Council Lifetime Learning has suspended all in person programming until NYC’s “social distancing” restrictions are lifted. In the meantime, we are pleased to be able to bring our members virtual opportunities to keep learning, moving and connecting with like-minded peers while at home.

We hope you’ll participate in some of the opportunities below. Wishing you good health, safety, connection and comfort in these challenging times.

Virtual Classes and Discussions

Council Lifetime Learning’s Zumba Gold and Discovering Chi instructor Roger Puckett is offering free online dance videos.
Check them out here at your leisure.

Short Story Discussion Group
Mondays at 11AM
Zoom Videoconference or Phone Call
Email to register for this class. After registering you will receive the call-in information and the story for the week by email.
*Space is limited

Collage Class with CLL Teacher Donna Levinstone
Tuesdays 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Zoom Videoconference
Join Zoom Meeting

Ten Prominent Women Between the Wars: A select group who greatly influenced popular culture and political life from 1919-1939
with Douglas Brin
Tuesdays from 11 AM- 12 PM February 16th – April 20th

Email to register for this class. After registering, you will receive the passcode.

Series will cover:
Josephine Baker
finding the treatment of her race ridiculous and unacceptable, she becomes the toast of Europe and a lifetime, volatile legend.
Katharine Cornellgrande dame of the new york stage who also popularizes theater by touring throughout the nation, producing plays with her husband.
Bette Davisunique in her screen persona, unafraid and willing to tackle villainous and unsympathetic roles; perfectly content to be a caricature of herself.
Greta Garboperhaps the most legendary film femme of all time, her self-styled persona of mystery and aloofness keeps her legend alive for 50 years post-film
Martha Grahama revolutionary approach to dance, basically ‘grounded’ rather than airborne, she choreographs to serious themes, seeking more than ‘entertainment.’
Jean Harlowan aggressive sex siren on-screen, a beloved sweetheart off of it, much-admired by Hollywood; engaged to fourth husband when she dies at only 26.
Clare Boothe Lucedetermined to excel in ‘a man’s world;’ ambitious, driven, often ruthless, she succeeds and flaunts her persona in multiple fields.
Aimee Semple McPhersonevangelical pioneer, first to bring religion to a mass market, a publicity genius; she maximizes radio as a super promotional tool.
Eleanor Roosevelta life story unlike any other: from juvenile, depressed wallflower to incredibly-productive, celebrified and empathetic ‘first lady of the world.’
Margaret Sangerdetermined to lift females out of their social and reproductive straitjackets as she fearlessly attacks male societal domination.

Artist of the Week…Explore, Learn and Create with Donna Levinstone
Tuesdays from 2 PM  – 3 PM
Zoom Videoconference
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Explore and analyze different artists each week, and then create a piece of art modeled after the artists style. Have handy paper for collage, watercolors, paints, even a pencil will do! 

Meditation with Richard Goldberg
Wednesdays at 11 AM and Fridays at 10 AM
Zoom Videoconference or Phone Call
Phone Number: 1-646-558-8656
Wednesday Meeting ID: 857 5896 3095; Join Zoom Meeting
Friday Meeting ID: 894 6220 5644; Join Zoom Meeting

Short Reads, Long Conversations (Non-Fiction Discussion Group)
Wednesdays at 1 PM
Zoom Videoconference or Phone Call
Email to register for this class. After registering you will receive the call-in information, and the essay for the week by email.
*Space is limited

Acting with Scott Klavan
Wednesdays from 3:30-5:00 PM
Beginning January 6th
Zoom Videoconference
Email to register for this class. After registering you will receive the call-in information and the story for the week by email.
*Space is limited

All virtual Knitwits sessions will take place on Zoom from 9:30 AM to 10:45 AM

For Zoom login information, contact Denise at

Current Events
Thursdays 11 AM-12 PM
Join Zoom Meeting
Or dial in by phone 1-646-558-8656
Meeting ID: 859 4559 8682
Password: 405847

Finesse Your Drawing Skills with Gene Wisniewski
Thursday from 12-1 (Beginning 1/21)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 852 6219 1406
Password: Gene

Watercolor with Al Bukszpan
Thursdays 10 AM-11:30AM
Email to register for this class. After registering you will receive the sign in information.

Weaving on a Zoom with Jamie Boyle
Fridays from 11 AM – 12:30 PM
Zoom Videoconference
Join Zoom Meeting:

Join members of the Council Lifetime Learning weaving community to show and share works-in-progress and discuss weaving techniques (and more!) Each week, Jamie will also introduce a small project that can be created using common materials found at-home.

Ellie Ressler Musical Theatre with Mark York
Fridays 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Zoom Videoconference
Join Zoom Meeting
Or dial in by phone 929-205-6099
Meeting ID: 150 005 949
The class will sing songs from these songbooks: Songbook 1, Songbook 2


Tech Soup 101: Virtual Technology Help Desk
NCJW NY partners with volunteers from Engage at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan to offer technological help with phones, tablets, lap tops and video conferencing. To request support from a Tech Soup volunteer email Denise at or leave a message at (212) 687-5030 x 0.


*If you need detailed instructions for accessing telephone or video conferencing, please contact Denise Paradiso at

Connect with a Peer

Interested in connecting one-on-one by phone and providing mutual support? Join NCJW NY’s NEW Friendly Phone Calls program. Complete this form and begin speaking with your match the following week.