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Working for a Living: Senior Adults as Contributors to Jewish Community

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Publication Date: January 2004

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

Author(s): Ellen S. Stevens-Roseman

Series: Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 80:2-3

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Labor (Employment and labor supply)
Population and demographics (Older people)

Keywords: Elderly; Jewish Organizations; Employment

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


Jewish communities are aging with a "rich" resource of senior adults who choose to work. Employing senior adults can benefit communities, as well as the workers themselves. Current exploratory research with a pilot sample of senior adult workers upholds the importance of role continuity for life satisfaction. With senior adult workers as contributors to community, Jewish continuity is also promoted through workplace relationships. The Jewish communal service network can chart the course to work for pay as a viable role opportunity in this ultimate stage of life.