Recently, the Jewish community of Denver held its annual day long conference on issues related to Boomers and aging.
About 350 lay and professional people attended. The program included several resource tables and drew people from a large geographic area.
This seems like a program easily replicated. It was co-sponsored by a host of Denver agencies and organizations and was coordinated mainly through the offices of KAVOD Senior Center. The main contact was Sara Shvartzman at Kavod (go to KAVODseniorlife.org). Rabbi Stephen Booth-Nadav was host and a major participant and contact.
The program ran from 9:30 a.m. (registration, breakfast and resource fair) to about 4 p.m. (closing summary and prayer).
The 10:00-10:45 Keynote was followed by three sets of breakouts that covered everything from spiritual issues (meaning and resilience in aging, to practical issues including Alzheimer’s, Medicaid, Elder law, local transportation options, health issues, mindfulness, technology and addiction). It was a full day.
The lunch program was highlighted by a tribute to Rabbi Ray Zwerin and his reflections on being 80.
Jewish Sacred Aging® was proud to have been involved with this program and we post it to spark some thought in your community to replicate this day.
For more detailed information contact Sara Shvartzmann at KOTR@KAVODseniorlife.org
Rabbi Richard F. Address, D.Min, is the Founder and Director of www.jewishsacredaging.com. Rabbi Address served for over three decades on staff of the Union for Reform Judaism; first as a Regional Director and then, beginning in 1997, as Founder and Director of the URJ’s Department of Jewish Family Concerns and served as a specialist and consultant for the North American Reform Movement in the areas of family related programming. Rabbi Address was ordained from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1972 and began his rabbinic career in Los Angeles congregations. He also served as a part time rabbi for Beth Hillel in Carmel, NJ while regional director and, after his URJ tenure, served as senior rabbi of Congregation M’kor Shalom in Cherry Hill, NJ from 2011-2014.