Rabbi Judith Siegal (firstname.lastname@example.org) senior rabbi of Temple Judea in Coral Gables, Florida, recently completed a three part series for her congregation on Sacred Aging. A combination of handouts and power point and discussions marked the program. The three sessions covered:
1. Overview: a look at demographic changes, questions based on the longevity revolution, the issue of “ageism”, a Jewish text approach to aging as well as discussions looking at one’s fears of aging, search for self and the need for relationships.
2. This session looked at issues related to end of life issues, medical technology and Jewish values. The sessions included a look at the tension between dependence and individualism, the value of “p’kuah nefesh” and the associated concept of “dignity” as well as a discussion on if there is ever a “time to die” and the notion of the healing of the spirit.
3. The final session, focused on the issue of legacy discussing the place and role of the Ethical Will; where is comes from and how to construct one.
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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.