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Sacred Aging –The Long and Winding Road

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Led by Eric B. Meyers Visiting Scholar: Rabbi Richard Address

Unless you’re Peter Pan, you’re in a constant state of growth – emotionally, intellectually and even physically. (Did you know that your nose never stops growing as you age???) Growth means aging – it’s an undeniable fact. Whether you’re retired, just becoming an empty-nester or getting ready to leave the nest yourself, life moves on. To learn more about how to navigate these transitions, Temple Judea is delighted to present a series of workshops given by renowned Rabbi Richard Address, Founder and Director of Jewish Sacred Aging. RSVP here.

When I’m 64
Monday, Jan 29

7:30-9 PM
Boomers who leave full time work in their 60s or 70s can expect, given the wild card of health, to live for decades. What do we do with that time? Can traditional Torah teachings be a guide for this new life stage? How do we deal with the loss of identity from a "job" that often defined us?

A Hard Day’s Night: A Jewish Approach to Mental Health
Monday, February 5

7:30-9 PM
A look at our tradition's approach to mental health issues. An examination of the Talmudic diagnosis. An examination of approaches to dementia and Alzheimer's and a look at healing services and liturgy specific to this issue.

Here Comes the Sun: New Rituals for New Life Stages
Monday February 12

7:30-9 PM
Examine the creative thrust of contemporary Judaism that is producing new rituals and prayers to meet the new life stages evolving from the longevity revolution. These include a celebration of wisdom, the removal of a wedding ring, co-habitation, accepting loss and a re-definition of adultery in light of Alzheimer's.

Rabbi Richard F. Address, D.Min, is the Founder and Director of 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. 

Eric B. Meyers Scholar: The Dream & The Miracle: The Reality of Israel At 70 with Rabbi Peter Knobel Rabbi Knobel
April 16, 2018 | 7 PM

Seventy years ago, the idea of a Jewish Democratic state was brought in to existence. Ever since we have struggled with the tension between the ideal and the reality. Can we resolve the inherent conflicts in being Jewish and democratic? What does it mean to love Israel and question political decisions that leaders make? How do we deal with the competing narratives and foster difficult but important conversations? These questions and more will be explored. RSVP here.

Rabbi Peter S. Knobel served as Interim Rabbi at Temple Judea in 2013-2014, having previously served as Interim Senior Rabbi at Temple Sholom in Chicago. Rabbi Knobel served as the spiritual leader of Beth Emet the Free Synagogue in Evanston, IL beginning in 1980 and is still an active teacher and worshiper in that community.



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