College Avenue Center

We Serve Healthy Mind, Body, and Spirit

A great place to spend your day!

Take a computer course in the Cyber Café, join a fitness or yoga class, or watch a film in the movie room. Then catch up with friends over a delicious Kosher lunch, featuring our soup and salad bar served daily.

Some of our favorite entrees include brisket with mashed potatoes, baked fish with garlic & lemon, and Chicken Bombay with brown rice. You can also take home fruits and vegetables from our bi-monthly “Fresh Market.”

For those living with Alzheimer’s or related forms of dementia, the Balboa Avenue Older Adult Center may be right for you.

What You Can Expect at the Center

Here, every day is different

On any given day, you can expect a stimulating mix of games, workshops, live music and entertainment, discussion groups, dancing, guest speakers, films, cultural events, holiday celebrations, and more.


We love what we do

Our caring team of staff and volunteers are knowledgeable about the aging process and share a passion for working with older adults.

We get you there and back

Transportation to and from the Center is offered through On the Go: Transportation Solutions for Older Adults.


We emphasize healthy aging

We offer nutritious kosher lunches, daily exercise and fitness classes, nutrition workshops, and regular screenings to support mind-body wellness. You can also take home fruits and vegetables from our bi-monthly “Fresh Market.”

Time, Location, & Fees

Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 3:00pm
Lunch is at 12:00pm – no reservations required.
Temple Emanu-El
6299 Capri Drive
San Diego, CA 92120
(858) 637-3270

Basic Enrollment


Includes the following benefits:

  • Access to the College Avenue Center, where you can enjoy hot lunch and salad bar, engaging classes, live entertainment, Monday Movies, lab time in the Cyber Café, and more (fees may apply)
  • Newsletter emailed directly to your inbox

Community Membership

$48/$60 Single/Couple

Includes Basic Enrollment benefits, plus:

  • Membership to the College Avenue Center
  • Newsletter mailed to your home or emailed directly to your inbox
  • Minimum 20% discounts on programs, classes, and entertainment
  • FREE open lab time at our Cyber Café
  • FREE Monday Movies

VIP Membership

$80/$100 Single/Couple

Includes Community Membership benefits, plus:

  • Preferred seating at in-house special events
  • Recognition as a VIP Member in our monthly newsletter
  • Access to an exclusive VIP Member event
  • Waived On the Go Enrollment Fees

Lunch is offered daily at 12:00pm for a suggested donation of $4 for adults 60+ and a $7 fee for all others.
Roundtrip transportation is available to participants living in the surrounding area for a suggested donation of $4.00 each way.

The College Avenue Center offers a farmers’ market-style “Fresh Market” for older adults every second and fourth Wednesday of the month from 12:30–1:30pm. In collaboration with the Hand Up Food Pantry and Feeding America San Diego, participants the chance to fill a bag with healthy, seasonal produce of their choice.

Let’s get to know each other.

To become a member, download our membership form and bring it with you to the Center. Or give us a call, and we can fill the form together over the phone. We’re here to answer your questions and help you get started.

Upcoming Events

Brain Fitness Classes for 55+ (Brain HQ)

Orientation & Registration for the spring semester:
Wednesday, January 30th, 2019 at 9:30am
(You must attend the orientation in order to participate in the class)

Spring session begins Monday, February 4th, 2019
Mondays & Wednesdays

This class is offered to you FREE through San Diego Continuing Education.

When it comes to brain fitness training, BrainHQ is best in class. Built by a team of top neuroscientists, with exercises proven in dozens of published studies to make real and lasting improvements in brain function, BrainHQ is your personal brain gym.

Brain Fitness is offered each semester. You can choose if you want to attend in a classroom setting (Mondays and Wednesday morning), or you can opt to take the class in the comfort of your own home, online with your own computer.

For more information, call (858) 637-3270 or email us.

Sunday Lunches at the College Avenue Center

Sunday Lunches are special events where you can enjoy a meal and live entertainment. Doors open at 11:30am and food is served at 12:00pm. Suggested donation of $4 for 60 and older. All others $7 fee.

Upcoming Sunday Lunches:

January 20th, 2019
Brunch: Cheese Blintzes, Bagels, Lox, and more!
Musical performance by “The Vidals” at 12:30pm.

February 17th, 2019
Wordsmith Richarch Lederer presenting “The Joys and Oys of Language” at 12:45pm.

March 24th, 2019
Musical performance by “Many Strings”
Lunch: Chicken and all-you-can-eat soup and salad bar

The JFS Alzheimer's
Disease Initiative

A new initiative at JFS offers a support system for individuals and caregivers impacted by Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD).

Helping People Thrive
at Every Age

With services like home-delivered meals, On the Go transportation solutions, and in-home care coordination, we support living fully at every age.

Come Change Lives with Us

JFS is the place where people of all ages, faiths, and backgrounds come together in service to the community. Find the opportunity that speaks to you.