Passages of Retirement: Personal Histories of Struggle and Success

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Rabbinical Retirement

Male, 72, married, three children

Education: college graduate

Job Status: rabbi, for 45 years

Retirement Income: $35,000

Health: reported good

Retirement Category: regular-voluntary, retired for 6 years, present status: rabbi emeritus

I was always interested in being a rabbi, the best that I could possibly be. The work was meaningful, interesting, never a dull day, never two days alike. I felt that it was a devotion and a dedication to my work, to my people.

I thought about retirement 10 to 12 years before I actually retired. This planning was part of my interest to continue teaching at a local university, where I served as an adjunct professor for 12 years before I retired. I have always believed that one plans one's retirement many years in advance; I have impressed this point on others who are in the same boat.

The only worry I had about retirement while I was working concerned finances. I knew that once I retired my income would be less; there would be less opportunity for augmenting my income. I needed to feel confident that my income would be sufficient to cover my needs so that I could retire with dignity and live in the manner to which I had become accustomed.

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