Senior Centers

JCCGCI has been providing senior center services since 1992, and has received consistent positive performance evaluations (from the New York City Department for the Aging, Department of Youth and Community Development, NY State Office for the Aging and other sources).  Our senior centers include:

Our five senior centers (see map) serve over 1000 congregate meals a day and provide over 2500 case management sessions and 4000 educational, recreational, socialization and health promotion sessions per year. Our senior centers work closely with our case managementhomecare, transportationHolocaust survivor and friendly visiting programs.

All five of our centers are located in amply sized, well lit, ventilated, heated and sanitary facilities, several of which are in the same buildings as senior citizen residential units. Each is sized and laid out to allow different activities to occur in separate areas at the same time. All have handicap access to the facility and the restrooms.

Health and Nutrition

All of JCCGCI’s senior centers offer a number of different weekly or biweekly exercise classes, including such programs as:

  • Aerobics
  • Chair yoga
  • Dancercize
  • Exercise with music
  • Ballroom dancing
  • Line dancing
  • Ping pong
  • Tai chi
  • Wii fitness
  • Weight and band exercises
  • Walking groups
  • Zumba

Treadmills and exercise bicycles are available at some centers.

Nutrition education classes are offered from six to 12 times each year at each center.

Our senior centers partner with community healthcare providers who offer free health screening and educational workshops periodically, including blood pressure screenings, brain/memory exercises, dementia screenings, diabetes management programs, flu and pneumonia vaccines, mental health awareness and fall prevention training.*

Education, Culture and Recreation

Educational, cultural and recreational activities offered vary by senior center; the following illustrates the range of activities, which are offered one to three times a week at one or more centers.

  • Activity room–chess, card games, billiards
  • Arts & crafts / beading/ painting/ceramics
  • Bingo
  • Choral groups—performing, Chinese and Russian choral, folk/gospel, sing-along, depending on the Center
  • Chinese and Russian music group
  • Dance lessons, Chinese dance group
  • Jewish history and tradition (Arabic speaking instructor)
  • Karaoke
  • Knitting
  • Mah Jong
  • Poetry group, including recitals
  • Piano music recital
  • Spring and fall gardening
  • TV and movies in English, Russian, Chinese and Spanish (varies with center)

In addition to the activities in the centers, members go on trips once or twice a month, such as Broadway shows, concerts, museums, the circus, the aquarium, casinos, parks and the Philharmonic orchestra.


Each Senior Center has a computer lab; two are about to have all new equipment installed. Classes meet at least weekly. One Center offers four different classes on a weekly basis with a Russian speaking instructor (as well as one in English), for which there are waiting lists.  Some labs have laptops available for use in between classes. A CCTV magnifier is available for the visually impaired.

Education, Group Activities, Events

Educational activities and events at various centers include:

  • A monthly Drop-In Center for Holocaust Survivors meets at Jay Harama with an average of 110 participants per month.
  • In-house libraries at HHSC (where members have daily readings and discussions, JHSC (with books in English, Russian and Chinese), and SSSC
  • Brooklyn Public Library leaves DVDs and books for members to borrow
  • Intergenerational programs with local schools whose children meet and perform for our seniors
  • Monthly birthday parties
  • Multicultural events, e.g. Russian Woman Day, Chinese New Year, Black History month, Puerto Rican Heritage day as well as all American holidays
  • Periodic fire prevention and crime prevention workshops by the FDNY and NYPD
  • Conversation groups (English, Russian)
  • ESL classes and conversational English

The Sunday Senior Center Program operates out of Haber House Senior Center, which is open on Sundays, and provides an average of 250 congregate meals and 125 home delivered meals each week, funded by private sector sources.

The Food Pantry (also located at Haber House) distributes almost 300 packages containing dry foods and produce, twice a month. There are also special holiday distributions.

For further information about JCCGCI’s Senior Centers program call 718-449-5000 ext 2253 or email


*JCCGCI thanks our partners for the health screening programs at the Senior Centers, including the Visiting Nurse Service, pharmacy chains, Coney Island Hospital, Emblem Health, Lutheran Hospital, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, Metropolitan Jewish Health Care Systems and JCCGCI’s annual health fair. 

JCCGCI thanks Food for Survival, HPNAP, Met Council and private sector sources for the support of our Food Pantry distributions.

My name is Barbara S. I am a Holocaust survivor. I am an elderly woman. I have a lot of illness…If it wasn’t for the Jewish Community Council I wouldn’t be able to make it…I bless the people from the Jewish Community Council. I also thank and bless the people who finance these services so I can get the help I need. This is a gift from God.

Barbara S., Brooklyn