About Silver Linings

“Silver Linings,” a feature about life after retirement. If you are a retiree with an interesting story about your new life or know of someone who fits the bill, email your suggestion to editorial@cjn.org and include “Silver Linings” in the subject line or tweet us at @CleveJN.

Rena Wertheim spent her professional career helping others, so it’s no surprise that she has continued living out these values since her retirement in June 2020. A dedicated member of the National Council of Jewish Women Cleveland and volunteer at Jewish Family Service Association of Clevela…

Ann Markoff has never seen herself as someone who won’t be working in some capacity, so after 35 years of working for Mayfield City Schools in the Cuyahoga East Vocational Education Center, she knew she had to find something valuable to do with her time.

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For 35 years, Lois Cohen could be seen around the Council Gardens campus in Cleveland Heights, working to help make every day enjoyable for the residents of the senior community for ages 62 and older.

After retiring in 2000, Bruce Amsel of Mayfield Heights needed to find something to fill his time when he was no longer juggling deadlines associated with working as a Social Security professional.

During Beachwood resident Wendy Elconin’s career, which she describes as “going from pediatrics to geriatrics,” she had ample time to determine what she’d like to do once she was no longer a preschool teacher at The Agnon School (now the Joseph and Florence Mandel Jewish Day School) or volun…

In February 2020, Berna Bader had just moved to Cleveland from New York to be closer to her daughter who had moved to the area a year prior from West Chester, N.Y. She had left her job as executive director of a Promenade Senior Living community and had every intention of interviewing for si…

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Following a long career in real estate and building her family home as a homemaker, Lyndhurst resident Charlotte Kaminsky likes to pass her time baking, cooking and gardening – but also gives back to her community when she can.

When Mayfield Heights resident Beverly Lavetter was 11 years old, she got sick with rheumatic fever – and remained sick for three years. A prayer to heal led her to a commitment to begin her journey to give back to the world at such an early age.

Born in Milwaukee, Shaker Heights resident Irv Feldman and his wife, Barbara, were in the same high school class and started dating in college at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. The pair married after they graduated, now 60 years ago. After moving to South Euclid for two years, the p…

For Ken Goldberg, history, art and antiques are not just a hobby – they are a passion. So much that when the Cleveland Heights resident retired in 2012, he continued his already-established community involvement and jumped right into other organizations that sit at the center of those interests.