Chai Connections (65+)

At Central Synagogue

In 2011 the oldest baby boomers turned 65. Blessed with longevity, and vitality, people over the age of 65 are interested in building community, and creating lives of meaning and purpose. Central Synagogue is dedicated to being the locus of community and meaningful engagement for congregants in this chapter of life.

Chai Connections is an affinity group for congregants age sixty-five and beyond, dedicated to building strong bonds of community. Chai Connection programs include, pre-Shabbat onegs, cultural events, holiday celebrations and lectures. All programs interweave social and educational dimensions. Sign up for our upcoming events below and if you would like to learn more, about our programs and initiatives, please contact us by email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

FYI: We recommend reading “When Breath Becomes Air” by Dr. Paul Kalanithi. We will be having a book discussion in November. There will be more information to follow.

Chai Connections: Pre-Oneg

Friday, October 27, 2017 at 4:30pm | Pavilion

For Central Members 65+
Join us before Friday night Kabbalat Services for delicious hors d’ oeuvres and a chance to meet and deepen relationships with your fellow congregants.

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When Breath Becomes Air: A Conversation with Dr. Lucy Kalanithi (wife of the author)

Monday, November 6, 2017 at 7:00pm | Park Avenue Synagogue

On Nov 6, 2017 Central Synagogue will be partnering with Park Avenue Synagogue for a talk by Lucy Kalanithi. Her husband’s hauntingly beautiful book, When Breath Becomes Air, is the true and unforgettable story of a young doctor embarking on a promising career as a neurosurgeon, learning that he has stage 4 lung cancer. In his book, Dr. Paul Kakanithi grapples with his mortality and the existential question of what makes a life worth living in the face of death.
Thanks to a generous donation from Howard Sharfstein, congregant and former President of Central Synagogue, we will be co-sponsoring this event with Park Avenue Synagogue.

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Chai Connections Lecture: Professor Steven M. Cohen

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 4:30pm | Pavilion

For Central Members 65+
Jewish Young Adults: How are they different and how can we help them stay Jewish?
Professor Steven M. Cohen is a Research Professor at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and the Director of the Berman Jewish Policy Archive at NYU. Professor Cohen will discuss Jewish Young Adults today and our influence on them staying Jewish.

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What Matters - Book Discussion of the Kalaniti book When Breath Becomes Air

Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 5:30pm | Pavilion

In the book’s foreword by Dr Verghesee, he suggests not only reading When Breath Becomes Air but also “listening to the overwhelming response it prompts in you”. I guarantee that finishing this book and then forgetting about it is simply not an option.” We agree with Dr Verghese, and invite you to join us on November 16th at 5:30 in Central Synagogue’s Pavilion, for a discussion about the existential questions raised by Dr. Kalanithi in his book When Breath becomes Air. The book discussion will be led by Susan Schlechter PhD.

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What Matters - Book Discussion of the Kalaniti book When Breath Becomes Air

Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 5:30pm | Pavilion

In the book’s foreword by Dr Verghesee, he suggests not only reading When Breath Becomes Air but also “listening to the overwhelming response it prompts in you”. I guarantee that finishing this book and then forgetting about it is simply not an option.” We agree with Dr Verghese, and invite you to join us on November 16th at 5:30 in Central Synagogue’s Pavilion, for a discussion about the existential questions raised by Dr. Kalanithi in his book When Breath becomes Air. The book discussion will be led by Susan Schlechter PhD.

Register »

 


Chai Connections: Chanukah Lunch Celebration

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 12:30pm | Pavilion

For Central Members 65+
Join us for a delicious Chanukah lunch (potato latkes and jelly donuts) and learning session with Rabbi Marion Lev-Cohen.

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Support Groups

Central Synagogue provides pastoral counseling in small, confidential group settings. We currently offer a monthly Caregiver's Group and a Spousal Bereavement Group. For more information, please contact Rabbi Marion Lev-Cohen.

Pastoral Care for Members

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