jpost – Yossi Tamir, the director of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee’s Israel operation, addressed a gathering of some 170-plus diplomats on Wednesday, sponsored by the Israel Mission to the UN as part of the UN’s Open-end Working Group on Aging conference. In addition, a photo exhibition – “A New Look at Aging,” featuring original, bold and witty photos from photographer Oren Biran – gave viewers an inventive glimpse of the vibrant lives of Israeli seniors. Asher Kleingold, 87, who was featured in some of the photos, also shared his experiences as an active senior.

Biran was also present, as were JDC CEO David Schizer and Nofei Yerushalayim senior housing director Pnina Sulzbacher, who quoted George Bernard Shaw, who said: “We do not stop playing because we’re getting older, we’re getting older because we stop playing.”

“While there are many challenges that seniors face and innovative solutions that can ensure their independence and dignity,” said Tamir, “Oren Biran’s photography reminds us above all that the elderly remain keen to stay involved in their communities, and our societies are best served by welcoming their talents, wisdom and contribution.”

The photograph’s subjects are all residents of Nofei Yerushalayim in Bayit Vegan. The playful images, reflecting the wistful pleasures and excitement of seniors at play, coupling off and enjoying a party, were aligned with JDC’s ongoing efforts in Israel to contribute to changing attitudes toward the elderly and improving and strengthening the self-image of the elderly themselves.