Engaging and enriching virtual programs for older adults



The Center for Senior Enrichment, under the auspices of Jewish Family & Children’s Service, provides weekday free Zoom programming for all older adults throughout the Valley, exploring music, movement, history, art and more during the month of May.

For Mother’s Day, T.A. Burrows will be presenting a Mother’s Day concert, Sing Street Café, on Friday, May 7 at 1 pm. T.A. is a local treasure, providing endless hours of music and song throughout the Valley. He’ll include the great jazz standards and timeless works penned by legendary composers such as George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, and many others.

Rabbi Laibel Blotner will be returning for a new series called Jewish Life and Tradition. The first class is on Tuesday, May 25 at 1 pm and will continue on each fourth Tuesday of the month.

On May 27 at 11 am, join Judi Gyory Missel for “Pajama” Geneology. Judi, a member of the Phoenix Jewish Genealogy Group and the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, has been fascinated by genealogy for more than 30 years. Join this 4 part series to explore how to search your family roots from the comforts of your own home.

Movement and Dance classes are offered Monday, Wednesday and Fridays, including everything from chair yoga and ballet to Latin Fusion dances.

Fridays include a Welcome Shabbat program at 11 am, with special guests, songs, blessings and inspirational teachings.

“Our attendance has increased each week since we began in November,” states Jennifer Brauner, CSE director. “Through our virtual presentations, we have eliminated the transportation issue many older adults face, enabling us to reach out throughout the Valley to provide meaningful, engaging programs to older adults in the comfort and safety of their own homes.”

Classes and programs are open to all older adults in the Greater Phoenix area. New offerings are added each month. All are free and available on Zoom. The Center for Senior Enrichment offers additional stimulating programs in the worlds of art, history, theatre and creative writing.

For a complete list of classes, visit jfcsaz.org/cse.



Smile on Seniors, under the leadership of Rabbi Levi and Chani Levertov, switched to Zoom programming during the pandemic and will continue to do so during the month of May with two virtual presentations each week. These virtual presentations are open to all and begin at 12:30 pm.

Join Henry Sapoznik for a presentation on May 7 of African American Cantors who performed Yiddish and cantorial music in and for the Jewish community, in theaters on record, radio and in concert between the World Wars.

On May 10, join Holocaust educator, speaker and author Dr. Ettie Zilber for From Liberation and Loos, to Love, Lemons and Laughter as she shares about her mother’s new odyssey after liberation from five years of terror and abuse.

Join Smile On Seniors and JFCS Center for Senior Enrichment with Comedian Joel Chasnoff on May 12. Joel’s comedy show is about the joys and oys of all things Jewish.

Gather together on May 13 for a Jewish Q&A with Rabbi Levi for a stimulating discussion on an issue relevant to Judaism in contemporary society as well as a focus on the upcoming holiday of Shavuot.

More upcoming virtual events feature a movie discussion of “Menashe” with Rivka Slonim (time for this event will be 11 am) on May 20 and In the Kitchen with Benita on May 27.

There is an in-person BBQ event planned for May 24. Enjoy delicious goodies hot off the grill while in good company. Of course, enjoy all this from a well-ventilated, covered and cooled outdoor venue (address will be shared with confirmed reservation). RSVP required before May 21.

For more information, visit sosaz.org.


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