In the fourth Jewish Sacred Aging podcast, Rabbi Address discusses “Growing Older: A Sacred Journey,” with Rabbi Dayle Friedman, a pioneer in forging a Jewish spiritual response to the challenges and blessings of later life. Rabbi Friedman is the moderator of the web resource GrowingOlder.co (the “.co” domain is correct — not the usual “.com.”)
She is the founder of Hiddur: The Center for Aging and Judaism of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, which works to foster vibrant aging in the context of multigenerational community through professional education, scholarship and spiritual resources for elders and their caregivers.
Rabbi Friedman is the author of Jewish Visions for Aging: A Professional Guide for Fostering Wholeness, (Jewish Lights, 2008).
She edited Jewish Pastoral Care: A Practical Handbook from Traditional and Contemporary Sources (Jewish Lights, 2nd edition, 2005), which has become a standard reference in the field. She was founding director of chaplaincy services at Philadelphia Geriatric Center, where she fostered Jewish life and spiritual care for a community of 1100 elders from 1985 to 1997. She has mentored rabbis and chaplains from all movements in Judaism. She was included in the Forward 50, a listing of influential American Jewish leaders, in 2008.
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