SCHENECTADY–Those who wish to embrace life and live their elder years more consciously, more joyful, and more compassionately are invited to a bi-weekly workshop series, “From Aging to Sage-ing®: Living as a Spiritual Elder, “that will begin Wednesday, April 24, from 1:30-4 p.m. Interested individuals should plan to attend all five sessions. Hosted by Congregation Gates of Heaven, located at 852 Ashmore Ave, the series will continue on Wednesdays, May 8, 22, June 5, and 19.
The workshop will be offered by Audrey Seidman, who completed training in the Sage-ing® Mentorship Program and has presented this series to groups in Albany and Lenox, Mass. Co-facilitating will be Rabbi Eleanor Pearlman, adjunct rabbi at Congregation Gazes of Heaven.
Building on the teachings of Rabbi Zalman Schachter Shalomi, the program will offer contemplative tools and opportunities to explore fears and dreams in a community. Participants will be invited to draw wisdom and harvest blessings from their life experiences, consider where forgiveness may be needed, find inspiration in contemplating mortality, and reflect on how to be of sacred service, according to Seidman. Seidman has been a spiritual director, since 2010. She has completed three units of clinical pastoral education at Albany Medical Center and serves as outreach chaplain for the Jewish Federation of NENY Chaplaincy Services. Seidman retired in 2015 from careers in public relations and organization development.
Rabbi Eleanor Pearlman, LCSW, MA, began her affiliation with Congregation Gates of Heaven as a rabbinic intern in 2005 in conjunction with her studies at The Academy for Jewish Religion in Riverdale, NY. Pearlman concurrently earned bachelor’s degree in the teaching of chemistry from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree of Jewish education from Hebrew College in Boston. She also has master’s degrees in contemporary Jewish studies from Brandeis University and social work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The rabbi has been a therapist for 25 years. She now focuses her work on the elders in the congregation.