The Jewish Sacred Aging Think Tank was held March 26 at Congregation Rodeph Shalom in Philadelphia. Rabbi Address, top left, moderated the day's discussion, which included a D'var Torah by Rabbi Dayle Friedman, top right; and presentations by Catherine Fischer, director of community engagmenet at Congregation Rodeph Shalom, and Jim Firman, president & CEO of the National Council for Aging.
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Videos published from Jewish Sacred Aging Think Tank Event March 26

Three video excerpts from the “Jewish Sacred Aging Think Tank” event held March 26, 2017 at Congregation Rodeph Shalom in Philadelphia are now available for viewing. The three are the opening D’var Torah by Rabbi [Read more…]

D'vrei Torah

Naso: The Power of Blessing

This week’s portion, Naso, contains a wealth of information. We discuss the Nazarites,(6) the very interesting ritual associated with the “soteh” (5) and a call for another census (4). Yet, the most famous aspect of [Read more…]


Shavuot 5777: Standing Together–A Lesson In Connections

Chag Sameach. Shavuot arrives at this stage of the calendar. The festival of first fruits/harvest that was linked, in tradition,, to the Sinai revelation and thus, a holiday/festival that celebrates the Torah. For some, it [Read more…]

Talmud Torah

Guest Contributor Richard Conradi: Half of all adults fail to discuss end-of-life wishes

Note from Rabbi Address:  Richard Conradi is a member of a congregation in London and has been working with his congregation and others regarding raising awareness of end of life planning from Jewish point of [Read more…]


Reflections on Memory and Reality

This is a little bit of personal reflection. I am just back from attending the convention of the World Union for Progressive Judaism in Jerusalem. We did some sessions on longevity and the impact of [Read more…]

The Western Wall, Jerusalem/Steve Lubetkin Photo. Used by permission.
D'vrei Torah

BaMidbar: Preparing Our Self for Torah?

This Shabbat we begin a new book of Torah, the book of Numbers. In Hebrew, as many of you know, it is BaMidbar, in the Wilderness. The portion looks at taking a counting of people [Read more…]


Pastoral Counseling for Rabbis is Focus of Book by Dr. Michelle Friedman, MD, Guest on JSA Podcast

Dr. Michelle Friedman, co-author of The Art of Jewish Pastoral Counseling: A Guide for All Faiths (Psyche and Soul), is the guest on this episode of the Jewish Sacred Aging Podcast. About the Guest Michelle [Read more…]

David's Star (Patrick Lentz photo via, Creative Commons license.)
D'vrei Torah

Behar-Bechukotai: Releaseing “Self” From Slavery?

With this Shabbat we come to the concluding portion for Leviticus. A double portion that spans a wealth of issues. The famous “Liberty Bell” passage is found here (Leviticus 25:10) as well as a long [Read more…]

D'vrei Torah

Emor: The Poor and The Stranger and Health Care

The Torah never fails to impress us. There, in the midst of a passage that outlines a sacred festival calendar and additional rules, regulations and offerings, comes a small but powerful verse that leaps centuries. [Read more…]


What Shall We Make of Health Care…2

So we have had several days to digest the recent action by the House of Representatives and the passage of their version of a revised health care bill. Yes, it has along way to go [Read more…]