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Monday, July 2, 2018 to Friday, August 17, 2018

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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 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. See pictures from our CLL Classes here

CLL programming is only open to members of NCJW NY.
Membership costs $72 per year for seniors. Become a member here.
For those in financial need, scholarships are available.
No classes will be held on Wednesday, July 4th; Thursday, August 2nd; Friday, August 3rd; or Monday, August 6th. 

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Mondays, 10AM to noon (July 2 to Aug 13); Thursdays, 1PM to 3PM (July 5 to Aug 16) | $35

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Twice a week the art studio is open for individuals to come work independently on their artwork. For en-rolled art students, this time is included in the class fee. There is a small charge for individuals who wish to work during this time who are not enrolled in art classes.

Mondays, 10AM to noon | July 2 to Aug 13 | $35

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This offering will provide a welcoming environment to bead among friends. Some equipment will be provided, and students are encouraged to bring their own. Beaders can bring broken necklaces to fix, jewelry needing redesign or they can make new jewelry. Open to beginners!

Mondays, 2:45PM to 4:45PM | July 2 to Aug 13 | $90 | David Hollingsworth

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This offering is open to those with prior experience in hand-building and coil methods. All are invited to practice their craft independently alongside fellow ceramicists. Clay, glaze and access to the kiln are provided.

Tuesdays, 10AM to noon | July 3 to Aug 14 | $65 | Donna Levinstone

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This class explores traditional collage, using paper and various found objects. Students are encouraged to explore printmaking techniques and a variety of drawing and painting materials. At the end of each class students hang  their work on the wall and have a group discussion. This provides endless inspiration as each student expresses him or herself in unique ways. Students are also exposed to the work of professional collage artists and painters to learn about different styles and techniques throughout time.

Tuesdays, 10AM to noon | July 3 to Aug 13| $65 | Yvette Bendahan

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Private, individualized instruction for all levels. Students learn how to cut the glass, assemble pieces according to a pattern or create something original in color, shape and form. The final accomplishment is a thing of beauty in color and design.

Wednesdays, 10AM to 1PM | July 11 to Aug 15 | $85 | Gene Wisniewski

Wednesdays, 2PM to 5PM | July 11 to Aug 15 | $85 | Gene Wisniewski FULL

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Students will enjoy highly personalized instruction in drawing and painting in a fun, casual atmosphere. They will learn to express themselves and improve their technical skills in all media including charcoal, pencil, oil, acrylic, and watercolor. Students can work from photographs or develop their own abstract style.

Fridays, 10AM to noon | July 6 to Aug 17 | $35

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Students will work independently on tapestry, weaving, and looms in a welcoming environment. We offer weaving on a 4 harness loom, as well as rug hooking. Learn the whole process and make a scarf or cushion. Appropriate for experienced weavers.

Fridays, 10AM to 12:30PM | July 6 to Aug 17 | $65 | Donna Levinstone

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The pastel class explores traditional and abstract pastel drawing. Students learn about the different types of pastel that are being used today, including soft pastel, hard pastel, oil pastel and even water soluble oil pastel. Participants work both from observation and imagination. Work includes pastels in a mixed media capacity combining them with other medium such as marker, watercolor and even collage. Students will have an opportunity to learn about pastel painting through looking at different artists throughout history. At the end of each class, they will also have an opportunity to look at each others work and share their process and thoughts.

screen-shot-2016-12-07-at-9-52-36-amZUMBA GOLD
Mondays, 3PM to 4PM | July 2 to Aug 13 | $40 | Richard Puckett

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A lower intensity Zumba class designed to focus on balance, range of motion, and coordination. The Zumba choreography is easy to follow and you will leave feeling empowered and strong! .

Tuesdays, 10:30AM to 11:30 | July 3 to Aug 14 | $40 | Margot Townsend

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These effective and comfortable guided lessons will help you to improve your balance, flexibility and ability to function in daily movements.

Thursdays, 11AM to noon | July 5 to Aug 16 | $40 | Ellen Zimmerli

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Nia Technique is an intelligent fitness practice that blends the movements of dance, martial arts, and healing arts.  This wonderful blend of safe and fun exercise is designed to help your whole body feel stronger. You will develop better posture, more flexibility and have more energy for all the things you love to do.

screen-shot-2016-12-07-at-9-52-40-amINSTRUCTIONAL VOICE
Tuesdays, 3PM to 5PM | July 3 to Aug 14 | $70 | William Lyons Lee

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Each class, open to all levels, begins with warm-ups and site reading exercises, and progresses to vocal pieces from various sources. Singing is great for the health and the spirit, especially in groups!

Fridays, 1PM to 2:30 | Ongoing | $25 for 6 classes | Mark York

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Ellie Ressler Musical Theater with Mark York celebrates the classic musical theater songs of Broadway.  All songs are from the 1980s and prior. If you like to sing, whether you have a great voice or not, feel free to join.  All that is required is your love for classic Broadway Music.


The majority of these classes are free to members. Most are offered year-round and do not adhere to our semester schedule. Please check our monthly update for any closings.

Mondays, 10AM to 12 | FREE | Engage Volunteers from the JCC

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A help desk for questions regarding phones, tablets and laptops. Please bring your own devices when possible. Schedule a week in advance with Tamar at (212) 687-5030 x 0

Mondays, 11AM to noon | FREE | Ruth Taller & Betty Feldman

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Each week members read a short story, provided one week in advance, and participate in a facilitated discussion about that story. Discussions are lively and thought-provoking!

Mondays, 12:10PM to 1:10PM | FREE | Marcia Ostwind

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A space for women to share problems and discuss solutions, while building connections and community. New members are always welcome.

Mondays, 1:15PM to 2:15PM | $10 Annually | DVD Lectures

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Cultural arts classes are taught by University Professors through a series of professionally produced DVDs. Offerings vary and participant-led group discussions often follow DVDs. Specific offerings vary.

Tuesdays, 11AM to noon | FREE

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Mind Aerobics, founded by member Magda Sheer, meets weekly to discuss relevant current topics.The intent is to stimulate thinking on one’s feet and articulating clearly one’s position on important ethical subject matters. Religious and political subjects are excluded. “We’re here to Stretch not to Kvetch.”

Tuesdays, 12:10PM to 1:10PM | FREE | Howard Fischer

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Male members discuss issues that affect their lives — problems they have, resources they need, how they order their lives, physical and mental health issues, friendship, etc.

Tuesdays, 12:45PM to 1:45 | FREE | Laird Whitehill

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The course begins where you are, and is always at your level. The universe is big, really big. Bigger than you imagine. Even bigger than that. The students’ job in this course is to try to imagine the universe as the teacher takes them through it. The universe is a spectacular place, and members tour it, week by week, as they explore the planets, moons, stars, and galaxies — their histories, their stories, their pictures.

Tuesdays, 2PM to 3PM | $10 | DVD Lectures

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Cultural arts classes are taught by University Professors through a series of professionally produced DVDs. Offerings vary and participant-led group discussions often follow DVDs. Specific offerings vary.

Wednesdays, 9:30AM to 10:30AM | FREE | Sarah Jimenez

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Advanced reading and conversational Spanish.

Wednesdays, 11AM to 12:15PM  | FREE | Richard Goldberg

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Members practice the art of meditation through silence, relaxation, gentle movement, and conversation. Newcomers are always instructed in the procedure and all questions regarding practice are answered.

Wednesdays, 1PM to 2PM | FREE | Ruth Taller and Arlene Kossoff

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Members read a new article or non-fiction essay each week and come for a stimulating discussion.

Thursdays, 2:15PM to 3:15PM | FREE  | Instructor TBD

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A weekly discussion of topics pertaining to how it FEELS to age. Topics include coping with physical and mental disabilities, financial concerns, loss of loved ones, etc.

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Monday, July 2, 2018
Friday, August 17, 2018


NCJW NY Council House
241 West 72nd St.
New York, NY 10023 United States
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