https://asoft8298.accrisoft.com/svjcc/clientuploads/adults/Jewbilee class 2.JPGThe JCC offers classes, workshops and events for adults of all ages, on a variety of topics from Judaica to fitness to enrichment classes.

We are committed to creating and promoting programs for intellectual enrichment, personal awareness, enhancement of new skills, creative expression, and development of social connections.

To register for a class, please click the "Register" button in the class description to sign up online, or you can print a registration form.

Questions about how to register online? See our Online Registration FAQ.

For more information, contact Cherie Ravel at cherie@svjcc.org or 408.357.7462.

CM = Full Center Member

SM = Social Member

NM = Non-member

Financial assistance is available to attend these programs, through the generosity of the Arnie Addison Scholarship Fund. Click here to apply.

Art History/Selected Topics (ages 55+)
Each week focuses on a stand-alone topic and is not dependent on prior sessions. This is an ongoing class that is offered in partnership with West Valley College.  In our upcoming classes we will continue to explore the development of modern art from 1900 to 2000, with its many stylistic movements and "isms", and the notable and notorious artistic characters. 



Fall Semester 9/10-12/10

 (no class Sept 24th)

1:00-2:30 pm Free

This is a free, drop-in program. No need to register.

The Art of Film  (age 55+)
Learn about the early decades of cinema, from 1895 to 1940, with the technical innovations and creative genius of such notables as Edison, Pathe and the Lumiere brothers, Guy, deMille, and Lang.  Become familiar with the rise of cinema outside the US and Europe too.  No prior experience necessary. Just bring your curiosity! Each week focuses on a stand-alone topic and is not dependent on prior sessions. This is an ongoing class that is offered in partnership with West Valley College.




Fall Semester 9/12-12/12

(no class 9/26, 10/10, 10/17)

10:00-11:30 am




This is a free, drop-in program. No need to register.

Birthright Israel Trip (ages 22-26)
Silicon Valley residents of Jewish background, ages 22-26, are invited on a free trip to Israel from December 25th-January 6th, courtesy of the Birthright program. This trip is organized by the JCC and the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley. For eligibility and more information, visit IsraelOutdoors.com. Or contact Jason Goldstein at the JCC, jason@svjcc.org or 408.357.7497.



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Current Events (ages 55+)
Join the conversation, let your voice be heard! 
Join us weekly for a lively discussion and stimulating conversation, news of the week and stories that touch our lives. Moderators rotate each week. We meet Tuesday mornings in the Adult Lounge.

Tue ongoing 10:00-11:30am Free

This is a free, drop-in program. No need to register. 


The JCC offers ballroom, hip hop, tap and jazz dance classes for adults. See the Dance web page for details.


Duplicate Bridge: Open Game
Join us for a social game of duplicate bridge.  This a non-sanctioned game with no master points awarded.  It is a drop-in game although you do need to have a partner.  If you do not have a partner and are interested in joining this group please  contact Cherie Ravel.

Mon ongoing 7:00-9:45 pm free $2

This is a drop-in program. No need to register.

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Wanted: Volunteer Grandpals for this great partnership with our APJCC Preschool

Grandpals Shabbat (ages 55+)
Help explore and impart our rich traditions to our APJCC Preschool children.  Join us monthly through out the school year for storytelling, art, songs and Shabbat to connect the generations.

Fri 9/19, 10/24, 11/7& 21, 12/12, 1/9 & 30, 2/20, 3/13&27 4/17 and 5/8 & 29 9:15-10:30am Free


 Literary Lite

A discussion group based on the Lilith and Hadassah magazines.*  Woman's Philanthropy of the Federation of Silicon Valley and the APJCC's Adult Programming  invite you to join us.  Each month a different magazine will be discussed.  First discussion group will be Thursday, September 18th, 7:30pm-9:00pm. The Spring issue of Lilith will be our discussion magazine.  October  23rd, we'll discuss Hadassah. 

* other magazines will be considered.


Group Fitness Classes

The JCC offers more than 70 group fitness classes each week. These classes are free for Full Center Members. Social Members pay a $15 day pass fee and non-member pay a $25 day pass fee. Stop at the Service Desk in the JCC lobby on your way to class to check in.

Some group fitness classes are especially accessible if you are looking for low-impact exercise, including:

  • Light and Easy. This low-impact aerobics class is light on the joints and easy to follow. Simple choreographed movement patterns emphasize a full range of motion. Every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:30-11:30am in Studio A.
  • Zumba Basics. This class takes modifies Zumba moves and pace to suit the needs of a mature audience and anyone wanting a slower pace. What stays the same are all the elements Zumba is known for: zesty Latin music, easy-to-follow moves, and an invigorating atmosphere. Every Wednesday from 10:00-11:00am in Studio A.

Other classes that may be of interest include Aqua Fit (a non-impact aerobic workout in the pool, 5 classes per week) and Gentle Yoga (Wednesdays from 6:00-7:15pm and Fridays from 10:30-11:45am).

For more information see the full Group Fitness Schedule.

Jewish Widows/Widowers/Senior Singles (ages 55+)
This group meets the third  Thursday of every month from 1:00-3:00pm. Meetings are open to Jewish singles ages 55+. The group provides diverse activities that enrich, entertain and educate.

Upcoming dates include August 21st, September 18th, and November 20th.

For more information or to sign up, call Larry at 408.252.2323 or Cherie at 408.357.7462.


Kabbalat Shabbat Lunches (ages 55+)
A once-clientuploads/adults/Shabbat Lunch.JPGa-month get-together on Fridays from 12:00-2:00pm in the APJCC Auditorium. Enjoy a catered hot lunch followed by entertainment. $6 JCC members, $8.50 non-members
Upcoming dates include:

  • ** Friday, September 19th: San Jose Opera Guild and West Bay Opera
  • Friday, October 31st: -Mystery Performance during Lunch
  • Friday, November 21st: Chair Yoga and Bone Health

  ** West Bay Opera presentation and performances will begin at 10 am.  Lunch will be at noon.

APJCC monthly luncheons and continued learning opportunities for older adults are made possible, in part, by a generous grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation.

AARP Smart Driver Course
The AARP Smart Driver Course is the nation's first and largest refresher course for drivers age 50 and older.  Learn defensive driving techniques, new traffic laws and how to deal with aggressive drivers.  Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a DMV Certificate which may provide a deduction on your auto insurance premiums. AARP offers an 8 hour mature driving course and a 4 hour renewal course ( you must have attended the 8 hour course to qualify for the renewal course) .

Wed & Fri 11/12 and 11/14 9:00am-1:00pm $20 ($15 for AARP members)*

* Make check payable to AARP.

Lip Reading
Classes are designed to significantly improve word understanding, especially in background noise. Both non-hearing aid users and hearing aid wearers can benefit from  the class. Topics include learning to utilize visual, contextual and environmental cues, preserving hearing and optimizing hearing aid performance. This session runs for 8 weeks.   More info: hear@gizmology.com.

Tue 10/7-11/25 1:15-3:30pm $55


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Mah Jongg: Intermediate Mah Jongg

 Instructor Sandy Epstein will teach this six week course, focusing on the Mah Jongg card and how to play successfully with it. Best strategies for switching hands, how to choose the hands which are most possible with your tiles, how to understand each hand and how it must be played.  As always, we will also devote time to improving strategy and helping each student to become a stronger player.

Wed 10/1-11/5 10:30am-12:30pm $54 $60

Mah Jongg: Drop-in
Card tables are available in the JC C’s main lobby for your convenience, on a first-come first-served basis. Activity rooms are also available for Mah Jongg play on Tuesdays 12:30-3:00pm and Wednesdays 12:30-4:00pm; room play is  free for JCC members, $5 for non-members. If you are interested in playing in a regular Tuesday or Wednesday group, contact Cherie Ravel at cherie@svjcc.org or 408.357.7462.

NEW! Piano Lessons
Learn piano playing, music theory and voice/ear training from international concert pianist Caroline Menipaz. Lessons are offered for all levels, from beginner to advanced. Each private lesson is 50 minutes long.

Madame Menipaz was born in Paris and has studied music and piano from the age of 6. She graduated from the National Music Conservatory of Creteil and earned her  Diploma as a Concert Pianist at the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem.

Tue 9/9-11/18 Choose 10:00am, 11:00am, or 1:00pm.
Each class is 50 minutes.
$85 per class
($340 per 4-week session)
$95 per class
($380 per 4 week session)

* Price includes a weekly private 50-minute lesson and a monthly class performance. Performance times will be coordinated with students once class starts.

Rethinking Your Retirement
This unique and all-inclusive course focuses on the issues and financial concepts that are important to retirees. In straightforward language, this course explains how to make the most of your savings and investments during retirement. This 2-day class is offered in partnership with West Valley College.

Wed   10/15th & 22nd  1 pm -3:30 pm $39*

* Make checks payable to West Valley College.

Sunday Brunch with Silicon Valley Holocaust Survivors Association
A bagel brunch is held the second Sunday of the month from 10:30am-1:00pm for survivors and their families. In addition to brunch there is always entertainment and/or an educational program included. Admission is free, but an optional $5 donation at the door will help defray our costs. If interested, contact Cherie Ravel at cherie@svjcc.org or 408.357.7462 for details.

Upcoming brunch dates:  September 14th, October 12th, November 9th.

 "WHO'S TALKING" and "HOW'S THAT WORK" ( monthly lecture series)
Come hear timely and educational speakers on a wide range of topics from health care to travel, and Twitter to iPads.  Information promoting each lecture will be available in advance of each specific speaker. FREE for members and non-members. Contact Cherie Ravel at cherie@svjcc.org or 408.357.7462 for details. Upcoming dates include:


9/11 3:00-5:00pm Navigating the Holiday Eating Season: A Sensible Approach." with Shelley Ash, MPH

This is a free, drop-in program. No need to register.


10/13 1:00-3:00 pm iPads/ Brian Schwatka
11/5 3:00-5:00 pm iPhone Photography/ Ken Wirt

This is a free, drop-in program. No need to register.

Day Trips

Adults age 55+ are invited to join us for local organized day trips and periodic trips to casinos.

Senior excursions at the APJCC are made possible, in part, by a generous donation from an anonymous donor.

Day Trips
The JCC periodically organizes day trips to museums, theater, and other attractions, for adults ages 55+. For information contact Cherie Ravel at 408.357.7462 or cherie@svjcc.org.

Casino Trips
The JCC periodically organizes trips to casinos for adults ages 55+.  For information on upcoming casino trips, contact Fagie Rosen at fagie@svjcc.org or 408.357.7533.

The APJCC is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that welcomes everyone. We rely on generous donations to continue serving our community and those in need. A beneficiary agency of the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley and a proud member of the JCC Association of North America. This website copyright 2014 Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center of Silicon Valley.

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