Most every Thursday the Gordon Jewish Community Center, one mile west of us, hosts a luncheon and Program for persons of a certain age (65+) but any age is invited. These programs include a brief exercise session, a lunch, and usually a speaker program. It is a place where non-Jews are welcome to join, play and learn side by side with their Jewish neighbors.
The TGIT, “Thank God It’s Thursday” Luncheon and Program meets at 11:30 am in the Social Room at The Gordon Jewish Community Center, just a mile away from The Cloister.
Some of their previous programs include
- Scams and Medicare
- Cold Cases with Metro Detectives
- Chopped (A cooking demonstratiion)
- Metro School Board, What’s new?
- To Your Health
- Music For Your Generation
- *Goddesses and Gardens… Centennial Park & the Parthenon
- *Music with the “Songs from the Heart” trio
- *Turkey…a visit with Carrie Mills and Meryl Kraft
Bonney and I pick and choose depending upon the program.
Upcoming programs include:
Thursday, August 16
*Meet at Chabad
Tour the Chabad Synagogue with Rabbi Tiechtel
Meet at the Chabad on Old Hickory Blvd. for a specail talk and tour with Rabbi Itzak Tiechtel.
Lunch: box lunches – 1/2 veggie & 1/2 tuna sandwiches
Thursday, August 23
*The Metro Council with
Councilwoman, Sheri Weiner
Get the inside scoop from Metro Councilwoman, Sheri Weiner from Bellevue. Find out what’s going on in Nashville.
Lunch: Kosher Hot Dogs (or peanut butter and jelly)
Thursday, August 30
Have a few sips and learn a lot! Enjoy a kosher wine tasting with a pro.
Lunch: cheese boards and tapas
Thursday, September 6
*Mayor Karl Dean’s
Healthy Nashville is an initiative of the Mayor’s Office to continually improve the health and quality of life of all Nashvillians. Join Avery Poor, Health Initiatives, Metro Nashville.
Lunch: baked chicken
Thursday, September 13
*New Year’s Celebration with Music by Russ Davis
Russ Davis will wow you as he performs music by one of your favorite musicians. Sing along, enjoy and even learn a little about some of your favorites!
Lunch: Stuffed Cabbage
Thursday, September 27
*The Frist at the GJCC
with Docent, Teri Cohen
“Tour” the Frist (at the GJCC) with Teri Cohen as she shows slides and discusses the magnificent Gees Bend Quilts exhibit showing at the Frist Museum.
Lunch: salad plate with tuna, egg, and potato salad
Thursday, October 4
Carol Shaw and Lisa Webb
Celebrate Sukkot at the GJCC with a musical performance you’re gonna’ love! Carol and Lisa will wow you with their very special show.
Lunch: Chicken and matzo ball soup
Thursday, October 11
*Titan’s Tailgate and Cook Out Enjoy a special look at our football team, the Tennessee Titans, who play the Pittsburgh Steelers at LP Field tonight at 7:20pm. Experience a real tailgate at the GJCC.
Thursday, October 18
*Music with Dennis Scott
Grammy award winner and entertainer, Dennis Scott will perform songs that you will love. Also, mark your calendars for a performance by the Wanna’Beatles (one of Dennis’ groups) at the GJCC Main Event on Saturday, November 3.
Lunch: Stir fried chicken over rice
Thursday, October 25
*First Aid and Your Safety with Yvonne Hall
Join Aquatics Director and First Aid Instructor, Yvonne Hall for this important and informative session.
Lunch: Israeli cousine
Thursday, November 1
*NO TGIT…Main Event Week
Experience Beatle Mania with the Wanna’Beatles at the GJCC Main Event on Saturday, November 3.
Thursday, November 8
*Nashville Film Festival Movie, Tony Curtis (possibly)
Enjoy a special movie screening at the GJCC.
Lunch: box lunches / turkey sandwiches
Thursday, November 15
Do you know who your ancestors were? Enjoy a day exploring your roots.
Lunch: grilled cheese and soup
Thursday, November 22
Thursday, November 29
*Comedy and Music with
Songwriter and musician, Steve Goodie, runs the Sunday night songwriter series at the Bluebird Cafe. Get ready for some great parody!
Lunch: spaghetti and meat sauce
Thursday, December 6
*Latke Cook Off
Try some new recipes, enjoy some great fun, and eat up! “Bubbie Flay,” “Rachel Oy Vey,” and “Emeril Shlimazel”
will wow you with their delicious latkes.
Lunch: Latkes & Brisket
Thursday, December 13
featuring the music of
Cantor Bernard Gutcheon
Cantor Bernard Gurcheon will wow you with his Chanukah music and stories. You might even feel like singing along!
Here’s what The Gordon Jewish Community Center says about the TGIT program
TGIT…Thank Goodness It’s Thursday A weekly program for Senior Adults underwritten by a generous grant from the Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee.
The Thursday Schedule:
- 11:30 – Blood Pressure Check with Lauren Cooper, RN
- 11:45 – Exercise with Carrie Mills
- 12 – Delicious, hot lunch catered by SOVA Food served by volunteers.
- 12:45 – Program
A program for the 65+ crowd…but all ages are invited! Enjoy the program only at no charge or $3 with lunch ($15/non-members) with advance reservations.
Sign up today with Carrie Mills at
|The GJCC ALSO OFFERS ADULT CLASSES
Oil Painting Class
Tuesday or Thursday 10am-12pm
(1 month sessions)$75 mo. + supplies / $100 non-members
Instructor: Rhonda Wernick, professional artist
With or without a partner
For any level
Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24 & Nov. 7, 14
Lisa Burghardt, professional ballroom dancer and instructor
Be an Entrepreneur-Start Your Own Business with Ms. Biz
MYTH: Starting a business is expensive. MYTH: Starting a business is complicated.
Turn any hobby, skills or interest into a money-making business! Whether contemplating turning your “kitchen table” dream into a reality, or facing job insecurity, Ms. Biz can show you how in 5 FUN classes! Topics include business formation, trademarking, market research, monetizing your idea, finding customers; creating a logo and a website, and social media marketing. This is great for ‘momtrepreneurs,’ adults seeking second careers, and adults in career transition. Ms.Biz (Alison Rinner) worked in marketing for Coca-Cola and MARS/Pedigree, is an award-winning teacher, and an entrepreneur herself. Ms. Biz is her 3rd start-up.
Put your joy in a box and sell it.
Dates: Wednesdays, Sept 12, 19, Oct 3, 10, 17
Cost: $250 JCC members, $275 nonmember
Improvisation/Theater Game Class
Improve your communication and people skills…perform in front of others and have a great time…out of work and looking for a job…wow them with that competitive edge. Gain confidence as you explore the human experience through improvisational games, theater games, monologues, and scene work.
Instructor: Brian Schlanger, native Nashvillian, and Professional New York Actor
Tuesdays, September 4 & 11 and Oct. 16, 23, & 30 (register for any number of classes)
7:30-8:30pm at the GJCC
$15 per class
Interested in leaning to play Mah Jongg? Let us know and we’ll offer a class. taught by Mah Jongg pro, Lee Becker.
Write Your Stories
Mondays, Dates TBA
12-1:30pm / GJCC
no charge members ($6 non members)
Write Your Own Stories
With instruction from Elaine Parker. You’ll have a weekly topic and can write your own version. Join us for one, two or as many classes as you would like.
minimum 5 / maximum 10
*programs sponsored by the Gordon Jewish Community Center (GJCC) and underwritten by the Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, the GJCC, the Prime Time Fund, and the Meryl Kraft Discretionary Fund.
I have attended previous courses they are very convenient and close by.