Hidden, just two blocks from The Cloister, at the first traffic light past St Henry Catholic Church towards Bellevue is the Gordon Jewish Community Center. The GJCC complex includes a day care, an elementary school, and the Community Center building with meeting rooms, a large auditorium/theater, organized children, adult, and senior programs, a large group exercise room, a superbly equipped exercise/conditioning center, and indoor and outdoor swimming pools. The indoor pool has four swim lanes and a two lane area dedicated for aquatics exercise groups and individual water walking and water exercises.
Just as you don’t need to be a Catholic to own a home at The Cloister at Saint Henry, you don’t need to be Jewish to be a member at the GJCC.
The senior rate is : $45 for a single and $63 for a couple. Senior age starts at 70 but if you are eligible for Silver Sneakers, that is 65. Silver Sneakers is a health facility subsidization program from Healthways that is covered by six different insurance companies. Those companies include: AARP Medicare Complete/Secure Horizons, AARP Supplement/Medicare Medigap, AmeriGroup, HealthSpring, Humana, and BCBS 65+. Silver Sneakers members’ enrollment is paid for by their insurance companies.
I have been a member for over 5 years. Besides aquatic exercise in the indoor pool my wife and I enjoyed the Bridge group and TGIT(Thank God It’s Thursday) Lunch and Learn programs featuring some interesting speakers.
The most welcoming group at the GJCC is The Prime Time Group for active senior adults. They host a huge variety of activities including monthly dinners with interesting programs, monthly meetings, day and overnight trips, parties, brunches and lunches, monthly casino day trips, overnight casino trips, holiday programs, varied classes, cultural events including plays and the TPAC Broadway series, concerts, pot luck dinners with original entertainment, and opportunities for group participation in community events. The Prime Time group also hosts a yearly retreat or trip.
The GJCC people welcome Cloister residents to drop by and use the facility with a free trial guest pass..