Seekers of Meaning

Seekers of Meaning

The Seekers of Meaning podcast features news and interviews on the subject of Jewish sacred aging.
About the host: Rabbi Richard F. Address, D.Min., is the founder of JewishSacredAging.com and the host of the Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast.

A nationally recognized speaker and seminar leader, he is the author of several books on Judaism and aging, including his most recent work, Seekers of Meaning: Baby Boomers, Judaism, and the Pursuit of Healthy Aging (2011: URJ Books).

Rabbi Address has devoted his career to helping transform synagogues into caring communities that recognize the unique spiritual challenges facing older members and their families. His work has been based on the belief that a congregation, to be a true “caring community,” must be founded on a theology of sacred relationships.

Before serving for several years as senior rabbi at Congregation M’kor Shalom in Cherry Hill, NJ, he previously was the specialist and congregation consultant for the North American Reform movement in the program areas of Caring Community and Family Concerns.

A major part of Address’s work has been in the development and implementation of the project on Sacred Aging, which is embodied in his popular web resource for Baby Boomers seeking spiritual help with issues of aging and eldercare, www.JewishSacredAging.com. This project has been responsible for creating awareness and resources for congregations on the implication of the emerging longevity revolution with growing emphasis on the aging of the baby boom generation. This aging revolution is affecting all aspects of Jewish communal and congregational life. Rabbi Address was ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in Cincinnati (1972) and served congregations in California before joining the staff of the Union for Reform Judaism (formerly the Union of American Hebrew Congregations) in 1978. He directed the Union’s Pennsylvania Council from 1978 through 2000. In 1997, he founded the Department of Jewish Family Concerns.

He currently serves as an adjunct professor at Hebrew Union College, New York, and the Wurtzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University. He is co-chair of the Interfaith and Diversity Group for the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC), and chairs the Sukkat Shalom Jewish Advisory Group for Samaritan Healthcare and Hospice in Voorhees, NJ.

Rabbi Address holds a Certificate in Pastoral Counseling from the Post Graduate Center for Mental Health and a Doctor of Ministry from HUC-JIR. He also received an honorary Doctorate from HUC-JIR in 1997.

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  • Seekers of Meaning 9/30/2022: Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

    On this episode of the Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast, Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz discusses his new social justice commentary on the Book of Proverbs

  • Seekers of Meaning 9/16/2022: Rabbi Toba Spitzer

    On this episode of the Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast, Rabbi Toba Spitzer discusses her book, God Is Here: Reimagining the Divine. In God Is Here, Spitzer argues that whether we believe in God or fervently disbelieve, what we are actually disagreeing about is not God at all, but a metapho...

  • SOM 9/9/2022: Rabbi Larry Kotok and Rev. Rick McCall

    On this week's episode of the Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast, Rabbi Larry Kotok and Rev. Rick McCall discuss the relevance of theology in challenging times.

  • SOM 8/26/2022: Amy Seigel, Founder and CEO, Advocare Geriatric Care Management

    Amy Seigel, the CEO of Advocare Care Management, discusses the impact of the pandemic on the work that her company does. She explains that most of their clients are seniors, and that they have seen an increase in the need for their services since the pandemic began.

    Seigel describes how Advocar...

  • SOM20220902: Hollis Citron and Susan Gross

    On this week's episode of the Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast, Hollis Citron and her mother, Susan Gross, discuss their experience creating a widows' support group for Susan's community and the importance of Jewish communities like synagogues creating and nurturing such groups.

  • Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast 8/19/2022: Rabbi Elana Zaiman

    On this week's episode of the Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast, Rabbi Elana Zaiman discusses her book, The Forever Letter: Writing What We Believe For Those We Love

    Inspired by the centuries-old Jewish tradition of the ethical will, a forever letter is a perfect way to share your most prec...

  • Reb Carl Viniar, Rabbinic Pastor and Marital Counselor

    Joining Rabbi Address on this week's Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast is Reb Carl Viniar, a rabbinic pastor and retired attorney who is an expert in marital counseling and mediation.

  • Dr. Sara Zeff Geber, Solo Aging Expert

    On this week’s episode of the Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast, the guest is Sara Zeff Geber, Ph.D., author of the book Essential Retirement Planning for Solo Agers.

  • SOM 7/29/2022: Rabbi Mendel Moskovitz, Jewish Relief Network Ukraine

    Rabbi Mendel Moskovitz, rabbi of the Karkhiv Choral Synagogue, and ambassador for the Jewish Relief Network Ukraine (jrnu.org) describes his family's exodus from Ukraine to Israel, and efforts to provide relief aid to Jews and other residents remaining in Ukraine.

  • Keren Etkin, founder of TheGerontechnologist.com

    This week's guest on the Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast is Keren Etkin, founder of TheGerontechnologist.com and author of the new book, The AgeTech Revolution.

  • Rabbanit Dasi Fruchter, leader of the South Philadelphia Shtiebel

    Rabbanit Dasi Fruchter is the leader of the newly formed Modern Orthodox congregation known as the South Philadelphia Shtiebel (southphiladelphiashteibel.org)

  • Tia Newcomer, CEO of CaringBridge.org

    On this week's episode of the Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast, the guest is Tia Newcomer, CEO of CaringBridge.org, a nonprofit social network that helps people connect with family and friends during a health journey.

  • Rabbi Stephen Karol's new book, "Embracing the Supernatural in Judaism"

    This week, Rabbi Stephen Karol discusses his new book, "Embracing the Supernatural in Judaism: Signs from Our Deceased Loved Ones and Stories About The World-to-Come."

  • Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg, the National Council of Jewish Women

    On this week's episode of the Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast, Rabbi Address's guest is Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg, scholar-in-residence for the National Council of Jewish Women, author of a continuing newsletter on the Torah called "Life is a Sacred Text," and author of a new book, On Repenta...

  • Seekers of Meaning: 6/3/2022

    On this episode, Rabbi Ilan Glatzer and Cantor Hinda Labovitz discuss their support group for bereaved Jewish parents, Our Love Continues, and Rabbi Glatzer's support group for substance abuse recovery, Our Jewish Recovery.

  • Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman, Ph.D., New Approaches to Liturgy and Worship

    On this week's episode of the Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast, Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman, Ph.D., the Barbara and Stephen Friedman Professor Emeritus of Liturgy, Worship and Ritual at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, New York, discusses new ways of looking at worship ritual a...

  • Rabbis Rifat Sonsino and Richard Agler, editors, "A God We Can Believe In"

    This week’s guests on the Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast are Rabbis Rifat Sonsino and Richard Agler, editors of a new collection of essays, A God We Can Believe In.

    Do you believe in God? So many people answer this question in the negative because the God they have been taught to believe...

  • David Bernstein, Jewish Institute of Liberal Values

    On this week's episode of the Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast, David Bernstein, founder of the Jewish Institute of Liberal Values, discusses the Institute's work in encouraging principled debate over political and social issues.

  • Kyle Ruffin, author of "In Stroke's Shadow"

    On this week's episode of the Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast, Kyle Ruffin, author of "In Stroke's Shadow: My Caregiver's Story," talks about caring for her mother after she suffered a debilitating stroke.

  • A Humanitarian Mission to Help Ukrainian Refugees

    On this week's episode of the Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast, Rabbis Jeffrey Salkin and Gregory Marx discuss their recent humanitarian mission to the Polish border with Ukraine to deliver aid to Ukrainian refugees from the Russian invasion.

  • A Passover Message from Rabbi Address

    On this episode of the Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast, Rabbi Richard Address offers a message for Passover

  • Jerold Rothkoff, Elder Care Attorney

    On this week's episode of the Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast, elder care law attorney Jerold Rothkoff discusses issues surrounding elder care and elder law.

    Jerold E. Rothkoff, a practicing New Jersey and Pennsylvania attorney, is the Principal of the Rothkoff Law Group, where he dedicat...

  • Rabbi Cheryl Weiner reflects on chaplaincy, spiritual journey

    In this episode of the Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast, Rabbi Cheryl Weiner reflects on her work in chaplaincy and her spiritual journey.

  • Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz, founder of YATOM: The Jewish Foster & Adoption Network

    On this week's episode of the Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast, Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz discusses his work establishing YATOM: The Jewish Foster & Adoption Network.