Jewish Sacred Aging Radio: Why Judaism Matters and ‘Soul Harmony,’ the musical theater story of Deborah Chessler, Sonny Til & the Orioles

Rabbi Alan Berg, center, is involved in the Rabbi Alan Berg, center, is involved in the "Soul Harmony" musical theater production, and Rabbi John Rosove, right, has written a new book. They are guests on this week's Jewish Sacred Aging Radio show.

Rabbi Address welcomes Rabbi John Rosove to discuss his new book, Why Judaism Matters: Letters of a Liberal Rabbi to his Children and the Millennial Generation and Rabbi Alan Berg, who is involved with the production of “Soul Harmony,” the award winning musical about Deborah Chessler, Sonny Til & the Orioles, will make its East Coast premier June 20 – July 1, 2018, at the recently opened Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center, 226 High Street, West Chester, PA.

The program also includes a regular monthly commentary by Rabbi Eric Yoffie, immediate past president of the Union for Reform Judaism.


About the Guests

Rabbi John L. Rosove is Senior Rabbi of Temple Israel of Hollywood, Los Angeles since 1998. He was ordained by the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, New York, in 1979.

John serves as the National Chair of the Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA). He has a seat on the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations (CPMAJO), the Board of Governors (BOG) of the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), the Vaad HaPoel of the World Zionist Organization (WZO), the American Zionist Movement (AZM), and the Executive Committee of ARZENU (the international Reform Zionist Organization).

John was the 2002 Recipient of the World Union for Progressive Judaism International Humanitarian Award and has received special commendation from the State of Israel Bonds. In 2013 he was honored by J Street at its Fifth Anniversary Celebration in Los Angeles.

John is the author of Why Judaism Matters – Letters of a Liberal Rabbi to his Children and the Millennial Generation to be published in the Fall of 2017 by Jewish Lights Publishing, a division of Turner Publishing Company.

John writes a regular blog on the Los Angeles Jewish Journal web-site and  at

John is the author of a series of Eight Jewish Life Cycle Guides that are posted on the TIOH web-site ( The Guide Preparing for Jewish Burial and Mourning appears on the web-site of Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary in Los Angeles, a community service of Temple Israel of Hollywood. (

John and his wife, Barbara, are the parents of two sons, Daniel (married to Marina Javor) and David.

Rabbi Alan Berg recently returned to the Portland area after serving as senior Rabbi of Peninsula Temple Beth El in San Mateo, California, and of Temple Anshe Amunim in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Rabbi Berg currently lives in Portland with his wife Bonnie. The Bergs have three children, Emily, Rebekah and Edward.

Rabbi Berg previously served as the associate Rabbi at Congregation Beth Israel and as founding Rabbi of Havurah Shalom, both in Portland. He also served as chaplain and teacher at Williams College and an instructor in medical ethics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Rabbi Berg is a partner in the HUC-JIR Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health and serves on the advisory board of the Guthrie Center in Housatonic, Massachusetts. He is a past chairman and co-founder of the URJ Kallot. He has also served as the Jewish Chaplain at the Oregon State Penitentiary. Rabbi Berg was ordained at the Hebrew Union College.  He was a member of the creative team for the Emmy Nominated, Chanukah at Grover’s Corner. Rabbi Berg is Chair of the Advisory Board of The Marjorie and Woody Guthrie Center in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. He has published numerous articles on religion, music and literature, including for Willamette Week’s, Fresh Weekly.  Rabbi Berg co-produced the book and lyrics for the concert, Crossing Over: A Musical Haggadah.

Rabbi Eric Yoffie is a writer, lecturer, and internationally-known religious leader. A bold, compelling, and inspiring speaker, he has presented at the World Economic Forum in Davos and has appeared on Fox news, CNN, and many other news outlets. He writes regularly for Time, The Huffington Post, The Jerusalem Post and the Israeli daily Haaretz. He speaks on a wide-range of topics.


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