Founded in 1946, Council Lifetime Learning (CLL) is the first and longest established cultural center for older adults in New York City. Many of our programs are designed and facilitated by CLL members and volunteers. CLL is the place to be for active New Yorkers who value life-long learning and broadening their social networks. CLL attracts the best and brightest teachers, volunteers and members to and provides a wide range of arts, humanities, cultural, educational and recreational programming. Research has proven that arts and culture offer a natural, joyous means of learning, sharing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle through all stages of life. An average of 200 older adults come through our doors each week, and over the last year, approximately 500 active seniors have participated in a broad range of programs.
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CLL programming is only open to members of NCJW NY. You can become a member or renew your membership on the class registration online form. Base membership for seniors costs $72 per year at. Higher levels of membership include different perks, the details of which can be found in the Membership section of the class registration form.
For those in financial need, scholarships are available.
Please note, Council House will be closed on the following dates:
Labor Day: Monday, 9/2
Elevator Update: Friday, 9/27
Rosh Hashanah: Monday, 9/30 and Tuesday, 10/1
Yom Kippur: Tuesday, 10/8 (early closing) and Wednesday, 10/9
Sukkot: Monday, 10/14 and Tuesday, 10/15
Shmini Atzeret and Simchat Torah: Monday, 10/21 and Tuesday, 10/22
Thanksgiving: Thursday, 11/28 and Friday, 11/29
Mondays, 10AM to noon (Sept 9 to Dec 9); Thursdays, 10 AM to noon and 1PM to 3PM (Sept 12 to Dec 12) | $35
Mondays, 10AM to noon | Sept 9 to Dec 9| $35 | Rena Rappaport | Materials Included or Bring Your Own
MIXED MEDIA COLLAGE
Tuesdays, 10AM to noon | Sept 10 to Dec 10| $95 | Donna Levinstone | Materials included *THIS CLASS IS FULL*
Tuesdays, 10AM to noon | Sept 10 to Dec 10| $80| Yvette Bendahan | Materials included
Thursdays, 10AM to noon | Sept 12 to Dec 12| $80| Yvette Bendahan | Materials included
PAINTING IN ALL MEDIA
Wednesdays, 10AM to 1PM | Sept 11 to Dec 11 | $140| Gene Wisniewski | Bring your own materials
Wednesdays, 2PM to 5PM | Sept 11 to Dec 11| $140 | Gene Wisniewski | Bring your own materials *THIS SECTION IS FULL*
Thursdays, 1 PM to 3 PM | Sept 12 to Dec 12 | $80| Al Bukszpan | Materials Included
Fridays, 10AM to noon | Sept 13 to Dec 13| $200| Jamie Boyle | Materials Included or Bring Your Own
Fridays, 10AM to 12:30PM | Sept 13 to Dec 13 | $125 | Donna Levinstone | Materials included
Fridays, 1 PM to 3 PM | Sept 13 to Dec 13 | $80 | Jon Rettich
Mondays, 3 PM to 4 PM | Sept 9 to Dec 9 | $60 | Roger Puckett
Tuesdays, 10:30 AM to 11:30 | Sept 10 to Dec 10 | $60 | Margot Townsend
Tuesdays, 3 PM to 4 PM | Sept 10 to Dec 10| $80 | Mike Lesser *Bring your own mat
Wednesdays, 11 AM to 12:00 PM | Sept 11 to Dec 11 | $55 | Roger Puckett
DANCE EXERCISE *NEW!
Wednesdays, 2PM to 3PM | Sept 11 to Dec 11 | $90 | Meli Zinberg
NIA WISE MOVES
Thursdays, 11 AM to noon | Sept 12 to Dec 12 | $85 | Ellen Zimmerli
Fridays, 11 AM to noon | Sept 13 to Dec 13 | $65 | Agnes Atwood
INSTRUCTIONAL VOICE AND ENSEMBLE SINGING
Tuesdays, 3 PM to 5 PM | Sept 10 to Dec 10 | $100 | William Lyons Lee
Wednesdays, 3PM to 4:30PM | Sept 11 to Dec 11 | $115 | Scott Klavan
ELLIE RESSLER MUSICAL THEATRE
Fridays, 1PM to 2:30 (Schedule may change) | $50 for 11 classes | Mark York
The majority of these classes are free to members. Most are offered year-round and do not adhere to our semester schedule.
TECH SOUP 101: TECHNOLOGY HELP DESK
Mondays, 10AM to noon| FREE | Engage Volunteers from the JCC
Mondays, 11AM to noon | FREE | Ruth Taller and Betty Feldman
Mondays, 12:10PM to 1:10PM | FREE | Marcia Ostwind
CONVERSATIONS ACROSS TIME *NEW!
Mondays, 1:00PM to 2:00PM | FREE | Susan Matthias | *BEGINS OCTOBER 28th
WHAT’S THE QUESTION?
Tuesdays, 11 AM to noon| FREE | Tom Kranidas, Professor Emeritus Stony Brook University
MEN’S LIFE GROUP
Tuesdays, 12:10PM to 1:10PM | FREE | Howard Fischer
Tuesdays, 12:35PM to 1:35 | FREE | Laird Whitehill
MEDITATION: A Universal Tradition
Wednesdays, 11AM-12:15PM | FREE | Richard Goldberg
SHORT READS, LONG CONVERSATIONS
Wednesdays, 1PM to 2PM | FREE | Ruth Taller and Arlene Kossoff
CURRENT EVENTS *RETURNING
Thursdays, 11 AM to noon | FREE | Jeffrey Zadoff
EMOTIONAL ASPECTS OF AGING
Thursdays, 2:15PM to 3:15PM | FREE | Howard Fischer
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