In October 2009, thirteen elders, with an average age of 86, will take part in the first ever senior Bar/Bat Mitzvah to Israel. It will be transformative for the seniors, staff and community.
Cedar Village is committed to proving that age is just a number not a handicap. This mission demonstrates not only the value of enriching the lives of our elders but also their remarkable abilities and wisdom. “We truly believe that age is just a number,” says Carol Silver Elliott, CEO/President of Cedar Village, “and this mission is a way to prove it. Our seniors can learn, experience and share in ways that are powerful and far reaching."
Seniors, accompanied by their one-to-one staff buddies will tour sites from Masada to the Golan, from Tel Aviv to a kibbutz. The highlight, of course, will be the Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony in Jerusalem.
The ripple effect of this mission is enormous. The story of this mission, of these elders both visiting Israel and re-consecrating themselves to their faith, will be shared both locally and nationally. It will inspire all who face challenges.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
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