Senior Connections


Are you a 50+ adult, recently retired or a senior citizen? The JCC welcomes adults seeking intellectual, cultural and social programming. Get involved with other adults interested in music, art, film, play readings, day trips and special events. Program development suggestions welcome.

Phyllis Kelly, Connections Program Coordinator
(914) 472-3300, x423

Bring a friend (new to CONNECTIONS) & you & your friend will only pay $8 for that day!

Morning and afternoon programs for our seniors, led by outstanding professionals, offer a variety of stimulating subjects including current events, art, music, films, book reviews, and Judaic topics. The first Thursday of each month we will have an afternoon of music. The last Thursday of each month we will continue with our Israeli film series. The group socializes over kosher style brown bag lunches brought from home. Light refreshments served.

Upcoming Events

 Thursday, May 7
10:30AM – 12:00PM: “Israeli Female First Responders”
Come join Rabbi Emily Korzenik and meet with a of group Israeli women who live on kibbutzim near the border with Gaza and cope courageously with the frequent reality of rockets that threaten the lives of their families. Program sponsored by Shalom Israel.
12:00PM – 1:00PM: LUNCH provided by WJCS (Kindly RSVP: Phyllis Kelly  x 423 or
1:00PM – 2:00PM: “Xylophone Virtuoso” Roman Lankios.
Join us for a lively, up-beat afternoon! Roman has performed at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, the movie “Time Square”, ABC 7 television special and the Soviet Union event at City Hall just to name a few. (The JCC Nursery school will join us for a half hour.)

Tuesday, May 12
10:30AM – 12:00PM: “Jewish Contributions to Society Through Sports”
Evan Weiner’s talk deals with anti-Semitism; Gretel Bergman in Germany, Marty Glickman, Hank Greenberg in Detroit with Father Coughlin and Henry Ford, Groucho Marx and his character and the start of the Maccabi Games in Europe in the 1920s to Mark Spitz in 1972 and today.
12:30PM – 1:30PM: Yiddish Vinkle (Corner) (FREE)
You don’t have to be a Yiddish Maven…Just love Yiddish. Conversation lead by Bea Freedman.

Thursday, May 14
No events

Tuesday, May 19
10:30AM – 12:00PM: “JCC  Art Gallery  Tour – Ghost Stories”
Gallery by artist Susan Kaufman. Ms. Kaufman creates quietly unsettling images reminiscent of 19th century illusions. (Chairs will be provided for your comfort.)
12:30PM – 2:00PM: GAME DAY (FREE)
If you enjoy board games, card games and/or Mah Jongg, come and meet like-minded adults for a relaxing afternoon.

Thursday, May 21
10:30AM – 12:00PM: “Seeing History Through Art”
Jewish Museum Docent Judy Schmeidler will give a talk on three 19th & 20th century artists, Moritz Daniel Oppenheim, Solomon Alexander Hart and Isidor Kaufmann.
12:30PM – 1:30PM: “Shavuot” Remembers the giving of the Torah; and the harvest festival. Rabbi Emily Korzenik will give a talk on the second of three major festivals with both historical and agricultural significance (the other two being Passover and Sukkot).

Tuesday, May 26
10:30AM – 12:00PM: Jewish Short Story Class “The Magic of Malamud”
Dr. Eleanor Ehrenkrantz will teach this class , as we learn why Malamud is considered a classic in both Jewish and American Literature.
Text for the class: “The Magic Barrell” (short stories by Bernard Malamud)
12:30PM – 2:00PM: “STOP at the RED APPLE REST”
Author Elaine Freed Lindenblatt wrote this book about her family’s restaurant, which they owned for 50+ years, on NY Route 17. The Red Apple Rest is located midway between the Metropolitan area and the Catskill vacation mecca. This only-in- America success story of a man, a family, and a business… told by the woman who lived it!

Thursday, May 28
10:30AM – 12:00PM: “Current Events” ADL’s International Affairs Analyst Shaya Lerner will give this informative talk on Israel, Iran and other global current events.
12:30PM – 2:00PM: “A Big Band Tribute”
Once again, Richard Knox takes us down memory lane. This time with Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey and many more of the Big Band/Swing era.


Senior Men’s Club

Join other senior men for weekly meetings, lively conversation and comradeship.  Bring a kosher-style breakfast; coffee served.
Wednesdays and Fridays ongoing, 9.00am – 11.00am.

Mah Jongg

Classes for beginners.  Sessions led by Anne Wiesel, instructor.
6 Mondays January 12-March 2, 2015, 9:30-11:30am  (no class 1/19, 2/16)
6 Mondays March 9-April 20, 2015, 9:30-11:30am (no class 4/6)
6 class card: $160

Supervised play.  Sessions led by Anne Wiesel.
6 Mondays January 13-February 24, 2015, 9:30-11:30am & 7:30-9:30pm  (no class 2/17)
6 Mondays March 10-April 21, 2015, 9:30-11:30am & 7:30-9:30pm (no class 4/7)
6 class card: $160

Other Offerings

Adult Dance: The JCC offers Adult Ballet and Tap Classes, Zumba Fitness and Israeli Folk Dancing for adults.

Art Classes: The JCC offers a range of classes for adults wishing to try their hand or develop their skills in media such as wheel throwing, life drawing, ceramic pottery, Open Studio Life Painting, and Holiday Workshops.

WAJE: Westchester Adult Jewish Education, a program of the Westchester Jewish Council, offers a broad spectrum of Jewish topics for study in classes that range from single sessions to ten or more weeks.

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