New JFCS Creative Aging Virtual Classes Start Soon

Creative Aging is a national movement aimed at fostering an understanding of the vital relationship between creative expressions and quality of life for older adults. These participatory, fun classes stimulate the mind and body and provide an outlet for artistic expressions. Classes are offered by  Jewish Family & Children’s Service through Zoom.


Creative Aging Voice Class:

An 8-week session which teaches the basics of vocal technique in the context of a supportive small group of fellow singers and music lovers under the tutelage of Dan Kurek. Dan has been choir director at Temple Chai in Phoenix for the last 15 years and has many decades of experience as a singer, teacher, performer and conductor.

Participants can choose anything to sing from opera to pop.  With our move to ZOOM, piano accompaniments are recorded by Dan and e-mailed to the student in advance of the class for home practice and use in the class.  The class is structured so everyone has a chance to sing their song with the accompaniment and the other students and Dan offer positive feedback and support in a master class style. Previous experience is NOT a requirement; all it takes is a desire to sing and express that inner Sinatra or Streisand!

Mondays- April 5 – May 24 – 10 am – noon


Have I got a Story for You! (Advanced Story Telling)

Join writer/performer Kim Porter in this great 8-week workshop designed to spur inspiration, create accountability, offer support and feedback to established writers and storytellers as they develop their own projects. Each week you’ll bring work from home to share with the group, receive supportive and facilitated feedback that helps you determine if you are on track.  All genres of stories (fiction and creative non-fiction) are encouraged.

Currently, all on ZOOM!

Tuesdays 10 am-noon

April 6 – May 25


Wait!  Why am I Talking? (Beginning Story Telling)

Join award-winning writer/performer Kim Porter in this fun eight-week-long workshop designed to help you find, shape, and share your personal stories. Through guided visualization, writing exercises, games, and good old-fashioned story-swapping, you will explore the best practices of storytelling while you develop your own short stories to share with friends, family, or the whole wide world.

Wednesdays 10 am-noon

April 14-June 2



Register for all the above classes at

For more information please contact JFCS Creative Aging Coordinator Janet Rees at 480.599.7198, or email

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  1. April 27, 2021 @ 4:41 am Elaine Gerhardstein

    Dr. Marilyn Heins’ book, Geriatrica, is a must read for anyone approaching their 7th, 8th, or 9th decade and for the younger people who care about them.
    Dr. Heins describes old age as a foreign country to be travelled and explored as one would any unfamiliar territory. The journey requires study, changing habits, and cutting yourself some slack. Some of these ideas the reader may have been exposed to in her parenting column for the Arizona Daily Star over the last 30 years. Two particularly good (and related) suggestions are: divesting your living space of all extraneous “stuff” that no one will want when you shuffle off this mortal coil. Get rid of it now. Save those who are cleaning up after you’re gone the trouble. By doing that, you will be making your everyday environment safer and avoiding falls, which can have life-altering effects on your daily existence.
    This is an indispensable handbook for those tough enough to have arrived at the land of old age. Dr. Heins is the voice of experience, giving us nuggets of good advice about which the young have not even thought. So, buy a copy for yourself and one for your children, nieces, nephews and grandchildren. They can learn along with you!


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