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

    Frontotemporal degeneration and dementia and its toll on caregiver families, discussed on Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast

    Frontotemporal degeneration and dementia and its toll on caregiver families, discussed on Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast

    On this episode of the Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast, Rabbi Vicki Axe discusses frontotemporal degeneration -- FTD -- and her experience as caregiver to her husband when he was diagnosed with the progressive condition.



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    Before joining Temple Beth Am in Parsippany as Cantor, Rabbi Cantor Vicki L. Axe served congregations in New York, Connecticut, and Ohio. For the past eighteen years, she served as Founding Spiritual Leader and Educational Director of Congregation Shir Ami in Greenwich, Connecticut, before stepping down to become full-time caregiver for her husband, Harold.

    She holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Temple University in Philadelphia, Master of Arts in Music Education from the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, and ordination as Cantor from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music.

    Known for her talent and passion in the areas of Jewish education, conducting, and creative programming, as well as liturgical art, Rabbi Cantor Axe has served on the conducting faculty of the North American Jewish Choral Festival since 1997, directed URJ regional and national choirs, both adults and children.

    A master teacher, Rabbi Cantor Axe has prepared hundreds of children to become B’nai Mitzvah, taught cantorial and rabbinic students at the Academy of Jewish Religion as well as HUC-JIR, has visited many congregations as Scholar-in-Residence, and presented workshops on Jewish music and Jewish life for public schools, civic groups, and the Union for Reform Judaism.

    A national leader in the Reform Movement, Rabbi Cantor Axe served on the Board and Executive Board of the URJ and is a past president of both the American Conference of Cantors and the HUC-JIR Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music Cantorial Alumni Association.

    She was married for 48 years to Dr. Harold Axe until his death in April of 2020, is devoted mother to their four sons, Judah and his wife Ellie, Noah and his wife Amira, Gabriel, and Daniel, and most recently proud grandmother to Maren, Nora, Jillian, and Augustin.

    • 34 min
    Panel discusses how synagogues should be planning to continue using new technology after the pandemic

    Panel discusses how synagogues should be planning to continue using new technology after the pandemic

     



    On this week’s episode of the Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast, Rabbi Address welcomes a panel to discuss how technology changed the High Holy Days in 2020, and the implications for future use by synagogues as a regular part of their community outreach. The panelists were:



    * Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin, interim rabbi at Temple Israel in West Palm Beach, Florida

    * Rabbi Adena Blum, senior rabbi of Congregation Beth Chaim, West Windsor, New Jersey

    * Steve Lubetkin, producer of the Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast and managing partner, The Lubetkin Media Companies LLC, Cherry Hill, New Jersey, who coordinated production of completely pre-recorded High Holy Days services for Temple Emanuel, Cherry Hill.



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    Rabbi Adena Blum grew up in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, and began her Jewish journey at Har Sinai Temple. She is an alumna of The Lawrenceville School and Brandeis University, where she graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and a minor in Religious Studies. She received Master of Arts degrees in Hebrew Literature and Religious Education from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York, where she was also ordained in May 2014.

    ​Prior to her service at Congregation Beth Chaim, Rabbi Blum served as the rabbinic intern at Beth Haverim Shir Shalom in Mahwah, NJ, and Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple in New Brunswick, NJ. She has also served a number of other Reform synagogues, one Hillel, two hospitals, two URJ summer camps, and several other institutions where she engaged in teaching, preaching, leading worship, and programming for people of all ages and stages.

    Rabbi Blum is a member of the Association of Reform Jewish Educators, the Association of Reform Zionists of America, the Women’s Rabbinic Network, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis. She is passionate about education, Israel, spirituality, and forging meaningful relationships. In her free time, Rabbi Blum enjoys good food, traveling the world, indoor cycling, and spending time with her husband Sean and sons Jonah and Ari.





    Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin is one of American Judaism’s most prolific and most-quoted rabbis and thought leaders.  His colleagues have called him “an activist for Jewish ideas,” “courageous,” “always relevant,” and “a rabbi’s rabbi.”​

    Ever since his first book, Putting God on the Guest List: How to Reclaim The Spiritual Meaning of Your Child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah (Jewish Lights Publishing), Rabbi Salkin has been known for his writing, teaching and activism.  His books are on such subjects as ritual, masculinity, Zionism, inter-religious affairs, and how Jews can change the world.  He has written or edited three Torah commentaries – two of which are for teens. Several of his books have won national awards.​

    Rabbi Salkin’s award-winning blog, “Martini Judaism: for those who want to be shaken and stirred,” is published by the Religion News Service.  His essays have appeared in the Washington Post,...

    • 38 min
    Sara Schneider discusses “The Human Journey” interactive program for deep listening about life stages

    Sara Schneider discusses “The Human Journey” interactive program for deep listening about life stages

    In this week’s Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast, Sara Schneider, founder & CEO of The Human Journey, discussses how the program’s two-hour guided experience takes families of birth, families of choice, and support groups from suffering, isolation, and fragmentation to togetherness, meaning, and deep listening.

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    THE HUMAN JOURNEY® Founder/CEO Sara K. Schneider, Ph.D., is a cultural anthropologist, theatre maker, and organizational consultant and facilitator – she likes to say she’s “an artist whose medium is groups.”

    The idea for THE HUMAN JOURNEY® emerged from a period of personal challenge, when a three significant losses in short succession returned Sara to her expertise in narrative and performance theory. The problem she set for herself: How can people get through life crises in such a way that their sharing heals not just themselves but also their audience? The result: The facilitated game experience THE HUMAN JOURNEY®, an “applied theatre” tool to help families and groups connected by biology, choice, or mutual support to cultivate belonging, meaning, and communication skills in advance of a loss or in the heart of other big changes.

    Sara is trained as a performance anthropologist, with degrees from Yale and NYU. Her books on human performance (ART OF DARKNESS, VITAL MUMMIES, and CONCERT SONG AS SEEN) have been published by Yale University Press, Cuneiform Books, and Pendragon Press. Sara is the writer-deviser of the plays AMERICAN YOGI, COLOR STORY, IN PEERAGE OUT, and REPREHENSIBLE SHOES. During her years in New York City, Sara was the founder and artistic director of the theatre company Chaparral Productions and taught drama and theatre in the School of Drama at University of Washington as well as at the University of Kentucky and Berea College.

    She has published chapters in education, design, anthropology, and medical training books, and her insights have been featured on a variety of NPR programs and television and video productions. She consults on organizational and leadership strategy, program development, and learning design to nonprofit, healthcare, and corporate clients and offers experiential training and workshops on professional skills, and bringing spirituality into professional life.

    Sara has trained hospice workers in the United States and Canada, as well as practitioners in addictions work, chaplaincy, marriage and family counseling, social work, coaching, and nursing to conduct THE HUMAN JOURNEY® for families and groups of support. Prior to committing to making THE HUMAN JOURNEY® a working reality in professional settings around the country, Sara was a theatre director, writer, and professor, and, most recently, a tenured education professor in leadership studies. Through her teaching and consulting, she has guided hundreds of working professionals in education, healthcare, the clergy, law enforcement, and the arts to access and grow their own and their colleagues’ wisdom and resources.

    • 31 min
    Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom South Jersey Leaders Phyllis Levy and Asma Kasuba discuss interfaith understanding

    Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom South Jersey Leaders Phyllis Levy and Asma Kasuba discuss interfaith understanding

    Phyllis Levy and Asma Kasuba, two women leading the local South Jersey chapter of the international Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, visit the Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast to discuss the group’s efforts to bridge cultural and social gaps between Jewish and Muslim women worldwide.

    “Our mission is to build trust, respect, and relationships between American and Canadian Muslim and Jewish women and teenage girls,” says the group’s website. “Together the women commit to end acts of anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim sentiment, stand up for one another when hate is aimed at our communities and engage in social action work.”

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    About the Guests

    Asma Roomi Kasuba is a Muslim American woman, residing in Mount Laurel, New Jersey. With an Indian heritage, and born in Montreal, Canada, she has spent most of her life in New Jersey. Having lived all over the state, she considers herself a true Jersey Girl. Growing up in New Jersey with a very small Muslim community at that time, Asma was always interested in her faith, and its connection to her environment and her peers- exploring “Who am I?” and “How do I fit here?”.   Beyond the cultural and faith learnings, Asma embarked on an exploration of faith roots, cultural influence, and defining a new American Muslim experience for young Muslim immigrants growing up in New Jersey.  Raised in a diverse community, Asma felt empowered to make connections and build bridges thru interfaith work as an adult.  Further impassioned to break through negative stereotype and Islamophobia, Asma strives to integrate Islam and Muslims in the communities where she lives and works. Asma is a pharmaceutical development professional. She has previously worked at other large pharmaceutical and medical device companies. Asma has a BS in Biochemistry and MBA in International Business, PMP and SAMP. She has 3 boys whole fill her and her husband’s lives with joy and chaos.

    Phyllis Savar Levy is a nationally respected developer, acquirer, and marketer of new products and services.  Her career spans over 30 years as both an executive within, and as a consultant to, Fortune 500 firms in the food, pharmaceutical, and general consumer world.  She and her teams developed and grew multiple successful new products for several prominent companies such as J&J, Campbell Soup, Aramark, NutriSystem, GlaxoSmithKline, and most recently, Rita’s Italian Ices.  She now directs her own company, as CEO/Founder of  GrowingPoints, LLC, a new products consultancy. Over the past two decades, Phyllis has enjoyed teaching positions and consulting faculty roles at The Wharton School, her alma mater. Phyllis is co-chair of the Cherry Hill chapter of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, and serves on the National Board of the World Union of Progressive Judaism.  She has enjoyed prior positions on the National Board of MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, the Board of Advisors for Hillel at the University of Pennsylvania,

    • 31 min
    President of World Union for Progressive Judaism, Rabbi Sergio Bergman, discusses Jewish identity

    President of World Union for Progressive Judaism, Rabbi Sergio Bergman, discusses Jewish identity

    Rabbi Sergio Bergman, the president of the World Union for Progressive Judaism, is this week’s guest on the Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast. Speaking to Rabbi Address from his home in Buenos Aires, Rabbi Bergman discusses challenges of identity facing the liberal Jewish community worldwide. (In the United States, the largest denomination of liberal Judaism is known as Reform Judaism, but outside the US, the movement identifies itself as Progressive Judaism.)

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    About the Guest

    Argentinian-born politician, social activist, and community leader Rabbi Sergio Bergman became the WUPJ’s new President in June 2020.

    Born in Buenos Aires in 1962, Rabbi Bergman holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Pharmaceutics from the University of Buenos Aires, and three Master’s degrees: in Education from The Hebrew University, in Hebrew Letters from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, Jerusalem, and in Jewish Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary, Jerusalem.

    He was ordained at the Latin American Rabbinical Seminary of Buenos Aires in 1992, and HUC-JIR in Jerusalem in 1993. He is a member of the Central Conference of American Rabbi (CCAR) and a graduate of the Jewish Agency’s Jerusalem Fellows program.

    Founder of the Arlene Fern Community School in Buenos Aires, Rabbi Bergman is well-known for his innovative and inspirational socio-educational and religious projects with Fundación Judaica. He serves as Rabbi at Templo Libertad, Argentina’s first Synagogue.

    Rabbi Bergman began his career as a community leader at Emanu El, epicenter of Argentina’s Reform Movement. In 2011, he became the first rabbi ever elected to public office in Argentina and served as representative of the City of Buenos Aires. In 2013, he was elected to represent the city at the nation’s congress and in 2015, President Mauricio Macri named him Minister of the Environment and Sustainable Development, a position he held until the end of President Macri’s term in 2019.

    Named one of the world’s 100 most influential leaders in the fight against climate change, Rabbi Bergman has received numerous international distinctions and awards. He has authored seven books, is a distinguished speaker on issues of social justice and human rights, and a strong exponent of civil discourse.

    Rabbi Bergman is honored to have been appointed President of the World Union for Progressive Judaism, beginning in June, 2020.

    He is married and has four children.

     

    • 29 min
    Rabbi Danny Siegel, poet and author, discusses his writing and his life work

    Rabbi Danny Siegel, poet and author, discusses his writing and his life work

    On this episode of the Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast, Rabbi Danny Siegel discusses his writing and his life work. Siegel’s most recent book is Radiance: Creative Mitzvah Living, an anthology of his most important writings, spanning and renewing fifty years of his insights. Radiance intersperses soulful Jewish texts with innovative Mitzvah ideas to rouse individuals and communities to transform our lives, communities, neighborhoods, and world.

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    Danny Siegel is best known for bringing the discussion of Tzedakah and doing Tikkun Olam back into Jewish communities. A well-known author, lecturer, and poet, Danny has spoken in more than 500 North American Jewish communities on personalized Tzedakah, Mitzvah heroes, and Jewish values. He is the author of numerous books, including Danny Siegel’s Bar and Bat Mitzvah Mitzvah Book: A Practical Guide For Changing the World Through Your Simcha; Heroes and Miracle Workers, a collection of essays about everyday people who are Mitzvah Heroes; Who, Me? Yes, You! — Danny Siegel’s WorkbookTo Help You Decide Where, When, Why, and How You Can Do Your Best Tikkun Olam; and Giving Your Money Away — How Much, How to, Why, When, and to Whom: Danny Siegel’s Practical Guide to Personalized Tzedakah. He has also published several collections of poetry and children’s stories. Danny served as the Tzedakah Resource Person on the United Synagogue Youth Israel Pilgrimage for 37 years, and is a recipient of the prestigious Covenant Award for Exceptional Jewish Educators. New Mitzvah Stories for the Whole Family (Reclaiming Judaism Press) is published in his honor. Danny serves as a faculty member of the Reclaiming Judaism Maggid-Educator Ordination Program (SM).

    • 40 min

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