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Classes and Programs

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Summertime Sushi Mom's Night Out

Kyoto, Thursday, June 25, 2015 (7:30-9:30pm)

For adults only
Join other area moms as we kick-off the summer with a well-deserved night out! Relax as you enjoy your favorite roll and make new connections in the community. Bring a friend and make new friends.
 
RSVP to south3@jccgb.org by noon on Wednesday, June 24.

Personal Strength & Flexibility Training - Adults - Summer

LSJCC, Start Date: 06/26/2015, End Date: 08/28/2015, Time: 6:00 AM-7:00 AM

(Advanced)

Personal Strength & Flexibility Training - Adults - Summer

LSJCC, Start Date: 06/26/2015, End Date: 08/28/2015, Time: 7:00 AM-8:00 AM

(Advanced)

Beginner Social Bridge - Adults - Summer

LSJCC, Start Date: 06/28/2015, End Date: 08/09/2015, Time: 12:00 PM-2:00 PM

Beginners For people who do not know how to bid or play Bridge. Develop the skills needed to enjoy playing in a social setting. Basics will be covered, including point counting, opening bids, responses, overcalls, bidding to contract, and basic elements of playing the hand. Instructor: Sam Seicol

Playing Better Bridge - Adults - Summer

LSJCC, Start Date: 06/28/2015, End Date: 08/09/2015, Time: 2:30 PM-4:30 PM

(Beginners/Intermediates) Designed for Social Bridge players who know how to bid to contract and would like to improve their play. Improve declarer play at No Trump and Suit contracts; defender leads and signals; and tips for planning the play. Advanced bidding techniques will be explored. Duplicate players welcome. Instructor: Sam Seicol

On the Ball - Adults - Summer

LSJCC, Start Date: 06/29/2015, End Date: 08/03/2015, Time: 9:30 AM-10:20 AM

A full body, intense workout that challenges core strength, balance and coordination while increasing flexibility. Using large Swiss balls, bands, magic circles and weights, you will engage in a variety of demanding and fun movements based on Pilates and weight lifting exercises. Bonnie Lerner

Adult Adapted Aquatics - Inclusion and Support Services - Ages 22+ yrs -Summer

LSJCC, Start Date: 06/29/2015, End Date: 08/17/2015, Time: 10:30 AM-11:45 AM

(Ages: 22+ yrs) Weekly swimming class adapted to the needs of adults with physical challenges. Taught by a certified Aquatics instructor, the class offers exercise and socialization to swimmers and non-swimmers in an accessible and supportive environment. Instructor: Lucinda Parker

Men's Pilates - Adults - Summer

LSJCC, Start Date: 07/02/2015, End Date: 08/06/2015, Time: 8:30 AM-9:20 AM

The integrative component of Pilates can be especially beneficial for men, whose workouts often emphasize a part-by-part approach to muscular development. Increasing flexibility is a goal that this class addresses in a way that is relevant for men, working toward functional fitness. Bonnie Lerner

Gentle Yoga - Inclusion and Support Services - Ages 25+ - Summer

LSJCC, Start Date: 07/02/2015, End Date: 08/27/2015, Time: 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

(Ages: 25+ yrs) This class is designed for people with Multiple Sclerosis and other physical limitations. Using the "Body Awareness" approach of Pathways Yoga, a sense of wholeness and balance is created.  Meditation, guided imagery and gentle restorative exercises are used to help relieve pain and anxiety, optimizing the participant's physical, psychological, and spiritual well-being.  The class is designed for participants to either stay in a chair or use a mat. Instructors: Angela Wasson, Mieko Yamamoto

Explorations: Adult Learning and Enrichment

Summer 2015 Session

Temple Beth Avodah, July 9, 16, 23, 30, August 6, 13 (10am-12:30pm)

Explore new interests. Develop greater understanding of current events. Join other active learners in the JCC’s six-week Explorations program.

Session 1 • 10-11am
Robert Frost: The Misunderstood Poet
Theatrical presentation and inclusive group discussion of the poetry of Robert Frost. Discussion will be led by Steven Collins who teaches seminars on Whitman, Hardy, Shakespeare, Frost and Contemporary Poetry throughout the country.

Chair Yoga
Chair Yoga is a gentle form of yoga whereby participants use a chair for support, either standing or sitting. Class themes around Jewish life values will be incorporated to foster a feeling of community among participants and provide emotional and mental support. Instructor Heidi White has been practicing yoga for 15 years. She is also a certified personal trainer.

Sugar: Friend or Foe? (July 23)
What is sugar’s effect on our bodies? Gain a deeper understanding of the relationship sugar has to our physical health. Lecturer Dr. Hans Fisher brings a wealth of knowledge about nutrition from his career as a nutritional biochemistry professor at Rutgers University.

Session 2 • 11:30am-12:30pm
Current Events
In this course, you’ll discuss and analyze national and international news stories. Discussion will be led by Lois Sockol who taught in the Newton Public Schools for 25 years. She is a published author of short stories and a self-defined news junkie.

Singer/Pianist Lisa Yves (July 9)
Performer Lisa Yves plays and sings showtunes, pop songs, jazz, sing-alongs, songs from the Great American Songbook, and more. Lisa holds a BA in Jazz Vocal Performance from New York University. She teaches pop singing techniques and is well known locally and nationally for her “Jazz For Kids” program.

Education for All Children (July 16)
Award-winning author Elizabeth Suneby will discuss the realities of 69 million school-aged children who are denied the fundamental human right of an education. She is the author of several Jewish themed books.

Introduction to Jewish Genealogy (July 23)
Curious about your family’s history and background? Lecturer from the Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Boston will present different modes of researching your family to learn about your own family history. The Society offers monthly educational programs, provides an extensive collection of research materials, and publishes an award-winning journal, Mass-Pocha.

The Changing Image of Jews on American Television (July 30)
The lecture will trace the evolution of the Jewish image on TV over the last 50 years, an image that almost always reflected the changing social status of Jews in America. Lecturer Dr. Lawrence Lowenthal has taught courses on Jewish history, film, literature and humor at Northeastern University. He was the Executive Director of the Greater Boston Chapter of the American Jewish Committee for 20 years.

The Jewish and Humane Responses to Hurricane Katrina (August 6)
Katrina changed the face of New Orleans and the Jewish community there. What were the Jewish and the humane responses to the devastation of the storm and what is left of Jewish New Orleans today? Lecturer Dr. Amos Lassen has taught courses in philosophy, Torah, English and Hebrew Literature.

Jews on the American Stage: From Clifford Odets to Neil Simon (August 13)
How have Jews been portrayed on the mainstream 20th century American stage? This talk will focus on how Jews moved from cartoon figures to flesh and blood portrayals, from the fringe into the center of American life. Discussion with focus mostly on Odets’ Awake and Sing! and Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs. Discussion will be led by Dr. Stuart Hecht, an Associate Professor of Theatre at Boston College.

For more information, contact 617-558-6443 or seniors@jccgb.org.






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Summer classes for children and adults begin week of June 21. Member registration is now open. General registration opens June 1.  Search easy-to-use digital catalog for children's classes and register online >> Or, search classes and programs page for Adult classes. 

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