The purpose of this group is to allow Jewish Singles 55+ years old to meet and socialize with other Jewish Singles in the 55+ age range.
I have started this group because it appears that there are no other meetup groups specifically designed and catered towards our 55+ year old Jewish, single population in the Portland area.
This group will be guided by its member's interests but I can always help coordinate. Group activities are up to the group. For example, maybe going to a member's home to break the fast? Or to celebrate a Jewish holiday together? Maybe to go to a Chinese restaurant on Christmas? Would anyone want a home to go to for Shabbat Friday evening? Perhaps we can take turns or do potlucks, although I will tell you that I can not cook but I am hopeful other members can. Are Saturday walks something you might like to do by the waterfront or at a park with other Jewish friends in your age group? But events DO NOT need to be Jewish based. I expect that will will also do hikes, movies, restaurants, dances, etc. So if you want to meet and make more Jewish friends then this may be the place for you.
The following is very important and for fairness:
PLEASE do not join this group if you are not Jewish or in the process of conversion to Judaism. Do not join if you are not single and if you are not in this age range as stated, give or take. If that is the case then I will not allow you to become a member. If you have specific questions regarding joining this group then please connect with me.
Hopefully, you'll find our group welcoming and inclusive as we promote a culture of consideration, kindness and trust in the spirit of Judaism. Our events are a mixture of activities based on member's interests. It is a platform for each member to share activities they enjoy or would like to try out. If you have an activity you'd like to see on our calendar and are willing to post and host, please let me know. This is the only way for us to be successful.
I probably will need to request a small one time contribution from our members and you will have a month to decide. Part of the reason for the charge is to ensure that when people join its not on impulse and that they plan to regularly do activities with us and fully participate. The other is to cover the my cost of the web site, meetup.com, name tags and room rentals for some upcoming social gatherings. No one will be turned down based on the inability to pay a dues.
PLEASE do not RSVP to an event unless you are reasonably sure you can attend. Your event organizers work hard to find activities that will appeal to a broad range of people. You do not need to RSVP "Yes" or "NO" to every event or activity, just the ones you are reasonably sure you will attend. Please be considerate and honor your RSVP; don't be a No Show. If you RSVP for an event, you have made a commitment to me, to the event, and to everyone else who RSVP'd. Please honor that for the group's sake. If you RSVP and cannot make it to an event, PLEASE CHANGE YOUR RSVP so we don't wait and wonder if you're okay and/or so the next person on the waitlist isn't left out. Any member not following these important guidelines will be unable to remain members. No shows are the number one reason that a group fails.
Please if you can use a real name, not a "code name" or "alias" and post your recent photo without sunglasses. It is hard to identify a person at an event without their actual photo and their name. Safety is of the utmost importance.
Carpools are at the discretion of the event host and at a location the host chooses. Usually carpools are first come first serve basis and are not reserved; but that is up to the event host. Carpool moneys are collected usually at $.10 per mile per carpooler, however a flat rate for longer distances should be considered. Please don’t forget to contribute your share to the driver of the vehicle. No one will be turned away because of their inability to pay carpool fees; speak to your event host or me about accommodations that can be made. From the Meetup administration:Waiver, Release of Liability and Indemnity Agreement for Group Activities of Portland Jewish Singles Social 55+ through 60's and the organizers and host of said events and adventures. I understand that my execution of this Waiver, Release and Indemnity Agreement (“Agreement”) is a prerequisite for attending group activities sponsored by the Group. I further understand that there are risks and dangers inherent in attending these activities.
I understand that in order to be allowed to attend Group activities I agree to assume all risks and to release and hold harmless Portland Jewish Single Social 55+ through 60's and its officers, employees, volunteers, organizers, Group leaders, operators, and owners.
I intend by this Agreement to release, in advance, and to waive my rights and discharge all of the persons and entities mentioned above, from any and all claims for death, personal injury, or property damage which I may have, or which may hereafter accrue to me as a result of my participation in Group events, even though this liability may arise from negligence, carelessness or gross negligence on the part of the persons or entities being released, from dangerous or defective property, or equipment owned, maintained or controlled by them or because of their possible liability without fault.
I intend and agree to financially indemnify and hold harmless all of the persons and entities mentioned above from any actions brought against them by other parties on account of damages or injuries related to or caused by my participation in any of Group events of Portland Jewish Single Social 55+ through 60's. I understand and agree that this Agreement is binding on me as well as my heirs, successors, assigns and representatives.
I have carefully read this Waiver, Release and Indemnity Agreement and fully understand its contents. If I am under 18 years of age, my parent or legal guardian has completely reviewed this Waiver, Release and Indemnity Agreement, understands and consents to its terms, and authorizes my participation by allowing me to RSVP for an event.
I am aware that this is a RELEASE OF LIABILITY and a contract between me and the persons and entities mentioned above and I agree to these terms of my own free will when I RSVP for an event. RSVP'ing for an event indicates that you agree to these terms.
Please understand that the group organizer is leading the group on a voluntary basis only. It is time consuming and there are no monetary reimbursements.
It is imperative to have group members, called event coordinators, volunteer to set up an event of their choice. This group will fade away if there are not a sufficient number of event coordinators. I will also set up events that I believe would be of interest. I love being Jewish and this is just an opportunity for other single Jews in our age bracket to come together. However, events with very low member sign ups are likely be cancelled. Thank you for your interest. Please do not hesitate to voice any issues or concerns you may have. Carpooling to all events is highly recommended as parking may be a problem and it is also much better for the environment. Best wishes,
Randy Grossman, Group Leader and Organizer, PJSS55+