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Jewish Sacred Aging podcasts are podcast programs featuring news and interviews on the subject of Jewish sacred aging.

    Seekers of Meaning 11/26/2021: Rabbi W. Jack Romberg, author of “Doorway to Heroism”

    Seekers of Meaning 11/26/2021: Rabbi W. Jack Romberg, author of “Doorway to Heroism”

    Rabbi Address interviews Rabbi W. Jack Romberg, author of a book about his great-uncle’s experiences as a German solider in World War I and an American solder in World War II.







    On this week’s episode of the Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast, Rabbi W. Jack Romberg discusses his book, A Doorway to Heroism: A decorated German-Jewish Soldier who became an American Hero, an account of his great-uncle’s life as a decorated German soldier in World War I, a resister in Cologne at the start of Hitler’s reign of terror, and a Silver Star decorated U.S. Army soldier.







    Imagine a German Jew who was a decorated German soldier in World War I, a resistant in Cologne at the start of Hitler’s reign of terror, and a Silver Star decorated U.S. Army soldier.  Three heroic actions, at three different times, in three different places.  This is the story of Richard Stern, whose photograph of his protest hangs in multiple German museums, showing a rare Jewish protest in Nazi Germany.  He was Rabbi Romberg’s great uncle.









    We have just passed the 75th anniversary of World War II.  Most of those veterans are gone, and their stories should be preserved, especially those as unique as Richard Stern’s.  How many American soldiers served the opposing army in World War I, let alone as decorated German soldiers?  How many German war veterans actively opposed the Nazis in the 1930s?  How many Jews, after making it safely out of Germany decided they had to get into the American army despite their age exemption to fight Nazi Germany?  His actions that earned him the Silver Star got a burst of publicity in New York City.  Richard Stern’s history connected to the Holocaust is unique. There have been articles published about him by CNN and a newspaper in Israel.  This book tells his full story along with how the Shoah impacted his family.









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    Rabbi W. Jack Romberg







    W. Jack Romberg retired as the rabbi of Temple Israel in Tallahassee, FL in the summer of 2019.  It was his second career.  He intended to enter rabbinic school after graduating from University of Pittsburgh in 1976 with a BA in history focusing on Germany, but his father asked him to help in the family’s furniture manufacturing business.  In 1995 he decided to pursue the lifelong dream to be a rabbi, entering Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1996, earning a master’s degree in 1999 and ordained in...

    • 28 min
    Seekers of Meaning 11/19/2021: Dr. Jessica Zitter, producer/director of “Caregiver: A Love Story” film

    Seekers of Meaning 11/19/2021: Dr. Jessica Zitter, producer/director of “Caregiver: A Love Story” film

    Rabbi Address with Dr. Jessica Zitter, director and producer of Caregiver: A Love Story.







    On this week’s episode of the Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast, Rabbi Address chats with Dr. Jessica Zitter, director and producer of the documentary, Caregiver: A Love Story.







    Over the past decade, we’ve gotten better at caring for the dying.  But now we have a new crisis on our hands: the plight of those who care for them. Caregiver: A Love Story highlights an essential, yet largely unseen workforce—the family caregivers of America. 







    While most documentary films about death focus on people who are dying, Caregiver: A Love Story directs our attention to the millions of family caregivers who support them at home. 







    When 59-year-old Bambi decides to forgo further treatment for her cancer and die at home, her husband Rick leaves his job to become her primary caregiver—a role for which he has no experience and little support.  







    Their journey begins on a high note. Her pain is finally under control and family and friends flock to her bedside. Death may be fast-approaching, but there is an air of celebration, even optimism. The atmosphere changes quickly when family members must return to their homes abroad and Rick is left to manage Bambi’s growing needs on his own. Without a full night’s sleep in months, the around-the-clock responsibilities eventually send Rick into a state of physical, financial, and emotional exhaustion.







    Caregiver: A Love Story challenges viewers to acknowledge the growing strain placed on family caregivers and to envision a new approach.







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    Dr. Jessica Zitter







    Dr. Zitter practices critical and palliative care medicine at a public hospital in Oakland, California. She is a passionate advocate for humanism in medicine, utilizing her broad platform as a speaker, writer, and producer of media.







    Dr. Zitter is the author of Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path to the End of Life, which chronicles her personal evolution as a physician. It’s stories depict the burdens placed on patients and families as they approach the end of life in our ICUs and hospitals.







    Her work is featured in the Netflix short-documentary Extremis, which was nominated for an Oscar and two Emmys in 2017.







    She is a regular contributor to The New York Times, and her articles have appeared in The Atlantic, Time Magazine,

    • 40 min
    Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast 11/12/2021: Julea Gasner, Yad LaKashish

    Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast 11/12/2021: Julea Gasner, Yad LaKashish

    Rabbi Address chats with Julea Gasner of Yad LaKashish about the group’s services for aging residents in Jerusalem.







    On this week’s episode of the Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast, Julea Gasner of Yad LaKashish describes the challenges the social service organization faces providing resources for aging residents in Jerusalem.







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    Julea Gasner







    Julea Gasner has been with Yad LaKashish for 4 years and has been working in the non-profit world for over 35. Originally from Toronto, she has been living in Israel since 2009 with her husband and family.

    • 34 min
    Seekers of Meaning 11/05/2021: Rabbi Stephen Fuchs, author of “And Often the First Jew”

    Seekers of Meaning 11/05/2021: Rabbi Stephen Fuchs, author of “And Often the First Jew”

    Rabbi Address chats with this week’s guest, Rabbi Stephen Fuchs







    On this week’s episode of the Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast, Rabbi Stephen Fuchs, former president of the World Union for Progressive Judaism, and author of the new book, And Sometimes the First Jew, which chronicles the accomplishments, adventures, and “firsts” in Germany for Rabbi Fuchs and his wife Vickie, who are both children of Holocaust survivors. Rabbi Fuchs tells of the arrest and brutal treatment that his father, Leo Fuchs, received at the onset of Kristallnacht and how he was able to survive.







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    Rabbi Stephen L. Fuchs







    Rabbi Stephen Lewis Fuchs was born in East Orange, New Jersey on March 16, 1946. Upon graduating from East Orange High School, he matriculated at and graduated from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. After five more years and four summers of full-time study, he was ordained as a Rabbi at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio where he earned his MA in Hebrew Letters and a graduate certificate in Jewish Communal Service from the Hebrew Union College branch in Los Angeles, CA.Rabbi Stephen Fuchs and Victoria Steinberg Fuchs, a now-retired elementary school teacher, married on June 9, 1974 in San Francisco, CA. They currently reside in Sanibel Island, FL where Rabbi Fuchs is the spiritual leader at Bat Yam Temple of the Islands. They have three children and five grandchildren.​While studying at Hamilton and at HUC, Rabbi Fuchs worked as a teaching tennis pro at Spring Garden CC in Florham Park, NJ and at the famed Concord Hotel in the Catskills Mountains.“I’ve learned more about people through teaching and  dealing with them during those five summers than I did in all the years I’d studied in college and graduate school,” he says.​In 1992, Rabbi Fuchs earned a Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree in biblical interpretation from Vanderbilt University Divinity School in Nashville, Tennessee. He received a Doctor of Divinity Degree, Honoris Causa, from the Hebrew Union College—Jewish Institute of Religion in New York in March of...

    • 28 min
    Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast 10/29/2021: Yesh Ballon, author of “Unthinkable Dreams”

    Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast 10/29/2021: Yesh Ballon, author of “Unthinkable Dreams”

    Rabbi Richard Address talks with author and spiritual director Yesh Ballon on this week’s Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast







    On this week’s episode of the Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast, Yesh Ballon discusses his new book, Unthinkable Dreams—The Year That Mom Died and the Towers Fell.







    Yesh Ballon’s mother died two days before the 9/11 attacks. Always an iconoclast, even in death, Jean Hymson Ballon found a way to make things more interesting than they had to be. With air travel halted, the rituals for honoring and mourning her death were upended, propelling her family into chaos, conflict, and deeper grief. Unthinkable Dreams—The Year That Mom Died and the Towers Fell is the chronicle of the drama, discoveries, and occasional delights that one family experienced in the months before and after their matriarch’s death.







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    Yeshaya D. Ballon







    Yeshaya Douglas Ballon, spiritual mentor, teacher, artist, and retired architect, is the author of Unthinkable Dreams: The Year That Mom Died and the Towers Fell. Yesh’s previous books include: A Precious Heritage: Rabbinical Reflections on God, Judaism, and the World in the Turbulent Twentieth Century; and Blessings—A Spiritual Gift for My Family and Friends. Yesh received certification from ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal as a Mashpia Ruchani (Spiritual Director) and as a Vatik (Sage-ing® Mentor). More info at: www.yeshindeed.com. 

    • 32 min
    Seekers of Meaning 10/22/2021: Rav Laurie Braun Discussing Mental Health

    Seekers of Meaning 10/22/2021: Rav Laurie Braun Discussing Mental Health

    Rabbi Address chats with this week’s guest, Rav Laurie Braun







    On this week’s episode of the Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast, Rav Laurie Katz Braun, D.Min., a Reform rabbi and director of outreach for the Youth Mental Health Project. The Youth Mental Health Project is a grassroots nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate, empower, and support families and communities to better understand and care for the mental health of our youth.







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    Rav Laurie Katz Braun, D.Min.







    Laurie Katz Braun, DMin, is a rabbi, writer, parent, and mental health advocate based in New York and Pennsylvania. She has provided spiritual guidance and mental health advocacy for families and youth since her very first professional role–serving on the Religious and Cultural Support Team at a Residential Treatment Facility in California. She has served communities in New York, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Michigan, and is honored to join the team at the Youth Mental Health Project.

    • 30 min

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