Jewish Visions for Aging: A Professional Guide for Fostering Wholeness
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Discover the Jewish traditions insights on growing older and eldercare in this groundbreaking resourcethe only one of its kind!
Judaism can be [tremendously] powerful for those searching for new meaning and roles, for perspective on lifes profound questions, and for solace amid the inevitable loss and change of later life…. It is time to forge a new paradigm for the Jewish response to aging.
from the Introduction
From the rapidly changing retirement years to the sometimes wrenching challenges of dementia and chronic illness, spiritual questions and needs among todays elders and caregivers are central. This rich resource probes Jewish texts to offer solutions and suggestions for finding meaning, purpose and community within Jewish tradition.
With timelyand timelesswisdom, this rich resource probes Jewish texts, spirituality and observance, uncovering a deep, never-before-realized approach to responding to the challenges of aging with a refreshing and inspiring vitality. The insightsspanning textual analysis and spiritual and pastoral perspectivesprovide practical guidance in spiritual care and communal programming to dynamically engage and serve elders and their families.
Accessible and honest, Jewish and non-Jewish clergy, chaplains, elder- and healthcare professionals, volunteers and family members will find this guide an invaluable asset as they explore how to empower elders and their families through daily spiritual and communal life.
Rabbi Dayle A. Friedman, MSW, MAJCS, BCC, has pioneered the development of Jewish spiritual resources for aging, healing and spiritual care. She is the editor of Jewish Pastoral Care: A Practical Handbook from Traditional and Contemporary Sources and author of Jewish Visions for Aging: A Professional Guide for Fostering Wholeness (both Jewish Lights), among other publications. Rabbi Friedman has taught and mentored chaplains and clergy from all movements in Judaism across North America and in Israel. She is the founding director of Hiddur: The Center for Aging and Judaism of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. She provides spiritual direction on the path of later life through Provisions for the Journey, a private practice in Philadelphia.
- Jewish Lights Publishing, September 2008
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