Becoming an Elder

It is a great privilege to become an elder—to grow in wisdom and have the capacity to share it with others. We celebrate this gift with prayers, blessings and rituals to mark our passage into the next phase of adulthood.

Positive Aspects of Aging

By Rabbi Dayle A. Friedman
Valuing and respecting wisdom – whether attained through scholarship or life experience   more

Becoming a Crone

A Simchat Chochma (Joy of Wisdom Ceremony) for a 60th birthday. Elements include the donning of a shroud, making vows, and taking a new name.   more
Complete Ceremony

Croning Ritual

By Ann Metlay
A ceremony for a woman to celebrate her 50th birthday in the context of her Rosh Hodesh group   more
Complete Ceremony

Appreciating Our Elders

By Doris Dyen and Reena Sigmund Friedman
Questions for an intergenerational Thanksgiving conversation   more
Ritual Component