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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 click to go 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.

Fall 2021 programs
Sept. 27     Unfinished Business? Try Creativity: A discussion with octogenarian artist and local treasure, Coeleen Kiebert
Oct. 11       UCSC’s Ronnie Gruhn: India and its Critical Role on the World Stage
Oct. 25       Dan Phillips: My Writing Process: from Journal to Poem
Nov. 8        George Fogelson: The History of the Santa Cruz Jewish Community
Nov. 22      Emily Kingsley: The Inclusion of Disability in the Media—45 Years at Sesame Street and Beyond
Dec. 13      The Burning Light of Two Stars:
                 A Special Book Launch Event with Renowned Local Author & Writing Teacher, Laura Davis
Dec. 27      Made Surya and Judy Slattum: Performance that Heals in Bali


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

Lara Love-Hardin Sharing Our Stories

Deborah Tannen on her new book Finding My Father

Rebecca Miller on Conducting

Mark Levy: Chanukah Late; 2021 None Too Soon

Gilda Zelin: Still Going

Maria Gitin; Stories From the Voting Rights Fight

Carolyn Cocciardi: Leonardo's Knot

Martha Mendoza America's Medical Supply Crisis

Sherry Halperin: Lights, Camera

Dale Atkins:Tikkun Olam and the Advantages of Aging with Kindness

Leslie Tremaine: Awakening Joy

Lee Jaffe: Nature Photography

Learn about MEET, an organization educating and empowering promising Israeli and Palestinian future leaders

Bruce Thompson:  Jerome Robbins: From Ballet to Broadway

Coeleen Kiebert: The Creative Drive at 80 Plus

Ronnie Gruhn: India and It's Critical Role on the World Stage

Dan Phillips: My Writing Process from Journal to Poem

The History of the Santa Cruz Jewish Community with George Fogelson

Emily Kingsley: The Inclusion of Disability in the Media


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.

Wed, December 8 2021 4 Tevet 5782