Frontotemporal degeneration and dementia and its toll on caregiver families, discussed on Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast

On this episode of the Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast, Rabbi Vicki Axe discusses frontotemporal degeneration -- FTD -- and her experience as caregiver to her husband when he was diagnosed with the progressive condition.

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About the Guest


Before joining Temple Beth Am in Parsippany as Cantor, Rabbi Cantor Vicki L. Axe served congregations in New York, Connecticut, and Ohio. For the past eighteen years, she served as Founding Spiritual Leader and Educational Director of Congregation Shir Ami in Greenwich, Connecticut, before stepping down to become full-time caregiver for her husband, Harold.

She holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Temple University in Philadelphia, Master of Arts in Music Education from the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, and ordination as Cantor from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music.

Known for her talent and passion in the areas of Jewish education, conducting, and creative programming, as well as liturgical art, Rabbi Cantor Axe has served on the conducting faculty of the North American Jewish Choral Festival since 1997, directed URJ regional and national choirs, both adults and children.

A master teacher, Rabbi Cantor Axe has prepared hundreds of children to become B’nai Mitzvah, taught cantorial and rabbinic students at the Academy of Jewish Religion as well as HUC-JIR, has visited many congregations as Scholar-in-Residence, and presented workshops on Jewish music and Jewish life for public schools, civic groups, and the Union for Reform Judaism.

A national leader in the Reform Movement, Rabbi Cantor Axe served on the Board and Executive Board of the URJ and is a past president of both the American Conference of Cantors and the HUC-JIR Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music Cantorial Alumni Association.

She was married for 48 years to Dr. Harold Axe until his death in April of 2020, is devoted mother to their four sons, Judah and his wife Ellie, Noah and his wife Amira, Gabriel, and Daniel, and most recently proud grandmother to Maren, Nora, Jillian, and Augustin.

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