Adults at the J

Adults at the J events are geared towards adults who are 18 years and over. Enjoy fun group outings to sporting events, shows, and museums. Enjoy behind-the-scenes culinary events and a variety of programs that promote personal enrichment, enhancement of new skills, creative expression, and social connections.

For more information, or to register for events, please call 610.435.3571 or stop by the JCC Welcome Desk.



J-GOURMET: In Search of the Perfect Cocktail

Join other foodies looking for a unique and fun experience right in our own backyard. Come to The Dime this summer for a fun and refreshing cocktail class. 

Lehigh Valley Style voted “Best Bartender” in the Lehigh Valley, The Dime’s own Lucas Heckenberger, will take you through the history of cocktails, one taste at a time. In a JCC exclusive event, Lucas will dazzle and delight each attendee and guide the class through classics and new trends in the cocktail scene. Attendees will get the chance to design and make an original cocktail using ingredients provided in an “Iron Chef” style competition.

Two hour class includes all beverages, hors d’oeuvres, and a swag bag from The Dime including recipe cards, a special cocktail takeaway gift, and discount coupons for the shops in the Hamilton Street District. Limited spots available. This event is for adults 21+ only.

Hungry? The Dime is offering our J-Gourmet class participants a 10% discount coupon towards dinner if they’d like to stay and dine after the class.

Monday, August 28  |  5:00pm - 7:00pm
At The Dime Restaurant, 12 N. 7th Street Allentown, PA 18101
Price: $48 | JCC MVP: $38

J-ARTS: Mosaics Class

In this class you will learn all the skills needed to create your own beautiful mosaics. Instructor Cindy Schneider will teach participants how to safely handle glass and how to use appropriate glass cutting tools. Whatever your art level, Cindy will support and encourage you to grow as an artist and designer. Get ready to have fun and enjoy this relaxing, creative form of expression. All materials are included in this course.

Tuesdays, 9/26 - 10/31  |  6:30pm - 8:30pm
Price: $136 | JCC Members: $116

J-GOURMET: Wine & Local Cheese Pairing at The Dime

Who Moved My Cheese? No one. It’s right here at The Dime!

In another exclusive JCC event, it’s all about cheese as we gather the most popular creamery’s in the Lehigh Valley and allow them to showcase their best and brightest cheeses of 2017, paired with outstanding wines to give compliment. Apple Valley, Caulkins, Collective, Klein and Wittman’s will all be on hand to discuss their process and the Lehigh Valley’s award winning ‘cheese-scene’. What makes the best choice, the best pairings, and the guide on what to consider when breaking out the cheese at parties and other events. Two hour class with a take-home ‘cheesy swag bag’ for each attendee. Limited spots available. Ages: 21+ only.

Hungry? The Dime is offering our J-Gourmet class participants a 10% discount coupon towards dinner if they’d like to stay and dine after the class.

Monday, October 2  |  5:00pm - 7:00pm
Price: $ 48 | JCC MVP: $38


Author Series at the J

Join us for engaging presentations and discussions with acclaimed authors. Each event will include brunch.

Deborah Heiligman
Award-winning author Deborah Heiligman will return to her native Allentown to speak about her newest book, “Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers.” Join us at Keneseth Israel for a delicious brunch followed by the author’s talk and Q&A session.

Sunday, October 15  |  10:30am - 12:30pm
Price: $10 | JCC and KI Members: $7

The Word Mavens
For more than 15 years, The Word Mavens have schlepped around the country to schmooze with communal organizations and share their insights from years of researching and writing about Jewish life. Now they’ll be here to talk about their new book, “The Whole Spiel,” which was an award winner in the Pennsylvania Press Club’s 2017 Communications Contest. It took First Place in the humor category. Join them for brunch and a talk. They’ll be so farklempt.

Sunday, October 29  |  10:30am - 12:30pm
Price: $10 | JCC Members: $7

Rebecca Einstein Schorr
Recent Jewish Book Award winner Rebecca Einstein Schorr will discuss her book, “The Sacred Calling: Forty Years of Women in the Rabbinate” and “This Messy Life,” a blog she created after becoming a reluctant stay-at-home mom. Meet the author and mingle with friends at a brunch preceding the event.

Sunday, November 19  |  10:30am - 12:30pm
Price: $10 | JCC Members: $7

NYC Bus Trip: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Your day includes private deluxe motor coach transportation to and from New York’s Theatre District and a ticket to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in the rear orchestra area of the theatre.

Sunday, December 3  |  8:00am - 9:00pm
Rear Orchestra Price: $200 | JCC Members: $165

Artisan Craft Fair

Look no further for the perfect gift! The JCC’s Artisan Craft Fair features hand-crafted works by artists from here in the Lehigh Valley and elsewhere. Ceramics, jewelry, clothing, textile art, woodworking, mosaics, prints, and more - there is something for everyone. Contact Monica Friess for more information at 610.435.3571 or

Sunday, December 10  |  10:00am - 5:00pm
Price: Free

Gallery at the J Exhibits

The Gallery at the J hosts exhibits of various media approximately every eight weeks. Opening receptions are the first day of each exhibit and run from 6:30pm - 8:00pm. These are free and open to the community and include refreshments and live music by the duo, Just So featuring Jon Fields and Mickey Freeman.

7/13 - 9/8: “Mixing Media” is a collaborative exhibit featuring jewelry by Ann Lalik and photography by Tom Shillea. All pieces are available to purchase.

9/14 - 10/13: “Ketubah/Wedding Art” is an exhibit featuring ketubahs and wedding art of our community. Want to be featured in this exhibit? Contact Monica Friess at to submit your contribution.

10/19 - 12/15: Barbara Barbour, photographer and Pat Delluva, printmaker.


Aqua Jogging
Aqua Jogging is a unique exercise class that used aqua belt flotation devices to allow the swimmer to run in place in the water. This exercise is designed to help improve strength, endurance, and cardiovascular health through non-impact water resistance methods.

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays (9/6 - 12/29)
10:00am - 11:00am
No Class 9/22, 12/25

Aqua Arthritis
Water is a safe, ideal environment for relieving arthritis pain and stiffness. Our Aqua Arthritis class follows the American Arthritis Foundation format and is a great way to exercise without putting excess strain on your joints and muscles. The gentle activities in warm water, with guidance from a trained instructor, will help you gain strength and flexibility.

Mondays, Wednesdays (9/7 - 12/27)  |  11:00am - 12:00pm
No Class 12/25

Silver Splash
Activate your urge for variety! Silver Splash offers fun, shallow-water movement to improve agility and flexibility while addressing cardiovascular, strength and endurance conditioning. No swimming ability is required, and a Silver Sneakers kickboard or other aquatic equipment is used to improve strength, balance, and coordination.

Mondays, Thursdays (9/7 - 12/28)  |  12:00pm - 1:00pm
No Class 9/21, 10/5, 10/12, 11/23

Aqua Aerobics
Water aerobics is often considered a low-intensity workout program appropriate only for pregnant women or the elderly. However, water aerobics actually offers multiple benefits for swimmers of any fitness level. Aqua aerobic exercise can help increase your energy, flexibility, stamina, and strength.

Tuesdays, Thursdays (9/5 - 12/28)  |  11:00am - 12:00pm
No Class 9/21, 10/5, 10/12, 11/23 


Pickleball is a combination of tennis, badminton, and ping pong. The game is played with a paddle and a wiffle ball on a short court. No prior experience is necessary. Equipment will be provided.

Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays (9/13 - 12/29)
12:30pm - 2:30pm
No Pickleball 9/21, 9/22, 10/5, 10/12, 11/23

Price: $4/Session | JCC Member Value Price: Free

Aqua Yoga
A certified instructor will guide the class through balance and gentle stretching poses. 

Fridays (9/8 - 12/29)  |  11:00am - 12:00pm
No Class 9/22

Jewish-Focused Aging Mastery Program®: J-AMP
The Jewish-focused Aging Mastery Program is a 12-session program that includes expert speakers, group discussion and various levels of mastery aimed at improving the aging process. The 12 session course covers subjects such as exercise, sleep, healthy eating and hydration, financial fitness, advance planning, healthy relationships, medication management, falls prevention, and community engagement. J-AMP incorporates Jewish perspectives on aging and addresses living fully the rest of our lives. The course is for adults of all ages and all faiths.

Mondays, 9/11 - 12/18  |  2:00pm - 3:30pm
No Class 10/2, 11/6, 11/20

Early Bird Price (Before 8/3): $89
JCC Members (Before 8/3): $69
Price (After 8/3): $109 | JCC Members (After 8/3): $89 


Your very own “Connection Corner at the J.” Join other adults to experience similar interests. For the fall we will have Yiddish and Games. This is a time to connect with others. The JCC will provide the space and light refreshments. Register for the year and participate in as many of the weekly activities as you would like.

$5/season  |  JCC Members: Free
or register for a full year: $18/year

Yiddish Club
Experience the joys of Yiddish. The group meets weekly to discuss topics like cooking, politics, humor, music and all kinds of entertainment in the Yiddish language. All are welcome to join this lively, weekly discussion. There is something for everyone no matter if you know a few words, or are a fluent speaker. Enjoy fun, fellowship, stories and more. Coffee and cookies served.
Tuesdays (9/5 - 12/26)  |  2:00pm - 3:30pm

Join other adults for an afternoon of mahjong, chess, checkers and more. Gather your friends and make new ones. Tables will be set up.
Wednesdays (9/6 - 12/27)  |  1:00pm - 3:30pm


J to Go: Yiddish Club “On the Road” at Atria Senior Living

A few times a year the JCC Yiddish Club and Jewish Family Service of the Lehigh Valley partner for an afternoon of connection and outreach in the community. Participants must register in advance at the JCC and complete volunteer forms. All are welcome. You do not need to be a JCC or a J-Days member to participate. 

Tuesday, October 24  |  2:30pm - 3:30pm
at Atria Senior Living
1745 West Macada Road Bethlehem, PA 18017

Contact Amy Sams for more information about Adult Programming at 610.435.3571 ext. 182 or

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