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Summer Activities Keep Seniors Minds, Bodies Active Throughout Miami

In the heat of the South Florida summer, leaving the house and the comfort of the air conditioner is often the last thing any of us has the energy for, especially anyone of a mature age. While many senior Miamians head north for the summer months, there are still plenty of activities for those who are still in town.

Through several of the agencies and organizations that the Greater Miami Jewish Federation supports, seniors can spend their summers in Miami stimulating their minds and bodies without totally shvitzing out in the heat.

Here are several activities Miami’s senior set can enjoy participating in this summer and into early fall:

Discussion Groups

Grandparents Raising Grandkids
Meet with other grandparents who help or solely raise their grandchildren. Two free sessions available. Tuesday, August 6 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Temple Bet Breira Samu-el Or Olom 9400 SW 87th Avenue., Miami Tuesday, August 20 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Alper JCC, Futernick Family Art Gallery, Building 4 11155 SW 112th Avenue, Miami

Contemporary News and Views
Discuss current events, news and trends on a local, national and global level. Four free sessions available. Monday, August 5 and Monday, August 12 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Bet Shira Congregation 7500 SW 120th Street, Miami Monday, August 10 and Monday, August 26 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Alper JCC, Futernick Family Art Gallery, Building 4 11155 SW 112th Avenue, Miami

History Club in North Dade
Calling all Civil War buffs and ancient dynasty aficionados—join Sam Richter Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. throughout the summer and into the fall for History Club at the Michael-Ann Russell JCC, 18900 NE 25th Avenue, North Miami Beach.

English as a Second Language
Discussion group for non-English speakers resumes August 21 on Wednesdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Michael-Ann Russell JCC, 18900 NE 25th Avenue, North Miami Beach. Free for everyone.

Volunteer Opportunities

Holocaust Documentation and Education Center
Volunteers are needed at the Hollywood location to help with research, translating documents and proofreading.

Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU
Show visitors to the museum around as a volunteer docent at the Miami Beach history museum.

Miami Jewish Health Systems
Help the nurses at Miami Jewish Health Systems by assisting with phone calls and greeting visitors.

To get involved or for more information on any of these volunteer opportunities, or for other options, contact the Jewish Volunteer Center at 786.866.8680 or Volunteer@JewishMiami.org.

Health and Wellness Programs

Senior aerobics, Aquacize, Stretch & Flex
Get moving in these and several other low-impact exercise classes at the Michael Ann-Russell JCC as part of its Quality of Life wellness program. The MAR-JCC is located at 18900 NE 25th Avenue, North Miami Beach. For more information, call 305.932.4200 extension 142.

Qi Gong Tai Chi, Gentle Yoga and Zumba Gold
Work out and decrease your stress level at the Miami Beach JCC, located at 4221 Pine Tree Drive, Miami Beach. For more information, call 305.534.3206.

Community CPR Training
It’s never too late to learn the basics of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Classes are offered twice a month at Mount Sinai Medical Center on Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Call 305.695.7629 ext. 5-7629.

Games and Arts & Crafts

Canasta Club
Join this club that meets Mondays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Michael-Ann Russell JCC, 18900 NE 25th Avenue, North Miami Beach. MAR-JCC Members- Free; Non-Members- $3.

Knitting Club
Join others and create something beautiful Mondays from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Michael-Ann Russell JCC, 18900 NE 25th Avenue, North Miami Beach. MAR-JCC Members- Free; Non-Members- $3.

Mah Jongg
Discover the difference between bamboo, chicken hands and matchin’ chows on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Michael-Ann Russell JCC, 18900 NE 25th Avenue, North Miami Beach. MAR-JCC Members- Free; Non-Members- $3.

Bridge Club
Get into the game, the game of Bridge, that is, every Wednesday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Michael-Ann Russell JCC, 18900 NE 25th Avenue, North Miami Beach. MAR-JCC Members- Free; Non-Members- $3.

Cultural Arts Experiences

"Stealing Klimt" Florida Premiere
The critically acclaimed film tells the dramatic story of the decades long struggle by Maria Altmann, a Viennese Jew, to recover five Gustav Klimt original paintings stolen from her family by the Nazis. Catch the Florida premiere and the first pre-event of the Miami Jewish Film Festival at the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, located at 301 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 305.576.0307.

An Evening with the Symphony
As summer winds down, enjoy an evening of music Tuesday, September 10 at 7:30 p.m., courtesy of the FIU Chamber Players at the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, located at 301 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 786.972.3175

Israeli Summer Movie Showing
A viewing of the Israeli film, “Slower Than a Heartbeat” will be shown in the Senior Lounge of the Michael-Ann Russell JCC on Tuesday, August 6 at 12:30 p.m. Film is in Hebrew with English subtitles. MAR-JCC Members- $5; Non-Members- $7. For more information, call 305.932.4200 ext. 142/144.

Contemporary Israeli Artists
Join the Michael-Ann Russell JCC on Tuesday, August 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for a trip to the Coral Springs Museum of Art to see the exhibit, “Contemporary Israeli Artists.” MAR-JCC Members- $40; Non-Members- $55. To register and for more information, call 305.932.4200 ext. 142/144,

Other Recreational Activities

A Day at the Races!
Enjoy a buffet brunch and play the horsies at beautiful Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino with Miami Jewish Health System’s 3rd Annual Solomon Garazi Memorial Day at the Races, Sunday, August 11 at 12 p.m. For more information, call 305.514.8623.

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