REMOTE LEARNING: Rabbi Dayle's Spring 2020/5780 Education Series

posted Mar 8, 2020, 3:45 PM by Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir   [ updated Apr 7, 2020, 5:25 PM ]

The LHI Education Committee presents Rabbi Dayle Friedman's spring 2020 Education Series. Join us for an engaging discussion led by Rabbi Dayle on the very important topic: Grit and Grace - A Spiritual Framework For Growing Old.

“Aging is not for sissies,” Bette Davis famously observed. More and more of us are blessed with the gift of increased longevity—more years, more adventures, and more challenges, as well. Together we will explore tools and perspectives from Jewish tradition as well as our own experiences, to help us grow deeper, wiser and more resilient as we grow beyond midlife.

Session I: March 22, 2020 – From Brokenness to Repair: A Spiritual Vision For the Path Beyond Midlife

Drawing on the Kabbalistic creation myth, we’ll consider the ways that we are continually beginning again, and how each stage of aging provides an opportunity for birth out of brokenness. We will explore the constant choice between seeking sparks of goodness and holiness or succumbing to darkness in the wake of loss and change.

Suggested Reading:  Dayle Friedman. Jewish Wisdom for Growing Older: Finding Your Grit and Grace Beyond Midlife. Jewish Lights Publishing. 2015, pp. 3-13.

Session II: April 19, 2020 – Doing Our Own Work of Tikkun/Repair

We will investigate how we can approach unfinished business of the past so that we can approach the future with open hearts. We will look at practices for finding forgiveness and healing regrets, so that we can clear the way to be available for new callings

Suggested Reading:  Jewish Wisdom for Growing Older, pp. 71-76.

Session III: May 3, 2020 – Answering the Call: Becoming True Elders

We will look into the role of elder in traditional Judaism, and how we might reclaim this for our lives and time. We’ll explore how we can discern our own elder callings, as mentors, peacemakers, activists, and models.

Suggested Reading:  Jewish Wisdom for Growing Older, pp. 113-122

Jewish Wisdom for Growing Older
is available on Amazon here.  Reading is suggested, not a requirement for attending the classes.

You need not attend all sessions to participate.


Information for this and all virtual events will automatically be sent to members. If non-members would like to participate, please email us at, or call us at 215-629-1995, for the remote access information.

No RSVP required.  No charge to call in.