Our new set of programs is called Limnot Yameinu Kein Hoda: Graceful Aging. This program takes into account specific mental health issues and concerns related to today’s seniors (and those who love them!) and gives a variety of helpful ways for us to frame our situation at this life juncture. This series of programs was made possible in part by a grant from our own Pacific Southwest Region of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and and Joseph P. Reardon. There is no charge for any of these programs.

Five programs will offer coping mechanisms, ways to manage one’s mental wellness and thrive under today’s conditions, and wisdom and best practices from the worlds of mental health and Jewish tradition. The programs will frame important concepts about aging with Jewish texts, values and rituals, reminding us that Judaism and Jewish learning can have a significant place in our mental wellness plan.

The eminent Rabbi Laura Geller, rabbi emerita of Temple Emanuel in Beverly Hills, will inaugurate this special series on Wednesday, February 21, 2024 at 4 p.m. via Zoom in a conversation with our spiritual leader, Rabbi J.B. Sacks. They will explore and encourage us to manage life changes through modalities such as music, movement, mindfulness and more. 

Rabbi Richard Address, founder and director of Jewish Sacred Aging will explore social aspects of aging on Wednesday, February 28, 2024 also at 4 p.m. via Zoom. This includes creating new relationships and strengthening current ones in families and communities.

Rabbi Jennifer Flam, a chaplain serving at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura, will teach spiritual aspects of aging on Saturday, March 2, both live and via live stream. She will teach during our Shabbat morning service. Services begin at 10 a.m. Luncheon will follow. Reservations are needed for the luncheon.

Rabbi Dayle Friedman, a pioneer in Jewish geriatrics, will help us think about the legacy we wish to leave on Wednesday, March 13 at 4 p.m. via Zoom. 

Our Lifelong Learning Chair Fran Lande will convene a special session of our Significant Jewish Book Club on Wednesday, March 20 at 7 p.m. via Zoom, discussing Getting Good at Getting Older, co-authored by Rabbi Laura Geller–our inaugural speaker–and Rabbi Richard Siegel, z”l, Rabbi Geller’s late husband. This discussion will help us to integrate our experiences from the previous sessions.

All Wednesday sessions begin at 4 p.m. except for the March program which begins at 7 p.m.; the Saturday session during services at 10 a.m. We all look forward to this exciting program series. Email fblande@gmail.com  to RSVP for March 2. 

You are welcome to share any or all of these programs with your friends that you feel might benefit from this.

Links for all programs will be sent.

Warmly,

Fran Lande,

Life Long Learning Chair