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When Homeland Becomes Home

Israel through the eyes of senior immigrants.

07/15/2015

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.

07/15/2015

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.

07/15/2015

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
07/15/2015

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

Volunteers Of A Certain Age

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

Israel Correspondent
07/15/2015

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.

07/14/2015
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As Jewish Boomers Retire, Is South Florida Losing Its Appeal?

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

JNS
07/16/2014

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
07/16/2014

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
07/16/2014

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

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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?

07/15/2014
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