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Every single baby boomer in the United States is at least 50 years of age. The Census Bureau tells us that every day some 10,000 people are turning 65. The Jewish population in the United States is aging; with some 25% of us over the age of 65. Indeed, a Pew study from the summer of 2016 showed us that the median age of our community is now 50.

This boomer cohort is bringing our historical and cultural baggage with us and, in doing so, has helped redefine American Judaism in the last several decades. From the feminist movement to the drive for LGBTQ equality; from the shift from...

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A growing aspect of my work with Jewish Sacred Aging – a forum for discussions on aging for Baby Boomers and their families – has been to work with congregations to develop responses on issues related to mental health. This issue, which spans across ages and impacts one in five American families, is of increasing concern to the growing population of aging Jewish adults.

An estimated 25% of the American Jewish community is now over the age of 65, and every living Baby Boomer is now at least 50 years old. The “longevity revolution,” as I call it, is now part of every congregation's...

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