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Wise Aging

Wise Aging Group Now Forming

Are you interested in exploring your experiences, challenges, and opportunities as an older adult through a Jewish lens? If so, a Wise Aging group can help build insight, resilience, and camaraderie. 

The Wise Aging program was developed by the Institute for Jewish Spirituality in New York and is based on the book, Wise Aging: Living with Joy, Resilience, & Spirit, by Rabbi Rachel Cowan and Dr. Linda Thal. Topics include: cultivating nourishing relationships, living with loss, forgiveness, accepting our aging bodies, legacy and stewardship, and more. At each session, participants have opportunities for personal sharing, basic mindfulness practice, and text study. 

In February 2020, Temple Sinai began its first Wise Aging group. This initial group was led by a trained local facilitator for 8 two-hour sessions, every other week. Since July, the group has continued to meet as a self-led group. We now plan to begin a second group led by Dan Fendel and Ann Gordon, two of the three congregants who have taken the facilitator training led by the national Wise Aging organization. Susan Forster, the third facilitator, will lead a group that we hope will begin later in the year.

The new group will be open to Temple Members age 55 and up. Sessions will be held for eight two-hour sessions, and will involve 12 to 15 Temple Sinai members. Participants are expected to be present for all sessions, unless something urgent arises. 

The group will meet on Thursday afternoons, from 4:00 to 6:00pm, at two or three week intervals. The specific dates are: September 23, October 7 and 28, November 18, December 2 and 16, and January 6 and 20 (2022). We expect to be able to meet in person at the Temple. If so, participation will be limited to people who are vaccinated.

We will accept people on a first-applied, first-admitted basis, with a few caveats:

  • Only one member of a couple will be accepted into this group. 
  • We will aim to create a diverse group of participants, including partnership status, gender identification, and sexual orientation.
  • We will try to have a spread of ages.

If you apply but are not invited to be part of this group, you will be put on a waiting list for the next group. The facilitators, the Wise Aging Committee, and Rabbi Mates-Muchin will review all applications.

Fee: $100, which includes receiving a copy of the Wise Aging text. [We don’t want the fee to stop anyone from participating. Contact Rabbi Mates-Muchin for alternate financial arrangements.]

We plan to let you know by August 24 if you will be part of the group, and will let you know at that time about meeting logistics. 

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Wise Aging Speaker Series presents: 
Search and We May Find Meaning: A Dialogue with the New Year

A Three-Part Series Around the High Holidays with Rabbi Richard Address
Please note each session has its own unique registration link. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Sunday, August 29, 1:00pm: Elul
Are We What We Worship?

As we prepare for the Holidays, we are charged to ask who or what do we worship? What is our relationship with God, how has it changed as we have aged, and even what do we mean by that word?

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Sunday, September 12, 1:00pm
What We Choose Determines Who We Are: The Unetaneh Tokef

A major prayer and theme of the Holidays is this powerful prayer. How can we relate to it in today’s world? As we have grown, what have we had to let go of and what do we need to hold on to? What do we really control in life?

Sunday, September 26, 1:00pm
The Sukkah of Peace?
The fragility of life and a confrontation with the reality of our own mortality. As we move into a new year, dare we ask what our legacy will be? How do we deal with this tension of holding on and letting go? What can the Sukkah symbolize for each of us?
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Please note each session has its own unique registration link. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Wed, September 22 2021 16 Tishrei 5782