Adults & Seniors

From cooking classes to garden parties, the J offers a variety of programs to meet friends and stay connected to Jewish life.

Upcoming Programs

Paddle with the J - FULL

Select summer Thursdays (see below)
$10 SJCC members; $15 guests

Meet us at the Herzl waterfront (across the street from the J) to spend an evening on the water! We’ll get out the J’s kayaks, canoes, and paddle boards and enjoy some sunshine, get exercise, and meet new friends. Each trip is two hours. There will be a lifeguard on duty.

Thursday, August 31 | 5:30-7:30 pm FULL

Contact SJCC Community Connections Professional Ken Di Raimondo or call 206-388-0839 for more information.

Summer Hikes

Do you like to hike, but don’t get a chance to do it as often as you’d like? Come hike with the J! We will meet in the SJCC parking lot, carpool to the trailhead, and head out on a hike.  Enjoy the outdoors, get some exercise, and meet new friends! On each hike, participants will decide where to grab a well-deserved treat on the way home!

All hikes listed below are within 1.5 hours of Seattle proper. Departure and return times will vary based on proximity and length of the hike itself. Generally all trips will leave the J parking lot between 8-9 am the day the hike is listed.

  • Each hike can accommodate a group of 10 participants maximum. First come, first served basis.
  • Please bring your own lunch, good hiking shoes, and plenty of water.
  • All hikes suitable for participants ages 13+
  • Please be sure to consider the length, elevation gain, and difficulty when choosing your hike

For more information contact Community Connections Professional Ken Di Raimondo or call 206-388-0839.

Mailbox Peak
Saturday, September 9

  • Distance: 9.4 miles roundtrip
  • Gain: 4000 ft.
  • Highest Point: 4822 ft.
  • Location: Snoqualmie region
  • Difficulty: Difficult!

Swing, Sip & Screen: DIRTY DANCING

dirty-dancing-webSaturday, August 26
6:30 pm: swing and sip
8 pm: screen DIRTY DANCING
$15 | $10 (includes free screening)
Free: film-only tickets

DIRTY DANCING is the movie that launched a million romantic dreams. For one night, put on your own dancing shoes so you can swirl like Baby and jump like Johnny.

First, learn to swing with international dance instructor Ari Levitt, followed by drinks and dessert. Then, watch DIRTY DANCING at 8 pm in high definition with Dolby Digital sound system.

Chai Mitzvah

2nd Monday each month | 7-9 pm
September 11, October 9, November 13, December 11, January 8
$180, includes materials and dinner
This monthly adult Jewish experiential learning group explores values, spirituality, and social action. Chai Mitzvah spans the spectrum of Jewish practice and is open to everyone. For more information, please contact SJCC Jewish Life and Learning Professional Danniell Nadiv.

JFS Food Drive

September 1-29
Help those in need during the High Holidays by dropping off non-perishable items at the J to donate to the Jewish Family Service Food Bank. All donations will go to the JFS Food Sort on October 1.

JFS Food Sort

Sunday, October 1 |10 am-1 pm | Ages 6+
Volunteer to sort food for the hungry. Contact SJCC Community Connections Professional Ken Di Raimondo via email or at
206-388-0839 for more information.

Dance Lessons: Swing Your Socks Off/Ballroom Blues

Mondays, September 11–October 9
Swing | 7-8 pm: learn fabulous new East Coast Swing variations and a repertoire of fun and playful dance moves.
Blues | 8:15-9:15 pm: learn the true art of partner dancing with this fun blues-based introduction to steps, styling, and lead/follow connection.

Either Swing or Blues class M $55/G $65
Both classes M $105/G $120
Drop-in $15

Ari Levitt is a world-class dance teacher and performer, whose dance styles include waltz, Lindy hop, salsa, tango, blues, and more. 

Living Strong with Crohn's & Colitis

Sunday, September 17 | 10 am-3:30 pm
FREE – lunch included

Take control of your disease and find support for a healthier, happier life. The Northwest Chapter of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation in partnership with the SJCC present a day-long workshop about Crohn’s & Colitis. Presenters include Dr. David Suskind (Seattle Children’s Hospital), Dr. Tim Zisman (UW Medicine), and Dr. Elisa Boden (Virginia Mason Medical Center). The day includes: 

  • Expert panels and lectures by inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) specialists
  • Yoga classes and cooking demonstrations
  • Opportunities to talk with presenters and other patients and families


Mindful Movement Therapy Workshop for Women

Sunday, September 24 | 10 am-noon | M $20/G $25
Drawing inspiration from and breathing intention into the Jewish High Holidays, this two-hour workshop for women explores themes of teshuva (repentance), forgiveness, and renewal. Therapist Shanti Krigel uses dance movement therapy, yoga, and mindfulness to help women build inner strength and resilience as they share and process experiences of trauma, grief, depression, anxiety, and addiction in a safe space. In partnership with Jewish Family Service.

Shanti Krigel, LMHC, LADC, R-DMT, is a psychotherapist and addiction specialist at Jewish Family Service of Seattle, who has been helping clients heal through a variety of challenges for the past 15 years.

Restful Insomnia Series: Finding Rest in Turbulent Times

M $12/G $15 per class
M $30/G $40 for the three-class series

Dealing with the Media
Tuesday, October 17 | 7:15-8:15 pm
Do you find it hard to get good sleep, especially after checking out the news or social media? Learn techniques to manage sleepless nights.

Reducing Emotional Stress at Night
Tuesday, October 24 | 7:15-8:15 pm
Learn techniques to soothe your emotions and tools to pull yourself out of spirals of anxiety.

Tapping into a Bigger Picture
Tuesday, November 7 | 7:15-8:15 pm
Learn tools to feel less like you have to grapple with life’s difficulties alone so you can let go for the night and renew in rest.

Rock Climbing

Wednesday, November 1, 8, 15 | 6-8:30 pm
Vertical World, 2330 W Commodore Way, Ballard
M $60/G $70 | Ages 21+
Don’t let cold weather stop you from climbing! The J is partnering with Vertical World in Ballard for a three-part instructional indoor climbing series. At the first class you’ll get an equipment tutorial, an in-house belay certification, and free climbing time. The second and third dates will be free group climbs with instructional support (if necessary). Harness and shoe rental are included. Participants must be present for the entire first class to continue the series.

New to Town Happy Hours

Tuesday, November 7 | Tuesday, December 5
Join us around the Sound and meet new people! Check back soon for times and locations. If you can’t attend a happy hour, but still want to connect, contact SJCC Community Connections Professional Shoshanah Horne at via email or 206-829-2662.

Dance Lessons: Cross-Step Waltz/Merengue & Cha-Cha

Mondays, November 13-December 11 | 7-8 pm
Cross-Step Waltz | 7-8 pm: learn to effortlessly twirl and glide across the floor with the ever-popular waltz.
Merengue and Cha-Cha | 8:15-9:15 pm: take your Latin up a notch by adding merengue and cha-cha to your repertoire.

Either Cross-Step Waltz or Merengue and Cha-Cha $55/G $65
Both classes M $105/G $120
Drop-In $15

Ari Levitt is a world-class dance teacher and performer, whose dance styles include waltz, Lindy hop, salsa, tango, blues, and more. 


Have you always wanted to learn to play bridge or would like to improve your skills? SJCC past Board President and ACBL-accredited bridge teacher Alan Tesler will teach you the game.

Sports Leagues

The J has two men’s basketball leagues as well as a summer co-ed softball league. You can join with a team or as a free agent.

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