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Senior Connections

Senior Connections is normally held on the second and fourth Mondays of each month throughout the year. Currently we are bringing our programs by Zoom.  Please check your Temple Weekly email or contact Melissa for the link. All programs are curated by seniors and are open to members as well as the wider Santa Cruz community. All programs are free.

Please scroll down to the bottom of this page to find links to recordings of previous programs.

   All ages are welcome to these informative and engaging presentations.

Programs begin at 2:00 PM, but you can join at 1:45 to schmooze and make sure you are comfortable with Zoom. The Zoom link is the same every week. It can be found in the Temple Weekly email, on the website home page for logged in members, or you can contact Melissa.

October 19
Written over the last 13 years, Still Going is a collection of essays and short tales in which Gilda shares her observations on everyday life, family, the customs of the past and the view to the future. They are full of wisdom, humor, heart, and her intimate experience with daily life. 

October 26

Lara Love-Hardin: Sharing Our Stories:  A New York Times Bestselling collaborative writer and literary agent shares why empathy is a super power, what it means to look through the eyes of another person and become them on the page, how to find shared humanity through story, and what makes a great memoir. 

November 23
Deborah Tannen discusses her upcoming book,
Finding My Father:
His Century-Long Journey from World War 1 Warsaw and My Quest to Follow

Previous Programs: Click to watch

Bruce Thompson Jews and the Wizard of Oz

Ed Weingold A Map of the World Book Talk

Bob Kibrick Challenges to Democracy

Ronnie Gruhn The World in Crisis

Claudia Bloom  An Afternoon of Soulful Jewish Music

Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett  on the creation of the Polin Museum in Warsaw 

Rachel Kippen, Executive Director of O'Neill Sea Odyssey Ocean Conservation in Monterey Bay: Engaging the Next Generation

K. Meira Goldberg speaks about the influence of her Jewish roots on her life in Flamenco

Tracing Your Jewish Roots at Home  with Genealogists from the Center for Jewish History, NYC

Sarah Rabkin: Quiet Activist

Carie Thompson speaks about the Land Trust of Santa Cruz

Our Soul's Journey with Shulamit Elson

Silvia Vasquez-Lavado  discusses her memoir, In The Shadow of the Mountain



Free and Open to the General Public!
Programs every Monday

     1:30 - 2:00 PM   Nosh and Schmooze
     2:00 - 3:30 PM   Featured Presentation      

For  transportation needs, further information, and/or suggestions for future programming, please email Marlene Pitkow or call her at (831) 818-4809.

Why not honor your loved ones with a donation to the Senior Connections fund and help us to continue these great programs twice a month? Senior Connections is a self-sustaining group within the Temple family. Our success is due to the support of people like you. Contributions of any amount to Senior Connections are greatly appreciated and will go toward honorariums for our speakers, film licensing dues, luncheon expenses and assistance to seniors in our Temple and in the larger community.

Sat, October 24 2020 6 Cheshvan 5781