Wise Aging

Facilitated by Rabbi Debra Rappaport

Dates: Monthly on Mondays — Nov 7, Dec 5, Jan 2, Feb 6, Mar 13, Apr 10, May 8
Time: 3 – 6 PM
Location: In person (when possible) at Talmud Torah of St. Paul
Cost: $250*

Conversations accompany the book Wise Aging: Living with Joy, Resilience, & Spirit, by Rabbi Rachel Cowan and Dr. Linda Thal. Please purchase a copy prior to the start of this series.

Wise Aging refers to a vision of how we can grow in our later years with consciousness and joy.

The Wise Aging Havurah** will gather to learn and accompany one another around topics of aging and eldering including:

  • exploring “what is this stage of life?!”
  • cultivating nourishing relationships
  • forgiveness & reconciliation
  • cultivating spiritual qualities for wellbeing
  • facing changing bodies, changing relationships, changing capacity
  • living with loss & finding light, legacy, and stewardship

We’ll use numerous modalities to connect with our soul’s wisdom. These include contemplative or active listening, text study, mindfulness meditation, tikkun middot (cultivation of spiritual qualities), traditional Jewish religious practices, gentle movement, and journaling. We don’t expect that participants will be experienced in these modalities, but do ask that you be open to the exploration. 

Co-sponsored by Beth Jacob and Mount Zion

If you feel moved to participate but are not sure if it’s a fit, please email [email protected] to schedule a 15-30 minute appointment with Rabbi Rappaport to support your exploration.  

*There are no financial barriers to participation.
**Supportive community of practice