"Teaches us how we may be present with our elderly regardless of their life stage. Compassionate and sensitive … a valuable and useful addition to the growing dialogue on the implications of aging for the Jewish community."
―Rabbi Richard F. Address, DMin, director, Department of Jewish Family Concerns, Union for Reform Judaism
“Powerfully argues that people advanced in years are ripe with possibilities for spiritual growth and offers guidance that is both practical and inspiring.”
―Rabbi Mychal Springer, associate dean and director, Field Education of the Rabbinical School, The Jewish Theological Seminary
“Impressive … draws on rich Jewish tradition to help reframe and revalue later life, a task now indispensable for our aging society.”
―Harry R. Moody, director of Academic Affairs, AARP
“[Draws] a new map of old age … connects aging with meaning with caregiving with community and makes a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. [Will enrich] the American conversations about aging, wherever they take place.”
―William H. Thomas, MD, president, Eden Alternative; author, What Are Old People For? How Elders Will Save the World
“Wise and wide-ranging … addresses some of the profound challenges for all who care about the elders in our communities and institutions…. [Will] help bring about more skilled, sensitive, holistic engagement.”
―Rabbi Natan Fenner, BCC, Bay Area Jewish Healing Center; coordinator, Torah Reflections
“An important text for social workers and chaplains of all faiths who seek to instill the wisdom and insights from a long heritage that honors our elders.”
―Rev. James W. Ellor, PhD, editor, Journal of Religion, Spirituality and Aging; director, Center for Gerontological Studies
About the Author
Rabbi Dayle A. Friedman, MSW, MA, BCC, is a pioneer in forging a fresh vision for the second half of life. She is a spiritual leader, social innovator, scholar, author of Jewish Visions for Aging: A Professional Guide to Fostering Wholeness and editor of Jewish Pastoral Care: A Practical Handbook from Traditional and Contemporary Sources. She founded and directed Hiddur: The Center for Aging and Judaism of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Rabbi Friedman offers training, consulting and spiritual guidance through Growing Older (www.growingolder.co), her Philadelphia-based national practice.
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Thomas R. Cole, PhD, is the McGovern Chair of Medical Humanities and director of the Center for Health, Humanities, and the Human Spirit at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. He is the author and editor of many books and articles on humanistic gerontology, including The Journey of Life: A Cultural History of Aging in America.
Rabbi Eugene B. Borowitz is the Sigmund L. Falk Distinguished Professor of Education and Jewish Religious Thought at Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City, where he was ordained. His books include Renewing the Covenant: A Theology for the Postmodern Jew and A Touch of the Sacred: A Theologian's Informal Guide to Jewish Belief (Jewish Lights).