7701 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20012

Turning Ageing into Sageing


What does it mean to grow old?

Past Event at TI

By Michele Sumka and Rabbi Devorah Lynn

What does it mean to grow old? Can one prepare consciously for the challenges ahead? Is there any advantage to that, since we don't know how our lives will turn out? Do we have regrets, and is there anything we can do about them? What is the meaning of our successes and failures? What is the legacy we would like to leave the next generation?

This class will help us address these questions and more. It will include discussions
and exercises designed to help us look back at our life​ ​experiences, learn lessons
from them, and determine whether we want to make any changes in how we are
living our lives. 

The program incorporates self-reflection, guided writing, and the study of Jewish
texts on the wisdom that can come with the aging process.

 This five-session class is based on the work of Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi z”l. The teachers are Michele Sumka and Rabbi Devorah Lynn.

Michele has a Master’s of Education degree and has recently become a certified Sage-ing® Facilitator. She is also enrolled in the ALEPH Ordination Program in Jewish Spiritual Direction. Michele has worked as a Preschool Educator and Reiki Master in the U.S. and in Kenya, Bosnia and Israel.

Rabbi Devorah was ordained in 2006 by HUC-JIR, NYC.  She led Beth Sholom Temple in Fredericksburg, VA for six years.  Devorah is now studying Sage-ing® with ALEPH, Meditation Teacher Training with the Institute of Jewish Spirituality, and is in a Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) cohort at the Hebrew Home.

To find out more information, please email 

Michele, msumka at gmail dot com or
Devorah, dlynn1951 at gmail dot com