On today’s Jewish Sacred Aging Radio program, the guests are Gary Barg of caregiver.com and Rabbi Steven Foster, rabbi emeritus at Temple Emanuel, Denver, CO, the newly elected president of the National Association of Retired Reform Rabbis.
About the Guests
Gary E. Barg has dedicated the last 22 years of his life to being the caregiver of caregivers. In 1995, Gary moved from Atlanta, GA back home to Miami, FL to help his mother care for his grandparents. He was overwhelmed by nursing home, insurance, and state brochures, all of which lacked proper direction.
Gary realized there needed to be a single source of information, advice, and support for caregivers. In 1995, he established Today’s Caregiver magazine to be that source. In addition to the magazine, Caregiver.com was launched on the Internet in 1995. He also began hosting a series of conferences around the nation called Fearless Caregiver Conferences. He also introduced free on-line newsletters from Caregiver.com to provide caregivers with weekly support.
Until his grandfather passed away in 2000, Gary enjoyed the simple but special moments with him. He liked to sit and hold his hand or watch him respond with a smile to a kiss on the cheek. Gary has made meeting the needs of caregivers his life’s work and created a community for the nation’s 65.7 million caregivers to learn, exchange ideas, and receive support.
Rabbi Steven Foster has been involved in Jewish life since his childhood. He saw the stand Jews were taking during the Civil Rights movement in the 1960’s and decided he needed to be there as a religious leader. After receiving a B.S. in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin he went on to get a Bachelor of Hebrew Letters, Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters and was ordained from the Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion in 1970.
Rabbi Foster took his first position as an ordained rabbi at Temple Emanuel in 1970 and became the Senior Rabbi in 1981. He retired in May, 2010. He brings to his rabbinate a deep commitment to social justice, Jewish education and Jewish continuity. His work in founding the Temple Emanuel Preschool and Kindergarten, Herzl Day School, Stepping Stones to a Jewish Me (an outreach program for interfaith families) in addition to his far reaching community work such as serving on the boards of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, National Council of Justice and Peace, United Way, and Allied Jewish Federation to name a few, demonstrate his commitment to the Jewish and secular community alike.
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