SO Hannukah is approaching in a few days. A festival of re-dedication in tradition. This Fall has been one of busy travel for Jewish Sacred Aging. We have encountered a lot of issues as we spoke with congregations and Federation groups. That got me to thinking as to what is on your minds as we enter this age of longevity. What issues now come to the fore in your life? In what ways do you seek to “rededicate” you spiritual self as you age? So, here is a quick favor. If you can, take about a minute to jot down the first few things that come to your mind in asnwer to this question:
“Seeking meaning in my life as it unfolds to my future, these are some of the issues that have become important to me. These are issues that I would like to discuss with my family and learn more about how my Judaism can be a guide and support”.
I have been collecting some answers to this simple request for the past month. Trends are developing and I invite you to be part of this very informal and very unscientific survey. I plan to let you know the results within a month. We are very interested in the issues that are now emerging in our lives as we embrace and confront our own aging process.
Please take a minute or so to answer this question and e-mail your response back to me at RabbiAddress@JewishSacredAging.com
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.