Chai Connections (65+)

At Central Synagogue

In 2011 the oldest baby boomers turned 65. Blessed with longevity, and vitality, people over the age of 65 are interested in building community, and creating lives of meaning and purpose. Central Synagogue is dedicated to being the locus of community and meaningful engagement for congregants in this chapter of life.

Chai Connections is an affinity group for congregants age sixty-five and beyond, dedicated to building strong bonds of community. Chai Connection programs include, pre-Shabbat onegs, cultural events, holiday celebrations and lectures. All programs interweave social and educational dimensions. Sign up for our upcoming events below and if you would like to learn more, about our programs and initiatives, please contact us by email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Friday, October 26, 2018 at 4:30pm | Lindenbaum Pavilion

We hope you will join us at our first Pre-Oneg of the Fall Season and meet Rabbi Lori Koffman. We will socialize, enjoy light refreshments and discuss timely topics together.


End of Life Planning: Customs and Practices of Three Faith Traditions

Monday, October 29, 7:00 pm | Main Sanctuary

What do different religious traditions say about how we live life and how we prepare for death? How do we help people consider the quality of life at the end of life, and help to ensure their wishes are communicated to their loved ones?

Join us as we host an interfaith dialogue with three spiritual leaders: our Senior Rabbi, Rabbi Angela Buchdahl, Senior Reverend Scott Black Johnston, of Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, and Chaplain Tahara Akmal, Director of Clinical Pastoral Education and Certified Educator at the Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences in Reading, PA. This lively dialogue with spiritual leaders of three faiths will explore the customs, norms, and precepts of their faith traditions regarding the end of life and planning for death. Participants have the opportunity to examine the place of faith, beliefs, and practices at end of life with the support of their own community and religious leaders. For some participants, the conversation raises concerns about being in alignment with what their faith’s precepts prescribe and permit. The dialogue will address some of the most vexing questions of our time.


Lunch & Learn: Chanukah and the Menorah: Tradition and History

Monday, December 3, 12:30 pm | Lindenbaum Pavillion
Taught by Steve Fine

Join historian Steven Fein as he explores the fascinating tale of an iconic seven-branched candelabrum, the menorah, and discover why it is a source of fascination and illumination for Jews, Samaritans, Christians, and even Freemasons. This program is a co-sponsored by Central Synagogue Chai Connections.

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Our People

Rabbi Lev-Cohen

Rabbi Lori Koffman

Director of Congregational Support and Adult Education

Rabbi Lev-Cohen

Jackie Pykon

Dorot Social Worker at Central Synagogue

Rabbi Lev-Cohen

Carolyn Roesler

Program Manager for Adult Education and Volunteerism

Support Groups

Central Synagogue provides pastoral counseling in small, confidential group settings. We currently offer a monthly Caregiver's Group and a Spousal Bereavement Group. For more information, please contact Rabbi Marion Lev-Cohen.

Pastoral Care for Members

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