Greatest Generation

A relatively new group at the Temple, organized in 2007, and known as the Greatest Generation, focuses on sociability, exchange of ideas on timely topics, as well as cultural topics on music and art. The title of the group originated in Tom Brokaw’s book in which he spoke about those who remembered the depression of the 30s; who served during World War II whether in the military or in civilian life; and who later succeeded in building productive careers and who contributed to their communities. This is the generation who raised and educated their children and who now enjoy grandchildren and even great grandchildren.For Tom Brokaw this was the generation worthy of being designated as the greatest. The group at the Temple tries to live up to that title.

Programs are held usually one Sunday a month from 2 – 4 P.M. A typical afternoon includes delectable refreshments which we call “more than a nosh” followed by the presentation for that meeting.

A recent speaker, a docent from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, presented a slide show on Jewish artists represented in the Met’s permanent collection.

Another docent spoke on the Greek and Roman galleries. The Jewish refugee community in Shanghai was another popular topic, and a Rabbi, the spiritual leader of a synagogue on the Amalfi coast of Italy, spoke about the oldest Jewish community in Europe. Other programs centered on the Alfred Dreyfus affair; Abraham Lincoln and the Jews; and the Tenement Museum on the Lower East Side, and on a lighter note, Catskills on Rye. Musical programs included a look at Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, music and songs from the Golden Oldies and the Big Band Years.

During the summer we always enjoy music and a delicious barbecue. The list goes on.

Although the sponsoring group for these and similar programs is called the Greatest Generation, younger people who attend are caught up in the warmth and friendliness of the group, and are often surprised by how easily they fit right in.

Look for announcements in the “The Voice of Judea,” local newspapers, e-mail and regular mail. Try to join us. You’ll be glad you did.