The Good Life

Volunteers Of A Certain Age

From teaching English to helping asylum seekers, program focuses on the over-50 active set.

Israel Correspondent
07/14/2015 - 20:00

Jerusalem — Summer vacation in Israel began July 1, but the after-school homework help program at the Mercaz Kagan community center in Katamon Tet, a poor neighborhood in Jerusalem, was still buzzing with activity a week later thanks in part to the Skilled Volunteers for Israel program.

Ellen Frenc teaches English to children at a Jerusalem community center as part of the Skilled Volunteers for Israel program.

The Good Life July 2015

American olim cultivating the volunteer spirit. Kosher Meals on Wheels empowers seniors, volunteers. Remembering Hank Greenberg’s sacrifice.

07/13/2015 - 20:00
The Good Life July 2015

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

Starting Late, But Not Too Late

In a memoir about music and taking risks, Ari Goldman takes up the cello (again) — at a certain age.

Culture Editor
07/15/2014 - 20:00

As he was approaching his 60th birthday, the author and journalism professor Ari Goldman took up the cello, an instrument he had played on and off — mostly off, of late — for the last 35 years. He decided to adopt a regimen of regular practice, lessons and playing with a group, and set a personal goal — playing publicly for many friends at his 60th birthday party.

A devotee of classical music, Ari Goldman finds his voice by returning to playing the cello. Kali Kotoski

Affirming Life, Right To The End

The founder of the Jewish Renewal movement (with the help of a ‘skeptical’ author) offers a spiritual roadmap for facing mortality.

Culture Editor
07/15/2014 - 20:00

The late Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, who died earlier this month just short of his 90th birthday, said that he’d been training himself since he was young for the moment he would die. As a yeshiva student, he’d ride the subway to Brooklyn and would imagine that he was ready to depart from life, and would tell himself that he’d be gone from life by the next station. Then he would repeat the “Shema” to himself several times, so that he would be saying the ancient prayers with his last breath.

Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, with author Sara Davidson

The Good Life July 2014

Affirming Life, Right To The End; Jewish Renewal Founder’s Spiritual Roadmap; Starting Late, But Not Too Late; Staying Young, With Cello; As Jewish Boomers Retire, Is South Florida Losing Its Appeal?

07/14/2014 - 20:00
The Good Life July 2014

The Picture Of Longevity

Leonard Nimoy, from ‘Star Trek’ to Jewish-themed photography, has lived long and prospered.
07/16/2013 - 20:00

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
07/16/2013 - 20:00

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
07/16/2013 - 20:00

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
07/16/2013 - 20:00

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
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