Spring Session I 3/1-4/26||11:00-12:30pm||FREE|
|Wed||Spring Session II 5/3- 6/21||11:00-12:30pm||Free|
* No classes 3/29, 4/12 or 5/31
This is a free, drop-in class. No need to register.
The JCC also offers a variety of other programs for adults, including:
- AARP Safe Driver Course
- Art Workshops
- Conversational French
- Jewish Musical Theater, Composers & Lyricists
- Lecture Series
- Lip Reading
- Mah Jongg
- Opera Guild
- Painting Classes: Beginning Watercolors
AARP Safe Driver Course
Learn defensive driving techniques, new traffic laws and how to deal with aggressive drivers. Attendance for the entire class is required in order to receive a DMV Certificate which can provide a deduction on your auto insurance premiums to good drivers 50+. We offer a 2-day course for those who have never taken this class before, and a 1-day refresher for those who have taken the class previously but need to renew their certification. April 25th Refresher class is FULL
|Tues||3/14 & 3/21||9:00am-1:30pm||$15*||$20*|
|Tue||5/23 & 30||9:00am-1:30pm||$15*||$20*|
* Please make checks payable to AARP. Please note, the 4/25 class is a 1-day refresher course for those who need to renew their AARP Safe Driver certification. The JCC will take RSVPs for the class, but all registration and financials will be handled by AARP on the day of the class.
To sign up, email email@example.com.
Conversational French - Intermediate
Learn the history of French Jews, famous French locations and of course the language that ties them all together. This fall we will continue with lessons for Intermediate French speakers. Our class will explore Jewish history in France as well as continue to expand your French vocabulary.
Instructor Caroline Menipaz was born and raised in Paris, France. She had trained at the International Foreign Languages School Berlitz in 2000. For over a decade she has taught French in both the corporate setting and dedicated classes. Caroline brings a genuine love and enthusiasm of the French language and culture into every class.
|Thu||ongoing, Jan thru March||1:30-3:00pm||$90 per month|
The JCC offers more than 80 group fitness classes each week. These classes are free for Full Center Members. Social Members pay a $15 day pass fee and non-members pay a $25 day pass fee. Stop at the Service Desk in the JCC lobby on your way to class to check in.
Some group fitness classes are especially accessible if you are looking for low-impact exercise, including:
- Chair Yoga. This is a gentle form of yoga that is practiced sitting on a chair. Suitable for older adults or for anyone with limited mobility. Class is held every Thursday from 10:30am-11:30am in the Adult Lounge. Watch a video of our Chair Yoga class in action!
- Light and Easy. This low-impact aerobics class is light on the joints and easy to follow. Simple choreographed movement patterns emphasize a full range of motion. Every Monday and Wednesday from 1:30-2:30pm, and every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:00am-12:00 noon in Studio A.
- Zumba Basics. This class takes modifies Zumba moves and pace to suit the needs of a mature audience and anyone wanting a slower pace. What stays the same are all the elements Zumba is known for: zesty Latin music, easy-to-follow moves, and an invigorating atmosphere. Every Wednesday, 10:15-11:15am in Studio A.
Other classes that may be of interest include Aqua Fit (a non-impact aerobic workout in the pool, 7 classes per week)and Gentle Yoga (Thursdays 4:30-5:45pm and Fridays 10:30-11:45am, in Studio B). For times and more information, see the Group Fitness Schedule.
Jewish Musical Theater, Composers, and Lyricists
When you think of Jewish musical theater, you probably think of Fiddler on the Roof. But the Jewish legacy on Broadway goes far beyond that. Many of the leading lights of American musical theater are Jewish — from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Gershwin, Berlin, and Sondheim.
Join us for a trip down memory lane with instructor Stephen S. Gill. You’ll be entertained musically while learning some history about the composers and their music.
We've listed the composers who will be discussed on each date, and in some cases we've listed a few of their works to give you an idea of what they wrote.
|Tue||3/21||3:00-4:30pm||World War II: The Homefront and Popular Music||$5 or FREE*||$10|
|Tue||5/16||3:00-4:30pm||Jule Styne (Gypsy, Funny Girl)||$5 or FREE*||$10|
|Tue||6/21||3:00-4:30pm||Lerner and Loewe (Brigadoon, My Fair Lady, Camelot)||$5 or FREE*||$10|
|Tue||TBA||3:00-4:30pm||Stephen Sondheim (A Little Night Music, Into the Woods)||$5 or FREE*||$10|
* Free for JCC members with advance reservation. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 408.357.7462.
The Jewish Musical Theater program for seniors is made possible, in part, by a generous grant from the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley and sponsorship by HearWell Audiology. All Cultural Arts programs at the APJCC are made possible, in part, by generous contributions from Sylvia & Leonard Metz, Doris & Rick Davis, and Bill Lister. The APJCC is proud to be a part of the Initiative on Jewish Peoplehood, co-funded by the Koret Foundation and the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture, and supported further by the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley and other generous supporters.
The JCC's Center for Jewish Life and Learning offers a variety of classes and lectures on Jewish topics. See www.apjcc.org/jplace.
"WHO'S TALKING" and "HOW'S THAT WORK" ( monthly lecture series)
Come hear timely and educational speakers on a wide range of topics from health care to travel, and Twitter to iPads. Information promoting each lecture will be available in advance of each specific speaker. FREE for members and non-members. Contact Cherie Ravel at email@example.com or 408.357.7462 for details
- Thursday, May 18th, 1:00 - 3:00pm. Skype, FaceTime, and how to SEE your grandchildren. Instructor: Jeff Rosenplot
Classes are designed to significantly improve word understanding, especially in background noise. Both non-hearing aid users and hearing aid wearers can benefit from the class. Topics include learning to utilize visual, contextual and environmental cues, preserving hearing and optimizing hearing aid performance. This class is provided in partnership with Foothill College. More info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
No class 1/16 or 2/20
* There is no charge for this class, but you must register for it through Foothill College. For a registration package, contact Julie Brown at email@example.com or 650.949.7103.
Beginning Mah Jongg, EVENING classes
Learn to play the game of Mah Jongg. In this 6 week course you'll learn to identify the tiles, the Charleston and begin to play the game . Experienced instructor Janine Ramonda will teach you to play with the card according to the rules of the National Mah Jongg League.
These lectures are about operas that are coming up at the San Francisco Opera. Admission is free for JCC members and Opera Guild members; $10 for non-members.
No lectures are currently scheduled. We'll be back next fall!
Made possible, in part, by a gift from Judy & Warren Kaplan.
Painting Classes: Beginning Watercolors
Learn watercolor painting techniques with artist John Giannotti. Class size limited to 10 serious students. John is vice president of the Los Gatos Art Association and an accomplished painter. He also teaches classes at the Terraces.
Please sign up before April 14th. A list of supplies for students to purchase will be provided to students before the class starts.