Mondays, December 3, 10, 17, January 7 & 14, 8-9:30 p.m., EST, on Zoom (through phone or computer)
If your parent has Alzheimerʼs or other dementia, you are undoubtedly facing profound emotions, dilemmas, and challenges. Dementia is a long journey; all of us need provisions to sustain us along the way. This group will offer a safe space for honest reflection, as well as an opportunity to connect with Jewish practices and perspectives to hone our own strength, intention and wholeness. You are eligible for the group if you have a parent with dementia, whether that parent is in your home, in a facility, or living in another city.
Rabbi Dayle Friedman has accompanied people facing dementia for over 30 years. Through her practice, Growing Older,she offers pastoral care, spiritual direction and consulting on medical decisions and end-of-life care. Her most recent book is Jewish Wisdom for Growing Older: Finding Your Grit and Grace Beyond Midlife.
About Rabbi Dayle Friedman
Spiritual care professional: board certified by Neshama Association of Jewish Chaplains; founding director, chaplaincy services, Philadelphia Geriatric Center; trainer and mentor of clergy from all streams of Judaism.
Rabbi: inspiring worship leader; innovative ritual facilitator; creative interpreter of classic Jewish wisdom in a contemporary context.
Teacher: faculty, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (1989-2011), mentor to rabbis, chaplains and clergy from all streams of Judaism; consultant to professionals and organizations
Social innovator: founder, Hiddur: The Center for Aging and Judaism of Reconstructionist Rabbinical College; founding director of chaplaincy services, Philadelphia Geriatric Center; founding co-director, CONNECT, 92nd Street Y, NYC. Listed among 2008 Forward 50; and 2010 Sisterhood 50; winner, 2011 Religion, Spirituality and Aging Award, American Society on Aging
Spiritual guide: participant in think tank on spiritual direction and member of founding spiritual direction team, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College; spiritual director to individuals and families on the journey of later life and end- of-life medical decision-making. Adjunct faculty member, Morei Derekh Spiritual Direction Training Program
Writer: author, Jewish Wisdom for Growing Older: Finding Your Grit and Grace Beyond Midlife (Jewish Lights, 2015), Jewish Visions for Aging: A Professional Guide for Fostering Wholeness (Jewish Lights, 2008); editor, Jewish Pastoral Care: A Practical Handbook from Traditional and Contemporary Sources (Jewish Lights, 2nd edition, 2010). Published over 40 articles in journals and periodicals