Isaac M. Wise Temple program WiseGen (for congregants age 70 snd older) has organized a Chanukah Bash to celebrate the holiday. There will be latkes, laughs, friends, and entertainment for all to enjoy. 

The sound of the all-male a capella men’s group, the Southern Gateway Chorus, will fill the social hall. These men perform popular barbershop quartet-style shows throughout the community and have been a highly competitive chorus for over 60 years. 

The Chanukah Bash is 1-2:30 p.m.  Dec. 8, at Wise Center. There is an admission charge, RSVP is required to Wise Temple.

The Temple assembled a team of congregants to create opportunities for WiseGen-ers to connect in both fun and meaningful ways. The Chanukah Bash planning team composed of Cindy Rovai, Ken and Danielle Revelson, Sandra Friend, and Nancy Postow has been working to create a celebratory event to kick off the Festival of Lights. This is the next opportunity for WiseGen-ers to engage with each other in their WiseGen community. 

There were over 150 WiseGen congregants at the WiseGen kickoff event earlier this fall, the Songs and Stories of Pete Seeger. It was standing room only, and the buzz and excitement were palpable. The social hall at Isaac M. Wise Temple was transformed into a “retro club” where WiseGen-ers lounged on couches, drank wine, kibitzed, and enjoyed the meaningful music and history of an artist who was especially influential during their lives.

In October, the WiseGen group followed up the successful Pete Seeger event with a Sukkot Hike in Sharon Woods, and on Thursday, Nov. 14, the group is participating in “Challah Bake with a Twist,” when Wise Temple congregant Rich Moschel demonstrates his special techniques for making a beautiful, delicious challah. Participants will make and take a fresh challah for their next Shabbat dinner, and get to know other WiseGen-ers in the process.

Winter won’t be dreary this year, as WiseGen has events planned for January and February, too. A social action program, Sweet Cheeks and Sweet Faces, will be held at Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank on Jan. 12. It gives WiseGen-ers the opportunity to perform a mitzvah while sweet faces of their loved ones (photos of grandkids and pets they provide in advance) scroll on a big screen as they package diapers for local babies in need.

On Feb. 9, WiseGen-ers will experience the Newport Gangster Tour and explore the streets where the mob made their millions, gamblers lost their lives, and ladies of the night earned their reputations. A raucous, high energy presentation inside an old casino will explain the historical significance of Newport and how this little town gave birth to the modern-day gaming industry. The tour is customized specifically for WiseGen. Afterwards, Wise Gen-ers can swap stories with each other over a pint or two.

All WiseGen events are top-notch programming with rich experiences to feed mind, body, and spirit, and are at convenient times on evenings and weekends to fit busy schedules. Above all, events are focused on connecting people at this similar stage of life, because it’s important to have a community that celebrates similar milestones and supports each other during similar challenges. Whether you grew up at Isaac M. Wise Temple or are new to the community, those 70 and older will find many enjoyable opportunities to engage in WiseGen.


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