Tuesdays with Morrie Nope, with the Palo Alto JCC

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For some people, the word “retiree” might conjure images of leisurely golf rounds or sleepy Bingo nights.

Those people, clearly, haven’t attended a Community Tuesday, a new lineup of activities every Tuesday at the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto.

Organizers estimate that between 150 to 200 people are participating weekly in the program, a brainchild of Michelle Rosengaus, the adult program manager at the JCC. Some come from the Moldaw Residences, a senior living facility also on the Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life.

Community Tuesdays include access to the Goldman Sports and Wellness Complex and performances in the Schultz Cultural Arts Hall.

But many are coming from the community at large — taking advantage of being able to attend JCC programs and use the JCC facilities (including the gym and pool) without being a JCC member.

Community Tuesdays, which launched in January, include a slew of lectures, classes and entertainment that take place between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. each Tuesday. No pre-registration is required.

“In March, I really enjoyed the class about classical Turkish music,” said Beverly Bogart, 88. The class included Mete Tasin, a professional tenor with the San Francisco and San Jose operas. “And there was the two-session class on Picasso, with an art history professor from Stanford,” added Bogart, who lives in the Moldaw Residences.

“I’m experimenting with all kinds of lectures and concerts … trying to figure out what people want more of,” said Rosengaus. “This is something we’ve never tried — and ideally it appeals to Baby Boomers, people who are maybe newly retired and not sure what they want to do yet, younger people and, of course, seniors.”

One event every week is called “News Schmooze with Marty Perlmutter.” A video expert and newshound, Perlmutter leads a discussion of current events and civic engagement. Upcoming activities include Rabbi Joey Felson giving a talk titled “A Gastronomic Tour of Judaism” on June 4.

Every third Tuesday of the month is designated for lunchtime performances in the JCC’s Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, with a buffet provided by Moldaw Residences. On May 21,  the Jeff Sanford Jazz Quartet and a vocalist performed Broadway hits; on June 18, Indian Jewish comedian Samson Koletkar will do stand-up.

Members and non-members can buy a punch card that gives them admission to five or 10 Tuesdays. With it comes access to the gym, pool and other JCC facilities (only on Tuesdays, of course) and a 10 percent discount at the JCC café.

As summer approaches, programming will be more geared toward the outdoors and exercise, Rosengaus said, including two workshops from a professional ballerina.

“My hope is that people get used to the idea, book Tuesdays on their calendar and just plan on being here to reconnect with the community, to see friends they haven’t seen in a while,” she said. “And maybe learn something while they’re at it.”

Punch cards can be purchased at the JCC’s Goldman Sports and Wellness Complex. For 10 visits, the card is $90 for members and $110 for non-members; for five visits, it’s $55 and $75. For more information, contact Rosengaus at [email protected] or call (650) 223-8663.

Emma Silvers

Emma Silvers is a former J. staff writer.