On this week’s Seekers of Meaning Podcast, Rabbi Address speaks with Lee Hendler, co-founder of the Jewish Grandparents Network, about her groundbreaking survey research about the attitudes, hopes, and desires of Jewish grandparents, particularly in light of widespread interfaith marriages throughout the Jewish community.
About the Guest
In August 2017, Lee co-founded the Jewish Grandparents Network (JGN) with David Raphael to acknowledge and advance the roles that boomer grandparents are playing in Jewish families today. In the fall of 2018, JGN sponsored the first ever national study of Jewish grandparents in the United States. Beyond her decades of work on her family’s charitable foundations and leadership in many Jewish and communal organizations, Lee is the creator of Freedom’s Feast, a civics initiative that raises the next generation of citizens through the celebration of our national holidays. She is the past president of Chizuk Amuno, and author of “The Year Mom Got Religion: One Woman’s Mid-life Journey into Judaism.” The mother of 4 and “Gromzy” to six grandchildren, Lee lives in Baltimore with two big and boisterous dogs.
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.