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Community as Family

Having caring family nearby can be an invaluable practical
and emotional support for older people, especially those living alone.

Photo: Katarzyna BiaƂasiewicz / 123RF

When we have family, there’s always someone who can be called in an emergency, entrusted with keys and mail, who knows where important documents are located, is aware if there is a medical condition that needs to be addressed quickly, or who can help make important decisions about the future.

But for those who do not have adult children or other family, it’s important for them to start making plans to anticipate such needs. Organized under our Emanu-El Cares initiative, Community as Family is a program where the “un-familied” can meet in a casual, confidential place to discuss these issues with others who have similar concerns. Together we discuss alternative solutions, develop skills to advocate on our own behalf, and explore ways to create a trusted family dynamic from an extended community of neighbors, friends, professionals and others.

Read an article by temple member Wendl Kornfeld »

The international media has been paying increasing attention to the challenges faced by the growing demographic of the older un-familied, and many of the topics to be discussed at Community as Family are inspired by recent articles and blogs, including housing, caregiving, finance, technology and social issues.

Community as Family will meet on Mondays from 6 PM to 7:30 PM
on October 23, November 20, December 18, 2017;
January 22, February 26, March 31,* April 23 and May 20,** 2018.

* Saturday night, CAF Second Seder
** Sunday morning, Shavuot service and Yizkor

Light refreshments will be served, and there are no commercial endorsements.
Participation is open to temple members only.
RSVP to Community as Family or (212) 507-9603.

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