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Back to School with “Wednesday for Senior Learners”

Posted: September 11, 2018

We are thrilled to announce the return of our “Wednesday for Senior Learners” program, a perennial favorite with both residents and members of the community.

From 10:30 AM to 4:15 PM each Wednesday, starting on September 26, we invite older adults to Coleman House in Newton to exercise their minds and bodies, kibbitz in English and Yiddish with friends old and new, learn from renowned professors, savor a shared meal, enjoy live performances by extraordinary artists and musicians, and more.

“I love the programs,” says Judy, a local who discovered an unknown talent in the Wednesday writing seminar. “Who knew I could write? I had not written much before. Now I have produced a few pieces I am proud of, like my rhyme ‘Green Trees and Zaandam’ about Alaska.”

Join us this fall for an incredible line-up of classes, and learn something special about yourself, too. We’ll learn about historical figures such as Butch Cassidy, Anne Frank, Louisa May Alcott, and Margaret Sanger; look into our “soles” in a presentation titled, “Shoes: Pleasure and Pain”; see a special performance of a one-man play about Moby Dick author Herman Melville; and explore American art. The semester’s musical entertainment will range from jazz to rhythm and blues to musical theater, and features performers from all over the world.

Whichever classes you attend, we know you’ll enjoy being surrounded by others who value lifelong learning. As Judy says, “I have made new friends—Natalie, who wishes she had met me years ago. I feel the same. If she can become a bat mitzvah at the age of 89, then it is never too late to learn. I am fascinated by her rhymes and the bookies in her past. A new chum, younger than I am, is Rae, with her knitting such lovely scarves to help others. She is, for now anyway, a new Red Hatter. Her wry observations make me smile.”

Classes run for 11 weeks, and are free and open to the public. Come and experience a full day, or stay for a single class. For more information, contact Cindy Katzeff at (617) 912-8490 or

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