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Publication Date: January 2006

Publisher(s): Jewish Communal Service Association of North America

Author(s): Morton Siegel

Series: Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 81:3-4

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Population and demographics (Older people)

Keywords: Elderly; Jewish Organizations; Jewish Diversity

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


Hazak (strength) is the organization of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism for senior congregational members, those 55 years of age and older. It is intended to supplement the normative roster of congregational activities in a Conservative congregation with a pattern of study, social functions, recreational activities, and religious experiences specifically geared to the senior. The key word is "supplement" not "parallel" because there is much in overall congregational life that is not attendant upon age determinants. However, each age constituency does have specific needs, and especially so the older adult.