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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

CANCELLED: Making Mensches, Building Character in the Digital Age

**You can still catch Tiffany on Sunday night! Grab tickets now for our Seattle Closing Centerpiece and REEL Difference Award Reception.**

Filmmaker Tiffany Shlain’s Workshop for Families, Educators, and Future Do-Gooders
Sunday, March 18 | 10 am | bagels served
$10 adults | $5 youth/educators

An interactive, educational workshop for parents, teens, educators, and future do-gooders with filmmaker Tiffany Shlain, an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, author, public speaker, and internet pioneer, who creates films that spawn global social initiatives (Character Day, 50/50 Day). Explore the intersection of technology and (Jewish) identity that build connection while also building strong relationships, global awareness, and character.

Miriam's Seder

Wednesday, March 28 | 7-9 pm
$18 | young adults (21-32) $10
Ages 21+

Everyone is welcome to celebrate Passover and women’s voices throughout the ages through experiential and immersive learning, music, and discussion facilitated by local leaders in the community.

Event includes dairy dinner and wine. Cholov Yisrael meal available upon request.

Thanks to our event partners: Temple Beth Am, Temple De Hirsch Sinai, Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, Jewish Family Service, and JConnect.

Spring Dance Classes: Foxtrot & Blues

Mondays, through March 26
$65 members/$75 guests for either class
$130 members/$145 guests for both classes
$15 drop-in
These classes are great for couples, singles, dancers, and non-dancers alike. No partner or experience necessary. Join us! Ari Levitt is a world-class dance teacher and performer, whose dance styles include waltz, Lindy hop, salsa, tango, blues, and more. 

Fabulous Foxtrot 7-8 pm
With this fun, flowing, and elegant partner dance you’ll float across the dance floor — and you can blend it with other dance styles such as swing, waltz, rumba, or blues. 

Blues Dance Demystified 8:15-9:15 pm
In this blues dance survey course you’ll learn a variety of stylings like slow blues, walking blues, jump blues, and more. 


New to Town Happy Hours

Tuesday, April 10 | 6-8 pm
Earl’s Kitchen & Bar, 700 Bellevue Way NE #130, Bellevue

Whether you’re new to town or want to reconnect with old friends, join us for happy hour! The J will buy some appetizers to share as we grab drinks, mingle, and meet new folks. 

Please RSVP so we know how many to expect.

Courageous Compassion for Caregivers

Wednesday, April 11-June 6 | 6:30-8:15 pm
(No class May 23)
$125 per person*

Caring for children is one of the most important jobs in the world, yet parents and educators are rarely given the support and tools they need for success. Courageous Compassion offers a comprehensive framework that integrates current research in neuroscience, social-emotional learning, mindfulness, and developmental and social psychology to support parents, grandparents, and educators in deepening both their self-care and their capacity for care and connection with the children in their lives.   

This popular 8-week course introduces Courage of Care’s three modes of care and compassion: receiving care; self-care; and extending care. It is designed to help you strengthen your personal practice of mindfulness and compassion, learn strategies for compassionate caregiving, and grow and learn in community with one another. In each meeting, we will discuss the science and theory of compassion, be introduced to several mindfulness and compassion practices that strengthen our capacity for receiving and giving care, and along the way will create a community of “carers” who support one another’s learning and practice. Class size will be limited to 20. For questions about the content of the course, please contact instructor Kelly Moore.  For registration questions contact Dana Weiner.

*We do not want cost to be a limiting factor, so please contact Dana Weiner to discuss financial support.

Kelly Conroy Moore, Ph.D. Kelly has always believed that the best way to support children and teens is to work in tandem with the adults in their lives. She has worked as primary and family therapist, researcher and educator in schools, community mental health centers, private practice, and inpatient psychiatry. She holds a PhD in Social Work from University of Texas at Austin, an MSW from University of Southern California, and a BA in Psychology from Occidental College. Most recently she was Director of Counseling and Learning Support at Eastside Preparatory school where she created and directed the learning support, counseling, and parent education programs there. She is fascinated by the intersection of contemplative practice and mental health for children and adults and completed a year-long training in Mindful Schools, participated in the Call to Care program at Mind and Life and has been teaching mindfulness and compassion to students, teachers and parents. She is Director of Education and Parenting for Courage of Care, a non-profit dedicated to teaching compassion and mindfulness practices along with tools for systemic change in order to create a more just and equitable world. She currently teaches the highly popular Courageous Compassion course for parents and staff at Eastside Preparatory School.

Gary Shteyngart Reading Group with UW Professor Sasha Senederovich

Sunday, April 29 | 2:30 pm | J Café

In advance of the 2018 UW Stroum Lectures (May 7 and May 9, 2018) with the bestselling author, New Yorker contributor, and satirist Gary Shteyngart, read excerpts from his memoir Little Failure and engage in an illuminating discussion facilitated by UW Comparative Literature and Jewish Studies Professor Sasha Senderovich.

Little Failure is a a humorous, touching, and deeply honest exploration of Shteyngart’s family history, delving into the 20th-century experience of Jews in the Soviet Union through immigration to the US. 

Gary Shteyngart was born in Leningrad in 1972 and immigrated to the United States seven years later. He is the author of three bestselling novels and a memoir; his newest novel, Lake Success, will be published in 2018. 

Sasha Senderovich is an Assistant Professor of Russian and Jewish Studies at the University of Washington. He writes and teaches on Russian and Soviet Jewish culture. Learn more.

RSVP and downloadable book excerpts coming soon.


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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