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enrichment & learning

The Minnesota JCC creates a wide range of day programs to add to your knowledge, deepen your curiosity and connect you to the community. Fitness programs, enrichment classes, field trips, speakers, enlivening Jewish education and social opportunities help you to stay active and engaged. No matter where your interests lie, we have something for you.

Whether in-person or virtual, we are here for you!

For more information, please feel free to contact: Irit Vinitsky at iritv@minnesotajcc.org.

 

ongoing programs

CREATIVE WRITING GROUP

MONDAYS • 10:30 AM – NOON
Do you have a passion for words? Join like-minded writers in this supportive and uncritical weekly creative writing group.

To join the group, contact Irit Vinitsky at iritv@minnesotajcc.org.


ART STUDIO – FOR THE ARTIST IN YOU

WEDNESDAYS • 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM • SABES CENTER
Learn Painting & Drawing in this supportive and fun class for those with no previous art experience and for those who wish to perfect their art techniques. Participants may bring their own subject matter or use a still life that will be provided. Instructor, Lou Kotlarz will offer guidance and advice per participant’s request. Please bring your own supplies. Reservations not required.


COST/PER CLASS:
$8; Non JCC Members $10

Questions, contact Irit Vinitsky at iritv@minnesotajcc.org.


FREE MOVIE MATINEES

MONTHLY • 1 PM
The Minnesota JCC presents FREE monthly movie matinees at the Sabes Center Minneapolis. We are excited to bring you a variety of films – from new films to classics, comedies, dramas, musicals and more! Hope to see you at the movies!

To receive information about our next film, please CLICK HERE.


BOOK CLUB

4TH THURSDAY OF THE MONTH • 10 – 11 AM
Our Book Club reads a wide variety of texts: novels, memoirs, non-fiction, short stories and everything in-between! The conversations are enlightening and fun; the people are engaged and enthusiastic. Everyone is welcome to attend at any time.

February Book: Erasure
by Percival Everett

Thelonious (Monk) Ellison has never allowed race to define his identity. But as both a writer and an African American, he is offended and angered by the success of We’s Lives in Da Ghetto, the exploitative debut novel of a young, middle-class black woman who once visited “some relatives in Harlem for a couple of days.” Hailed as an authentic representation of the African American experience, the book is a national bestseller and its author feted on the Kenya Dunston television show. The book’s success rankles all the more as Monk’s own most recent novel has just notched its seventh rejection.

Even as his career as a writer appears to have stalled, Monk finds himself coping with changes in his personal life. In need of distraction from old memories, new responsibilities, and his professional stagnation, Monk composes, in a heat of inspiration and energy, a fierce parody of the sort of exploitative, ghetto wanna-be lit represented by We’s Lives in Da Ghetto.

But when his agent sends this literary indictment out to publishers, it is greeted as an authentic new voice of black America. Monk — or his pseudonymous alter ego, Stagg R. Leigh — is offered money, fame, success beyond anything he has known. And as demand begins to build for meetings with and appearances by Leigh, Monk is faced with a whole new set of problems.

Group Discussion: February 22 • 10 AM 

VIRTUAL LINK UPDATE

Starting on January 25, we began using Teams for all JCC Book Group meetings  (we are no longer using Zoom). Joining the group by Teams should be as simple as clicking on the “Click here to join meeting” or “Join on the web” links below.

Please contact Irit at iritv@minnesotajcc.org if you have questions. Thank you for your patience as we transition to Teams.

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Microsoft Teams meeting

Join on your computer, mobile app or room device

Click here to join the meeting
Meeting ID: 227 361 305 161
Passcode: L9HFbC

Or  Join on the web

 

March Book: Horse
by Geraldine Brooks

A discarded painting in a junk pile, a skeleton in an attic, and the greatest racehorse in American history: from these strands, a Pulitzer Prize winner braids a sweeping story of spirit, obsession, and injustice across American history.

Kentucky, 1850. An enslaved groom named Jarret and a bay foal forge a bond of understanding that will carry the horse to record-setting victories across the South. When the nation erupts in civil war, an itinerant young artist who has made his name on paintings of the racehorse takes up arms for the Union. On a perilous night, he reunites with the stallion and his groom, very far from the glamor of any racetrack.

New York City, 1954. Martha Jackson, a gallery owner celebrated for taking risks on edgy contemporary painters, becomes obsessed with a nineteenth-century equestrian oil painting of mysterious provenance.

Washington, DC, 2019. Jess, a Smithsonian scientist from Australia, and Theo, a Nigerian-American art historian, find themselves unexpectedly connected through their shared interest in the horse–one studying the stallion’s bones for clues to his power and endurance, the other uncovering the lost history of the unsung Black horsemen who were critical to his racing success.

Based on the remarkable true story of the record-breaking thoroughbred Lexington, Horse is a novel of art and science, love and obsession, and our unfinished reckoning with racism.

Group Discussion: March 28 • 10 AM 


HINENI: ADULT JEWISH LEARNING AND CONTEMPLATIVE PRACTICES

PIRKE AVOT: ANCIENT RABBINIC WISDOM FOR TODAY’S WORLD
1ST & 3RD FRIDAYS • 11 AM – NOON ON ZOOM
The imperative to live life from your true self, as the image and likeness of God, flowers in the words of the early Rabbis (250 BCE–250 CE) who captured God’s call to be holy in Pirke Avot – a collection of pithy sayings on how best to live an ethical life. Come study this ancient work with much to say to our lives today. Drop in, no experience is necessary.

CLICK HERE for more information


 

special events

NEW TO MEDICARE

MARCH 4 7 PM – 8 PM
COST: FREE & OPEN TO ALL!
LOCATION: Sabes Center Minneapolis

Medicare provides health insurance for millions of Americans but navigating its complexities can be challenging. Whether you’re new to Medicare or looking to maximize your benefits, please join Sheri Salloway Yarosh, MBA from Partners Senior Advantage, as she teaches and empowers us to make the most of our healthcare benefits.

We will be discussing general options for obtaining Medicare. This seminar is for you if you’re turning 65 or leaving an Employer Health Plan. No sales involved! Learn how and when to sign up for Medicare, Basic Medicare vocabulary, considerations to think about when choosing plans and why working with an independent agent at no cost to you, can assist you in making a smart choice.

FREE & OPEN TO ALL!

Please register in advance at SYarosh@senioradvantage.us


GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLAN

MARCH 14 10 AM – 11 AM
COST: FREE & OPEN TO ALL!
LOCATION: Sabes Center Minneapolis

Medicare provides health insurance for millions of Americans but navigating its complexities can be challenging. Whether you’re new to Medicare or looking to maximize your benefits, please join Sheri Salloway Yarosh, MBA from Partners Senior Advantage, as she teaches and empowers us to make the most of our healthcare benefits.

Did you know your Medicare Advantage Plan offers you special perks? Sheri will walk you through some of the benefits and explain how to access particular programs, be it gym membership, home supplies allowance, and/or dental and vision benefits. Bring your questions, or submit them in writing to Sheri at SYarosh@senioradvantage.us before the seminar.

FREE & OPEN TO ALL!

Please register in advance at SYarosh@senioradvantage.us


GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLAN

MARCH 19 11 AM – 12 PM
COST: FREE & OPEN TO ALL!
LOCATION: Capp Center St. Paul

Medicare provides health insurance for millions of Americans but navigating its complexities can be challenging. Whether you’re new to Medicare or looking to maximize your benefits, please join Sheri Salloway Yarosh, MBA from Partners Senior Advantage, as she teaches and empowers us to make the most of our healthcare benefits.

Did you know your Medicare Advantage Plan offers you special perks? Sheri will walk you through some of the benefits and explain how to access particular programs, be it gym membership, home supplies allowance, and/or dental and vision benefits. Bring your questions, or submit them in writing to Sheri at SYarosh@senioradvantage.us before the seminar.

FREE & OPEN TO ALL!

Please register in advance at SYarosh@senioradvantage.us


NEW TO MEDICARE

MARCH 20 7 PM – 8 PM
COST: FREE & OPEN TO ALL!
LOCATION: Capp Center St. Paul

Medicare provides health insurance for millions of Americans but navigating its complexities can be challenging. Whether you’re new to Medicare or looking to maximize your benefits, please join Sheri Salloway Yarosh, MBA from Partners Senior Advantage, as she teaches and empowers us to make the most of our healthcare benefits.

We will be discussing general options for obtaining Medicare. This seminar is for you if you’re turning 65 or leaving an Employer Health Plan. No sales involved! Learn how and when to sign up for Medicare, Basic Medicare vocabulary, considerations to think about when choosing plans and why working with an independent agent at no cost to you, can assist you in making a smart choice.

FREE & OPEN TO ALL!

Please register in advance at SYarosh@senioradvantage.us