Israela Meyerstein, a Baltimore-based social worker, discusses her book, Bridge to Healing; Finding Strength to Cope with Illness, on this week’s Seekers of Meaning Podcast.
About the Guest
Israela Meyerstein has been helping families, couples, and individuals for over forty five years with parenting and family relationships, couple issues, coping with separation, divorce, and remarriage, medical illness, fetal loss, spirituality, and healthy personal coping. Israela has an MSW degree from the Columbia University School of Social Work. From 1986-1998 she directed a Family Therapy Training Program at Sheppard Pratt Hospital. Israela has trained professionals of varied disciplines, and has taught Family Therapy in college and graduate level programs.
Israela co-founded the Baltimore Jewish Healing Network, where she co-led Spiritual Study/Discussion groups for patients struggling with medical illness. To further help patients, family members, caregivers, and health care professionals, Israela wrote a book called Bridge to Healing; Finding Strength to Cope with Illness, which has also been translated into Hebrew: Gesher Lemarpeh: Metziat Koach Lehitmoded im Machalah.
Israela’s newest book, Miracle Nation: Seventy Stories about the Spirit of Israel, in honor of Israel’s 70th birthday, is a pride-inducing book about Israel’s many humanitarian tikkun olam efforts. Miracle Nation was written to inspire all ages, from Bar/Bat Mitzvah teens to college-age and adults.
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.