On the June 3 Boomer Generation Radio show, Rabbi Address’s guests, Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell, and Nurit Schein, director of the Mazzoni Center, a health center serving the LGBT community, open the conversation with a discussion of aging issues as they affect the LGBT community.
In the second half of the program, sponsored by not-for-profit retirement community operator Kendal Corporation, Rabbi Address welcomes Alice Moore, a nurse educator and lead trainer for Kendal, and Neil Beresin, the national program manager for Vitalize 360, a senior coaching and assessment process that uses art and science to promote optimal wellness for successful aging. The program combines an award-winning, innovative wellness coaching program with the power of information derived from a scientifically-grounded assessment system.
About the guests
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell, Ph.D.
For more than three decades, Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell, Ph.D. has been exploring, teaching and writing about spirituality, and working towards creating and sustaining healthy and open-hearted communities. She has served congregations in California, New Jersey and Virginia, and has taught at the University of Cincinnati, UCLA, and LaSalle University. Elwell edited The Open Door, the CCAR Haggadah (2002), served as the poetry editor and member of the editorial board of the award winning The Torah: A Women’s Commentary (2008), and as one of the editors of Lesbian Rabbis: The First Generation (2001). The founding Director of the Los Angeles Jewish Feminist Center, Elwell recently retired from the Union for Reform Judaism where she has served as the Director of the Pennsylvania Council and Federation of Reform Synagogues of Greater Philadelphia from 2001-2008.
A Senior Rabbinic Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, she continues her studies through the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. A lifelong Reform Jew, Elwell is the mother of two grown daughters. She lives in Philadelphia with her partner, Nurit Shein, who directs The Mazzoni Center, Philadelphia’s pre-eminent LGBT health center.
Since 1995 Nurit Shein has been at the helm of Mazzoni Center, overseeing its operations and departments in primary health care, mental and behavioral health, and LGBT legal services, as well as HIV/STD testing, food bank and housing subsidies for families and individuals affected by HIV, support groups, outreach and education programs
A native of Israel, Shein served as a career officer in the Israeli Army, working in intelligence, women’s corps, and as commander of the army’s education corps before retiring as a colonel. Prior to her arrival in Philadelphia she was the director of programs for the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center.
Contact Nurit via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alice Moore, LNHA, RN, MPA is Nurse Educator for Leading Nurses. She has more than 25 years of experience in a variety of positions in health care administration, clinical bedside nursing, and public health policy. She has had extensive experience with training and education at multiple Area Health Education Centers (AHEC), universities, and numerous projects for state agencies, including home- and community-based implementation of assessment and quality assurance programs using standardized assessment tools and qualitative outcomes. She has special interests in data-driven outcomes related to educational competency working with hands-on staff and development of online testing data to guide curriculum development and application. In her current role with Leading Nurses, she works with participants to enhance their leadership and management skills in the implementation protocols to improve the effectiveness of pressure ulcer prevention, improvement of activities of daily living, pain and mood disorder identification and management.
Neil Beresin, M.Ed., BA, has a diverse background in psychology and education, and experience in geriatric case management and family crisis intervention. He was Regional Director for the Pennsylvania Restraint Reduction Initiative (PARRI) from 1996 to 2006. In his current role as National Program Manager of COLLAGE, The Art and Science of Aging®, Neil manages communication and promotion, program development, and member education and services.
Boomer Generation Radio airs on WWDB-AM 860 every Tuesday at 10 a.m., and features news and conversation aimed at Baby Boomers and the issues facing them as members of what Rabbi Address calls “the club sandwich generation.” You can hear the show live on AM 860, or streamed live from the WWDB website.
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