Rabbi Peter Kasdan, JGDC Rabbinic Advisor, is the guest on this edition of the Jewish Sacred Aging Podcast
Seekers of Meaning-JSA Podcast

Rabbi Peter Kasdan discusses screening for Jewish genetic diseases, on Jewish Sacred Aging Podcast

On this edition of the Jewish Sacred Aging Podcast, Rabbi Peter Kasdan, retired rabbi of Temple Emanu-El in Livingston, NJ, discusses his work with the Jewish Genetic Disease Consortium and his efforts to encourage Jewish [Read more…]

D'vrei Torah

Vayikra: What Does It Mean To Be Called…And When?

There is much to think about with this portion. We begin the Book of Leviticus and with it we are immersed in legal though and ritual practice. Indeed, we immediately confront a series of rules [Read more…]

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The Conversations We Should be Having

This was just posted on the interfaithfamily.com web site. This is an issue that we at Jewish Sacred Aging would like to explore as this affects an increasing  number of Boomer grandparents. We are very interested [Read more…]

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D'vrei Torah

Vayak’hel-P’kudei: Is Creation Ever Really Finished?

This double portion completes the Book of Exodus. We see here the completion of the Tabernacle. The finished product is blessed by Moses in Exodus 40 and this act is paralleled in the Haftorah reading [Read more…]

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Reflections on Aging

Writing Your Way Through Grief

Editor’s Note: This guest post was written by Joan Zlotnick, a retired English professor. I imagine that many of you who have come to this site are caregivers experiencing anticipatory grief or have recently been bereaved. [Read more…]

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Pursuing Justice: One Proof Text Approach to the Health Care Discussion

We have written in this space before that the issues surrounding what we are calling the “economics of aging” may very well be THE social justice issue for Boomers and, by extenstion our children, in [Read more…]

Rabbi Address, left, chats with David Zinner, executive director of Kavod v'Nichum, an organization focused on providing traditional funeral ritual resources to the Jewish community. Zinner discusses Jewish funeral traditions in the next two episodes of "Conversations" on Jewish Sacred Aging TV.
Gamliel Institute/Kavod v'Nichum

David Zinner discusses Chevra Kadisha, Jewish Burial Practices, and Gamliel Institute training on the March 17 JSA Podcast

David Zinner, executive director of Kavod v’Nichum, a Maryland-based organization training Jewish communities and organizations in traditional Jewish funeral practices, is the guest on the March 17 Jewish Sacred Aging Podcast. Zinner describes the educational seminars [Read more…]

D'vrei Torah

Ki Tisa: The Cleft In The Rock and Mystery

Our portion this week, Ki Tisa, packs a lot into its chapters. Perhaps the most famous story is that of the Golden Calf. I have no doubt that many colleagues will be speaking to this [Read more…]

Talmud Torah

Rabbi Address hosts Health and Wellness in Judaism webinar for URJ

Rabbi Address hosted a live video webinar for the Union for Reform Judaism on February 23, 2017. You can watch a replay of the webinar in the player below. Handout (This is a PDF file.) Sacred [Read more…]


Gamliel Institute: Kavod v’Nichum Chevra Kadisha Training

In the work of Jewish Sacred Aging, we frequently run across conversations about support for families and individuals as life ebbs. One of the issues that has surfaced in recent years is the tradition of [Read more…]