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Minyans-a-Day of 65 Year Olds

by Pini Herman

August 29, 2011 | 12:39 pm

Having hit age 60 this year, I’m part of the “Grey Tsunami” of post World War II Baby Boomers (persons born between 1946 and 1964) who are going reshape society as we know it.

If the Jewish population has remained stable since the 1997 Los Angeles Jewish Population Survey, then an estimated 18 Jews are newly eligible for Medicare each day or over six thousand a year are turning age 65.

This aging trend will only accelerate by 2022, when I am seventy.  Then an expected 22 LA Jews will turning 65 each day.

I leave the Jewish communal implications of this aging trend to your imagination and comment.

Pini Herman is immediate past President of the Movable Minyan a lay-lead independent congregation in the 3rd Street area. To email Pini: pini00003@gmail.com

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Bruce Phillips is Professor of Sociology and Jewish Communal Studies at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles. He has conducted Jewish population...

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