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Wise Aging - Spring 2019

Those of us in our fifties, sixties, seventies and beyond can count ourselves as part of a history-making generation and pioneers in understanding how to make the most of our lives. These years of aging are full of opportunities for learning, growth and finding new meanings and connections. The Wise Aging program provides support and resources to live the later years with spirit, resilience, and wisdom.

We will explore some of the deep questions presented by this stage of our lives. We will be using stories, questions, scientific research and our personal reflections that enable us to come to new understandings about our lives, ourselves, and our values. Our discussions are informed by selected reading from the Bible, Talmud, and Hassidic stories, as well as contemporary writings by May Sarton, Silvia Borstein, Rabbi Zalman Schacter Shalomi and many others. Learning modalities include small and large group discussions, reflective listening, meditation and dyads.

Topics include:

Opportunity Paradigm

Explore Attitudes Towards our Bodies

The River of Life: Reflecting on our past and creating our future

Cultivating Nourishing Relationships

Friendships and Family

Participants will need to get a small journal for their personal use and get a personal copy of the book Wise Aging which can be found online at

Cost: $90/per person (paid online at this link or send in a check for your registration to Temple Isaiah with “Wise Aging” in the memo). There will be a minimum registration needed to run this class. You will be alerted a few days in advance of the start date if we do not have enough students to run the class.

Dates: 10:00AM – 12:00 Noon Temple Isaiah - Lexington

Tuesday March 5, 12, 19
Tuesday April 2, 9, 16

The Teacher: Debra Rosenblum was trained as a Wise Aging Facilitator by the Institute of Jewish Spirituality. She was a public school teacher for 20 years and is a certified spiritual director. Debra has a Master’s Degree in Education and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Creative and Expressive Arts. She also holds certifications as a yoga and meditation teacher and has been a student of Mussar for the past 4 years.


Wise Aging Part 1 
Thursdays, March 7, 14, 21 & April 4, 11, 18

Please note that the total payment must be submitted with this form or billed to your account. (Temple Isaiah members who are logged in can opt to bill to their account.) A convenience fee (approximately 3%) will be added to the purchase. If the charge is billed to your account, please submit payment on or before March 5. If you are paying by check, please make the check payable to Temple Isaiah and write "Wise Aging" on the check memo line. 

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Wed, July 17 2019 14 Tammuz 5779