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

Passover Luncheon and Model Seder

Friday, April 19th, 2019 at 12:30pm

Our College Avenue Center will host festive holiday meal at 12:00pm, followed by a Model Seder at 12:30pm. The Model Seder will be officiated by Temple Emanu-El’s spiritual leader, Rabbi Devorah Marcus. No reservations necessary. The luncheon is a suggested donation of $4 for those 60+ and a $7 fee for anyone under 60. The Model Seder is free. For more information, call (858) 637-3270.

Relationships Matter: AIPAC, Congress, and the State of Israel

Thursday, May 9th, 2019 at 12:45pm

Guest speaker Nicole Bernstein, AIPAC San Diego Director. AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, is known as “America’s Pro-Israel Lobby,” but what does that actually mean? Join us for an in-depth discussion about how and why AIPAC interacts with members of the US Congress to ensure that support for Israel by our nation’s top law makers remains steadfast and strong.

Mindfulness Series with Dr. Ron Lech

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 12:45pm

The Orientation is on May 14 and the class will be held weekly through July 9. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a systematic, participant-centered educational program which uses training in mindfulness meditation as the core of a program to guide people in the process of developing the skills of better self-care. Through this MBSR course, you will cultivate skills to increase your capacity to:

  • Manage the stress in your life associated with chronic illness, pain, and challenges of aging
  • Live more fully in the present moment and more fully engaged in life.

Dr. Ron Lech is a cardiologist (retired) with an interest in stress management. He is a qualified MBSR instructor and certified yoga instructor. He has trained at the Centers for Mindfulness at both the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and UCSD.

All interested students must attend the Orientation. For More information, call (858) 637-3270.

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.