Sunday, June 04, 2023


JFS MetroWest RSVP Program Provides Volunteer Opportunities for Older Adults

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program Center of Essex and Hudson Counties (RSVP), Sponsored by Jewish Family Service of MetroWest, matches volunteers with many local causes. RSVP is America’s largest volunteer network for people 55+. Volunteers choose where to serve, how much time to give, and whether they


Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Researchers Receive Grant for Robotic Project to Assist the Elderly

Beer Sheva, Israel—Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) researchers received a grant for a project to advance assistive robotics that will help the elderly complete everyday tasks.

The goal of the project, “Follow Me: Proxemics and Responsiveness for Following Tasks in Adaptive Assistive


‘Tuesdays in Suspenders’ Senior Discounts in Israel—Suspenders: Optional, Fun: Mandatory

Jerusalem—In a world of active senior citizens, where crafts workshops, group activities and 50-percent discounts are common, Israel initially seems to stand out in its treatment of retirees. With a well-known stereotype of pensioners sitting outside of cafes, smoking and complaining about nearly everything under the sun, it’s


Retire in Israel: It’s Not As Crazy As You Think

Bloomberg.com’s website lists Israel at number 19 as a recommended place to retire. “The widespread use of English, abundant kosher food, and a warm climate, make Israel a natural draw for affluent Jews from the West.” According to Wikipedia, 84 percent of Israelis speak English, but for only less than 6 percent it’s their first


Depression: The Reality of Aging?

People make many assumptions about the aging process. One of those misguided assumptions involves older adults and depression. The following three points are vital to understanding how the aging process can affect the mental health of this population, and that depression in older adults—like in any other age group—is a treatable


Advanced Planning for the Elderly: Listen to Their Wishes

John lives in a nursing home in New Jersey. He suffers from Parkinson’s disease as well as advanced dementia. One day he passed out and fell. The paramedics were called. While John regained consciousness while still at the nursing home, he was extremely confused due to the dementia and could not communicate how he felt or his wishes to


JCC Programs for Senior Adults:

REAP (Retired Executives and Professionals)

This group gathers on Tuesdays for a brown-bag lunch and then participates in spinoff programs including bridge, current events, book discussions and more. Meets Tues, 10:30 a.m.–1:45 p.m.



Aging in Place: Seniors Find a Home Away From Home at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades

For more than 60 years, the Senior Adult Department at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades has embraced a heartfelt mission: to provide a warm and welcoming environment for seniors of all ages and needs that will allow them to remain socially engaged and able to age in place. Recent studies


Senior Volunteers Deliver Meals and Cheer to JFS Meals on Wheels Recipients

Retiree Fran Halman-Migdal of Fort Lee has been driving for the Kosher Meals on Wheels program for about 10 years. Five years ago, her neighbor and friend, Bea Tendler, got curious about the volunteer opportunity. When Halman-Migdal explained what’s involved and whom she delivered to, Tendler knew she had to add the meal delivery


Lubavitch on the Palisades Students Celebrate Lag B’omer

Students at Lubavitch on the Palisades School celebrated Lag B’Omer with trips, parades, special activities, bonfires and marshmallows. Rabbi Mordechai Shain and Mayor Peter Rustin marched in the streets of Tenafly with students of the preschool and elementary school. Kindergarten students learned about recycling when


Treats for He’Atid on Lag B’Omer

The Yeshivat He’Atid Lag B’Omer field day was a great hit! He’Atid’s very own ice cream truck arrived, manned by Ora the Ice Cream Lady, and the sweet snacks were followed by an amazing fire show. Students then headed over to the field for all different kinds of games and races. The second and third


Students of Yeshiva Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch in Washington Heights Encircle the Lag B’Omer Fire

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