UJFT and JCC’s 55+ programs connect people, expand minds, and focus on fitness

by | Jul 11, 2024 | Other News

A variety of activities and events designed for adults 55+ are offered by United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and the Simon Family JCC. Whether participants are eager to meet new friends, dive into a great book, or engage in stimulating discussions, there’s something for everyone. 

The Campus buzzes with laughter, conversation, games, and a mix of activities on the third Wednesday of each month when the Seniors Club’s lively social takes place – always with a variety of entertainment and events. Members stay informed with the monthly Senior Scene newsletter. 

Book lovers find their haven with the JCC Book Club, which meets on the third Monday of each month. The club offers a welcoming space to discuss novels, memoirs, and non-fiction. Whether attending in-person or online, members relish the opportunity to share their thoughts and discover new literary treasures. 

Health and wellness are always a priority. This past May, the annual Senior Health and Fitness Day turned the Sandler Family Campus’ Cardo into a bustling wellness fair with vendors and prizes. Tom Purcell, JCC’s wellness/fitness director, led a fitness class and Dr. Rosanne Leipzig, author of Honest Aging, inspired all with her tips on staying active and healthy. 

Mia Klein, Simon Family JCC programs department / seniors program coordinator, and Galina Lifshitz at Prom.
Beth Scharlop and Dr. Rosanne Leipzig.

One of the year’s highlights was the Seniors Prom, an evening filled with dancing, laughter, and new memories. Participants got to relive old times and make new connections, bringing everyone together in celebration. 

Tradition and community spirit are showcased each year at the Annual Model Passover Seder. This year, led by Rabbi Ari Oliszewski and song leader Dave Flagler, Passover was celebrated with joy and song. 

Stimulating exchanges take place with the Coffee and Conversation series on the first Thursday of each month when participants gather to discuss myriad topics over a warm cup of coffee, fostering connections and lively debates. 

Through fun and engaging activities, Yiddish Club members explore the rich culture and language of Yiddish, keeping traditions alive and vibrant. The group meets the first Tuesday of each month. 

With daily classes and spontaneous fun, there’s always something happening at the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and Simon Family JCC. Staying connected and enjoying community life has never been easier.

For more information or to sign up for any of these programs, visit www.JewishVA.org/Adults or contact Mia Klein at MKlein@UJFT.org.

Marie Johnson and Patsi Walton.
Active adults stretch under the direction of Tom Purcell, Simon Family JCC fitness director, before Dr. Rosanne Leipzig’s presentation.