Seekers of Meaning 1/19/2024: Jewish Grandparents Network

On this week’s episode of the Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast, David Raphael and Jane Shapiro discuss the Jewish Grandparents Network. The network envisions a Jewish world that embraces grandparents as vital to our families, our communities, and our future.

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About the Guests

David Raphael

David Raphael is the co-founder and CEO of the Jewish Grandparents Network. A graduate of Albany University and the Columbia University School of Social Work, David spent 30 years in Hillel including roles as Assistant International Director, Executive Director of Hillel of Greater Baltimore and Senior Campus Liaison for Hillel International. David was also the founding Executive Director of the Floortime Foundation and the Executive Director of the Maryland Teen Initiative. David and his wife Jo live in Atlanta, have three grown children, two grandchildren, and Maddie the dog. Contact David at

Jane Shapiro

A founder of Orot: Center for New Jewish Learning where she teaches a variety of classes and workshops blending text study with other intentional practices. Jane is a graduate of the Mandel Teachers Institute and Vision Projects. Growing up in a family of four girls, Jane wondered what it would like to have a brother. As the mother of four sons and as Bubbie to five grandsons she now knows the answer: it is full of commotion and fun.

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