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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.

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ongoing programs

TC TALKS

TWO MONDAYS PER MONTH • 9 – 10 AM
Listen and learn from inspiring, knowledgeable and prominent individuals of the Twin Cities. Professors, sports figures, entrepreneurs, theater directors, and more!


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

TUESDAYS • 10:30 AM – NOON • 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 in the Sabes Center Theater. 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 GROUP

4TH THURSDAY OF THE MONTH • 10 – 11 AM
Our Book Group 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.

June Book: The Library Book
by Susan Orlean

On the morning of April 28, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. The fire was disastrous: it reached two thousand degrees and burned for more than seven hours. By the time it was extinguished, it had consumed four hundred thousand books and damaged seven hundred thousand more. Investigators descended on the scene, but more than thirty years later, the mystery remains: Did someone purposefully set fire to the library—and if so, who?

Weaving her lifelong love of books and reading into an investigation of the fire, award-winning New Yorker reporter and New York Times bestselling author Susan Orlean delivers a “delightful…reflection on the past, present, and future of libraries in America” (New York magazine) that manages to tell the broader story of libraries and librarians in a way that has never been done before.

In the “exquisitely written, consistently entertaining” (The New York Times) The Library Book, Orlean chronicles the LAPL fire and its aftermath to showcase the larger, crucial role that libraries play in our lives; delves into the evolution of libraries; brings each department of the library to vivid life; studies arson and attempts to burn a copy of a book herself; and reexamines the case of Harry Peak, the blond-haired actor long suspected of setting fire to the LAPL more than thirty years ago.

Group Discussion: June 23 • 10 AM

Join Zoom Meeting: CLICK HERE
Meeting ID: 821 8792 5578
Passcode: 416059


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

AARP SMART DRIVER COURSE

JUNE 22 9 AM – 1 PM
COST: $25 • $20 AARP Member
LOCATION: Capp Center St. Paul

This driver safety course is designed especially for drivers age 50 and older. By taking this course you’ll learn the current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques, and how to operate your vehicle more safely in today’s increasingly challenging driving environment. Drivers may benefit from a discount on their auto insurance premium upon completing the course.

  • Learn research-based safety strategies that can reduce the likelihood of having a crash or receiving a traffic violation.
  • Learn the newest safety and advanced features in vehicles.
  • Learn when driving may no longer be safe.

CLICK HERE for more info.

AARP SMART DRIVER COURSE

JUNE 23 9 AM – 1 PM
COST: $25 • $20 AARP Member
LOCATION: Sabes Center Minneapolis

This driver safety course is designed especially for drivers age 50 and older. By taking this course you’ll learn the current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques, and how to operate your vehicle more safely in today’s increasingly challenging driving environment. Drivers may benefit from a discount on their auto insurance premium upon completing the course.

  • Learn research-based safety strategies that can reduce the likelihood of having a crash or receiving a traffic violation.
  • Learn the newest safety and advanced features in vehicles.
  • Learn when driving may no longer be safe.

CLICK HERE for more info.