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Grit and Grace – A Jewish Spiritual Frame for Growing Older

March 22, 2020 @ 11:00 am

Join us for a light brunch followed by an engaging discussion led by Rabbi Dayle Friedman on the very engaging topic: Grit and Grace – A Spiritual Frame For Growing Old.

“Aging is not for sissies,” Bette Davis famously observed. More and more of us are blessed with the gift of increased longevity—more years, more adventures, and more challenges, as well. Together we will explore tools and perspectives from Jewish tradition as well as our own experiences, to help us grow deeper, wiser and more resilient as we grow beyond midlife.

Session I: March 22, 2020 – From Brokenness to Repair: A Spiritual Vision For the Path Beyond Midlife
Drawing on the Kabbalistic creation myth, we’ll consider the ways that we are continually beginning again, and how each stage of aging provides an opportunity or birth out of brokenness. We will explore the constant choice between seeking sparks of goodness and holiness or succumbing to darkness in the wake of loss and change.
Suggested Reading: Dayle Friedman. Jewish Wisdom for Growing Older: Finding Your Grit and Grace Beyond Midlife. Jewish Lights Publishing. 2015, pp. 3-13.

Session II: April 19, 2020 – Doing Our Own Work of Tikkun/Repair
We will investigate how we can approach unfinished business of the past so that we can approach the future with open hearts. We will look at practices for finding forgiveness and healing regrets, so that we can clear the way to be available for new callings
Suggested Reading: Jewish Wisdom for Growing Older, pp. 71-76.

Session III: May 3, 2020 – Answering the Call: Becoming True Elders
We will look into the role of elder in traditional Judaism, and how we might reclaim this for our lives and time. We’ll explore how we can discern our own elder callings, as mentors, peacemakers, activists, and models.
Suggested Reading: Jewish Wisdom for Growing Older, pp. 113-122.

Jewish Wisdom for Growing Older is available on Amazon. Reading is suggested, not a requirement for attending the classes.

You need not attend all sessions to participate.

Brunch starts at 11 am and is included in the price.
Advance registration: $10 – members, $15 – guests
Walk-in registration: $15 – members, $20 – guests


March 22, 2020
11:00 am
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William Penn House Community Room
1919 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA


Leyv Ha-Ir