See our full program and class menu at:
Beginning Bridge Lessons
Learn bridge in a small group setting with individualized attention from Certified Bridge Teacher Jeanne Womack. No previous knowledge of bridge necessary. Bridge starts February 20 at 5 p.m.
Inclusive Art Class
We are proud to offer an inclusive art class with Joe Carter for individuals with disabilities. Class will meet the first Monday of every month at 10 a.m. at The J.
The J’s Youth Community Band
The LJCC Youth Band will hold auditions for ages 12-18 at The J on February 15 at 4 p.m. Students should bring their own instruments and be prepared to play a one-minute piece of music of their choosing plus at least three scales. We’ll also give you a little sight-reading exercise.
The band will be directed by Varyn Kimery. Everyone is welcome to audition.
About the audition
If you’re having trouble choosing a song to prepare, feel free to reach out to your music teacher or to Varyn here at the J to give some suggestions. Send questions to Assistant Program Director Kat Graves.
Join us for some relaxing tai chi lessons in the senior lounge. Galina Waites will be instructing this journey into mindfulness as a partner with United Way. Everyone is welcome. No prior experience required. These lessons start on February 7 and continue every Tuesday at 12:15 p.m. at no cost.
For questions or accommodations reach out to Kat Graves (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Velveteen Rabbit : A Toy Story
We are reviving our theater program after a short break due to the COVID outbreak in 2020. We are starting with a youth production of The Velveteen Rabbit: A Toy Story written by Patrick Flynn, based on the book by Margery Williams and commissioned by Adventure Theatre in Glen Echo, Maryland (Chil Kong, Artistic Director) in 2019. We have our full cast list and are excited to start rehearsals.
The show dates are March 16 at 5 p.m. and March 19 at 2 p.m. The cost of admission will be $12 for adults and $10 for children. Everyone is welcome.
Join Kat and Varyn for 14 weeks of ballroom dance instruction. A new dance will be taught in each class, starting with the upbeat East Coast Swing. Ballroom dance is about having fun and being social. It’s important to have fun, so don’t stress about being perfect! Dancing often is a workout, so be sure to wear clothes you feel good in and that are comfortable to move in. Everyone is welcome, no partners necessary. We hope to see you there!
Free for members and $5 for non-members. Registration required.
‘Bake Like Your Bubbe’ classes
‘Jewish History and Conversation’ with Rabbi Friedman
Wednesdays at noon
Have you ever wondered why there are so many Jews in Hollywood? Why do Jews eat gefilte fish and cholent and wish each other mazal tov and l’chaim? Why does the Bible sanction slavery and animal sacrifice? What are the causes of antisemitism? What does Judaism say about Christianity? And what are the roles of women in Jewish life?
If these questions intrigue you, then you might want to show up for our latest venture with Rabbi Yossi Friedman. The weekly course is open to everyone and will meet conveniently at noon (before mahjong) in the Senior Lounge. Bring your own lunch or pre-order it from Bo’s Kosher Cafe.
Everyone is welcome. Registration not required.
Our movie schedule is full of fun as popcorn and comaraderie abound. Here’s our current schedule (schmoozing starts at 1:30 p.m. and the movies begin at 2):
- January 30: Philadelphia Story
- February 6 – Robin and Marian (with Tu Bishvat snacks)
- February 13 – Keeping the Faith
- February 20 – Ford Vs. Ferrari
- February 27 – Mamma Mia
Registration not required.
Everyone is welcome.
Southern Jewish Voices
A new LJCC oral history program called Southern Jewish Voices (SJV) uses a live-interview format to present stories about Jewish life in Birmingham. The program, made possible by an $8,200 grant from the Alabama Humanities Alliance, consists of a series of interviews conducted in front of a live audience.
- September 29 with Esther Schuster
- November 17 with David Sher
- December 8 with Jesse Unkenholz
- January 19 with Tammi Caldwell-Horn and Jonathan Horn
- February 16 with Ronald Levitt
- March 23 with Madeline Oliff
- May 11 TBD
- June 8 with Ronne Hess
Registration not required.
Everyone is welcome
The Art of Filmmaking
January 9 to April 28
The Storysmith Station after-school youth program is a hands-on creative experience designed to provide children with the opportunity to explore the art of film. The program will present opportunities to direct, create, and act, utilize technology, and — perhaps most importantly — learn self-expression and problem solving.
The introductory class will focus on completing assignments and learning the basic tenants of visual storytelling in a fun and collaborative environment. Students will have the opportunity to make decisions and help each other evaluate the process and the final products.
Everyone is welcome. Registration required.
- Grades 6-9
- $200 per child (scholarships available)
- Mondays and Tuesdays (with overflow on Thursdays)
- January 9 – April 28