Seniors thrive at the Simon Family JCC

by | Jul 13, 2023 | Other News

Varied activities in various spaces at the Simon Family Jewish Community Center provide seniors a range of options for meetings, creativity, volunteering, learning, dining, socializing, and even a bit of competition.

The Fleischmann Lounge, for example, is a vibrant, sunny space for seniors where they engage in myriad activities and programs that promote mental stimulation, social connections, and overall well-being. A bustling center of activity, seniors often get together to play games that challenge their minds and foster camaraderie. Mahjong, Mexican train, bridge, and canasta are popular games that provide friendly competition, laughter, and the opportunity to exercise their fierce competitive skills.  In addition to the games, meetings, classes, and celebrations also take place there.

In the cozy Survivor Room, knitting enthusiasts meet on Tuesdays at 10 am to create scarves, caps, and blankets for those in need.  Participants enjoy the therapeutic and creative benefits of knitting while engaging in conversations and sharing tips and tricks on knitting, life, love, and all things JCC. Plus, several experienced knitters are ready and willing to pass on their skills to newcomers.

The Sandler Family Campus’ Cardo Cafe serves up a varied menu with daily specials with a space for conversations and bonding with friends. The cafe caters to seniors’ nutritional well-being and social interactions and is an essential part of many seniors’ routine. Several café tables are often packed with friendships formed and fostered at the JCC, lovingly referred to as “friendship tables.”

JCC Seniors Club meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month and continue to bring seniors together to share experiences, enjoy lunch, stay connected with peers, and participate in fun and informative programs. This club is growing by leaps and bounds with each meeting.  Dues are $15 annually and $6 monthly for lunch.

JCC Book Club meetings encourage seniors to explore the world of literature and discussion, fostering a love for reading and promoting lifelong learning.  Meetings are held on the third Monday of each month, 1:30 – 3 pm, in-person or via Zoom.  This lively group has read nearly 200 books, poems, and short stories since it began 15 years ago. Sherry Lieberman has led this thriving group since 2008.

The JCC has created an environment where seniors can flourish, engage in enjoyable activities, form lasting connections with peers, and best of all, it constantly welcomes new participants.

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 Anyone who is interested in joining any of these programs or clubs, or who has an idea of a program to add, contact Robin Ford at 757-321-2304 or Mia Klein at 757-452-3184

-Robin Ford