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Bridge Clubs, Chess + Canasta Classes registering now

Join the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan's online Bridge classes from Peter Steinberg and Canasta with Elyse Kremins!  Stimulate your brain and hone your skills in this fun learning environment.

Our Bridge club includes lessons, pre-typed notes, accessible recorded sessions, weekly quizzes, and the ability to email our panel with questions.

You may register for either monthly class to attend any of the sessions that month. Please register in advance and the program link will be sent to you.

Free Beginner Bridge Class
Wed, Feb 24, 1–2 pm
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Beginner Canasta Session 1
4 Tuesdays, Feb 23-Mar 16, 12:30-2:30 pm, $155/$185
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Bridge: Intermediate through Advanced
Tuesdays, Mar 2-30, 1–2 pm, $45
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Beginner Bridge (Series)
5 Wednesdays, Mar 3–31, 1–3 pm, $75/$90
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Bridge: Advanced Beginner
Thursdays, Mar 4-25, 1–2 pm, $45
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Premier Chess

10 Thursdays, Mar 4-May 6, 11 am-noon, $225/$240
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Beginner Canasta Session 2
4 Tuesdays, Apr 13-May 4, 12:30-2:30 pm, $155/$185
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We host a variety of recreational activities for those interested in fun and social connection. Come find your niche!

We offer multiple levels of classes for Canasta and Bridge. These classes will teach you the rules of the game, as well as the strategy behind it. The JCC is proud to have world-class instructors helping our participants learn and improve their skills.

Some of our experienced instructors include:

Peter Steinberg (Bridge)

Peter Steinberg has been a full-time bridge teacher for more than 45 years. He began his career at Edgar Kaplan’s Card School, and then went on to become the Head Instructor at the Colony Bridge Club. the Manhattan Bridge Club, the Beverly Bridge Club, and he also taught at Honors. All of the aforementioned clubs are or were located in Manhattan. He has taught at a multitude of northeastern country clubs and resort areas including Fairview, Westchester, Beach Point, Metropolis, Brae Burn, Fenway, Quaker Ridge, Hampshire, Rockrimmon, Edgewood, the Jersey Shore, and many more!

He has also taught extensively in Southern Florida. The list of clubs he ran bridge programs at include: Boca West, Hunters Run, Broken Sound, Highridge, Boca Rio, Eastpointe, The Falls, Palm Beach Polo, Banyan, Delray, and the Hamlet among many, many others.

Peter has taught more than 20,000 bridge classes, including more than 10,000 beginners and more than 70,000 players at more advanced levels. He has also been a bridge columnist and correspondent for a number of local newspapers, and has written two books on bridge.

Elyse Kremins (Canasta)

Elyse is a passionate canasta player and teacher. She is known throughout the country as The Canasta Coach™ and has taught well over 1,200 people this very exciting and social card game. Her students love her wit, patience and intelligent style of teaching and most keep in touch with her and show up at the NYC Canasta Club weekly events and tournaments, in non-covid times. Elyse's website is where students can sign up for various level canasta lessons via Zoom. 

Julie Azous (Mah Jongg)

Julie Azous is a skilled and patient mah jongg teacher with over 20 years’ experience.  Her passion for the game has been called contagious by many of her students. Julie currently teaches at the JCC and other institutions, as well as privately around the city.

For more information about 60+ programming at the JCC, please contact Susan Lechter, Director of the Wechsler Center for Modern Aging, at or call 646.505.4412.

Help us continue to ensure accessible programming for everyone. Please support 60+ programs at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan.