Seekers of Meaning-JSA Podcast
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Reflections on Aging

Writing Your Way Through Grief

Editor’s Note: This guest post was written by Joan Zlotnick, a retired English professor. I imagine that many of you who have come to this site are caregivers experiencing anticipatory grief or have recently been bereaved. [Read more…]

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Care-Giving Concerns

HaDerekh: Paths to Jewish Caregiving

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Madelyn (Micki) Iris, Ph.D.  For more information about the HaDerekh program and evaluation results, please contact her at irisassociates2016@gmail.com. Caregiving for aging family members is of particular [Read more…]

Speaking appearances

Keynote Remarks: Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El, March 6, 2016

Rabbi Address delivered a keynote presentation at Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El in Wynnewood, PA, on Sunday, March 6. You can watch the presentation in the video player below.

Formerly known as Concordia Square, this served as the central square of the Kraków ghetto and the deportation spot of Kraków Jews between 1941-43. The square was refurbished at the end of 2005 and the memorial installed. It features 33 large illuminated chairs in the square and 37 smaller chairs standing on the edge of the square and at the tram stops. The chairs represent the furniture and other remnants that were discarded on that very spot by the ghetto’s Jews as they were herded into the trains that would often take them to concentration camps. One of the memorial’s designers, Piotr Lewicki, said: “First, a quarter of the town’s residents had to leave their homes and go to the closed-off area of Podgórze. Then the ghetto was reduced in size, and the people were divided according to whether or not they could work, whether they were sick or healthy etc. As a result people were constantly resettling, bringing all their belongings with them. They also took chairs with them, the furniture closest to the body. When the ghetto was liquidated, the Jews had to move to the Płaszów camp, and anything that wasn't needed remained in the square. We wanted to draw reference to that moment precisely. There must have been an incredible silence, it must have been completely empty.” (Photo by Jennifer Boyer via Flickr.com. Used under Creative Commons 2.0 License)
Reflections on Aging

Holocaust Survivor Born to Be a Caregiver

Editor’s Note: Rita Ross was married for close to 50 years, during which time she raised five children (four boys and a girl), taught first grade at Solomon Schechter Day School and in addition to [Read more…]

Radio Show

Larry Bocchiere of the Well Spouse Organization discusses spousal/partner caregiving on Boomer Generation Radio

Larry Bocchiere, president of the Well Spouse Association, discusses his group’s outreach to spouses who are providing daily care for their partners on the September 17 edition of Rabbi Address’s Boomer Generation Radio program on [Read more…]

John Hockenberry
Care-Giving Concerns

Lives of caregivers featured in public radio series

More than 65.7 million Americans—almost 30 percent of the adult population—are caregivers. John Hockenberry’s award-winning radio program, The Takeaway, is looking into the lives of these caregivers to learn what it is like to care for [Read more…]

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Care-Giving Concerns

Moving Mom, Chapter 2: Finding the Right Living Space

Gil’s Mom has severe osteoporosis plus macular degeneration; two serious health problems.  Our goal was to find a nearby residence that would give her a social life and provide physical security.