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Wise Aging at Congregation Shaare Emeth

Wise Aging at Congregation Shaare Emeth

A groundbreaking program specifically designed to meet the social, emotional and spiritual needs of Jewish seekers entering second adulthood!

Inspired by the Institute for Jewish Spirituality and guided by Debbie Bram and Sharon Weissman. Debbie and Sharon have been trained by the Institute for Jewish Spirituality.


This Wise Aging Group will meet at Shaare Emeth from 3-4:30 p.m. on these Mondays:

  • November 6, 2017
  • November 20, 2017
  • December 4, 2017
  • December 18, 2017
  • January 8, 2018
  • February 12, 2018

The goal of Wise Aging is to discover the possibilities for living the years ahead with joy, resilience and spirit. Jewish texts, poetry, secular writing, prayer, meditation and contemplative listening are all tools used in this program to challenge participants to develop their own sense of what it means to ‘number our days’ and ‘grow a heart of wisdom.’ Sessions are based on resources developed for the Institute for Jewish Spirituality by Rabbi Rachel Cowan and Dr. Linda Thal, primarily the book Wise Aging: Living with Joy, Resilience, and Spirit. Participants in groups have called the experience transformative.

Topics include:

  • what is special about this life stage
  • becoming one’s authentic self
  • developing a positive relationship to our changing bodies
  • revitalizing and nourishing healthy relationships
  • practicing forgiveness
  • learning to live with loss
  • change and death
  • cultivating wisdom
  • leaving a legacy

Tuition and Material Fees:

Shaare Emeth Members: $40
Nonmembers: $55


Registration is required by Nov. 1, 2017, using the online form below.
You may also register by phone by calling 314-569-0010.

To learn more please contact Debbie Bram, Director of Jewish Life and Learning, at [email protected].

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