The Good Life

The Picture Of Longevity

Leonard Nimoy, from ‘Star Trek’ to Jewish-themed photography, has lived long and prospered.

JNS.org
07/17/2013

Leonard Nimoy says there is a “strong strain of Judaism” in everything he does — including his famous on-screen hand gestures.

Leonard Nimoy gives the Vulcan hand gesture, modeled after the Jewish kohanim.  HAND PH

Chronology Be Damned

Native Long Islander Lauren Kessler explores the frontiers of anti-aging, trying to turn back the clock.

Jewish Week Book Critic
07/17/2013

This was the first time I interviewed an author while she was hiking. To clarify, I was sitting and typing; Lauren Kessler was climbing in Snow Canyon State Park in southern Utah and we were speaking by phone. She had started the climb at 6:30 that morning, and had to put the phone down just once, while on a steep pass.

Author Lauren Kessler lives the subject she researches: how to slow down the aging process. Chris Crisman

When Your Mother Has More Dates Than You Do

Dating in your 40s versus in your 70s.

Special To The Jewish Week
07/17/2013

Not long ago, on a weekend visit to my hometown, my 71-year-old mother was nowhere to be found. It was 2:30 a.m. The smell of Touch wafted in the air as I stepped around the high heels strewn across the floor of her room, trying to figure out where she could be. Had someone abducted her?

Balancing Act

Tai Chi classes at Gurwin Jewish giving seniors better flexibility and strength.

Staff Writer
07/17/2013

On balance, the seniors taking a new Tai Chi class at Gurwin Jewish – Fay J. Lindner Residences, an assisted living facility in Commack, L.I., couldn’t be happier.

No more fall guys: A Tai Chi class at Commack assisted living facility. Gurwin Jewish

No Bull, These Grandparents Are Tough

Unlikely couple gets knocked around but draws a following on popular Israeli endurance-based reality TV show.

Israel Correspondent
07/17/2013

Jerusalem — When Andrea Simantov, a divorced mother of six, and Ronney Zaltzman, a widowed father of two, got married in Jerusalem in May 2011, they promised to live their lives with a sense of wonder and adventure.

Ronney Zaltzman and Andrea Simantov became unexpected TV stars after competing in Israel’s version of “The Amazing Race.”

The Good Life July 2013

Forever Young
Advice from an anti-aging guru, Israeli grandparents in Israel’s “Amazing Race,” dating in your 70s, and more.

07/17/2013
The Good Life July 2013

Keeping In Touch, At A Distance

Ways to alleviate emotional distress when families are in crisis.

Staff Writer
07/26/2011

Boca Raton, Fla. — When Ben Schwartz’s mother died at home in Australia, he flew to the funeral from his home in Israel but could not afford the airfare for his wife and five children. So while sitting shiva, Schwartz, not his real name, jotted down the names and comments of those who visited so he could share them each evening with his wife and children at home.

“Oceans Apart” author Rochel Berman, center, with workshop presenters Hindy Rubin and Anita Stern Heering.

Homeland For The Jewish Soul

As the number of delis decline and newfangled ones embrace sustainability, of all things, a nostalgic look back at the heyday of a New York institution.

Special To The Jewish Week
07/26/2011

Growing up in Great Neck in the 1970s and ’80s, I listened eagerly to my mother and her cousin Marcia reminiscing about working Sunday evenings waiting tables and busing dishes in Kaufman’s Deli, which was Uncle Herbie’s place on Division Avenue in Williamsburg. I heard about the hustle and bustle, the interactions between the working class customers and the wise-cracking old Jewish waiters, the kibitzing at the deli counter with the jocular countermen in their paper hats.

The staff at Katz’s Deli, circa 1940s: Overstuffed sandwiches and Jewish solidarity. Marlene Katz Padover

The Walk Of Life

For a 101-year-old Brooklynite, the secret to longevity is her strolling regimen.

Special To The Jewish Week
07/26/2011

‘I’m just an ordinary person,” said Lillian Silverman, 101, who celebrated her July 4th birthday (twice) this month. Born in Brownsville, and a lifelong Brooklyn resident, she walks at least one hour a day in her Borough Park neighborhood. “It’s part of my living — all though the years,” she said.

Fitness comes naturally to Silverman. “I don’t know how to get around except walking. Whoever heard of taking the bus to go to 9th or 10th Avenue?” she said. “I couldn’t think of any other way than walking.”

Lillian Silverman with grandson Alan Jacobson, who shares her July 4th birthday.

A Home For Active Retirees

Developers now targeting younger crowd as trend becomes more widespread.

Israel Correspondent
07/26/2011

Jerusalem — As her husband Gordon’s retirement neared seven years ago, Dorothy Mandelzweig, who made aliyah from South Africa about 20 years ago, began scouting around for a place to retire.

Longtime residents of Rishon Lezion,
southwest of Tel Aviv, the couple sought an affordable home in a retirement community nearby.

The Mandelzweig’s soon came to the conclusion that communities that cater to active seniors tend to be very expensive, especially in the center of the country, so they widened their search.

The Jerusalem Citadel bills itself  as “exclusive retirement living.” It boasts a pool and spa. Photos by Michele Chabin
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