**Council House will be closed for Passover on April 22 for Passover, May 30 for Memorial Day, and June 6 for Shavuot**

Please review NCJW NY’s current COVID-19 Safety Policies before attending an in-person class.

MASK POLICY UPDATE: Council Lifetime Learning will become a mask-optional environment when NYC COVID-19 cases and rates meet both of the following metrics for two weeks in a row:

  • New cases per day at 10 or less per 100,000
  • Test positivity rate at or below 1%

Classes are first-come first-served, and enrollment will be limited due to COVID-19 safety measures. Classes may be cancelled, re-scheduled or changed to a virtual format at any time due to safety concerns.


Given the ever changing situation with COVID-19 all participants should assess whether coming to activities at Council House is right for you. Please consult with your personal doctors and family members before joining us.

CLL programming is only open to members of NCJW NY. Membership costs $72 per year. Become a member here.

For those in financial need the membership fee can be waived and class scholarships are available. Please contact our social worker Letitia about financial aid at lmaun@ncjwny.org.

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Mondays, 10 AM – noon | April 4 – June 13| $35 for unregistered art students, no charge for registered art students |Independent Work
Fridays, 1 PM – 3 PM | April 8 – June 17| $35 for unregistered art students, no charge for registered art students | Independent Work

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

Mondays, 10 AM – noon | April 4 – June 13 | $45 | Rena Rappaport

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Start your Monday off beading 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 PM – 3 PM | Mon, April 4 – May 23 | $80| Gene Wisniewski

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Take this studio style art class from the comfort of your home. Each week Gene will create and share a still life and coach students as they draw/paint/create the form. Come prepared with the art supplies of your choosing.

Register to receive Zoom Log in Information.

Mondays, 1 PM – 3 PM | April 4 – June 13 | $130 | Marilyn Walter

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Discover the magic of developing and incorporating a sketchbook/workbook into your creative process.  For those who love to paint, collage, draw, or use digital devices learn to “see” the unlimited possibilities and different ways of starting a sketchbook.  Gather information knowledge, and inspiration from other artists’ images as you see and finesse your artwork to completion. Individual instructor attention and group participation in ongoing discussions of work in progress is an important aspect of the class. Bring a few pieces of work for the first class for discussion. 

Tuesdays, 10 AM – noon | April 5 – June 14| $125  | 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 themselves 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, 12:30 PM –  2:30 PM| April 5 – June 14| $125 | Donelle Estey

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In this creative arts experience students learn techniques and skills in painting while developing a personal motif and vision. Class is open to all levels.

Wednesdays, 10 AM – 1 PM | April 6 – June 15| $150| Gene Wisniewski
*CLASS FULL* Wednesdays, 2 PM – 5 PM | April 6 – June 15| $150| Gene Wisniewski

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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.

Thursdays, 10 AM – noon | April 7  – June 16 | $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.

Fridays, 10 AM – noon| April 8 – June 17| $150 | Jose Picayo

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Learn traditional weaving techniques—and invent your own—this Spring! Experimentation and play are encouraged as we learn and build upon new skills in the weaving studio. This instructional class is perfect for absolute beginners and experienced weavers alike. We will cover the basics for those new to the process and those seeking a refresher. Experienced weavers will have the opportunity to expand their skills through individualized projects.


Tuesdays, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM | April 5 – June 14| $55 | 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.

Tuesdays, 3 PM – 4 PM | April 5 – June 14| $75| Mike Lesser

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This group fitness class will be sitting in a chair as well as standing using the Pilates Principles to build an awareness and connection to deep core stabilizing muscles in a focused fun format. This is a barefoot class to gain better connection to the floor.

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Mondays, 2:45 PM- 4:45 PM | April 4 – June 13 | $115| William Lyon 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, 1 PM to 2:30 | April 8 – June 17
| $60 | 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.

Unless otherwise noted, discussion classes are free to members, and are offered year-round.

Mondays, 10 AM – 12 PM | 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. By appointment only! Schedule in advance by calling (212) 687-5030 x 0.

Mondays, 11 AM – noon |  Ruth Taller & Arlene Kossoff

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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!
*Space is limited

Tuesdays, 11 AM – noon | 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, 3 PM – 4 PM| May 10 – June 14 | Max Alvarez 

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Join film historian Max Alvarez for this perfect Spring “staycation” focusing on how movies portray the world’s greatest cities. Examples will range from fake Hollywood recreations (An American in Paris and My Fair Lady) to impressive real locations (specifically identified) ideal for both romantic settings (You’ve Got Mail and Bridget Jones’ Diary) and gritty realism The French Connection, 28 Days Later). No updated passports or airport security clearances required!

Wednesdays, 11 AM – 12:15 PM | 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, 1 PM – 2 PM | 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.
This class meets virtually via Zoom till the end of February. Planning to join? Email Denise denise@ncjwny.org for Zoom log in information.
*Space is limited

Thursdays, 10 AM  – noon | Member-led 

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Knitwits will be meeting at Council House on:

Thursdays, 11 AM – noon| Member-led

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We will be cordially discussing current events that take place in the community, nation and world. Bring your vast knowledge and experience and let us all share our individuality in tasteful, meaningful and spirited discussions. This class meets virtually via Zoom. Planning to join? Email Denise denise@ncjwny.org for Zoom log in information.

Thursdays, 2PM – 3PM | Howard Fischer

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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.

Fridays, 9:30 AM – noon | Member-led

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Space available for experienced Mah Jongg players. Mah Jongg rules apply- no betting. Beginners welcome to start their own game.

Fridays, 10A M – 11 AM | 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.