Growing Older, Living Longer: Four Values that Support Our Elder Life Stages

The contemporary Jewish community is living longer. According to recent studies, Jews over 50 years old make up over 40% of our community. As we grow older, we face new challenges both physically and spiritually. New needs arise and new expectations are set. Melton is pleased to offer this innovative class with Rabbi Richard Address (Founder and Director of Jewish Sacred Aging) in which we will examine the Jewish values of health, healing, wholeness, and holiness. These values combine to create a theology of relationships and growth that support our move into later life stages. Using Torah study and spiritual practice, Rabbi Address will guide students through growing older and wiser in the Jewish tradition.

Rabbi Richard F. Address is the Founder and Director of Jewish Sacred Aging and the host of the weekly Jewish Sacred Aging podcast, “Seekers of Meaning.” He served as Specialist for Caring Community and Family Concerns. Rabbi Address joined the URJ staff in 1978 after pulpit work in California. He served as Regional Director of the Pennsylvania Council of the URJ from August of 1978 through December of 2000. He founded and directed the URJ’s Department of Jewish Family Concerns. He served as senior rabbi of M’kor Shalom in Cherry Hill, N.J.

Presented in partnership with the Jewish Grandparents Network.

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