Wise Aging: A Social Worker and Jewish Educator in Conversation with You

Wise Aging: A Social Worker and Jewish Educator in Conversation with You

April 03, 2019 | 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM

Pioneer Valley
Jewish Community of Amherst
742 Main St.
Amherst, MA 01002

This 4-part introductory workshop for folks sixty and older offers both a deepening spiritual process and an interpersonal connection opportunity to look at how we find meaning as we age. Topics we will explore over the course of four sessions include:
• Different Perspectives on Aging: Discussing Where We Are
• Meaning & Engagement: Finding Purpose in Life
• Cultivating Nourishing Relationships
• The Dynamics of Giving & Receiving Care
We will use the book Wise Aging: Living with Joy, Resilience, and Spirit by Rabbi Rachel Cowan and Dr. Linda Thal (Behrman House, 2015; ISBN 978-0874419214). The facilitators will provide activities (mindfulness reflection, reading Jewish text or source triggers, and sharing relevant secular research) for about half the time and guide the evolving conversations including questions and reading for consideration between sessions, creating safe and meaningful interactions that develop community.
Tim Oppenheimer, J.D., M.S.W., after years as an attorney and union representative, went back to school to earn an M.S.W., with a concentration in group process. He has worked with caregivers for the acutely ill, with older adults, and with those suffering from dementia.
Jody Rosenbloom, M.A., is the former director of lifelong learning at the JCA. She is currently training as a facilitator for the Institute for Jewish Spirituality's Wise Aging program and is beginning a havurah focused on "retirement," revisiting work/life balance as we age.
Registration required. A minimum of six participants is needed 
for the course to run. Suggested contribution: $54; book fee: $18.

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    In cooperation with LOCAL PARTNERS

    Jewish Federation of Western MA  - Jewish Federation of the Berkshires