Why I became a member of the Jewish Senior Citizens Centre

The Bagel Loop was one of the successful programs hosted by the Edmonton Jewish Senior Citizens Centre in 2018.

by Lewis Wasel

(Edmonton) – Who is a senior, anyway?  According to The Jewish Senior Citizens Centre (JSCC), it is anyone who is 55 years of age or older.

Why did I become a member?  When I was about 57 and still working full time, I read that the Jewish Senior Citizens Centre in Edmonton was having a bus trip to see a musical at the Rosebud Theatre near Drumheller.  I thought that would be a fun way to spend a day off from work and see a part of Alberta that I had never seen before.  So, I signed my wife and myself up as members of the JSCC and went on that trip.  I did not attend another function of the JSCC until the next year when we went on that bus tour again.  Eventually we attended more programs of the JSCC.  Later I accepted nomination to the board and now I am the president.

You may ask what this has to do with you or with anything.  I will try to answer that question.  Different people will become members of the JSCC for different reasons.  There are a variety of programs that will attract a variety of interested people.  There are exercise classes, Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging), book club, educational classes, bridge and mah jong, lunches, interesting speakers, holiday celebrations such as our Purim Shpiel, a Russian club and more.  The potential expansion of our programs is only limited by the imagination of our members.

The Jewish Seniors Centre is a place where members can simply meet and have some casual conversation.  It is a place that is waiting to welcome you.  If you are thinking of  joining but are not sure, come for lunch on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday and see what it is like.  It would be best to check with the Centre or look at its calendar to make sure there is a lunch on the day you would like to come.  For more information, call us 780-488-4241 or email jdic@shaw.ca

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