Get Going: A Message for Refugee Shabbat, October 20, 2018

The Call to Get Going GET GOING! I don’t know if it was the middle of the night, under cover of darkness, or in broad daylight. I don’t know if it was by sea, in some rickety raft,  or over land, in an overcrowded truck. I don’t know if the decision to leave was...
Aging in Israel: Re-imagining Nursing Home Care

Aging in Israel: Re-imagining Nursing Home Care

Tamar Dashefsky got her introduction to life in a nursing home when she was 22 years old and working as a medical clown. She was dressed as a fairy, but found it didn’t take magical powers to alleviate the suffering of the people she met. Tamar was distressed...
The Warmest Welcome: Aging in Sakhnin

The Warmest Welcome: Aging in Sakhnin

It was important to us to learn about aging in the Arab Israeli community.  Sakhnin is a city of about 30,000 residents in the Galilee region of Northern Israel. We were fortunate to visit the Sakhnin Elder Day Care Center. When we called the staff for restaurant...
Aging in Israel: Feeling Aging in Our Bodies and Hearts

Aging in Israel: Feeling Aging in Our Bodies and Hearts

Seventeen professionals from the US visited Israel last month to learn about challenges and innovations in the field of aging. Our first encounter with aging in Israel was the Holon Children’s Museum, which offers an experiential glimpse of aging through its...
There is always more we can do

There is always more we can do

Years ago, my family’s matriarch, Grammy Anne, lay in intensive  care. The family was shocked and confused. Just last year this dignified, spunky 86 year-old had been taking college courses. Now,  she was connected to tubes from every orifice, delirious and barely...