Beth Am Welcomes Rabbi Richard Address | Congregation Beth Am

Beth Am Welcomes Rabbi Richard Address

Founder and Director of Jewish Sacred Aging

Beth Am is honored to welcome Rabbi Richard F. Address, Founder and Director of Jewish Sacred Aging, and host of the weekly “Seekers of Meaning” podcast, focused on the implications of the longevity revolution and its impact on our community. Rabbi Address will speak at our Friday night service on “Honoring Life As We Honor the Dead” – an exploration of the growing interest in renewing the tradition of the Chevra Kadisha (the Jewish burial society). How can we recapture the power of religious ritual to help us face mortality in a healthy and supportive way?

Following the service, Rabbi Address will join us for dinner, and will lead a study and discussion entitled “Going Boldly Into that New Frontier.” We’ll look at the ways that Jewish Baby Boomers have helped transform the landscape of American Judaism. What are the implications for Jewish community? How do we successfully navigate challenging transitions in our own life? Using key texts from the Torah, we will explore how they provide a foundation for healthy and fruitful aging.

Dinner registration is now closed.

*This service will be live video streamed. By entering the Sanctuary, you give Beth Am permission to record you.

Rabbi Richard Address, D.Min., is the author of Seekers of Meaning: Baby Boomers, Judaism and the Pursuit of Healthy Aging. Ordained by HUC-JIR in 1972, Rabbi Address served for over three decades with the Union for Reform Judaism as Regional Director and then as founding Director of the Department of Jewish Family Concerns. He teaches at HUC-JIR in New York as well as in the Certification Program on Gerontology and Palliative Care at Yeshiva University. Rabbi Address was recently named Dean of the Gamliel Institute for Kavod V'Nichum, the organization that trains and educates members of Chevra Kaddisha societies around the country. He has written and edited numerous books and articles and consults with congregations throughout North America on issues of healthy aging.

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