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Finding Love at the J
Celebrate the Jewish Day of Love with "The Age of Love"
 
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
by M Groogan

Finding Love at the J

Houston, TX – Miriam Selig and Adolph Scheiman are both in their 80’s and joined the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC a few years ago to stay active and social. The two didn’t expect they would find love, but that’s what happened one day in the Senior Adult exercise class.

“I saw Miriam on the other side of the room. It took me a couple of weeks to get up the courage to say hello. I finally did and asked her out,” said 88-year-old Adolph. “We have so much in common; there is no tension and no conflict. Love at our age is terrific--- never better.”

“We were both widowed. I wasn’t looking for anything,” said 87-year-old, Miriam.  “We were comfortable together from the start. It’s been the most harmonious relationship I could ever imagine. I think it was meant to be.”

It’s exactly that kind of story that is the focus of an award-winning documentary The Age of Love premiering at the J Thursday, August 18 at 7:00 p.m. in the Kaplan Theatre. The film follows the comical and poignant adventures of thirty seniors from Rochester, New York who sign up for a speed dating event for 70 to 90 year-olds. Fearlessly candid about their needs and desires, these WWII babies soon discover how the search love never changes.

“It’s not intended as simply an inspiring film for seniors,” said the film’s director Steven Loring. “It’s really about the feelings that tie us all together, how the need to be seen and understood by another person isn’t just for the young, but is universal and continues to drive and empower us over a lifetime.”

Among the speed daters is a grandmother who spends nights trolling the Internet for hookups, a never-married woman who wonders, at 75, how many dates before you can sleep with someone and a widower with an oxygen tank and hearing aid who’s determined to share romantic sunsets with a new soulmate.

The screening takes place on Tu B’Av, the Jewish Day of Love.  Tu B’Av is both an ancient and modern holiday that originally served as a matchmaking day for unmarried women in the land of Israel during the second Temple period.

The J along with Neighbors 4 Neighbors (Jewish Family Services) are offering the screening at sunset on this Israeli holiday, slightly resembling Valentine’s Day, in hopes of stirring romance complete with a dessert reception hosted by Seven Acres Jewish Senior Care Services and The Medallion Assisted Living Residence. You can bet Adolph and Miriam will be there hand-in-hand.

 “I never dreamed of being this happy,” said Miriam. “I think it makes you live longer. When you’re happy and you’re with someone you make plans; it’s not just a lonely existence.”

To reserve seats for the film in advance visit www.erjcchouston.org/film or contact Esther Bethke at 713.595.8186. Visit erjcchouston.org for more information about our programs and services. Find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Photo Caption: Miriam Selig and Adolph Scheiman found love at the J in their 80’s.


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