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At its core, co-housing is a type of intentional, collaborative community where members actively participate in the design and operation of their neighborhoods.  As described on the Co-housing Association’s website (http://www.cohousing.org/), “Co-housing provides the privacy we are accustomed to within the community we seek.”

Co-housing residents consciously commit to living as a community.  In some cases, members design and build their own neighborhood; while in other cases, members identify an existing property or area and convert it to their needs.  In all cases, however, the intention is that “the neighborhood’s physical design encourages both individual space and social contact. Private homes contain all the features of conventional homes, but residents also have access to extensive common facilities such as open space, courtyards, a playground, and a common house.”

Temple Emanuel is exploring how it can help members who are interested in this type of living situation find others who are similarly inclined, and together work through the issues of location, housing alternatives, and communal norms and expectations.

Here are a few resources to help you along:

Websites

Co-housing.org

Senior Co-housing 

American Society on Aging

Articles

The New Retirement Resorts

Elder Co-housing A new option for retirement - or sooner!

The City of 2050 An Age-Friendly, Vibrant, Intergenerational Community

Livable Community Awards

Books

Aging in Community by In J. M. Blanchard & B. Anthony (Eds.)

The Senior Co-housing Handbook: A Community Approach to Independent Living (2nd Edition) by Durrett, C.

Fact Sheet

Co-housing for older adults

Upcoming Events

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In the News

Next Avenue: Rabbi Laura Geller Talks About Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills’ Role In Inventing Rituals Related To Retirement

ReformJudaism.org: Be a Place Where God Is — Davar Acher by Rabbi Laura Geller

Jewish Journal: Rabbi Laura Geller’s Comforting Word’s Echoed Through Irina Bragin’s Mind, “She Wants to Die with Her Boots On,” As She Sat By Esther Lowy’s Side

Jewish Journal Rabbi Laura Geller Featured In “The 613,” One of the Must-Have Books For Book Lovers This Hanukkah

Rabbi Laura Geller Speaks About How Temple Emanuel Will Remember & Honor First Woman Rabbi, Regina Jonas This October

Jewish Journal: Young Girl Reconnects with Judaism at Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills

Jewish Journal: Rabbi Laura Geller’s Memorable Yom Kippur Kol Nidre 2015/5776 Sermon Return, Reboot, Reload

The Girl with Purple Hair: Temple Emanuel Congregant Shares Her Moving High Holy Day Experience: Reboot, Restart, Reconnect, Rediscover

Santa Monica Mirror: From Strength to Strength, Rabbi Laura Geller Talks New Beginnings and Second Chances As the New Year Approaches  

Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills Receives Cutting Edge Grant for “The Synagogue Village” From the The Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles

340 American Rabbis Who Support the Iran Nuclear Deal

Cedars-Sinai Partners with Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills to Help People Better Plan for Their Futures

Rabbi Laura Geller of Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills Gets Creative In Helping Members Understand New Life Stages

Rabbi Laura Geller of Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills Provides A Promising Approach to Post-Midlife Passage

Temple Emanuel Hosts Straight Talk About End-of-Life Decisions

Rabbi Laura Geller Attends Retirement Luncheon Honoring Richard Siegel, Director of the Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management

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Relevant Links

Encore.org
Building a movement to tap the skills and experience of those in midlife and beyond to improve communities and the world

Boomeranggiving.org
Learn how to give back and boomerang your discounts

UCLA Longevity Center
Enhancing and extending productive and healthy life through preeminent research, education and community outreach