National JCC Adult & Senior Alliance Programs

The Mayerson JCC’s 60 & Better Department is thrilled to announce that we are now a partner in the National JCC Adult & Senior Alliance. This alliance allows us to bring you cutting-edge, exciting, and relevant programs – to the comfort of your home. Through this new effort, we are able to select the programs and events that best-fit our members, allowing us to provide the most diverse programming possible. Take a look at these phenomenal new offerings below:


Still Traveling: Sensational Seville

Mondays: January 11 – 25, 2021; 2 – 3:15pm | On Zoom

Would you still like to travel? Now you can without leaving your home – just stay still!

Let us whisk you away for an “armchair adventure” on an interesting, educational, fun & live, guided group tour in a destination beyond your front door.

Many tourists to southern Spain race to Grenada to visit the Alhambra, but overlook the capital and largest city of the region of Andalusia – Seville! Join Trip Leader James Sokol and our wonderful, professional, local guide to discover an array of fascinating and stunning facets of this sensational, yet quaint city.

“Tours” Include:

  • Modern Seville (Jan 25)
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Cocktails & Cabalettas: Operatic Happy Hours 

Wednesdays: January 13 – 27, 2021; 6 – 7pm | On Zoom

B.Y.O.C. and let’s kick-off the New Year with some musical festivities! Stir, shake, pour your preferred cocktail, wine or other libation and join popular San Francisco Bay Area Opera Instructor James Sokol for a happy hour of beautiful music, interesting tidbits, and lively banter; maybe a behind-the scenes story or two thrown in for good measure!  Who knows, we might even have special guests drop in for a “toast.” Video performance clips bring the magic of opera into our festivities. Come for the music; stay for the fun!

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Broadway Backstage

Thursdays: January 14 – 28, 2021; 4 – 5:30pm | On Zoom

Let JCC Program Director & Broadway/opera instructor James Sokol sneak you in the Stage Door to go “backstage” on Broadway! Meet special guest theater professionals – who bring unique expertise, experiences & insights to the discussion – at our exclusive, live, behind-the-scenes visits. Photos/video clips (when available) will enrich the experience. January guests include:

  • James Moye – The Actor/Director (Jan 21)
  • Carolee Carmello – The “Go to Gal” (Jan 28)

Come learn, off-stage, what makes the magic happen on-stage!

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Still Traveling: Bewitching Broadway 

Mondays: February 1 – 22; 2 – 3pm

Would you like to still travel? Now you can without leaving your home – just stay still! Let our JCC colleague James Sokol zoom you away for an “armchair adventure” to NYC to meet and “tour” with our terrific, local guide, a Broadway history expert who shares interesting stories, rarely seen photographs & videos to see Broadway’s past and present merge before their eyes.  Visits include:

  • Act I: Broadway’s Beginnings (Feb 1)
  • Act II: The Shuberts & Beyond (Feb 8)
  • Act III: “Hamilton”: The Real NYC Sites (Feb 15)
  • Act IV: Hippies, Discos & Dogs, Oh My! (Feb 22)

You may know many of the shows, now come learn the fascinating history of Times Square, its theaters, and beyond.

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Music and Morsels: The Romance of the Piano & Violin

Wednesday, February 3; 4 – 5pm | On Zoom

Bring your dessert & coffee or cocktail & nosh and take your front-row seat for a beautiful & interesting, live musical event with insights into each piece of the program!  Pianist Ian Scarfe brings an early Valentine program of classical music and discussion, this time featuring Bay Area violinist Philip Brezina. Today, the duo presents works from their new recorded CD “Violin Romances,” including works by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, and more!  Today’s Program:

  • Beethoven, Romance in F Major
  • Tchaikovsky, Melodie for Violin and Orchestra
  • Sibelius, Romance, Op. 78
  • Bolcom, The Graceful Ghost
  • Ysaye, Reve d’Enfant

After the program, stay for live Q&A with our guest artists.

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Cocktails & Cabalettas: Operatic Happy Hours

Wednesdays: February 3 – 24; 6 – 7pm | On Zoom

Stir, shake, pour your preferred cocktail, wine, or other libation and join popular San Francisco Bay Area opera Instructor James Sokol for a happy hour of beautiful music, interesting tidbits, and lively banter; maybe a behind-the-scenes story or two thrown in for good measure!  Who knows, we might even have special guests drop in for a “toast.” Video performance clips bring the magic of opera into our festivities. Come for the music; stay for the fun!

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Exploring Opera: The Divas

Thursdays: February 4, 11, 18 & 25; 4 – 5:30pm | On Zoom

The word “Diva” strikes excitement in some, fear in others. Regardless, an opera diva usually has an exceptional voice. Some are legendary; others are almost forgotten. Join popular San Francisco Bay Area instructor James Sokol to discover some of these great ladies. Learn about their backgrounds and experience their brilliance through performance videos. Hear the variations among the female vocal ranges – soprano, mezzo, contralto – and bask in the glorious, gorgeous voices & repertoire. Don’t miss this series, terrific for opera newcomers and long-time fans!

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Songs of the Moon: A Multi-Genre Musical Celebration of the Lunar New Year

Friday, February 12; 2 – 3:15pm | On Zoom

Whether Chinese Chunjie, Vietnamese Tet, Korean Solnal, Tibetan Losar or other, the Lunar New Year festival is celebrated in several Asian countries and communities around the world. On this day before the first new moon of the lunar calendar, join popular San Francisco Bay Area instructor James Sokol to journey through a diverse array of music – Broadway, pop, opera & more! – exploring the theme of the moon along the way. Audio & video clips bring the beauty of music into our discussion!

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Songs of Love: A Multi-Genre Musical Celebration of Valentine’s Day

Sunday, February 14; 2 – 3:15pm | On Zoom

It’s said that “love is a many-splendored thing!” But so, too, is music, no? Celebrate Valentine’s Day by joining popular San Francisco Bay Area instructor James Sokol to journey through a diverse array of music – Broadway, pop, opera & more! – exploring the theme of love along the way. Audio & video clips bring the beauty of music into our discussion!

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Still Traveling: Gouda – The Town & The Tradition

Sunday, February 21; 2 – 3:15pm | On Zoom

Let JCC trip leader James Sokol whisk you away to The Netherlands to explore – with a terrific, professional local guide – facets of their beloved cheese. Begin off the beaten path at the quaint farm/shop where our guide buys her cheese. Learn about her traditional Dutch breakfast. Follow our guide for a highlights tour of the town of Gouda and other points of cheesy interest. Finally, head to Amsterdam for a stop at the Rijksmuseum to see how cheese shows up in Dutch art.

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Songs of Victory & Triumph: A Multi-Genre Musical Celebration of Purim

Thursday, February 25; 2 – 3:15pm | On Zoom

Celebrate Esther and Mordecai’s triumph by joining popular San Francisco Bay Area instructor James Sokol to journey through a diverse array of music – Broadway, pop, opera & more! – exploring the theme of victory & triumph along the way. Audio & video clips bring the joy of music into our discussion!

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