Workshop offered on meaningful retirement

A new workshop series offered by B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation in Albany will guide participants on “mindful living” that can help them contemplate and understand the life process known as “retirement.”

“Shalom Retirement! Embracing Transition, Finding Balance” will be taught online from 3 to 4:30 p.m. over four Tuesdays: Oct. 20, Nov. 3 and 17, and Dec. 1.

Participants will join with others to pause and contemplate how their transition process is reflected in the multiple meanings of the Hebrew word “shalom”: hello, goodbye, peace, and wholeness.

This highly participatory, four-session program will help participants to:

— Explore their internal images of “retirement”;

— Understand the process of transition as a series of endings, unknowns, and  beginnings;

— Draw from the practices of “spiritual eldering” including gratitude and forgiveness;

— Consider ongoing shifts in identity and life balance;

— Identify the steps they can take to cultivate their next phase of life — and legacy — with purpose and meaning.

Workshops will be led by Audrey Seidman, a Vatika/Sage-ing Mentor facilitating workshops and passing along practices and wisdom to support positive conscious aging. Seidman also is a spiritual director and an outreach chaplain for the Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York.

“Shalom Retirement!” is open to the public. The fee is $80 ($72 for B’nai Sholom members).  Registration is required. Registrants will receive a confirmation email with links to access the course.  Space is limited and registration is encouraged by Oct. 15.
For more information, visit  or contact the B’nai Sholom office: 518-482-5283 or

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