Jewish Visions for Aging: A Professional Guide for Fostering Wholeness

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Discover the Jewish tradition’s insights on growing older and eldercare in this groundbreaking resource—the only one of its kind!

“Judaism can be [tremendously] powerful for those searching for new meaning and roles, for perspective on life’s 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.”
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Overview

Discover the Jewish tradition’s insights on growing older and eldercare in this groundbreaking resource—the only one of its kind!

“Judaism can be [tremendously] powerful for those searching for new meaning and roles, for perspective on life’s 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 today’s 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 timely—and timeless—wisdom, 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 insights—spanning textual analysis and spiritual and pastoral perspectives—provide 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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580233484
  • Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/1/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 1,128,418
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

Rabbi Eugene B. Borowitz is the Sigmund L. Falk Distinguished Professor of Education and Jewish Religious Thought at the New York School of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion where he has taught since 1962. He is the only person to have received a national Foundation for Jewish Culture Lifetime Achievement Award in Scholarship for work in the field of Jewish Thought. His most recent books are The Jewish Moral Virtues (with Frances W. Schwartz) and Judaism After Modernity.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Thomas R. Cole Cole, Thomas R.

Preface Eugene B. Borowitz Borowitz, Eugene B.

Introduction Seasons of Splendor - New Visions for Jewish Aging

Pt. I Text and Tradition

1 Crown Me with Wrinkles and Gray Hair: Traditional Views and Visions of Aging 3

Pt. II Aging and Meaning

2 The Mitzvah Model: Meaning and Mission in Late Life 15

3 Everything I Need to Know I Learned in the Nursing Home: Torah for Confronting Fragility and Mortality 22

4 Seeking the Tzelem: Making Sense of Dementia 38

5 Lilmod U'lilamed: Elders as Learners and Teachers of Torah 58

Practical Tips for Engaging Elders as Learners in Jewish Education 65

Pt. III Family Caregiving

6 Help with the Hardest Mitzvah: Spiritually Supporting Family Caregivers 71

7 Beyond Guilt: Perspectives from Tradition on Obligations to Aging Parents 83

8 Balancing Parents' and Children's Quality of Life: Ethical Dilemmas in Family Caregiving 96

Pt. IV Livui Ruchani: Spiritual Accompaniment in Aging

9 Enabling Their Faces to Shine: Spiritual Accompaniment with Aging Individuals 107

10 PaRDeS: Compassionate Spiritual Presence with Elders 130

11 Spiritual Challenges and Possibilities for Jews in Long-Term Care Facilities 145

12 An Anchor amidst Anomie: Ritual and Aging 163

Pt. V Aging and Community

13 L'Dor Va-Dor: Living the Chain of Tradition through Intergenerational Programs 177

14 Weaving the Generations: Congregations as Communities for All Ages 186

Afterword 207

Notes 211

Glossary 227

Credits 231

Index 233

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