OU, STAJE & Margaret Teitz Center Present SPIRIT Programs in Queens for Seniors Beginning 11/9

03 Nov 2015

The Orthodox Union’s Department of Community Engagement has once again joined with STAJE to present a fascinating, informative & relevant lecture series for active retirees. The Queens SPIRIT series (Stimulating Program Initiative for Retirees that Inspires Thought) is sponsored by the Margaret Tietz Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Rebbetzin Judi Steinig, associate director of Community Services at the Orthodox Union, and co- coordinator of the series, commented, “The OU recognizes that as the generation of baby boomers leaves their professional responsibilities, they are looking for opportunities for educational stimulation and involvement in community activities. The goal of this program is to provide active retirees with opportunities for spiritual and intellectual growth within their community.”

STAJE provides quality social and Torah educational events targeted to Jewish 60+ with an emphasis on volunteer opportunities. All boomers are encouraged to attend the events and get involved with future programs. Bella Kirschner, Director of Programming for STAJE, and co-coordinator of the series, added: “STAJE is actively seeking volunteers to help develop our programs and our volunteer initiatives. Please join us in redefining retirement in our communities.”

With an emphasis on Jewish lifestyle and services, the Margaret Teitz Center is a premier healthcare facility providing many options, including: short-term to long term care, adult day healthcare along with hospice care.
The following programs will be held at the Young Israel of Hillcrest, 169-07 Jewel Avenue. Fees include $10 per class (if pre-registered) or $12 at the door. Register for three classes and receive the fourth class free:


• Mondays, November 9, 16 and 23 at 10 a.m.
Women in the Bible (Three-Part Lecture Series)
Dr. Riki Koenigsberg, faculty member of Yeshiva University High School for Girls/Central
Shulamith Goldstein, noted Jewish educator

• Monday, November 30 at 10 a.m.
On Your Own, But Not Alone: Holiday Happiness for Empty Nesters and Singles (Interactive session includes brunch)
Cynthia Zalisky, executive director of Queens Jewish Community Council


The following sessions will be held at the Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills, 150-05 70th Road:


• Monday, November 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Torah Perspectives on Financial Responsibility
Rabbi Yoel Schonfeld, Mara D’asra, Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills

Maximizing Social Security Benefits: Don’t Leave Money on the Table (FREE)
Michael Karlin, FSA, Social Security Consultant.
Presentation is geared towards ages 55-70.
Event is free but preregistration is required at www.oucommunity.org or email bkirschner@staje.org

• Weekdays 9:30-11:45 p.m.
Retiree Kollel for Men
Fee is $50 per month; includes refreshments.
Kollel is offered throughout the year.
Co-sponsors include Arons Kissena Farms, Queens Jewish Community Council and the National Council of Young Israel.

For more information on SPIRIT go to www.oucommunity.org.