Transitions, Traditions and Remembrances

Hello Young at Heart Friends and Family;


November is a strange month… It’s a month of transition between the seasons of Fall and Winter, often windy, cold and rainy. It’s a month we honor the loved ones who have passed before us. It is a month we honor those who served our country, and a month to reflect on all for which we are Thankful!  Victims of Violence, victims of Chemical Warfare, Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims… all have a special day too this month. 

But, did you know that November 3rd is National Homemaker Day and National Men Make Dinner Day? I learned November 9th is International Day against Fascism and AntiSemitism Day. I thought that appropriate, as we head to the polls (if you haven’t already submitted an Absentee Ballot), and we hold the second part of our three part series on the Jewish Life Cycle and Holy Day Traditions. November 15th is “America Recycles Day,” also National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day, National Philanthropy Day, and National Entrepreneurs’ Day. I am hoping and praying that none of you philanthropic entrepreneurs out there make a business out of donating your refrigerator recyclables, unless you pass them to the neighborhood raccoons. Haha!!!  All that is then followed by National Fast Food Day on November 16th and Thanksgiving a week later. No wonder the stores are so busy that week!!!  Haha!! 


Last week Wednesday was our first session on the Jewish Traditions, as Rabbi Schadeck reflected on traditions associated with the life cycle of birth – adolescence. This week, Wednesday, November 9th at 10:30, he will continue on through weddings and the end of life. On Wednesday, November 16th, Cantor David Fair will join us, singing a few Jewish Traditional songs of Thanksgiving. Cantor David Fair’s passion is quite impressive, as is his training in the Arts and Religious Studies. He will join us during the Birthday Brunch, which will also host a Jewish meal and a video on Jerusalem. Please join us as we learn more about our Neighbors and Friends. Please RSVP as soon as possible. Lunch is $5.00. FreeWill Donations will be collected for the Jewish Presenters.


Monday, November 14th at 1:15, is the last in our Mini Series on the History of Grand Rapids with Gina Bivins. The focus will be on the “Building of the Expressways in GR.” Please RSVP. FreeWill Donations will be collected.

Wednesday, November 16th at 12:30 is the last in our Presentations by Emmanuel Hospice. “Be Remembered” focuses on ways to record your life story with photos, videos, journal entries that share history, messages of hope and love, all passed onto your loved ones. Please RSVP. No cost.


Monday, November 21st at 12:00 will be our Thanksgiving Celebration. This year we will have a potluck, YAH will provide the turkey. Matthew Porter will take us on a “Musical History Tour” with acoustical music, singing and story-telling. See the attached flyer for more information.  Cost for lunch is a dish to pass or a thankful cash contribution. Cost for the entertainment is $5.00. 

Saturday, December 10th at 7:30 the Schubert Male Chorus will be performing “Flavors of Christmas.” This year’s concert will feature new and traditional holiday songs, both religious and secular. Adding a special “flavor,” the chorus members will share personal stories of past favorite Christmas memories. YAH member, and ventriloquist, Chris Kaiser and friend, will have a special guest performance. Cost $20.00.  If YAH sells $20.00, half of the proceeds will be returned to YAH.  Help support the longest running Male Chorus Group in the US, as well as the Young at Heart. Come and reminisce, share your favorite memories with your friends and family, create a new memory and a new tradition!  See the attachment for more information. 

In the Spirit of Traditions and Remembrances,  have a wonderful week, and be sure to VOTE! 



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