Dr. Ruth Nemzoff, author of Don’t Bite Your Tongue: How to Foster Relationships with Your Adult Children and Don’t Roll Your Eyes: Making In-Laws Into Family, is the guest on the November 8, 2019 Seekers of Meaning Podcast with Rabbi Richard Address.
About the Guest
Dr. Ruth Nemzoff is a frequent speaker on family dynamics. She is a resident scholar at Brandeis University Women’s Studies Research Center. She writes a monthly advice column for Massachusetts AARP and The American Israelite.
Dr. Nemzoff holds a Doctorate in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard University, a Master’s in Counseling from Columbia University, and a Bachelor’s in American Studies from Barnard College. Her papers are archived at the Schlesinger Library, Harvard University. She and her husband, Harris Berman, have four adult children, four in-law children and eleven grandchildren.
She is the former Assistant Minority Leader of the New Hampshire State Legislature, the first female New Hampshire Deputy Commissioner of Health and Welfare, and the first female Bank of New Hampshire Board Member. She ran for Governor’s Council in Massachusetts and lost by less than 1% of the vote. For over ten years, she was an adjunct associate professor at Bentley University. She pioneered program development for persons with disabilities and started the equal opportunity office in the New Hampshire State Department of Education.
When Nemzoff was a visiting scholar at the Wellesley Center for Research of Women, she wrote an historical analysis of the “Changing Perceptions of Mother of Children with Disabilities.” She has also published articles about environmental advertising and women in business and politics. She founded a nursery school, a counseling service, and the National Women’s Legislative Lobby. Currently, She is a board member of InterfaithFamily and a volunteer case reviewer for the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families. Previously she served as a board member of Lasell Village, Retirement Community and as a Hearing Officer for the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers. Formerly for the See-Saw column of the Forward and a frequent blogger on Huffington Post More information at www.ruthnemzoff.com
Rabbi Richard F. Address, D.Min, is the Founder and Director of www.jewishsacredaging.com. Rabbi Address served for over three decades on staff of the Union for Reform Judaism; first as a Regional Director and then, beginning in 1997, as Founder and Director of the URJ’s Department of Jewish Family Concerns and served as a specialist and consultant for the North American Reform Movement in the areas of family related programming. Rabbi Address was ordained from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1972 and began his rabbinic career in Los Angeles congregations. He also served as a part time rabbi for Beth Hillel in Carmel, NJ while regional director and, after his URJ tenure, served as senior rabbi of Congregation M’kor Shalom in Cherry Hill, NJ from 2011-2014.