A lunch and learn program for those age 55 and older is coming to the county.
Chabad of Forsyth will hold a brunch Sunday, Feb. 19 to kick off the program.
“This brunch is going to be a kickoff [event] and we’ll have monthly lectures and social events … it’s going to grow into a very strong group,” Rabbi Levi Mentz said. “There should never be a senior who feels alone. They now have a home where they can connect.”
Mentz said while the group is run through Chabad of Forsyth, anyone — regardless of whether they are Jewish or not — are welcome to attend the speakers.
“We’re already connecting with the local active living centers because they want to be a part of it, to bus people in for our lectures,” Mentz said.
The idea of the lunch and learns — which will be held every Thursday at noon at Congregation Beth Israel-Chabad — is to give seniors a chance to have intelligent discussions with one another in a setting they might not usually go to.
“People underestimate the amount older people can contribute to society,” Mentz said, “and sadly, older people get pushed to the wayside.
[Their] mind wants to be educated, [their] heart inspired, and we have to rise up to the plate to offer programs [like this.]
“Think about the type of meaning and value this will bring to people who are at a new stage in their life.”
At the Feb. 19 brunch, a committee will announce upcoming speakers and social events.
Breakfast will be free, though Chabad asks those interested to register at jewishforsyth.org/brunch by Feb. 15.