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

    Rabbi David Teutsch, Jewish Ethicist, is guest on this week’s Seekers of Meaning Podcast

    Rabbi David Teutsch, Jewish Ethicist, is guest on this week’s Seekers of Meaning Podcast

    Rabbi David Teutsch, Ph.D., whose 2011 book, A Guide to Jewish Practice: Everyday Living won the Kraft Prize, the National Jewish Book Award for Contemporary Jewish Life and Practice, is the guest on this week’s Seekers of Meaning Podcast.

    About the Guest

    Rabbi David Teutsch is the Louis & Myra Wiener Professor Emeritus at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, where he previously served as President for a decade and as Director of the Center for Jewish Ethics.

    His recent work, A Guide to Jewish Practice: Everyday Living won the Kraft Prize, the National Jewish Book Award for Contemporary Jewish Life and Practice. The second and third volumes, A Guide to Jewish Practice: Shabbat and Holidays and A Guide to Jewish Practice: The Life Cycle, were published in 2014. Rabbi Teutsch was Editor-in-Chief for the groundbreaking seven-volume Kol Haneshamah Reconstructionist prayer book series.  His textbook Making a Difference: Jewish Leadership and Not-for-Profit Management, came out in 2009.  He is also the author of Spiritual Community: The Power to Restore Hope, Commitment and Joy and dozens of other books and articles.

    Rabbi Teutsch is a past president of the Society of Jewish Ethics and of the Academic Coalition for Jewish Bioethics.  A past member of the Conference of Presidents, he has served on the boards of over a dozen other organizations, including schools, synagogues, and magazines.

    A renowned lecturer, consultant and trainer, he has previously served as Executive Director of the Federation of Reconstructionist Congregations and Havurot, as Program Director of CLAL, and as a congregational rabbi.  An honors graduate of Harvard University ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, he earned his Ph.D. at the Wharton School, where his dissertation dealt with organizational ethics.  He has received honorary degrees from the Jewish Theological Seminary, Hebrew Union College and Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.

    • 36 min
    Barbara Mancini, nurse-memoirist prosecuted in her father’s death, discusses book on Seekers of Meaning Podcast

    Barbara Mancini, nurse-memoirist prosecuted in her father’s death, discusses book on Seekers of Meaning Podcast

    Barbara Mancini, a Pennsylvania nurse prosecuted for allegedly aiding the attempted suicide of her dying father, is the guest on this week’s Seekers of Meaning Podcast. Mancini has written a memoir about her experience with the medical and legal system, Cruel Death, Heartless Aftermath.

    About the Guest

    In 2013, Barbara Mancini was arrested and prosecuted in Pennsylvania on the charge of aiding the attempted suicide of her dying 93-year-old father after handing him his prescribed morphine. A hospice nurse and police authorities ignored his written advance directives, and he was hospitalized and treated in defiance of his end-of-life wishes. Her case garnered national attention and was roundly criticized throughout the media. A year later, a judge dismissed the case against her.

    Her case was featured on TV’s 60 Minutes and National Public Radio.  She has traveled the country speaking about her experience, and has become a vocal advocate for honoring wishes, improving care and expanding options at the end of life. Her memoir, Cruel Death, Heartless Aftermath, was published by Sunbury Press in November 2019.

    Barbara’s experience with the criminal justice system also led her to advocate for a more fair criminal justice system. She completed an internship with the Pennsylvania Innocence Project, and later worked as a pre-trial assistant with the Montgomery County (PA) Office of the Public Defender.

    Barbara has a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, and a Master of Science degree in Burn, Emergency, and Trauma Nursing. She worked as a nurse for over three decades and also holds a certificate in paralegal studies. Her advocacy focuses on self-determination and decision-making of the dying, the broader issues that influenced the ordeal she and her family experienced, and the social and ethical implications regarding how people are allowed to die.

     

     

    • 34 min
    Former Obama, Clinton Speechwriter Sarah Hurwitz Guests on Seekers of Meaning Podcast

    Former Obama, Clinton Speechwriter Sarah Hurwitz Guests on Seekers of Meaning Podcast

    This week’s guest on the Seekers of Meaning Podcast is Sarah Hurwitz, a former speechwriter for President and Mrs. Obama, who has just authored a new book about her journey back to Judaism, Here All Along: Finding Meaning, Spirituality, and a Deeper Connection to Life in Judaism (After Finally Choosing to Look There).

    After a decade as a political speechwriter—serving as head speechwriter for First Lady Michelle Obama, a senior speechwriter for President Barack Obama, and chief speechwriter for Hillary Clinton on her 2008 presidential campaign — Sarah Hurwitz decided to apply her skills as a communicator to writing a book . . . about Judaism. And no one is more surprised than she is.

    Hurwitz was the quintessential lapsed Jew — until, at age thirty-six, after a tough breakup, she happened upon an advertisement for an introductory class on Judaism. She attended on a whim, but was blown away by what she found: beautiful rituals, helpful guidance on living an ethical life, conceptions of God beyond the judgy bearded man in the sky—none of which she had learned in Hebrew school or during the two synagogue services she grudgingly attended each year. That class led to a years-long journey during which Hurwitz visited the offices of rabbis, attended Jewish meditation retreats, sat at the Shabbat tables of Orthodox families, and read hundreds of books about Judaism—all in dogged pursuit of answers to her biggest questions. What she found transformed her life, and she wondered: How could there be such a gap between the richness of what Judaism offers and the way so many Jews like her understand and experience it?

    Sarah Hurwitz is on a mission to close this gap by sharing the profound insights she discovered on everything from Jewish holidays, ethics, and prayer to Jewish conceptions of God, death, and social justice. In this entertaining and accessible book, she shows us why Judaism matters and how its message is more relevant than ever, and she inspires Jews to do the learning, questioning, and debating required to make this religion their own.

    About the Guest

    From 2009 to 2017, Sarah Hurwitz served as a White House speechwriter, first as a senior speechwriter for President Barack Obama and then as head speechwriter for First Lady Michelle Obama. Prior to serving in the Obama Administration, Sarah was chief speechwriter for Hillary Clinton on her 2008 presidential campaign. Sarah is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.

    • 43 min
    Dr. David Barile, founder of Goals of Care Coalition of New Jersey, discusses End of Life Care on the Seekers of Meaning Podcast

    Dr. David Barile, founder of Goals of Care Coalition of New Jersey, discusses End of Life Care on the Seekers of Meaning Podcast

    Dr. David Barile, founder of Goals of Care Coalition of New Jersey, a gerontologist in Princeton, NJ, is this week’s Seekers of Meaning Podcast guest. He discusses his group’s efforts to  help patients get the care they need and no less and the care they want and no more. The organization is working to set a new standard by helping healthcare providers, patients, and families make medical decisions that genuinely reflect a person’s wishes.

    About the Guest

    Dr. Barile is the Founder and Chief Medical Officer of Goals of Care Coalition of New Jersey (GOCCNJ), a non-profit partnership of leading healthcare providers, government agencies, and community organizations dedicated to helping patients get the care they need and no less and the care they want and no more. GOCCNJ provides valuable tools and information to help facilitate conversations about medical decisions at the end of life and is working to set a new standard of care in NJ by helping healthcare providers, patients, and families make medical decisions that genuinely reflect a person’s wishes. In addition to his roll with GOCCNJ, Dr. Barile is Director of Palliative Medicine Services and Medical Director of the Acute Care for the Elderly Unit at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center. He is also the Medical Director at Princeton Care Center Skilled Nursing Facility, Greenwood Hospice, and Goldenview Memory Home.

    Dr. Barile was instrumental in designing the NJ POLST (Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Therapies) Form and is an active member of the National POLST Paradigm Task Force focused on improving the quality of patient care by creating a system that identifies patients’ wishes regarding medical treatment and communicates and respects them by creating portable medical orders. He’s also served on the NJ Governor’s Advisory Council on End-of-Life Care. Dr. Barile has devoted much of his professional life to helping facilitate thoughtful, advance care planning conversations between health care professionals and patients and those close to them to determine what treatments patients do and do not want based on their personal beliefs and current state of health. He’s been widely published and is a sought-after speaker on the subject advance care planning and end-of-life care. He’s received numerous grants including from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Horizon Foundation, and other awards including Hospital Charitable Service Award’s Project of Promise Award and the POLST Paradigm State Innovations Award in recognition of his work on behalf of elderly patients and those suffering from advanced illness.

    Dr. Barile completed his undergraduate education at University of California at Santa Cruz and received his Doctorate of Medicine from Eastern Virginia Medical School. He completed his Internship and Residency at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City and a two-year Geriatric Fellowship at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He received Internal Medicine board certification in 1999, Geriatric Medicine certification in 2001 and Hospice/Palliative Medicine certification in 2005 and has been in clinical practice since 2000. Dr. Barile is a member of American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, the American College of Physicians, and the American Geriatric Society.

     

    • 30 min
    Gerontologist David Bernstein Discusses Diet, End-of-Life Decisions, and Coronavirus Pandemic Experiences on the Seekers of Meaning Podcast

    Gerontologist David Bernstein Discusses Diet, End-of-Life Decisions, and Coronavirus Pandemic Experiences on the Seekers of Meaning Podcast

    Dr. David Bernstein, a Florida gerontologist and author of The Power of 5: The Ultimate Formula for Longevity and Remaining Youthful, is this week’s guest on the Seekers of Meaning Podcast.

    About the Guest

    David Bernstein, M.D., is a highly respected physician who is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Geriatrics practicing in Clearwater, Florida. His 35+ years of experience have provided him with opportunities to observe, empathize and guide thousands of adults and generations of families as they mature.

    His compassion and ability to see the souls of his patients have compelled him to share his stories in his book: I’ve Got Some Good News and Some Bad News You’re OLD: Tales of a Geriatrician What to Expect in Your 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and Beyond.

    Because of Dr. Bernstein’s keen interest in the safety of his patients, he was prompted to write Senior Driving Dilemmas, Lifesaving Strategies. A guide for seniors and their families to consider and assess the feasibility of a senior adult continuing to drive.

    Dr. Bernstein’s observation and extensive research prompted him to write his latest book, The Power of 5: The Ultimate Formula For Longevity & Remaining Youthful which explores a formula to diminish the kinds of diseases many of today’s adults face. Divided into five categories – Sweets, Sweat, Stress, Sleep, and Sex – the Power of 5 details the ways individuals can take control of their own lasting youthfulness and vigor.

     

    Yeshiva University Program for Rabbis Working in Gerontology and Palliative Care Explored on Seekers of Meaning Podcast

    Yeshiva University Program for Rabbis Working in Gerontology and Palliative Care Explored on Seekers of Meaning Podcast

    Rabbis and clergy are being called upon to intervene in complex life crises, especially those involving aging, serious illness, end-of-life care, and bereavement.

    In this podcast, Rabbi Address speaks with Gary L. Stein, JD, MSW, Professor and Vice Chair, Social Work Hospice & Palliative Care Network, Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University, and Dr. Lynn Levy, Associate Clinical Professor at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, about the school’s continuing Rabbinic Certificate Program in Gerontology and Palliative Care.

    Joining Profs. Stein and Levy in the conversation are several participants in the program.

    Download a flyer explaining the Yeshiva University Online Rabbinic Certificate Program in Gerontology and Palliative Care. Yeshiva Rabbinic Certificate Program Flyer (PDF Download)

    The program provides an opportunity for Jewish clergy to obtain training on the special needs of older adults, people with serious illness, and their families.  This is an important effort to bring the knowledge base of gerontology, palliative social work, bereavement, and basic counseling skills to rabbis, cantors, and student clergy who will be called on to serve the diverse needs of aging congregations.

    About the Guests



    Gary L. Stein, JD, MSW, is Professor at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work – Yeshiva University, where has taught social policy, health care practice, palliative care, health care ethics, law and social policy, and LGBT practice in the master’s and doctoral programs since 2006.  His interests include palliative and end-of-life care, bioethics, health care policy and practice, social policy, disability, elder care, and LGBT issues.  Prof. Stein has been Vice Chair of the Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network since 2006.  Most recently, he was awarded a fellowship with the Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program/Congressional Fellowship Program for 2016-2017; his projects were with the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging, and the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC).  Prof. Stein was awarded a Fulbright Specialist Program Award in 2010, through which he was guest faculty at the Lancaster University, U.K. International Observatory for End of Life Care.  He was a consultant on disability and health care planning for the RAND Corporation.  Prof. Stein was formerly the Executive Director of New Jersey Health Decisions, where he was responsible for developing projects to improve end-of-life care, promote more informed medical decision-making, and foster citizen involvement in healthcare and bioethics issues.  Prof. Stein is a recipient of the Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network’s 2017 Career Achievement Award, the Project on Death in America’s Social Work Leadership Development Award (2001), and the Rose Dobrof Award (2011) for his publication on LGBT older adults.  In 2018, he was appointed to the New York State Palliative Care Education and Training Council. Prof. Stein appeared on the Seekers of Meaning Podcast in August 2018. You can hear that conversation here.



    Dr. Lynn Levy is an Associate Clinical Professor at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work where she received both her Ph.D. and MSW with a concentration in social group work and a certificate in Jewish Communal S...

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