The Senior Men’s and Women’s Club at Chabad of Markham is entering its Bar Mitzvah year.
Two of the synagogue’s oldest and longest continually running programs are the Chabad Senior Men and Senior Women clubs. The Chabad Senior Men’s Club began just after the High Holidays in 1997. One year later the Chabad Senior Women’s Club was formed. Both the men’s and women’s clubs were formed with just a handful of people to start. It didn’t take long for the groups to grow to what they are now – a steady 25-35 participants each week.
The program is headed by Rabbi Meir Gitlin, a Shliach to Markham for more than 20 years, who serves as one of Chabad Lubavitch of Markham’s Spiritual Leaders and Director of Education. The club provides a social setting for a learning and discussion group, followed by an enjoyable and delicious brunch.
Rabbi Gitlin explains, “For the newly immigrated or visiting senior, these clubs can serve as their first contact with the Thornhill Jewish Community. It creates and provides a safe, social and educational program and place for seniors to go to. Many of the participants now experience decreased isolation, an increased sense of belonging and an opportunity to share their experiences, knowledge and wisdom.”
Both the Senior Men’s Club and the Senior Women’s Club meet at Chabad Lubavitch of Markham at 83 Green Lane. The Senior Men meet every Friday from 10 am – 12 pm and the Senior Women meet every Wednesday from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm.
Weekly topics include discussions on Jewish law, current events, politics, Talmud, Kabbalah, Holiday, Torah insights and traditions… and lots of humor.
One is never too old to learn – So join us when you have the chance.