jewish living

Notice: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, some Senior Living programs have been suspended.
We are working on plans to resume more of these programs in the near future.

When older adults have daily care needs that exceed what they can obtain at home, it is common for them to make a move to older adult living communities. While SAJSS does not advocate for or against any specific communities, we do recognize a few in the area with higher numbers of Jewish residents. We collaborate with four communities to run onsite Jewish programming for any of their residents who wish to participate.

Conversations with Clergy

SAJSS has partnerships with Jewish clergy from various denominations and congregations in the Jewish community. This program invites clergy on a rotating basis to visit and engage with older adults who rarely get to see them in person. Clergy are invited to visit Jewish residents at senior living facilities, such as Adante Senior Living and Madison Estates, ensuring that these older adults feel valued and remembered by the Jewish leadership in San Antonio.

Cantor Ken Cohen (Congregation Agudas Achim) visiting Adante Senior Living

SAJSS Passover Seder with senior living residents and volunteers

SAJSS Series

Each month, SAJSS organizes programs, visits, or activities for older adults in the Jewish community. Program topics vary, including holiday celebrations, movie screenings, classes on Jewish topics, festive cooking and art activities, and social visits with community members. We attempt to engage older adults through partnering with community leaders and agencies, and through providing diverse and accessible programming that brings meaning to Jewish living in San Antonio.

Intergenerational Programs

Intergenerational programs have been shown to be beneficial to older adults for social interaction, intellectual stimulation, and increased physical activity. They also help children gain a better understanding of aging, compassion, and service to others. SAJSS has partnerships with local Jewish schools, camps, and youth groups to bring people from all walks of life together through meaningful and fulfilling Jewish programming.

Heintz Preschool students creating art projects with residents at Adante Senior Living