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Older Adult Programming - Congregation Sherith Israel

Older Adult Programming: Programs for the second act of life

The following groups are for members, and are currently meeting on Zoom every 2-4 weeks. 


Facilitators: Lee Pollak & James Davis

Wednesdays, 4 pm
"Our lives can be viewed as 2 broad chapters. The earlier chapter of our lives was spent building a family, social and professional relationships i.e. building a résumé. The present chapter is about reflecting on what we have worked so hard to achieve and using that wisdom to bring meaning and contentment to our lives." From David Brooks, The Second Mountain.

Issues discussed:

  • In what way does our past define and inform us and facilitate a more meaningful next chapter in our lives
  • What are we grateful for
  • What are the challenges and opportunities of this stage of life.
  • Ageism, how do we recognize it and what is its impact on our lives.
  • How do we deal with suffering
  • Strategies for growth and meaning in spite of diminishing capacity
  • How does Judaism compare to other religious traditions in dealing with transitions.

Lee Pollak
Jim Davis Email,


Congregation Sherith Israel is offers a Wise Aging program to provide new resources and support to live our later years with joy, spirit, resilience and wisdom in the face of diminishment and loss, the shifts in our social and support networks, the feelings of invisibility, the mixed signals of entering retirement, or the surprising turns in our relationships with ourselves, our partners, our family and our friends.

Wise Aging is currently being offered for thousands of baby boomers across the nation, and offers a sacred and supportive place for those 60 and older to gather together to share the challenges and opportunities of aging. Wise Aging incorporates “contemplative listening, journaling, mindful meditation, Jewish text study, and poetry”.

Topics will include:

Cultivating well-being and wholeness; forgiveness and reconciliation; living with loss; honoring and developing nourishing friendships; loneliness vs solitude; romance and sexuality; relationships with adult children and partners; body image; ageism; life review and creating a legacy.

Velia Frost, LCSW and Debbie Freed, former Family Life Educator at JFCS are our Wise Aging facilitators. For further information please contact Debbie Freed at or 415-317-3390.


Faciliator: Gale Gottleib

Mondays, 3 pm

This gathering of potential memoir writers is for everyone. We all have memories, ideas, advice, and even regrets. This is an opportunity to put them on paper and share with a confidential group in a safe setting. The purpose is not style or writing ability but rather the recording and sharing of memories that makes each of us unique. For more information, contact Gale Gottlieb.


Sat, May 21 2022 20 Iyar 5782