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Care-Giving Concerns

Rabbi Address’s article on end-of-life conversations published on “My Jewish Learning”

Rabbi Address recently covered key points to know about having end-of-life discussions with your family in an article, “How to Talk To Loved Ones About Your End-of-Life Wishes: Do’s and don’t’s for broaching the most [Read more…]

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A Rabbi Confronts Frontotemporal Dementia — “The cruelest disease you never hear of“

Rabbi and Cantor Vicki Axe recently stepped down as spiritual leader of Congregation Shir Ami in Greenwich, Connecticut, to care for her husband. She contributed this essay as a response to a segment on the CBS 60 Minutes program about Frontotemporal Dementia, the condition affecting her husband. [Read more…]

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What to say to Caregivers – Suggestions for Clergy

Editor’s Note: Nancy Hays was a caregiver to her husband, who recently died from Alzheimer’s Disease. She presented this at a recent seminar Rabbi Address attended in Philadelphia. Nancy is a member of Temple Shalom in [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…]

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…]

Resource Links

New resource link added: Shepherd’s Centers of America, Resources Available to You page

We have added a link to our Resources Page for Shepherd’s Centers of America, whose own resources page includes a very extensive list of advocacy, aging, healthcare, and financial benefits organizations. Please check it out [Read more…]

Reflections on Aging

Passover and Parents

What is the proper role for children faced with caregiving for parents? Psychologist Elana Grumbacher explores the issues and the challenges of having “The Conversation” with aging parents. [Read more…]

Care-Giving Concerns

“Holiness of Caregiving,” Rabbi Address’ commentary, published in The Jewish Week newspaper

A commentary by Rabbi Address, “Conversations On The Final Chapter: The Holiness Of Caregiving  ,” appears in the New York Jewish Week newspaper and on its website. “Engaging caregiving professionals is fully appropriate under Jewish [Read more…]