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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

TC TALKS

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.

October Book: Gray Bees
by Andrey Kurkov

With a warm yet political humor, Ukraine’s most famous novelist presents a balanced and illuminating portrait of modern conflict. Little Starhorodivka, a village of three streets, lies in Ukraine’s Grey Zone, the no-man’s-land between loyalist and separatist forces. Thanks to the lukewarm war of sporadic violence and constant propaganda that has been dragging on for years, only two residents remain: retired safety inspector turned beekeeper Sergey Sergeyich and Pashka, a rival from his schooldays. With little food and no electricity, under constant threat of bombardment, Sergeyich’s one remaining pleasure is his bees. As spring approaches, he knows he must take them far from the Grey Zone so they can collect their pollen in peace. This simple mission on their behalf introduces him to combatants and civilians on both sides of the battle lines: loyalists, separatists, Russian occupiers, and Crimean Tatars. Wherever he goes, Sergeyich’s childlike simplicity and strong moral compass disarm everyone he meets. But could these qualities be manipulated to serve an unworthy cause, spelling disaster for him, his bees, and his country?
 

Group Discussion: October 27 • 10 AM

CLICK HERE to join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 871 4432 2569
Passcode: 300598


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

SONGS & STORIES: A TRIBUTE TO IRA GERSHWIN

October 12 3 – 4 PM
COST: $12.50-$15
LOCATION: Virtual

Join entertainer Gilda Solve for a tribute to Ira Gershwin, the most successful craftsman of the American theatre in the era between World Wars I and II, when many of his shows were Broadway hits. This beloved Jewish-American lyricist collaborated with his younger brother, composer George Gershwin, to create some of the most memorable songs in the English language of the 20th century. His mastery of songwriting continued after George’s early death in 1937. Ira wrote additional hit songs with composers Jerome Kern, Kurt Weill, Harry Warren and Harold Arlen. Guests are welcome to ask questions via the chat throughout the program.

Save! Order before October 10th for “Early Bird” pricing!

CLICK HERE for tickets and details.

 

 

AARP SMART DRIVER COURSE – Refresher 4 Hour Course

October 12 9 – 1 PM
COST: AARP Members: $20, Non-Members: $25
LOCATION: Capp Center St. Paul

This driver safety course will refresh you on current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques and how to operate your vehicle more safely in today’s increasingly challenging driving environment.

After completing the course, you will have a greater appreciation of driving challenges and a better understanding of how to avoid potential collisions and injuring yourself or others. Minnesota state law requires insurance providers to offer a 3 year, 10% auto insurance discount to licensed drivers aged 55 and older upon completion of an approved defensive driving course. First time participants must take this initial 8-hour course, then renew their discount every 3 years by taking this 4-hour refresher course.

To register please call: 952-835-1882.

 

 

WHAT IS NEW FOR MEDICARE IN 2023

October 20 7 – 8 PM
LOCATION: Virtual

What are the new fees, program changes, options, and considerations for Medicare participants in 2023? This Educational Seminar is for participants who are already on Medicare but want to learn about the significant cost changes, program changes, and options for the upcoming year 2023. If you are happy with your current plan but wonder if there is a plan to better serve your needs, this is perfect seminar for you. If you have had changes in your health, lifestyle, needs, budget in the last year, learning about the new costs and program changes may be beneficial to learn early in the annual enrollment season.

RGISTRATION INFO COMING SOON.

 

 

AARP SMART DRIVER COURSE – Initial 8 Hour Course

October 23 9 – 5 PM
COST: AARP Members: $20, Non-Members: $25
LOCATION: Capp Center St. Paul

This driver safety course will refresh you on current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques and how to operate your vehicle more safely in today’s increasingly challenging driving environment.

After completing the course, you will have a greater appreciation of driving challenges and a better understanding of how to avoid potential collisions and injuring yourself or others. Minnesota state law requires insurance providers to offer a 3 year, 10% auto insurance discount to licensed drivers aged 55 and older upon completion of an approved defensive driving course. First time participants must take this initial 8-hour course, then renew their discount every 3 years by taking a 4-hour refresher course.

To register please call: 952-835-1882.

 

 

ARE YOU NEW TO MEDICARE

October 24 7 PM
LOCATION: Virtual

This Educational Seminar is for those planning to go on Medicare in the next 6 to 12 months. Learn how and when to sign up for Medicare, Basic Medicare vocabulary, what to consider when choosing plans and why working with an independent agent, at no cost to you can assist you in making a smart choice.

Sheri Salloway Yarosh, MBA, from Partners Senior Advantage will lead a one hour seminar to discuss general topics particular to 2023 Medicare programs. No sales involved!

Bring all your questions! Invite a friend to tune in with you!

CLICK HERE to register in advance for this meeting.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

 

AARP SMART DRIVER COURSE – Initial 8 Hour Course

October 26 9 – 5 PM
COST: AARP Members: $20, Non-Members: $25
LOCATION: Sabes Center Minneapolis

This driver safety course will refresh you on current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques and how to operate your vehicle more safely in today’s increasingly challenging driving environment.

After completing the course, you will have a greater appreciation of driving challenges and a better understanding of how to avoid potential collisions and injuring yourself or others. Minnesota state law requires insurance providers to offer a 3 year, 10% auto insurance discount to licensed drivers aged 55 and older upon completion of an approved defensive driving course. First time participants must take this initial 8-hour course, then renew their discount every 3 years by taking a 4-hour refresher course.

To register please call: 952-835-1882.

 

 

STILL TRAVELING: SOUTHERN ITALY’S ARCHEOLOGICAL TREASURES

4x Mondays • October 31-Nov 21 1 – 2:15 PM
LOCATION: Virtual

Our fantastic guide in Napoli – Antonella – returns with an all-new exploration of important archeological sites (some famous, some hidden gems) not far from her hometown. Our virtual “trips” include:

  • Pompeii (Oct 31)
  • Herculaneum & the So-Called “Minor Sites” (Nov 7)
  • Paestum (Nov 14)
  • The Phlegraean Fields (Nov 21)

CLICK HERE for details & tickets.