16 over 61


We've been overjoyed with the response to the launch of our new Wechsler Center for Modern Aging, which seeks to reimagine older adulthood as a time of expansive possibility, purpose, community engagement, mutual support, and blessing. Many of our members and participants have enjoyed our ongoing virtual programs, and we have been thrilled to greet all of you. Now, as part of our continuing celebration, we're excited to share our newest project, The 16 Over 61 Awards, a unique partnership between the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan and The Forward.

Jewish tradition showcases transformative journeys that begin at older ages. Moses, Abraham, Sarah, Miriam, Naomi, and countless others offered life-changing and age-defying contributions in their mature years. Their importance and relevance to their communities and tribes only intensified as they aged. 

We are blessed to draw from a religion and culture that values the worth and experience of older adults. The 16 over 61 Awards will spotlight the creativity, leadership, and initiative of sixteen older adults over the age of 61 who exemplify the values of the Wechsler Center. The awards will illuminate and show gratitude to experts, educators, leaders, and volunteers, nominated by YOU, and chosen by a committee of peers, lay leaders, and Jewish professionals, who are deeply ensconced in active life.

Have someone in mind? Fill out the form below. Nominations will be accepted through Wednesday, February 17, and the honorees will be notified mid-March. A virtual celebration will follow; details are forthcoming. Questions? Email us at sixteen@mmjccm.org.

Note:  Staff and Board members of the JCC and The Forward are ineligible for the award, but JCC facilitators, teachers and community members are welcome.

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