Temple Israel’s 50th Anniversary Year
This October marks the beginning of Temple Israel’s 50th Anniversary Year, which will continue through until the fall of 2017. The 50th Anniversary Working and Steering Groups have been hard at work assembling a slate of activities.
Take a look at the list here for a taste of the many festivities and special activities planned. Details will be provided in future Bulletins, weekly emails, social media and on the website. Check the calendar for details on all of the 50th events.
Picnic and Havdalah in the Park
Saturday, June 3, 2017, 4 – 7 pm
Andrew Haydon Park
Concerts @ Temple Israel Present “Sunday Afternoon Trios”
Sunday, June 25, 2017, 2 pm
Program and Musicians’ Bios
“The Aging Rebels: Retaining Our Power”
Registrants to The Aging Rebel will be invited to indicate their preferences among the small group sessions – those who register early will have the best chance of accessing their first choices.
#1: WHERE WILL AGING REBELS LIVE?
Hosts: Dr. Norman Greenberg, Alternative Programs for Youth and Families, and Janet Torge, Radical Resthomes
Join these two distinguished hosts to explore ways to live in the community without turning to traditional residential institutions. What kind of living arrangements would be your ideal – with friends, in the country, in a house? What services would you want? Learn about innovative community-based alternatives for aging rebels in Nova Scotia, and how you can create your own Radical Resthome”.
#2: AGING MINDFULLY NOT MINDLESSLY
Host: Dr. Anne Hennessy, Community-based psychiatrist
Join this highly respected psychiatrist with over 30 year’s clinical experience, whose focus has been on the psychiatry of later life. Having trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction with Jon Kabat-Zinn, she has woven mindfulness principles into her work. Learn about the benefits of mindfulness and how it can be integrated into your life to foster self-compassion and nurturing. Whether you’re experiencing burn-out from caring for a loved one or seeking the tools to regenerate your life, you’ll want to explore how this technique can improve your physical and mental health.
#3: INTRODUCING THE TOP SIXTY OVER SIXTY: PROMOTING THE POTENTIAL OF THOSE OVER 60
Host: Helen Hirsh Spence, Founder, The Top Sixty Over Sixty
If you think starting a new career at the age of 60 is too late, think again! Join Helen Hirsh Spence to explore how you can build on your years of experience to move into your next career, engage in new learning, and accelerate social change through innovation and entrepreneurship. Share your ideas about how to maintain a vibrant, active and meaningful life by maximizing your potential.
#4: THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING A PROPER ESTATE PLAN
Host: Travis Webb, Soloway Wright LLP
“Estate planning: where raw emotion meets dry calculation” reads a recent newspaper headline. Having a properly drafted will and powers of attorney can help avoid delays, expenses and stress for your loved ones. Estate planning lawyer Travis Webb will highlight some of the key issues. What should you consider when preparing a will? How should you select an executor and choose the person who will have power or attorney over your finances?
#5: SEXUALITY AND AGING
Host: Dr. Peggy J. Kleinplatz, Director of Sex and Couples Therapy, University of Ottawa
Dr. Kleinplatz focuses on optimal erotic intimacy, particularly in the elderly, disabled and marginalized populations. In our contemporary culture that glorifies the young and their sexuality, what images do we see of old people? What images do we see of sex? And how are these images compatible – or not? Learn and share your thoughts on what it takes for sexual fulfillment to grow over time and with age.
#6: ADDING MEANING THROUGH VOLUNTEERING
Host: Arnold Finkelstein, AJA 50+
Volunteering is an opportunity to learn something new, share your expertise, broaden your social circle and express your values for the benefit of others. Join Arnold Finkelstein to discuss how volunteering can be part of your transition from the workplace to retirement. Find out how volunteering can fit into your retirement planning, help you find the right fit with your interests, abilities and goals, and identify opportunities to benefit you and others. Come share your experiences!
#7: JUDAISM AND CHALLENGES IN ENDING LIFE
Hosts: Rabbi Steven Garten, Emeritus, Temple Israel, and Dr. Gary Viner, The Ottawa Hospital
Join Rabbi Garten and Dr. Gary Viner in exploring the wisdom that Judaism offers when examining ethical questions related to Medical Assistance in Dying, including the questions of inclusion/exclusion, risks/benefits and implications for access to quality palliative care. Both individuals have extensive experience in this area; together they afford the opportunity for spiritual and medical perspectives to be explored together.
#8: SHIFTING THE PICTURE IN THINKING ABOUT AGING
Host: Dr. Tamara Sussman, School of Social Work, McGill University
Dr. Sussman’s research focuses on how health services and systems impact older adults and their family members. The focus will be on exploring how society shapes our understanding of aging and discussing ways to contest unrealistic or false messages, support positive aging and examine how to improve family members’ experiences with health and social service providers.
#9: COUPLE RELATIONSHIPS AS A SOURCE OF STRENGTH THROUGH LIFE
Host: Dr. Orly Rumstein McKean, Ottawa Couple and Family Institute
Strong relationships provide many benefits. They help us stay healthy physically and emotionally, cope with stress, and allow us to grow. What makes a relationship healthy? What do we need from our relationship when we experience stress, whether it’s loss or joy? Learn about the Four Laws of Love with Dr. Rumstein McKean, and explore how relationships can be a source of strength throughout our lives.
#10: HOW TO NAVIGATE THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
Host: Lisa Rossman, Jewish Family Services
Lisa Rossman, manager and case manager at Jewish Family Services, provides clients – and their caregivers – with the supports needed to ensure they continue to remain active and live independently for as long as comfortably possible. If you have to make difficult decisions about caring for your family members or would like to learn what kinds of questions need to be asked and where to start, this discussion will help you prepare for what is ahead.