Community as Family

Having caring family nearby can be an invaluable practical and emotional support for older people, especially those living alone.

Congregants age 48 onward without close family are invited to Community as Family (CAF), a cordial, confidential group that empowers its members to navigate the changes and challenges of getting older. CAF encourages community-building via deeper engagement in temple life through its many opportunities for friendship, worship, learning, and volunteering. Light refreshments are served and there are no commercial endorsements. Participation is open to temple members only. The next meeting is Monday, October 22, 6:00-7:30 PM in Room 602. RSVP to Community as Family by emailing caf@emanuelnyc.org or calling 212-507-9603.

The international media has been paying increasing attention to the challenges faced by the growing demographic of the older un-familied, and many of the topics to be discussed at Community as Family are inspired by recent articles and blogs, including housing, caregiving, finance, technology and social issues.

Community as Family will meet on Mondays from 6 PM to 7:30 PM on the following dates throughout the 2018-19 season:

  • October 22
  • November 26
  • January 28
  • February 25
  • March 25
  • April 22
  • May 20

Light refreshments will be served, and there are no commercial endorsements. Participation is open to temple members only. RSVP to or (212) 507-9603.