Active Adults

Research proves the lifelong importance of exercising body and mind. For adults 60+, the JCC offers resources to keep you engaged. Drawing on decades of experience, the JCC offers activities that address the social, cultural and physical needs of these members. Until we can meet in person, join us for exercise, discussions, book clubs, and more virtually!

For Uptown information, email Rachel Ruth or call 897-0143. For Metairie information, contact Wendy Goldberg or call 887-5158.

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Book Club

Mistress of the Ritz
by Melanie Benjamin

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Aviator's Wife and The Swans of Fifth Avenue comes Mistress of the Ritz, a captivating novel based on the story of the extraordinary real-life American woman who secretly worked for the French Resistance during World War II—while playing hostess to the invading Germans at the iconic Hôtel Ritz in Paris.

Nothing bad can happen at the Ritz; inside its gilded walls every woman looks beautiful, every man appears witty. Favored guests like Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Coco Chanel, and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor walk through its famous doors to be welcomed and pampered by Blanche Auzello and her husband, Claude, the hotel’s director. The Auzellos are the mistress and master of the Ritz, allowing the glamour and glitz to take their minds off their troubled marriage, and off the secrets that they keep from their guests—and each other.

Until June 1940, when the German army sweeps into Paris, setting up headquarters at the Ritz. Suddenly, with the likes of Hermann Goëring moving into suites once occupied by royalty, Blanche and Claude must navigate a terrifying new reality. One that entails even more secrets and lies. One that may destroy the tempestuous marriage between this beautiful, reckless American and her very proper Frenchman. For in order to survive—and strike a blow against their Nazi “guests”—Blanche and Claude must spin a web of deceit that ensnares everything and everyone they cherish.

But one secret is shared between Blanche and Claude alone—the secret that, in the end, threatens to imperil both of their lives, and to bring down the legendary Ritz itself.

Based on true events, Mistress of the Ritz is a taut tale of suspense wrapped up in a love story for the ages, the inspiring story of a woman and a man who discover the best in each other amid the turbulence of war.

Reviewed by Kathy Rush, retired cultural anthropologist and one of the founders of the Oral History Library of the University Women's Club of Buenos Aires

Tuesday, April 20
1:30 - 2:30 PM

No charge members and non-members 

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Meeting ID: 846 4355 9341
Zoom Password: jccbook


Congregation Mickve Israel with Rabbi Robert Haas
Join the JCC Chicago as they take a virtual tour of Congregation Mickve Israel in Savannah, Georgia.
Founded in 1733, Congregation Mickve Israel is America’s third oldest Jewish congregation and its first Ashkenazic synagogue. The current building, which was completed in 1878, has been named by a number of organizations, including Condé Nast Traveler, as one of the 15 Most Beautiful Synagogues in the World. The synagogue’s museum holds the first presidential letter to a Jewish community (from President Washington) and the first two Torah scrolls to come to America. Written in the 15th century, they are also the two oldest Torah scrolls in the county.
Rabbi Haas, the current rabbi of Congregation Mickve Israel, is a sought-after comedian, lecturer, preacher, and interfaith leader who regularly speaks and performs for organizations, radio shows, colleges, theaters, houses of worships and institutions. On many levels, this is certain to be an interesting and entertaining event!

Thursday, May 20
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
No charge members and non-members


Lunch & Learn

Join us via Zoom for our monthly lunch and learn as we discuss interesting topics with a local Jewish professional.

April 6 - Rabbi Bauman from Touro Synagogue

May 4 - Rabbi Mendel Rivkin from Chabad

Tuesday,12:00 - 1:00 PM
No charge members and non-members 

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Meeting ID: 839 5255 1847
Passcode: JCCL&L

Past Lectures:

Morris Bart, Sr. Lecture Series

Created in 2013, the Morris Bart, Sr. Lecture Series features local experts in the fields of history, architecture, religion, politics, food, music, theater, and so much more. This monthly lecture series is generously funded by Morris Bart. Attendees do not need to have Zoom installed to participate. All sessions can be accessed through a computer, smartphone or tablet.

Past Lectures:

Green Rabbits and Climate Cassandras: Stories of Environmental Derangement
Novelist and essayist Nathaniel Rich will discuss how contemporary literature is changing to reflect our changing natural world. He will speak about some of the stories he’s written for the New York Times Magazine, where he is a writer-at-large: the story of the handful of scientists and policy wonks who, forty years ago, tried to warn the world about climate change before it was too late; the corporate defense lawyer who discovered that DuPont had secretly poisoned the blood of all living creatures, a story adapted into the recent film Dark Waters; and the fishermen who have fought desperately to stop the state of Louisiana from trying to save them from climate change.
Rich is the author of Losing Earth: A Recent History, winner of several national awards; Second Nature: Scenes from a World Remade, to be published March 31; and three novels, most recently King Zeno, set in New Orleans in 1918.
Monday, April 12
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
No charge members and non-members

Why Good People Do Bad Things
Drawing on her book, The Billionaire's Apprentice: The Rise of the Indian-American Elite and the Fall of the Galleon Hedge Fund, which chronicles the rise and fall of Rajat K. Gupta, the former managing director of consulting giant McKinsey who was convicted of giving inside corporate secrets to a New York money manager, veteran journalist and former Wall Street Journal reporter Anita Raghavan talks about the way well-regarded and successful individuals so often slide into criminal behavior.
Wednesday, April 28
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
No charge members and non-members

Senior Chair Exercise

We are back in person, poolside! Join us on the pool deck at the Uptown J three days a week for some fresh air exercise. Designed for seniors at all levels and abilities, this class involves stretching and strength training. Either exercise from a chair or standing, according to your comfort level. Wear comfortable clothes and closed-toe shoes. Check with your doctor before starting any exercise program. 

Mondays, 10:45 - 11: 45 AM with Michele 
Tuesdays, 10:45 - 11: 45 AM with Monica 
Thursdays, 10:45 - 11: 45 AM with Brittany
Fridays, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM with Patricia - Facebook Live Event

Email Rachel Ruth or call 897-0143 with any questions.

If you are not ready to join us in person, check out our virtual offerings. The most important thing is to take care of yourself, and keep moving!

Piatigorsky Concert  

We are thrilled to have the Piatigorsky Foundation return to the J for a virtual concert.  Award-winning mezzo-soprano Katherine Calcamuggio Donner, one of the most promising young vocalists on the opera scene today, will perform with piano accompanist Lisa Lewis. Together they will entertain us and teach us about their musical choices. The concert will be followed by a Q&A session. Join us for a fabulous afternoon of music.

Thursday, April 22
1:00  - 2:30 PM
No charge members and non-members


Staff Spotlight: Peggy Myers

Lifelong member, Peggy Myers, recently joined the JCC fitness staff as an instructor. We are excited for Peggy to bring her enthusiasm for the JCC to our members. Get to know a little more about Peggy and sign up to take a class!


2021 Commemoration and Celebration Events

The global Jewish community will come together in the coming days to commemorate lives lost during the Holocaust, remember fallen Israeli soldiers and victims of terrorism, and celebrate Israel’s independence. 


What's Changing at the JCC in Phase 3?

Following the city’s transition to a modified Phase 3, the New Orleans JCC will ease restrictions for fitness center users. We see this forward movement as a small step in getting back to normal; however, it is still our top priority to remain safe.


Staff Spotlight: Michelle Benson Huck

If you’re a member of the JCC, odds are that you’ve encountered the energetic and encouraging presence that is Michele Huck. As an instructor at the JCC for six years, Michele has done a little bit of everything from cycling, senior chair exercise, Barre, HIIT, and what she’s known most for these days –– LOTS of Aqua Fit. 


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