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Richard F Address, Rabbi, D.Min

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School of Education Adjunct/D.Min program faculty

HUC-JIR/New York

Schools of Education; Certificate in Jewish Education, Specializing in Adolescents and Emerging Adults
Academic Field: 
Contemporary Jewish Studies
Research Interests: 
Spirituality and aging.; Judaism and aging issues.; Baby boomers

Richard F. Address, D.Min serves as Founder and Director of He served for 33 years on staff of Union for Reform Judaism as Regional Director and then as Founding Director of Department of Jewish Family Concerns. He has also served congregations in California and, for the last several years, was senior rabbi at a congregation in southern New Jeresey. He hosts the weekly radio show "Boomer Generation Radio" in Philadelphia and serves as co-chair of the Committee of Spirituality and Diversity for C-TAC: the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care. Rabbi Address is active with the World Union for Progressive Judaism and writes and speaks regularly on issues related to baby boomers, aging and how Judaism can impact our lives as we age.

Selected Publications and Edited Works

"Seekers of Meaning: Baby Boomers, Judaism and the Pursuit of Healthy Aging" (URJ Press)
"That You May Live Long: Caring for our Aging Parents, Caring for Our Selves" (URJ Press)
"To Honor and Respect: A Congregation Program Guide for Sacred Aging." (URJ Press)
"Caring for the Soul: A Mental Health Resource and Study Guide". (URJ Press)
Numerous articles and book chapters on issues related to aging and spirituality

Current and Future Courses
The Longevity Revolution and it's Impact on Congregations and Community
Finding Your Family In Sacred Texts
Diverse Learners: Incorporating the Disabled into our Communities
Kiddushat Ha-Guf: Self Destructive Behaviors Among Youth and Adults
The Theology of Family Systems (D.Min)
Integrative Seminars (D.Min)
Public Lecture Topics
The "Art" of Care-giving: Jewish Texts and Traditions on the 5th Commandment
Making Sacred Decisions at the End of Life: How Judaism Can Guide Decision Making in Advanced Care
New Rituals for Life's Third Stage: A look at how extended life spans are creating new opportunities for creative ritual
The Synagogue as a Caring Community: An examination of a "theology of relationships"
Jewish Approaches to Health and Wellness: A "Holistic" Model of Existence