Wellness Checks 

9:00 a.m.– 11:00 a.m. at Pelham Manor

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at Sekach Building

Have a Registered Nurse from Ohio Living Home Health and Hospice help you keep your blood pressure and sugar under control with a FREE weekly check!


Monday, Wednesday

& Friday    

Prime Movers 11:00 a.m. – Noon

Prime Movers is a basic all around strength and movement class. A mix of cardio, strength and flexibility. All levels and walk-ins welcome.



Drumming  1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Any fitness level, anyone can do this! Come give it a try and be your own rock star!


*NEW* Wednesday

Ballet Ball Fusion 1:00—2:00 p.m.

This is a unique blend of exercise, dance, and Tai Chi. A great combo-class to strengthen, balance, stretch, and improve you!



Art Class  2:00—4:00 p.m.

From sketching to oils to water colors you’re in charge of your project. No assignments. Work with the instructor to create a one of a kind piece of work.



Poker Group

12:30—3:30 p.m.

Poker Players needed! Nickel & Dime Games. All are welcome - men AND women!


**The JFS Senior Adult Center Classes do not follow the Toledo Public School closing schedule. Classes will still happen unless the weather is at a Level 2 or 3, or if you are told otherwise.**


Closing Differences


When you see on the calendar “Senior Adult Center Office Closed”, this just means that the administrative office (René and Emily) is closed. Typically this will be when we have a trip or are attending a conference. Regular programmatics will continue as normal.


When you see that the whole day has “CLOSED” on it, that means that the offices and programmatics will not be open or available that day(s). Typically, this is for holidays.


Senior Adult Center Newsletter

Download a pdf of the SAC newsletter by clicking on the month below.

March 2017 Newsletter

Contact Us


Call us for more information about our programs and program registrations!


JFS Senior Adult Center

6505 Sylvania Ave. Sylvania, OH 43560



Extension 1– René

Extension 2– Emily



Director of Senior Services and Jewish Family Service Senior Adult Center


Spring Is In the Air!


Time to shed our winter clothes, put away those gloves and boots and get out and about! 


The Senior Adult Center has transitioned beautifully into its new home on the JCC/YMCA Sylvania Campus and EVERYONE is welcome to come over and try a class.


Our classes cost nothing. They are at convenient times, and we have plenty of parking. What are YOU waiting for? This is me personally inviting you to give it a try. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.


If a class isn’t your thing, then be sure to look at the many other offerings that we will be having in the next few months. You can learn about those offerings in this newsletter, as well as the Toledo Jewish News, and online at We will be offering theatre trips, day trips, speakers, luncheons and so much more - a buffet of options. If you don’t see something you like, please contact us and share your suggestions on what you would like to see us offer. We are always open to suggestions.


Our goal is to engage you, to experience the active life for 60 and better. If you would like to know more about a class or a service, call us. We are always happy to talk about what we offer and answer any questions you may have.


With a spring in my step,



What Is Purim?


The jolly festival of Purim is celebrated every year on the 14th of the Hebrew month of Adar (late winter/early spring). It commemorates the salvation of the Jewish people in ancient Persia from Haman’s plot “to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews, young and old, infants and women, in a single day,” as recorded in the Megillah (book of Esther).            


The Story in a Nutshell


The Persian Empire of the 4th century BCE extended over 127 lands, and all the Jews were its subjects. When King Ahasuerus had his wife, Queen Vashti, executed for failing to follow his orders, he arranged a beauty pageant to find a new queen. A Jewish girl, Esther, found favor in his eyes and became the new queen, though she refused to divulge her nationality.

Meanwhile, the Jew-hating Haman was appointed prime minister of the empire. Mordechai, the leader of the Jews (and Esther’s cousin), defied the king’s orders and refused to bow to Haman. Haman was incensed, and he convinced the king to issue a decree ordering the extermination of all the Jews on the 13th of Adar, a date chosen by a lottery Haman made.

Mordechai galvanized all the Jews, convincing them to repent, fast and pray to G-d. Meanwhile, Esther asked the king and Haman to join her for a feast. At a subsequent feast, Esther revealed to the king her Jewish identity. Haman was hanged, Mordechai was appointed prime minister in his stead, and a new decree was issued, granting the Jews the right to defend themselves against their enemies.

On the 13th of Adar, the Jews mobilized and killed many of their enemies. On the 14th of Adar, they rested and celebrated. In the capital city of Shushan, they took one more day to finish the job.


Purim Observances


· Reading of the Megillah (book of Esther), which recounts the story of the Purim miracle. This is done once on the eve of Purim and then again on the following day.

· Giving money gifts to at least two poor people.

· Sending gifts of two kinds of food to at least one person.

· A festive Purim feast, which often includes wine or other intoxicating beverages.


Purim Customs


· There is a spirit of revelry and fun on Purim that is unparalleled on the Jewish calendar. If there were ever a day to “let loose” and just be Jewish, this is it!

· It is also customary for children (and adults, if they desire) to dress up in costumes.

· A traditional Purim food is hamantaschen (or oznay Haman), three-cornered pastries bursting with poppy seeds or another sweet filling.

· On the day before Purim (or on the Thursday before, when Purim is on Sunday), it is customary to fast, commemorating Esther’s fasting and praying to G-d that He save His people.


The Significance of Purim


In addition to the miracle of Jewish survival despite the efforts of our enemies, Purim celebrates G-d’s intimate involvement in every aspect of this world. Even though there were no overt miracles recorded in the Megillah—indeed, His name is not even mentioned once—G-d was actively “pulling the strings” to care for His nation.

Additionally, Haman’s edict catalyzed a spiritual revival among the Jews. In a sense, this was even more significant than the Covenant at Sinai—an overwhelming spiritual experience that compelled the Jews to accept the Torah—since it occurred of their own volition, even as they were scattered among the Persian people and immersed in their culture. It was in the merit of this spiritual reawakening that G-d orchestrated their salvation.



Wellness For All!


Did you know that the Senior Adult Center offers FREE Wellness Checks? 


A Wellness Check is where you can get your blood pressure and/or blood glucose level checked at no cost to you!


This FREE service* for those active 60 and better is offered every Monday during the following hours at the following locations:


Pelham Manor 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

JFS Sekach Building 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.


*A client information form must be on file to use this service

If you have any questions about this service or any activities of the JFS Senior Adult Center, just call us at 419-531-2119!


Mark your calendars


Fighting Heroin: The Heroin/Opiate Epidemic…What is it, What Can I Do?

Thursday, May 4


Brighton, Michigan - Artistic Excursion

Thursday, May 18


Anniversary Luncheon

Thursday, June 8


Wooster Theatre Get Away

Wednesday, June 21 and Thursday, June 22


Out and About Getaway


St. Jacobs and Cambridge, ON

Tuesday, March 28 - Friday, March 31, 2017


Oh Canada, here we come! Get ready to have some fun as we pack our bags for a little outdoor fun, luxury, theatre and so much more! This three night getaway will take us to St. Jacobs, Ontario for a Sugar Bush and Mennonite experience, great dinning in the little town of St. Jacobs and Waterloo, free time at the outlets of St. Jacobs and then Singin’ In The Rain at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse.

Off to Cambridge, Ontario, we will go, where we will stay at the luxurious Langdon Hall – Country House Hotel & Spa. Experience Relais and Châteaux luxury and elegance in the Ontario Hotel & Spa of your dreams. Offering 60 luxurious guest suites, a full-service spa, outdoor swimming pool, and a 5-diamond award-winning restaurant with elegant reception rooms. Langdon Hall is a place where time seems to stand still. While in Cambridge we will dine at the famous Langdon Hall for dinner, Tour the Toyota Plant (Corolla and Lexus RX350 & 450H are manufactured), attend the Dunfield Theatre to see Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and dine at some local favorites!

A complete itinerary and dress suggestions will be provided prior to travel.



Modern Motor Coach transportation

2 Night at Langdon Hall, Cambridge, ON

1 Night at the Courtyard by Marriott Waterloo St. Jacobs

3 Breakfast, 3 Lunch & 3 Dinner

Tickets to Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Singin’ In The Rain, Toyota Plant Tour and the Sugar Bush & Mennonite experience

Bus Snacks

Tax & Tip on Included Meals



$650.00 Double Occupancy* + Driver Gratuity

$765.00 Single Occupancy* + Driver Gratuity

*Member Fee is for those in good standing with a current pledge and no unpaid gifts to the annual Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo Campaign.

A non-member may pay an additional $125.00 per person

Full payment due at time of registration, no places will be held without payment. Registration and payment deadline is Monday, February 27.



· Driver Gratuity is strictly voluntary, suggested amount is $3 -$5 per day, per person and may be given directly to the driver at the end of trip.

· It is your responsibility to arrange roommates. 

· Travel insurance may be obtained by contacting your insurance agent.

· A current 2017 emergency form needs to be on file.

· This trip has moderate walking/standing, and could include a few flights of stairs and/or uneven terrain. Plus some outdoor experiences. If you have questions – please call and ask!

· In consideration of individuals who are sensitive, please consider the amount of perfume, cologne, and other  fragrances that you wear.

· If you have any dietary restrictions, please notify us at the time of registration.

· Travel itinerary subject to change.


You MUST have a current passport with the recommended 6 months from travel date.

This event is supported in part through your campaign dollars and through a generous grant from the Jewish Senior Services Supporting Organization.


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