Jewish Sacred Aging Podcast #2: Three Program Ideas for Congregations and Baby Boomers

Rabbi Richard F. Address, D.Min.
Rabbi Richard F. Address, D.Min.

In the second Jewish Sacred Aging seminar podcast, we offer Rabbi Address’ recent workshop, “Three Program Ideas for Congregations and Baby Boomers,” presented this month at the regional Shabbaton of the Union for Reform Judaism.

Rabbi Address’ workshop is based on his newest book, Seekers of Meaning. (Click on the book’s title to purchase.) We have cross-posted this podcast to the Middle Chamber Books and Music Podcast in our Middle Chamber Book Store.

Rabbi Richard F. Address is the senior rabbi at Congregation M’kor Shalom in Cherry Hill, NJ. He was called to the congregation after 33 years with the Union for Reform Judaism, where he most recently served as the specialist and congregation consultant for the North American Reform movement in the program areas of Caring Community and Family Concerns.

His work has been based on the belief that a congregation, to be a true “caring community”, must be founded on a theology of sacred relationships. A major part of Address’s work has been in the development and implementation of the project on Sacred Aging.

This project has been responsible for creating awareness and resources for congregations on the implication of the emerging longevity revolution with growing emphasis on the aging of the baby boom generation. This aging revolution has begun to impact all aspects of Jewish communal and congregational life.

Rabbi Address was ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) inCincinnati (1972) and served congregations in California before joining the staff of the Union for Reform Judaism (formerly the Union of American Hebrew Congregations) in 1978. He directed the Union’s Pennsylvania Council from 1978 through 2000. In 1997 he founded the Department of Jewish Family Concerns and went full time in New York in January of 2001. Rabbi Address received a Certificate in Pastoral Counseling from the Post Graduate Center for Mental Health in 1998 and his Doctor of Ministry from HUC-JIR in 1999. He also received his honorary Doctorate from HUC-JIR in 1997.

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