Classes and Activities

https://asoft8298.accrisoft.com/svjcc/clientuploads/adults/Jewbilee class 2.JPGThe JCC offers classes and activities for adults of all ages. To sign up, please click the "Register" button in the class or activity description to sign up online, or you can print a registration form

For more information, contact Cherie Ravel at cherie@apjcc.org or 408.357.7462.

CM = Full Center Member         SM = Social Member          NM = Non-member

Financial assistance is available to attend these programs, through the generosity of the Arnie Addison Scholarship Fund. Click here to apply.

JCC programs for adults include:

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.


Art History/Selected Topics (ages 55+)

Study the development of painting, sculpture, and other visual arts around the world. 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.

Upcoming Topics Include:

  • July - Treasures and Cultures of Ancient Africa
  • August - Art and Culture of the Americas in the Time of the Conquistadors
  • September and October - The Renaissance in Europe

Summer term July 5 - September 23




Fall term September 30 - December 13




Winter term January 3 - March 21



* No classes 12/20 and 12/27

This is a free, drop-in class. No need to register.

Mission College also offers a Music Appreciation class every Wednesday from 11:00am-12:30pm at the JCC.


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. 

Tue  September 12 9:00am-1:30pm $15* $20*
Tue October 11 & 18 **  9:00am-1:30pm $15* $20*
Tue  December 5  9:00am-1:30pm $15* $20*

* Please make checks payable to AARP. The JCC will take RSVPs for the class, but all registration and financials will be handled by AARP on the day of the class. ** NOTE DATE CHANGES FOR OCTOBER CLASSES

To sign up, email cherie@apjcc.org.


A Taste of Mediterranean Cooking

We are excited to offer a series of cooking classes, in your choice of English or Hebrew. Learn how to create a healthier lifestyle by preparing unique recipes for day-to-day and for the high holidays.
What to Expect
You'll learn to cook the Mediterranean way, preparing dishes that are healthy and bursting with flavor. Learn about using different spices, the principles of the Mediterranean diet, grains, legumes and sprouting and much more.  Held in our JCC professional kitchen, each class is taught by professional chef instructor Meytal Krupnik. You'll leave with the knowledge to create these easy and delicious menus at home. 
For details about menus, the instructor, and more, see www.apjcc.org/cooking 

For more information, please contact the JCC's Jewish Life department, at CJLL@apjcc.org or 408.357.7413.

Sun English (9/10 date cancelled), 10/15, 11/5, 12/10 3:00pm-6:00pm $55 per day* $65 per day*
Sun Hebrew (8/20 date cancelled), 9/17, 10/29, 11/19, 12/10 3:00pm-6:00pm $55 per day* $65* per day
 - for cooking classes in English
 - for cooking classes in Hebrew


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Current Events

Join the conversation, let your voice be heard! Join us weekly for a lively discussion and stimulating conversation, news of the week and stories that touch our lives. Moderators rotate each week. We meet Tuesday mornings in the Adult Lounge.

Read a story about the Current Events program in the Los Gatos Weekly Times/Mercury News!

Tue ongoing 10:00-11:45am Free

This is a free, drop-in program. No need to register. 


Fitness Classes

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 Monday and Thursday from 10:30am-11:30am. 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. 
  • 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. 
  • Aqua Fit. This is a non-impact aerobic workout in the JCC's heated outdoor swimming pool.
  • Gentle Yoga. Incorporates asanas (poses) in a slow, meditative, and calm yoga practice. Can accommodate those with reduced mobility or limitations.  

For times and more information, see the Group Fitness Schedule.


Dance Parties

We had a blast at our summer dance in August 2017!

Watch for more dances coming in 2018!   

Click here for photos of our August dance.




Friday Shabbat Lunches (ages 55+)

A once-clientuploads/adults/Shabbat Lunch.JPGa-month get-together on Fridays from 12:00-2:00pm in the APJCC Auditorium. Enjoy a catered hot lunch followed by entertainment. $6 JCC members, $8.50 non-members, and $10 at the door.

Upcoming dates include:

  • September 15 - " Preparing for the High Holy Days with Rabbi Hugh" 
  • October 27 - "Emergency Preparedness" with Santa Clara County Fire Dept.
  • November 17 - Gary Richards, "Mr. Roadshow" from the Mercury News
  • December 15 - "Bring a Grandchild to Lunch" and cookie decorating

APJCC monthly Senior Shabbat Luncheons are made possible, in part, by a generous grant from the Milton and Sophie Meyer Fund.



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Grandpals Shabbat (ages 55+)

Help explore and impart our rich traditions to our APJCC Preschool children.  Join us monthly through out the school year for storytelling, art, songs and Shabbat to connect the generations. This program runs during the school year, on selected Fridays from 9:00am-10:30am. Free. Must register in advance.

Grandpals Kickoff: We will have a meet-and-greet for Grandpals only (without the children) on Thursday, September 7 from 10:30am-12:00 noon.

Grandpals Shabbat dates for 2017-18 are: 9/15, 10/20, 11/3, 11/17,12/1, 1/5,1/19, 2/2,2/16, 3/9, 3/23, 4/13, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11

For more information, please contact Cherie Ravel at cherie@apjcc.org.




The JCC's Center for Jewish Life and Learning offers a variety of classes and lectures on Jewish topics. See www.apjcc.org/jplace.



Lip Reading

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 use visual, contextual and environmental cues, preserving hearing and optimizing hearing aid performance. This class is provided in partnership with Foothill College. More info: hear@gizmology.com

Mon 9/25-12/11 10:45am-4:45pm FREE*

* There is no charge for this class, but you must register for it through Foothill College. For a registration package, contact Julie Brown at brownjulie@fhda.edu or 650.949.7103.



Mah Jongg

Beginning Mah Jongg -- Mini 4-Week Series
Learn to identify the tiles and complete the Charleston. You'll learn to play Mah Jongg according to the rules of the National Mah Jongg League in this short 4 week series. With experienced instructor Janine Ramonda.

Tues 9/5-9/26 10:00am-12:00pm $36 $40



Intermediate Mah Jongg
This class will focus on how to successfully play the 2017 Mah Jongg card: best strategies for choosing a hand, switching hands, and understanding how a hand must be played for winning results. Experienced instructor Janine Ramonda will teach you to play with the card according to the rules of the National Mah Jongg League.

Tue 10/3-11/7 10:00am-12:00pm $54 $60


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Mah Jongg: Drop-in

Card tables are available in the JCC’s main lobby for your convenience, on a first-come first-served basis. Activity rooms are also available for game play on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons from 12:30-3:00pm where you can play Mah Jongg, Canasta, Bridge, Chess, and more. Activity Room play is  free for JCC members,a $5 donation is requested from non-members. If you are interested in playing in a regular Tuesday  group, contact Cherie Ravel at cherie@apjcc.org or 408.357.7462.



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. 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.

Upcoming Topics Include:  

  • July and August - American Roots Music
  • September and October - The Latin Beat in the USA

Summer term July 5 - September 23




Fall term September 30 - December 13




Winter term January 3 - March 21



* No classes  12/20 and 12/27

This is a free, drop-in class. No need to register.

Mission College also offers an Art History class every Wednesday from 1:00pm-2:30pm at the JCC.


Musical Theater, Composers, and Lyricists

This class will resume in 2018. 

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.

Tue 1/16/18 3:00-4:30pm TBA $5  $10
Tue 2/20/18 3:00-4:30pm TBA $5  $10
Tue 3/20/18 3:00-4:30pm TBA $5  $10
Tue 4/17/18 3:00-4:30pm TBA $5  $10
Tue 5/15/18 3:00-4:30pm TBA $5  $10
Tue 6/19/18 3:00-4:30pm TBA $5  $10

* RSVP to events@apjcc.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.



Monthly Lecture Series: "WHO'S TALKING" and "HOW'S THAT WORK"

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 cherie@apjcc.org or 408.357.7462 for details



Opera Lectures (in partnership with San Jose Opera Guild)

These lectures are about operas that are coming up at the San Francisco Opera.

Each meeting is from 10:00am-12:00 noon.

  • Wednesday, November 8, TBA
  • Wednesday, November 15, Girls of the Golden West by John Adams and Peter Sellars (Lecturer: Kip Cranna)

No need to register. Admission is free for JCC members and Opera Guild members; $10 for non-members. Please pay at the door. 


Watercolor Classes

We are delighted to continue the successful watercolor painting classes from last year. Learn watercolor techniques with artist John Giannotti. John is vice president of the Los Gatos Art Association and an accomplished painter.

Class size is limited to 10 serious students.

Wed 10/25-11/29 5:00-7:00pm $22 per class or $108 for the series







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