The Good Life

Still Canvassing After All These Years

Jewish seniors stump for their 2016 candidates.

07/13/2016 (All day)

When Norma Shulman recently spoke before a gathering of Massachusetts Democrats, she held up the Adlai Stevenson campaign button her mother wore back in 1956.

Seventy-year-old Norma Shulman is pictured in New Hampshire with her presidential candidate of choice, Hillary Clinton.

An Activist For Vulnerable Youth, Bar None

Tracey Shipley’s crusade to combat Jerusalem’s downtown drug and alcohol scene.

Contributing Editor
07/13/2016 (All day)

Jerusalem — At a time when many baby boomers start thinking about winding down for retirement, Tracey Shipley, a 56-year-old Jerusalem-based addictions counselor and creative arts therapist, is ramping up her efforts to help vulnerable youth in Jerusalem by creating Sobar, the city’s first alcohol-free/drug-free/smoke-free music venue for 15- to 24-year-olds.

Utilizing her expertise as an addictions counselor, and her experience as a mother of three young adults, Tracey Shipley.

A Grown-up Taste Of Jewish Summer Camp

Kid tested, and now adult tested as older cohort seeks a getaway.

07/13/2016 (All day)

Scott Michaud is a hard-working lawyer 51 weeks out of the year. But for that final week, the 58-year-old is more at home on the trail than in a courtroom.

Grown-up campers ride a paddleboat at Central Florida’s Camp Shalom.  Camp Shalom

Resort? Retirement Home? Or Both?

From Martha’s Vineyard to Hilton Head to the Hamptons, year-round senior populations are on the rise.

Travel Writer
07/12/2016 (All day)

During the years when Bonnie and Bob George were raising four children, working full-time in New York City and organizing activities at their Westchester synagogue, they often dreamed about a simpler life on Martha’s Vineyard.

A gathering of Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Centre members who became friends on a shul-sponsored Israel trip. Bonnie George

‘I Still Had More To Give’

Finding new meaning and a sense of reinvention in ‘encore’ careers.

Culture Editor
07/12/2016 (All day)

Here are stories that inspire: A businesswoman turned funeral director, a teacher who mentors other teachers, a rabbi who left congregational life and now focuses on social justice work, and a financial executive who visits hospital patients with his standard poodle named Piper, trained as a therapy dog.

Leslie Nelson and his standard poodle therapy dog Piper. Photos by Nora Wesson/JW

The Good Life (July 2016)

‘I Still Had More To Give’
A Resort? Retirement Home? Or Both?
A Grown-up Taste Of Jewish Summer Camp

07/12/2016 (All day)



When Homeland Becomes Home

Israel through the eyes of senior immigrants.

07/14/2015 - 20:00

Like other Jews his age, Gerry Wine remembers the day Israel was born — May 14, 1948 — and the United Nations vote the previous November that opened the door to a Jewish state. He was 8 years old.

Hank Greenberg’s Sacrifice

New book pitches World War II as lasting part of the Jewish slugger’s legacy.

07/14/2015 - 20:00

Baseball fans might most vividly remember Hank Greenberg for his chase of Babe Ruth’s single-season home run record in 1938 and his other impressive exploits on the field. The smaller universe of Jewish baseball fans may remember him for sitting out a crucial game on Yom Kippur decades before Sandy Koufax would do the same. But author John Klima wants readers of any background to know the unsung story of Greenberg’s World War II service.

The cover of “The Game Must Go On,” John Klima’s new book that spotlights Hank Greenberg’s World War II service.  Thomas Dunne

‘Every Meal Brings Life Today’

Kosher Meals on Wheels programs empower seniors and volunteers alike.

07/14/2015 - 20:00

Beth sits patiently at her dining room table, waiting for her Kosher Meals on Wheels (MOW) volunteer to arrive. A visit from a volunteer means dinner, which Beth receives five days a week from the kosher MOW program, run by the Torah Learning Center in Over-land Park, Kan. It also means some much-needed socializing.

A delivery by the kosher Meals on Wheels program in Minneapolis. Courtesy of JFCS of Minneapolis

A Mecca For American Olim

Center for English-speaking immigrants is lifeline for senior volunteers.

Israel Correspondent
07/14/2015 - 20:00

Jerusalem — On a summer morning the Library for the Visually Impaired housed at the Association for Americans and Canadians in Israel (AACI) was packed with volunteers sorting and cataloging.

At the Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel. Michele Chabin/JW
Syndicate content