AJ honors “Ageless Wisdom” of elders
In 2011, Adath Jeshurun Synagogue’s Ageless Wisdom Committee, chaired by Janet Levitan, wanted to find a way to honor congregants 80 years of age and older. At the time, Levitan said she knew from her parents and grandparents that seniors had rich stories waiting to be told. The committee decided that producing a video documentary would be a permanent way to honor these very special individuals for enriching our lives and the synagogue.
Many of the congregants agreed to be interviewed for the documentary, which highlighted their memories, humor and the knowledge gained over their lifetimes. An audience of more than 300 showed up for the video’s premier in April 2012. The reception that followed offered a great opportunity for the congregation and the community to celebrate the participants.
Once again this year on Sunday, October 20, AJ members in the 80 plus age group came together for an afternoon reception at the synagogue that included songs by Cantor David Lipp, refreshments, conversation and lots of kibitzing.
The Ageless Wisdom Committee was delighted to pay tribute to and spend time with so many friends who have contributed so much to the AJ community. There will be more Ageless Wisdom events in the future.
“This generation has provided a foundation upon which to build and envision AJ’s future,” said Ageless Wisdom Committee member Lynn Rosenthal. “Our tradition teaches that we stand upon the shoulders of giants. We truly benefit from their experience and wisdom.”