Adult Enrichment Classes

The Tucson J offers a wide array of Adult Enrichment Classes. Register for classes below, in person at the Welcome Desk, or please call 520-299-3000.

Films To Remember: A Film Appreciation Course
Wednesdays, Now – November 22, 11am – 1 pm

If you love movies – you will love them even more after this course.  We will dig beyond just the appearances and look at how movie magic is made.  Looking at how films can change consciousness, open people’s hearts and minds, we will go beyond Hollywood films (although we will look at a few of those) and look at films from other cultures.  We will watch part of a film and discuss creative, technical and aesthetic elements.  We will peek behind the wizard’s curtain to see how and why some films touch you deeply.

Genie Joseph, PhD is an award-winning film director, and was Co-Producer for the TV series for Nickelodeon channel “The N” which was shot in Hawaii called “Beyond the Break.”  She was the CEO of Hawaii Movie Studios and has worked on over 200 films and TV programs in various capacities.  She was a staff producer at KITV (the Hawaii ABC affiliate) and produced hundreds of commercials.  She produced training films for such companies as BMW, Jaguar Cars, Mobil Oil, Sports Illustrated and the New York Stock Exchange.  She apprenticed to Woody Allen’s editors, and worked her way up to become an assistant editor, then editor and finally a feature film director.  Her movies have won international awards and played in theaters, cable TV, and video release.  SPOOKIES, made in 1987 won awards in the International Festival of Science Fiction and Fantasy Films in Paris and was listed on Variety’s Top 50 Box Office List.  She has made several short films and documentaries which have shown in festivals in Hawaii and on the mainland.  She teaches screenwriting and television production and has written over a dozen screenplays, several of which have been sold and produced by independent companies.  She teaches Introduction for Motion pictures at Chaminade University and has a Masters in screenwriting.

She is the creator of Act Resilient which uses laughter and comedy to help soldiers and their families deal with stress.  She is the creator of several films dealing with animals and healing, including “Dogs are Healers”. She is the winner of the President’s Volunteer Service Award for her work with Act Resilient and military families. Genie is the author of The Act Resilient Method – From Trauma to Transformation.  This book about her work with military families is available on Amazon.

Instructor: Genie Joseph, PhD
$10 drop-in


100 Years Later: The Communist Utopia and the Soviet Jewry
Wednesdays, November 8 – 29, 7 – 8:30 pm

This course will describe the historical events of twentieth century Russia, which gave birth to the Soviet Jewry. The remarkable accomplishments of Soviet Jews in literature, art, theater, cinema, science and politics and their endless persecution. The class will be discussion oriented.
Instructor: Roza Simkhovich
$36/$30 members, Drop-in $9
Senior Library

New! Advanced Mah Jongg
Mondays, November 27; December 4; , December 11; and , December 18 

Learn to play American Mah Jongg from an experienced teacher in a fun, interactive atmosphere. This class is for those students continuing from Introduction to Mah Jongg.
Instructor: Deanna Mendelow
Mondays, 9am-11am
November 27, December 4, 11 and 18
$48/ $40 members
Senior Library

New! Journey Through World Music
Mondays, December 4; Monday, December 11; and Monday, December 18 

This three-week course will serve as an introductory exploration of world music and will examine music from around the globe such as South African protest music, Mongolian throat singing, and music from Turkey old and new. The recordings will be discussed and dissected with Professor Gil Seeley, James W. Rogers Professor of Music Emeritus at Lewis & Clark College. Seeley served as artistic director for Oregon Repertory Singers for over three decades.

December 4: 11:15-1:15pm   Hopi: Songs of the 4th World
December 11: 11:15-1:15pm  Joni Mitchell: Women of Heart and Mind
December 18: 11:15-1:15pm  Amandla: Revolution in Four Part Harmony.

Instructor: Professor Gil Seeley
$50/$45 members
Jewish Heritage Center


New! Introduction to Floral Design Techniques

Tuesday, November 14, 2 – 5 pm

Learn the art of floral design, including the care and handling of flowers, greens and other materials used in floral arrangements. Create designs for your home or apply for an entry level position in a floral shop. All floral arrangements made in class are yours to keep.

Instructor: Danielle Coleman
$85/ $76 members
Perlman Art Studio


For more information please contact Barbara Fenig, Director of Arts & Culture, at or 520-299-3000.