Baby Boomers

Boomers Or Bust For Jewish Community


Targeting youth, organizations miss out on recruiting baby boomers for volunteer projects.

08/16/2016 - 22:02
Editor and Publisher

Rabbi Laura Geller, who recently retired at 66 after more than two decades as spiritual leader of an 800-family Reform temple in Beverly Hills, Calif., is deeply involved in her next career. She and her husband, Richard Siegel, 69, former director of the National Foundation for Jewish Culture, are founders of the first faith-based village in the country. It’s called
ChaiVillageLA, a creative effort to allow people to remain in their homes and communities as they get older, helping one another in a variety of ways based on Jewish values.

Can Jewish groups keep activist baby boomers like these in the fold? Flickr Creative Commons

As Jewish Boomers Retire, Is South Florida Losing Its Appeal?

Small but significant drop-off seen as retirees look elsewhere. Arkansas, anyone?

07/15/2014 - 20:00

Is the long-standing trend of Jews retiring to South Florida on the decline? It depends how you look at the numbers, according to demographer Dr. Ira Sheskin.

A view of Washington Avenue and 15th Street in South Beach, Miami, once a prime spot for Jewish seniors. Wikimedia Commons

Westchester’s Boomer Boom

Helping baby boomers reinvent themselves through volunteer work.

05/19/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Even before she became an empty nester, Harrison’s Susie Siegel had always been involved in her community as a volunteer. Now that her three children are grown and she had moved past the PTA and Hebrew school stage, Siegel was eager to find other ways to deploy her talents.

Volunteers baking hamantaschen earlier this year for a Bronx Jewish Community Center senior Purim party.

The Grammys And The Jewish Condition

01/29/2014 - 19:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Partly because my daughter had asked me to, but also because I enjoy live performances of music, I watched the Grammy Awards last Sunday night.  In all honesty, I should say I watched the Grammys until I nodded off in my very comfortable chair, but I saw a good deal.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik is the spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center in Queens, New York.

Are Young Jews Actually More Connected Than Believed?

A misreading of the study’s findings has implications for Jewish community.
10/08/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

After a long wait, the American Jewish community once again has a rich, large national demographic study of American Jewish life to learn from and argue about — the recently released “Portrait of Jewish Americans” published by the Pew Research Center. Based on interviews with 3,475 respondents, the study divides its respondents throughout into “Jews by religion” (78 percent) and “Jews of no religion,” (22 percent), and presents data on the ways these two groups of American Jews are — and are not — connected to things Jewish, as well as their attitudes towards Israel, American leaders and a few political issues.

Sylvia Barack Fishman

The Do’s And Don’ts Of Appealing To Boomers

01/31/2011 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

By now it’s old news: Baby boomers are redefining aging, Jewish boomers are disengaging from community life, and the Jewish community is not well-prepared.

The salient question: Is the Jewish community ready to define our future by creating a just society that reflects Jewish values and respects the aging boomer population? Or will we simply allow the December 2010 Pew Research report, “Boomers Approach Age 65 Glumly,” to become a self-fulfilling prophecy?

Look Out For The Boomers

10/04/2010 - 20:00

Baby boomers are back in the news — have they ever not been? — with new research and case studies suggesting that the organized Jewish community would be wise to invest more thought and programming into keeping this cohort involved in Jewish life, or risk losing them and their support.

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