Shalom Synagogue Village 55+

April 2024


Here’s an update on our ongoing and upcoming programs from your Shalom Synagogue Village, especially for our members age 55 and above. We are always open to new program ideas. If you have an idea for a new program, please contact one of our co-chairs.


SAVE THE DATEFIRST SIPS OF SUMMER, A SHALOM SYNAGOGUE VILLAGE SCHMOOZE – Thursday, June 6th from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at The Community Synagogue – Join us for cocktails and light bites and meet members of our four participating synagogues.


Conversations with our Rabbis – Please note that this event is being postponed.


We’re pleased to introduce two new exciting programs this month!


NEW - PLAY READING GROUP: MODERN AMERICAN JEWISH PLAYWRIGHTS – Thursdays, May 9, May 23, June 13 and June 20 in the Mezzanine Reading Room at the Port Washington Public Library from 7:15 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.

Reading a play aloud around a table brings out qualities you just can’t get by reading it silently by yourself. We’ll start with All My Sons, a less- well-known play by Arthur MillerWe’ll discuss the work as little or as much as the group desires. Our goal is to enjoy the play as a piece of theater, not as a literary text. Please bring a copy of the play to our first meeting. Sources for free ones can be found online.

The group will be led by Marilyn Oser and Jon Brooks, both members of TBI.

For more information, contact Marilyn Oser at or sign up here


 NEW – GROWN UP FUN – A PRIVATE TOUR OF THE TENEMENT MUSEUM - Sunday, June 2, 2024 – 1:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Enjoy a fun day out in NYC with a private tour of The Tenement Museum on the Lower East Side. Join our group at 1:30 p.m. for Coffee & Schmooze at Café D’Avignon at Essex Market followed by the Group Tour at 3:00 p.m. and then dinner at La Contenta at 5:00 p.m. You may choose to do all three, do the Coffee & Schmooze and the tour or do the tour and dinner. $30 per person for the tour. Please sign up by May 1, 2024, so we can see if we need to book an additional group. The current tour is limited to 15 people. Final deadline to register is May 12, 2024.

For more information contact Jessica Wigdor at or Alina Heller at or register here.


NEXT MONTHLY MEET-UP WITH OTHER SYNAGOGUE VILLAGE MEMBERS at Blé Bakery - Sunday, April 14 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Contact Norm Silber at or sign up here.


NEW SESSION - CONVERSATIONAL YIDDISH – Monday, May 6, Monday, May 13, Wednesday, May 22, Wednesday, June 5 – 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. at The Community Synagogue Dive into the enchanting world of Yiddish! From lively greetings to chatty basics – it’s a linguistic adventure like no other. Join us for a cultural journey filled with laughter, learning, and a whole lot of fun! Contact Bari Ziegel at for more information or sign up here.


ROUNDS SINGING – Thursdays, April 18, May 2, May 16, June 6, June 27 – 6:30 p.m. at the Reconstructionist Synagogue of the North Shore
Rounds singing is a fun group activity that is sure to lighten your winter mood.  No level of music ability is required, just the desire to belt out some tunes.  We will provide some of our favorite rounds but encourage you to bring some as well.  Please join the Shalom Villages group to raise the roof and have some fun. Contact Nancy Silber at for more information or sign up here.


KNITTING at The Community Synagogue          

Are you interested in learning how to knit? We welcome people who might not know how to knit yet, but would like to learn. If it will be your first time coming, please contact Mary Alice so you know what to bring to the session.

Meets every Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. You can join anytime, even if you might have missed previous sessions.

For more information contact Mary Alice at  or sign up here.




We will be continuing our Pickleball program on Tuesday nights in the Fall. We have 2 courts from 6 – 7:30 p.m. (max. 12 players) and 1 court from 7:30 – 9 p.m. (max. 6 players). If you’re interested in playing with us, please email Bari Ziegel at by April 15 so we can book an additional court, if necessary.


PICKLEBALL – September 19, 2023 – May 14, 2024


There are still some openings this season. The rate per session is $22.50.


Click here to sign up for spots on Sign Up Genius. There is a minimum of 4 people per court, with a maximum of 6.
Click here to make payment via credit card. If you prefer to pay by check, please make your check payable to The Community Synagogue and mail it to Bari Ziegel, 32A Nesaquake Avenue, Port Washington, NY 11050.
IMPORTANT:  If you are signed up for a session and cannot make it, we encourage you to find a substitute. They need to be a member of one of the four synagogues and age 55 and above. Please let Bari Ziegel know their contact information so that she can do the swap on Sign Up Genius, so that our records are accurate. If you are unable to find a substitute on your own, please advise Bari Ziegel at 516-816-1082 with ample notice, as we are responsible for making sure there are enough players to have a game.


Our Shalom Synagogue Village Co-Chairs

Marty Adickman (RSNS)               Rita Shumsky (TBI)

Robert Epstein (TBI)         Norm Silber (RSNS)

Dan Kasle (TBI)                  Karen Sloan (TCS)  

Bayla Lovens (PJC)              Gail Thrope (PJC)       

Riki Potter (TCS)                           Bari Ziegel (TCS)


Our mission is to empower and enrich the lives of individuals who are 55 and older, who are members of one of our four synagogues, by creating meaningful connections with others in our Shalom Synagogue Village. We provide new opportunities for social engagement that promote physical and emotional well-being and foster a renewed sense of Jewish community.