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).

Chai Connections: Pre-Oneg

Friday, March 31, 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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Chai Connections: Survivor’s Club Book Review with Author

Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 4:30pm | Community House

For Central Members 65+
In 1945, in a now-famous piece of World War II archival footage, four-year-old Michael Bornstein was filmed by Soviet soldiers as he was carried out of Auschwitz in his grandmother’s arms. Survivor’s Club tells the unforgettable story of how a father’s courageous wit, a mother’s fierce love, and a perfectly timed life-saving illness helped a family from Zarki, Poland, dodge death at the hands of the Nazis time and again. Author Michael Bornstein and his daughter Debbie Bornstein Holinstat will speak about his dramatic and life-affirming experience as one of the youngest people to survive Auschwitz and the death march.

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Our People

Rabbi Lev-Cohen

Rabbi Marion Lev-Cohen

Rabbi for Community Engagement

Deena Plotka

Elana Ayalon

Adult Engagement Department Coordinator

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

Please keep us informed on what is happening in your life so we can support you and celebrate with you. Visit our Pastoral Care page for more information.