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The Cummings Centre's mission is to empower and enhance the quality of life of adults age 50 and over by providing dynamic and innovative programs, social services, and volunteer opportunities in a vibrant, respectful, inclusive and compassionate environment. Building on its Jewish heritage, Cummings embraces people from all ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.


The event that highlights Cummings Centre’s talented artists and artisans returns to the virtual stage on Thursday June 9, 2022 at 5 pm. Art Eclectic, the second annual virtual gallery, offers over 80 students the opportunity to showcase some 135 works, the culmination of their year long efforts in painting and crafting produced through [...]

2022-05-26T11:50:52-04:00May 25th, 2022|Programming|0 Comments

Parkinson’s Awareness Month – Finding Strength Through Movement

Remi Collard, a professional freelance oboe musician with a long, established career up until the start of COVID, began to feel concerned when during his forced hiatus, he noticed some fine motor difficulty in his right hand. The doctors were quick and convinced about the diagnosis: Parkinson’s Disease (PD). This certainly was not the [...]

2022-04-05T11:32:21-04:00March 30th, 2022|Adapted Programming, Health, Programming|0 Comments

JDAIM raises awareness and fosters acceptance and inclusion

February is Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance & Inclusion Month (JDAIM), a unified effort among Jewish organizations worldwide to raise awareness and foster acceptance and inclusion of people with disabilities and mental health conditions and those who love them. Now in its 13th year, JDAIM brings together organizations across Montreal for an [...]

Online Dance and Walking Cardio Workouts Keep Cummings Members Moving & Grooving!

Dance plays a major role in Freda Segal’s life. In addition to being an aerobic instructor and choreographer herself, Segal also is a regular participant in the Cummings Centre’s Dance to the Rhythm classes. She had only high praise for the class. “The music is wonderful and makes you want to move,” said Segal. [...]

2022-01-05T09:41:12-05:00January 3rd, 2022|Health, Programming|0 Comments

Fall Prevention – Annette’s Fitness Tips

Falls remain the leading cause of injury-related hospitalizations among Canadian seniors. And falls are the main reason why older adults lose their independence. It is to everyone’s advantage to help prevent falls and take the necessary steps to improve balance and strength. All levels of people who exercise (or not) can benefit from balance [...]

2021-12-02T14:07:19-05:00December 1st, 2021|Health, Programming|0 Comments

Helen Scharf: Passionately Devoted to the Cummings Centre at 98

Encountering Helen Scharf’s ebullient spirit and infectious energy, anyone she meets would be amazed to learn that she recently marked her 98th birthday. “I’m still celebrating – I’ll be celebrating the whole year,” Helen says with a smile. A familiar face at the Cummings Centre for many years, Helen thrives on being active: “I [...]

2021-09-24T19:43:04-04:00September 23rd, 2021|Foundation, Volunteer|0 Comments


“I’m a people person – I like to be busy and to take charge,” says Bram Besner, a former President of the CJCS Foundation from 2013-15 and, at age 88, an active volunteer and donor who remains devoted to the Cummings Centre.   “When I retired, I was looking for something to do and I was [...]

2021-09-15T12:43:48-04:00September 15th, 2021|Foundation, Volunteer|0 Comments