Culture and Leisure
The Senior Citizen’s Department offers cultural and leisure services in a variety of areas for the enjoyment of all senior citizens
Movie and Breakfast
A morning of being pampered like in the movies, an project of the Senior Citizen’s Department in cooperation with Cinema City
The project is aimed at creating a cultural experience for senior citizens and includes exposure to the cinematic world and a breakfast social gathering, and encourages pensioners to take part in fun and challenging activities. Many pensioners from different parts of the city and different communities participate in the project once a month on Sunday morning, at an affordable price, and enjoy the company, a pampering meal and a cinematic experience.
For additional information and to join, please contact Racheli Barda of the Jerusalem Municipality Senior Citizen’s Department at tel. 02-6298136, or by email click hereTo the top
Recreational Clubs for Senior Citizens
Come fall in love with Jerusalem through your feet
There are currently 10 walking groups for senior citizens throughout the city, as part of an extensive Jerusalem Municipality Senior Citizens Department project in cooperation with JDC Eshel Israel and the community administrations. Dozens of men and women over the age of 55 who enjoy walking together and improving their physical condition are members of these groups.
Over the course of the past two years, the activity has been upgraded and expanded, and today also includes Nordic walking groups. The awareness of engaging in physical activity and its integration into daily routine is becoming increasingly important. This isn’t a passing trend, it is a way of life. Research in the area of elderly health has discovered a direct relation between regular physical activity and maintaining good health, extending life expectancy, improving quality of life and a better ability to function independently. It is very important for the elderly to maintain good health metrics and spinal posture, strengthen bones and prevent osteoporosis. Controlled walking in guided walking groups has been proven to be an effective physical activity, contributing to positive feelings and improved social skills.
Some people note significant improvement in their physical condition within one month, becoming more stable and upright. Nordic walking improves physical fitness by about 30% more than normal walking for the same distance and time.
Walking groups and Nordic walking groups are run in clubs and senior citizens centers in the community administrations throughout the city, and are accompanied and supported by sports coordinators. The program includes training for volunteers who act as walking helpers and lead the walking groups, and a series of courses throughout the year.
Municipal Center for Yiddish Lovers
The center was established in cooperation with the Ginot Ha’ir Administration, the National Authority for Yiddish Culture and Beit Shalom Aleichem.
The center offers three levels of study. Lessons focus on reading and writing, with an emphasis on speaking.
Cultural and folklore meetings are held once a month for lovers of the language.
The Ginot Ha’ir Administration runs the center in two clubs:
Main branch: Ginot Ha’ir Administration, 12 Emek Refa’im Street, tel. 02-5664144
Extension: Ginot Ha’ir Administration, 10 Shalom Aleichem Street, tel. 052-4462328To the top
A program encouraging a healthy lifestyle that takes place at the First Station on the first Monday of every month during spring and summer.
The activity includes lectures in the field of health and physical exercise: dance and tai chi for all Jerusalem residents.
This is a joint project of the Senior Citizens Department and the Culture, Society and Leisure Administration’s Dance Department.
The activity is open to the general public free of charge, and aims to promote awareness for the importance of living a healthy lifestyle, as well as offering enjoyable and healthy physical activities.To the top
A Look at Cinema at the Cinematheque
A journey around the world at the Jerusalem Cinematheque
A longstanding tradition of traveling around the world that touches on the culture, history and cinematic history of the country on which we focus.
The course is held annually at the Jerusalem Cinematheque, at the initiative of the Senior Citizens Department and the Culture, Society and Leisure Administration, and includes meetings that include lectures by the best lecturers and high quality cinematic films.
The combination of a lecture and film opens the door to new insights into the movie, as well as fruitful dialogue. The project takes place Sunday mornings once every two weeks at the Jerusalem Cinematheque, and includes coffee and pastries.
This is a fun and enriching social and intellectual activity for senior citizens.To the top
“Jerusalem of Gold” – Dance
The dance group was established by the Jerusalem Municipality’s Senior Citizens Department and the Society and Leisure Administration’s Dance Department.
Shula Barkat and Moti Kotzer, key figures in the development of dance in Jerusalem, developed the idea of founding the dance group and serving as its artistic directors.
The uniqueness of the dance group is that all of its members are over 50.
The group’s repertoire consists of Israeli folk dances and foreign folk dances, as well as dance styles from all periods and leisure dances.
For those interested in joining, please contact Mr. Ariel Cohen at 054-9487796.To the top
The Environment, Nature and Sustainability
The Botanical Garden Community – “The place where plants grow people”
If you’re over 55, love to work in the garden, enjoy being in a green environment, saving the planet and learning more about gardening and sustainability, join us.
The Culture, Society and Leisure Administration’s Senior Citizens Department, in cooperation with the Givat Ram Botanical Garden’s environmental, runs this unique volunteer program.
This is a weekly activity in the various areas of the botanical gardens and other environmental projects around Jerusalem.
The activities take place four days a week and include:
On Sunday mornings, moderate physical activity in nature followed by a series of lectures and tours on a variety of subjects in the areas of botany, environment and sustainability.
On Tuesdays there is a practical gardening workshop for beginners, while Wednesdays there is an advanced gardening workshop.
On Thursdays there are similar activities suitable for English speakers.
The program also offers work with children, youth and special needs communities. The program takes place at the Botanical Gardens in Givat Ram, at educational institutions and at other green sites in the city.To the top
Ecological Community Gardens
Ecological community gardens have been established in a number of the city’s neighborhoods
The gardens were established by pensioners who received training in establishing and maintaining ecological-organic gardens, and continue their activities in their neighborhoods and their immediate surroundings.
Initial training includes studies in a variety of areas, including recycling water, organic fertilization, planting and germination, selecting seasonal plants, medicinal herbs and more.
Groups of pensioners are currently active in the city. Some of the gardens are worked on by all members of the group, and some areas are divided for individual work by group members. Pensioners who have received initial training and have worked in the field continue and train other new pensioners interested in participating in the project. Beyond developing a hobby and filling their leisure time, members enjoy great satisfaction, with the visible results blossoming in the gardens for the benefit of us all.To the top
Senior Citizens with Pets
The Animals and Friends hotline provides senior citizens with a volunteer service for the adoption of pets.
For additional information please call 1-700-700-204
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