From the Rabbi:
A recent article in Parade Magazine tells about a study by journalist Dan Buettner of the healthiest, longest-living people around the world, from residents of the Japanese island of Okinawa to the Greek island if Ikaria, from the island of Sardinia to Loma Linda in California and Nicoya in Costa Rica - all areas where people live to 100 or older at much higher than average rates. And many of these people aren’t the frail elderly, but people who are still working, riding bikes, socializing, enjoying life and some of them even still having sex. And Dan Beuttner has recently written a book entitled, The Blue Zone Solution: Eating and Living Like the World’s Healthiest People. Mr. Beuttner lists four of the most important longevity-boosting habits of people around the world who lived to at least 100.
Here are the four that Mr. Beuttner lists.
1. People who reach their 100th birthday generally have strong social connections. Those with stronger social connections were half as likely to die as those with weaker ties during the study periods. People who live the longest belong to faith-based communities. According to Buettner, attending religious services four times a month can add fourteen years to your life, not only because of faith in the Almighty, but because of the social connections that attendees develop with fellow worshippers.
2. People who reach their 100th birthday tend to eat smart. They stick with diets that are 95 percent plant-based. They eat a little meat, but mostly fish. British researchers tracked 65,000 people for 12 years and found that those who ate seven or more portions of vegetables and fruits every day lowered their risk of dying from the two leading causes of death - cancer and cardiovascular disease - by 25 percent and 31 percent. It should be noted that the Bible tells us that God told Adam and Eve, “I give you every seed-bearing plant that is upon all the earth, and every tree that has seed-bearing fruit; they shall be yours for food.” (Genesis 1. 29) Adam and Eve were not given permission to kill living creatures for food.
3. People who reach their 100th birthday generally seek a purpose in life. They have an activity, a passion or a career that motivates them and gives their lives meaning. They have a reason for getting up in the morning. Devoting yourself to helping others can give you that purpose. Attending religious services on a regular basis can give you that purpose. Serving Temple Shalom and serving Judaism can give you that purpose.
4. Lastly, people who reach their 100th birthday are physically active. They may not exercise per se, but their lifestyles encourage physical activity. They are on the move. They do things and go places. They have a variety of interests.
And so if you want to increase your odds of living a long, healthy life, build your social connections, attend services regularly, be active in the temple, eat the right foods and keep moving. There are currently 53,364 people 100 years or older in the United States. Experts estimate that the number could skyrocket to 600,000 by the year 2050. A woman by the name of Jeralean Talley of Inkster, Michigan was still bowling at age 104 and last May, when she celebrated her 115th birthday, she was still getting around with a walker. Last year, United Healthcare polled 104 people whose age is in the hundreds and not a single one felt sad or burdened, or even particularly old. On average, they said, they felt more like whippersnappers of 83.
.Rabbi David Weissman
President Lily Ann Revitch
It is with great exuberance that I tell you we now have our occupancy permit. We can move into our own building in the next few weeks. There is just a little interior work to be done and then there will be the job of moving. Our lease runs out on May 31st, so we have lots of time to make this move and to make sure that our current building is in tip top condition to return it to the landlord.
It has been a long journey to reach this milestone in our congregational life. The work has been difficult and tedious, but with the help and work of our contractor, Bobby McClenny, the end of the road will meet the rainbow . We will have a great celebration on May 23rd ,the eve of Shavuot with our annual dairy bonanza. It will be a great time to invite our friends to celebrate this spring festival with us in our new home.
In advance, I want to thank Cookie Benner and her committee for its work on the Nominating Committee. We will vote on May 20th at our congregational meeting to be held in our new home.
On June 10, 2005 we held an open house brunch for the Jewish community of Myrtle Beach . We were thrilled to have 65 people attend . The open house was held at the Myrtle Beach Senior Center on 21st Avenue. That was the beginning of the journey for Temple Shalom. As a congregation we moved six times and now our biggest move of all is into our OWN BUILDING with grateful appreciation to our benefactor . There is much still to be accomplished to make our Temple fully functional. This will require additional financial assistance through our members’ generosity and fundraising activities.
On June 7,2015 we will celebrate all of our accomplishments at our Gala 10th Anniversary celebration at the Clarion Hotel on Fantasy Harbour Blvd, Myrtle Beach. We are hoping for a large turnout and extend an invitation to all members and friends., For more information call Natalie Kramer 843-236-7475
Lily Ann Revitch Temple Shalom President