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Wise Aging

Bnai Keshet, Congregation Shomrei Emunah and Temple Ner Tamid

Fall 2019

The Wise Aging series is a groundbreaking program designed to engage the social, emotional and spiritual needs of those in our communities reflecting on how they are aging and their hopes for the years ahead. 

Developed by the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, based on the book by Rabbi Rachel Cowan z"l and Dr. Linda Thal, Wise Aging: Living with Joy, Resilience, and Spirit, this program is a multi-session supportive group experience led by trained facilitators from these congregations. This series will introduce you to meaningful practices, and expand your understanding of yourself, your relationships, and your values.

Wise Aging incorporates readings, discussion, active listening, journal-writing, mindfulness, and meditation, all complemented by Jewish text study. 

Some of the topics are:
  • Reviewing our life themes and events         
  • Considering the body as it ages        
  • Cultivating nourishing relationships       
  • Learning to live with Loss & Facing Dying       
  • Forgiveness and Reconciliation            
  • Legacy and Stewardship



"A Taste of Wise Aging"

Please join us for a sampling before you make a commitment.

Sunday, September 22, 2019 @ 7:30pm; Temple Ner Tamid, Bloomfield


Wise Aging 2.0

Quite a few members of our congregations have already participated in the multi-week series.

Many asked for a more in-depth, continuing group.

Oct 28, Nov 4, 11, 18 @ 7:30pm; Temple Ner Tamid, Bloomfield


New Wise Aging Series

Interested members of all three synagogues may join whichever group best fits their schedule.

These small, intimate discussion groups are based on full participation throughout the series.


8 Sunday afternoon sessions 3:00 – 5:00pm

Dates: Oct 27, Nov 3, 10, 17, 24, Dec 1, 8, 15; Shomrei Emunah, Montclair


8 Monday morning sessions 10:00 - 12 noon

Dates: Oct 28, Nov 4, 11,18, 25, Dec 2, 9, 16; Bnai Keshet, Montclair


For registration and questions, contact: Andrea Peyser

We encourage you to check your long-range calendars and register to hold your place NOW.


In case you are looking for additional senior programming, Bnai Keshet has an affinity group called The Renaissance Group which hosts monthly Shabbat Dinners for those age 60+. Please find more info on the affinity group page

Tue, October 15 2019 16 Tishrei 5780