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L'Chaim (55+)

 L'Chaim is Congregation Shearith Israel's division of the USCJ's HAZAK program for adults, providing social, intellectual, and spiritual interaction for members 55 years of age and older. Members in this demographic tend to have a distinct outlook even when they might not share the same opinions. Our L'Chaim group actively organizes and enjoys a variety of programs together. Recent events include a tour of the Jewish section of historic Oakland Cemetery, a gentle hike on trails in Atlanta, a visit to the Booth Western Art Muesum, a Shabbat Dinner for singles and more. To be added to the L'Chaim mailing list, email marketing@shearithisrael.com.

When/where we meet:

L'Chaim has approximately one program each month, either at CSI or off-site. In recognition of employment, family, and physical considerations, we attempt to vary the programming to be in the evening or during daylight hours, on weekends or during the week.  Some programs are cultural, educational, or religious, while others require physical activity.  All events are promoted via our 55+ email list and appear in the weekly eBlast and the Shabbat morning flyer.

Our Steering Committee meets regularly to discuss programming. We welcome suggestions, and especially appreciate assistance or leadership in implementation of suggested programs.

what we do:

Past programming has included: Docent-led visits to the CDC Museum, a special exhibit at the Booth Museum of Western Art, and a tour of Jewish highlights at Oakland Cemetery; Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra (ACSO) concert at CSI, followed by dinner and lecture by Lois Reitzes of WABE; a series on Israeli politics by Rich Walter; Chanukah Party with Dinner and Game Night; walks in nature at the Lullwater Reserve; open rehearsal of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Kaiman in the Sukkah; Havdalah and Movie Night; and our annual L’Chaim Shabbat, when Davening and Torah reading is done by members 55+. See below for descriptions of select events.

 

next event:

Docent-led Tour of Booth Western Art Museum's Warhol Exhibit

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 @ 10:30am

L'Chaim will visit the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville on Wednesday, December 4, for a docent-led tour of the debut of the major traveling exhibition Warhol and the West

Registration is $11 per person and payment is required in advance. Click the button below for full information, including details on carpooling and an optional lunch and learn.

Register Here!

 

upcoming programs, 2019 - 2020:

Registration is almost always required; please check your email, the weekly eBlast, or a link on the shearithisrael.com calendar for details.

  • Docent-led tour of Booth Western Art Museum's "Warhol & the West" exhibit: December 4
  • Chanukah Party: December 15
  • L’Chaim Shabbat: January 11
  • ACSO followed by music presentation by Gloria Jacobson: February 23
 

how to get involved:

Please contact any member of the Steering Committee:

Susan Tenenbaum: susan@tenfam.com       Louise Spiro: lspiro01@comcast.net

Ed Jacobson: jacobsoned@yahoo.com         Laura Greenberg: laurasgreenberg@comcast.net

Bernie Lieberman: liebermb@hotmail.com    Art Schultz: ahgschultz@gmail.com

Rona Seidel: ronaseidel@gmail.com

 

Previous Events:

L'Chaim visited an open rehearsal of the Atlanta Symphony on March 21, 2019.  It's amazingly instructive to see a world-renowned conductor put a symphony orchestra through its paces, and to see a talented Pianist hone his performance with an ensemble as fine as the ASO.  

Testimonials:

"It was so enjoyable to be among L'Chaim friends listening to the ASO.  The musical program was lovely and we had great  seats to really view the orchestra. Thanks to the L'Chaim planning committee."

"Given that I like to know how things are done behind the scenes, I really enjoyed the ASO dress rehearsal and seeing our group.  Four of us met for lunch afterwards and got a chance to know each other and chat.  It was a wonderful daytime event. Many thanks to the steering committee."

"I so enjoyed the opportunity to see the ASO Rehearsal at the Woodruff Performing Arts Center on Thursday March 21 with Shearith Israel's L'Chaim Group.  It was exciting  to see/hear a dress rehearsal, led by an energetic conductor who's attention to detail and gentle prodding  of the talented musicians introduced me and my  friends in the L'Chaim group  to the inner working of a professional Symphony.  I am looking forward to attending many more innovative and interesting programs with L'Chaim."

Don't miss opportunities like this to learn something or to experience something or just to chill out with others participating in a L'Chaim program.

Have a suggestion for a L'Chaim program?  Let us know.

Your L'Chaim Steering Committee

Here's a report from the group​'​​​​​​s recent trip to the Breman Museum's Vedem exhibition:

Your L'Chaim group was at the Breman Museum on February 12, with docent Howard Fagin, learning about the Vedem newsletter. This publication was produced by a group of 14-16-year-olds who were imprisoned in the Terezin Concentration Camp during the Holocaust. They successfully published over 80 issues under the noses of camp guards, at first with a typewriter they found in the old schoolhouse turned into a prison, and then later entirely by hand once the ribbon ran out of ink.

At age 14, these children were torn from their families and sent to this "model" concentration camp -- a place that the Nazis established as a showcase of how humane they were to their prisoners. Then, at age 16 they were transported to other camps, mainly Auschwitz, where they were murdered. Of the 90 youngsters in this bunk where Vedem was published, only 15 survived. One of them stashed all of the newsletters in a steel box that he hid underground. He went back after the war and retrieved the box, and that is how we are privileged to be able to see their work.

Watch for future programs for L'Chaim. We try to have some programs in the daytime and some in the evening, some on weekdays and some on weekends. The next program is an open dress rehearsal of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, on March 21.

Here's a report from the group​'​​​​​​s recent trip to the Booth Western Art Museum:

Eighteen of us spent election day with L'Chaim at the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville.  Besides the excellent permanent collection of the museum, we enjoyed the travelling exhibit of sculpture and paintings by Frederic Remington.  It's not often that you can see a large number of Remington's work, all in one place -- especially his graphic art.

The museum provided a docent for our group.  We received an interpretive tour of the permanent collection, and then we had an informal tour of the Remington collection, with questions and answers with the curator.  

Originally worried about rain, we had beautiful fall weather.  And everyone had either voted beforehand or voted upon returning to Atlanta.

And on L'Chaim's summer outing hiking on one of Atlanta's many Intown trails:

L'Chaim, our 55+ group, did a gentle hike through Emory's Lullwater Preserve on Sunday, August 26.  It was a beautiful day for walking, and most of the students had either not gotten to campus yet, or had not woken up.

Highlights of the walk, other than the spirited conversation ranging from travel tips to political observations, included turtles sunning themselves on a piece of driftwood, the long suspension bridge over Peachtree Creek, the many butterflies, and the serenity of both the lake and the creek as we passed.

Ten people participated in the walk.  Be sure to watch for the hike on next summer's schedule.  It's a good opportunity to get to know others in the age group.

L'Chaim Steering Committee:

Ed Jacobson, President (jacobsoned@yahoo.com) / Bernie Lieberman / Rona Seidel / Louise Spiro / Susan Tenenbaum        

                                                                                   

Fri, November 15 2019 17 Cheshvan 5780