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 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, 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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  • William Peters, author of "At Heaven's Door"

    On this week's episode of the Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast, the guest is William Peters, a practicing grief and bereavement therapist and author of the new book, At Heaven's Gate.

    In 2000, Peters was volunteering at the Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco when he had an extraordinary ...

  • Richard Brownstein, author of “Holocaust Cinema Complete”

    On this week’s episode of the Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast, the guest is Richard Brownstein, author of Holocaust Cinema Complete: A History and Analysis of 400 Films, with a Teaching Guide, just published by McFarland Press.

    Holocaust cinema is so venerated that one-third of all Americ...

  • Dr. Jessica Zitter, director of "Caregiver: A Love Story" film

    On this week's episode of the Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast, Rabbi Address chats with Dr. Jessica Zitter, director and producer of the documentary, Caregiver: A Love Story.

    Over the past decade, we’ve gotten better at caring for the dying.  But now we have a new crisis on our hands: the...

  • Rabbi Michael Perice, Senior Rabbi, Temple Sinai, Cinnaminson, NJ

    This week, Rabbi Michael Perice, senior rabbi of Temple Sinai, Cinnaminson, NJ, discusses his calling to the rabbinate and his decision to reveal his battle with substance abuse.

  • Cantor Ben Kintisch, director of "Life Review - The Hospice Musical"

    Cantor Ben Kintisch discusses his musical comedy, "Life Review - The Hospice Musical." Life Review: The Hospice Musical is a new musical celebrating life, love and loss through three seasons at a residential hospice. The story follows our young Rabbi David, the new chaplain at the facility. He ar...

  • Reva Farenback-Brateman, Samost Jewish Family and Children's Service

    This week, Reva Farenback-Brateman, geriatric case manager and community educator for Samost Jewish Family and Children's Service, Cherry Hill, NJ, discusses her programing for LGBTQ elders and their families.