Posted by Marjie Sokoll

Wise Aging: Becoming Our Authentic Selves“One ought to enter old age the way one enters the senior year at a university, in exciting anticipation of consummation.” –Abraham Joshua Heschel

I first met Rabbi Rachel Cowan in New York City at a Jewish healing conference. It was November 3, 1998 and I was 44 years old. At the time, I could never have imagined that 16 years later on the very same date, I would have the privilege of helping bring her to Boston where she would introduce her pioneering work on Wise Aging.
However, on November 3, 2014, Rabbi Cowan, along with two other trainers, came to JF&CS to facilitate a two-day training for 36 participants! Participants included rabbis, cantors, psychotherapists, social workers, chaplains, Jewish educators, synagogue members/lay leaders, and staff members from Hebrew Senior Life, the JCC, and four of my JF&CS colleagues who work with older adults. These 36 can now bring what they learned back to their communities.

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