We have a tradition at Adat Shalom of celebrating and honoring those in our community who’ve reached the age of 83, often thought of as a ‘second bar mitzvah’. Jewish tradition says that 70 years is a lifetime – our ancestors didn’t imagine what good healthcare, diet and lifestyle could do for longevity! – and so 83 becomes a new threshold, signaling a new chapter. All of us who’ve matured beyond the age of 13 know that there is no specific schedule for life transitions and chapters – they happen on their own time. So, while this number may be somewhat arbitrary, it does give us a mile-marker to celebrate in community.
Even during these challenging times, our community has come together to honor our elders and share with us the wisdom of their life’s experiences.
Below are the links to our Honoring our Elder interviews. These videos begin with Shabbat morning services where the honoree received an Aliyah and at about 75 minute in to the video, you will enjoy an interview with them.