From the American Scene: Sixty-Five and Over
The day the Golden Age Club opened at Hecht House, a Jewish community center in Dorchester, six men stood awkwardly in the lobby, fingering their newspapers, waiting for someone to open the door to the lounge. “Is this the right place?” one asked the first person who passed them.
“Yes,” she answered. “But it won’t open for another hour.”
They waited. They weren’t in a hurry and had no place else to go. The second afternoon there were twelve men, the third twenty-five. After two weeks the room was full and the men talked of selecting newcomers so they’d get only a “nice crowd.” This happened without publicity or fanfare. The first members saw the small notice in the newspaper that “A Golden Age Club sponsored by the National Council of Jewish Women and the Community Center will be open every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from one to four for men and women over sixty-five.” The rest heard about it in the synagogues, the parks, and the cafeterias.
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