On this episode of the Seekers of Meaning Podcast, the guest is Rabbi Marla J. Feldman, executive director of Women of Reform Judaism.
About the Guest
Rabbi Marla J. Feldman is the executive director of Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ). Previously, Rabbi Feldman served as the Director of Development for the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) and the Director of the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism. Feldman is a Reform rabbi (HUC-JIR, 1985), lawyer (JD, Univ. of Fla, 1993), and certified fundraiser (NYU, 2010). Previously, Rabbi Feldman worked in the Jewish Community Relations field, serving the Detroit and Delaware communities. She taught as adjunct faculty at the University of Detroit-Mercy and the Widener University College of Law in Wilmington, DE. Prior to obtaining her law degree, Rabbi Feldman served congregations in Sarasota and Orlando, Florida. Feldman has authored Reform Movement action manuals, published ‘modern midrash’ in numerous collections, and her articles and Op Eds have appeared in numerous publications and newspapers.
Bruce Frankel, left, and Paul Nagle are collaborating on the creation of Stonewall NYC, an intergenerational community for the LGBTQ population
Guests on this episode of the Seekers of Meaning Podcast are Bruce Frankel and Paul E. Nagel, who are collaborating to create Stonewall Village NYC, an intergenerational LGBTQ community in New York.
About the Guests
Bruce R. Frankel is Chief Content Officer and a partner in Redstring, a community-building technology business. He is also Co-President of The Life Planning Network and of of LPN’s New England Chapter, Editor of LPN-Q, a quarterly journal, and author of What Should I Do With The Rest Of My Life? as well as a co-editor of Live Smart After 50! The Experts Guide to Life For Uncertain Time. He is a writer, too, of World War II: History’s Greatest Conflict, and an editor of several other books. Before turning his attention to issue of aging, he was a prize-winning journalist, the New York-based national reporter for USA Today and a senior writer and editor for People magazine.
Paul E. Nagle is the executive director of Stonewall Community Development Corporation, which seeks to partner with commercial developers to create affordable housing for LGBTQ elders. He is directing the creation of Stonewall Village NYC, a vibrant virtual village to support the elder LGBTQ population of New York with education-facilitation for LGBT housing opportunities, programs and services to support aging in place, health, and socialization to end isolation, and more. Paul was previously the executive director of Cultural Strategies Initiative in NYC, and director of communications and cultural policy for a member of the NYC Council. He has a background in international cultural policy, which he studied at NYU.
On this edition of the Seekers of Meaning Podcast, Rabbi Andrea L. Weiss, Ph.D., the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Provost, and Associate Professor of Bible at Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion, discusses the new book, American Values, Religious Voices: 100 Days. 100 Letters, which she co-authored with Lisa M. Weinberger.
After the 2016 presidential election, Rabbi Weiss teamed up with graphic designer Lisa M. Weinberger to create an “innovative volume” that addresses the concerns over the deep divisions in our country. While looking for ways to respond, many Americans turned to their respective religious leaders for guidance. These 100 letters —addressed to the president, vice president, and members of the 115th Congress and Trump administration—were written by some of America’s most accomplished and thoughtful scholars of religion. Dr. Weiss’s book is one of the first publications of the University of Cincinnati’s recently established press.
About the Guest
Rabbi Andrea L. Weiss, Ph.D.
Dr. Andrea Weiss is the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Provost at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Previously, she served as Associate Professor of Bible at the New York campus. Dr. Weiss was ordained at HUC-JIR/New York and received her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. She served as Associate Editor of The Torah: A Women’s Commentary (URJ Press, 2008), which won the Jewish Book Council’s 2008 Everett Family Foundation Jewish Book of the Year Award. Dr. Weiss’s leadership within HUC-JIR has helped reshape curriculum for the rabbinical program across the campuses and built a deeper sense of community at the New York campus. She developed the Worship Working Group in 2003 and has continued to oversee this group of students and faculty who work together to reflect on and improve worship there.
She has played a leadership role in major initiatives such as the Spirituality Initiative of the New York School, the Mandel Initiative in Building Capacity for Visionary Leadership, and the annual New York Kallah.
Rabbi Claudio Kogan, MD, has served as chaplain for law enforcement agencies in the Rio Grande Valley and offers an ethical perspective on the situation at the US-Mexico border in this installment of the Seekers of Meaning Podcast.
About the Guest
Rabbi Dr. Claudio J. Kogan is the director of the Institute of Bioethics and Social Justice. He is an Associate Professor of the Department of Internal Medicine and a Module Co-Director of Medicine Behavior and Society at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine in Edinburg, Texas.
Dr. Kogan is a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He attended the University of Buenos Aires Medical School where he received his M.D. Dr. Kogan received his Maters of Hebrew Letters and his rabbinical ordination at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and his Master of Education from Xavier University, in Cincinnati, Ohio. He also received his Master of Medical Ethics from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School. Rabbi Kogan served on the Human Investigation Committee at Yale University.
Dr. Kogan is a member of the Ethics Committee and the Internal Review Board of UTRGV/ Medical School and a member of the Ethics Committee for Doctors Hospital at Renaissance in Edinburg, Texas. He is also a chaplain to law enforcement agencies in the Rio Grande Valley.
Rabbi Kogan served 26 for years multiple Jewish congregations in Buenos Aires, Michigan, Ohio, South Dakota, Kentucky, Florida and Texas. He is also a Mohel (certified to perform circumcisions) and a firm believer that Medicine and Religion are two sides of the same coin. Dr. Kogan is a strong advocate to combine Science and Spirituality and an activist who has traveled around the world promoting interfaith dialogue.
Rabbi Steven Krul, left, and Prof. Gary Stein supervise the certificate program.
On this episode of the Seekers of Meaning Podcast, Prof. Gary Stein and Rabbi Steven Krul of Yeshiva University take time out from the Neshama: National Association of Jewish Chaplains conference in Cherry Hill to visit the Professional Podcasts studios where we record the program. Stein and Krul oversee Yeshiva’s Certificate Program in Gerontology and Palliative Care for rabbis and cantors. They provide an update on the program and some retrospective thoughts about the online curriculum’s first year.
About the Guests
Dr. Gary Stein, Professor at Wurzweiler School of Social Work
Gary L. Stein, JD, MSW, is Professor at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work – Yeshiva University, where has taught social policy, health care practice, palliative care, health care ethics, law and social policy, and LGBT practice in the master’s and doctoral programs since 2006. His interests include palliative and end-of-life care, bioethics, health care policy and practice, social policy, disability, elder care, and LGBT issues. Prof. Stein has been Vice Chair of the Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network since 2006. Most recently, he was awarded a fellowship with the Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program/Congressional Fellowship Program for 2016-2017; his projects were with the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging, and the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC). Prof. Stein was awarded a Fulbright Specialist Program Award in 2010, through which he was guest faculty at the Lancaster University, U.K. International Observatory for End of Life Care. He was a consultant on disability and health care planning for the RAND Corporation. Prof. Stein was formerly the Executive Director of New Jersey Health Decisions, where he was responsible for developing projects to improve end-of-life care, promote more informed medical decision-making, and foster citizen involvement in healthcare and bioethics issues. Prof. Stein is a recipient of the Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network’s 2017 Career Achievement Award, the Project on Death in America’s Social Work Leadership Development Award (2001), and the Rose Dobrof Award (2011) for his publication on LGBT older adults. In 2018, he was appointed to the New York State Palliative Care Education and Training Council.
Rabbi Steven Krul
Rabbi Steven Krul, LCSW, is a Clinical Social Worker and currently serves as the Program Coordinator for the Rabbinic Certificate Program in Gerontology & Palliative Care at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work of Yeshiva University. Rabbi Krul has vast experience in the fields of Grief Counseling & End-Of-Life Care and is also on staff as a Bereavement Counselor at MJHS Hospice & Palliative Care.
Rabbi Krul has both developed & coordinated the MJHS Hospice Bereavement Internship Program for Graduate School students. Rabbi Krul has also served in roles as a Hospice & Palliative Care Social Worker and Chaplain/Pastoral Care Coordinator. Rabbi Krul has experience with various fields within healthcare and Mental Health, however, since the year 2010 the fields of End-of-Life Care and Palliative Care have become a primary focus and mission for Rabbi Krul.
Rabbi Krul completed his Rabbinic Internship at Congregation Ahawas Achim in West Orange, NJ and has served as a Rabbinic Assistant & part of the Rabbinic staff at the Young Israel of Hewlett. Rabbi Krul received his Rabbinical Ordination from Yeshiva University in 2009.
Rabbi Krul is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and has a private practice as psychotherapist with a primary focus of providing home visits to his clients in Queens County and Long Island coping with advanced illness, life-transitions, aging, caregiver burnout, palliative care needs and grief. Rabbi Krul received both his Masters in Social Work and Certification in Jewish Communal Services from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work of Yeshiva University in 2008. He completed his course work for certification as a Field Instructor for Social Work graduate students at Adelphi University.
In this episode of the Seekers of Meaning Podcast, Rabbi Address chats with Dr. Alan Herzlin, Ph.D., CAP, ICADC, an addictions counselor based in Florida.
About the Guest
Dr. Alan Herzlin has been solely in the field of alcoholism and substance abuse for 45 years. He was in the very first group of alcoholism specialists granted certification in New York. He spent 20 years with the Freeport Group (NY) that operated Freeport Hospital (Freeport, Long Island, NY, one of the first free-standing facilities for the treatment of alcoholism) and Rhinebeck Lodge for Successful Living (Rhinebeck, NY), rehabilitation center. He provided consultation to programs in Iceland and Denmark in the 1980s. As long ago as the 1980s, Herzlin and his father gave a presentation for congregations entitled “Jews & Booze.”
Since moving to Florida in 1990, Alan has worked for a number of hospitals and programs as a consultant and trainer. Lives with wonderful wife, Laurie, and Black Russian Terrier, Valerie, in Wellington, FL.
Alan grew up in Massapequa, NY and is a life-long Reform Jew. His father, Dr. Frank Herzlin (z’l), was founding president of our congregation. Alan attended Camp Eisner and was a member of LIFTY (Long Island Federation of Temple Youth). He’s been a member of Temple Beth Torah, Wellington, FL, since 1990, served on the Temple’s Board of Trustees from 1994-2015, and was president, 1997-2000. He was a member of the Union for Reform Judaism’s North American Board of Trustees from 2000-2014; president, South Florida Federation of URJ from 2000-2004; a member of the URJ Trustees Committee since 2014 and Chair of the URJ NAB Alumni Engagement Team since 2016.
On this episode of the Seekers of Meaning Podcast, the guest is Rabbi Simcha Raphael, founder of the Da’at Institute, dedicated to advancing Jewish perspectives on death, dying and grief for individuals, families, and communities. He is the author of Jewish Views of the Afterlife, which is celebrating its third edition since originally published in 1994. The book is a unique historical and philosophical study tracing the evolution of ideas about individual postmortem survival in Judaism. Originally published in 1994, this book has become a classic in its time, the most comprehensive examination of life after death in Judaism available in English.
About the Da’at Institute
Da’at Institute is dedicated to death awareness education and professional development training. Working in consultation with synagogues, churches, hospice programs and other community organizations, Da’at Institute provides educational programs on death, dying, bereavement and the spirituality of end-of-life issues and concerns; professional development training to clergy, health care and mental health professionals and educators working with the dying and bereaved; bereavement and hospice support services to individuals and families through counseling, professional referral and bereavement support groups; rituals of transition for dying, burial, bereavement, unveiling and memorialization, helping individuals and families create meaningful rituals of passage; and printed and audio-visual resources on the various facets of dealing with grief and loss, and on the spirituality of death and afterlife.
About Rabbi Simcha Raphael
Rabbi Simcha Raphael
SIMCHA RAPHAEL, Ph.D., is the Founding Director of the DA’AT INSTITUTE. He has worked as a death awareness educator, bereavement counselor and hospice chaplain for over twenty-five years. Ordained as a Rabbinic Pastor by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, he received a doctorate in Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies, and has written extensively on the topics of death, bereavement and the afterlife.
Jewish Sacred Aging® is now a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
The guest on this episode of the Seekers of Meaning Podcast is Dr. Richard Brody, an expert on frauds and scams perpetrated against senior citizens.
About the Guest
Rich Brody is the Douglas Minge Brown Professor and Chair of the Accounting Department in the Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico. He is also a Daniels Fund Business Ethics Fellow. He earned his Ph.D. from Arizona State University, his M.S. from Colorado State University and his B.S. from the University of Delaware. He has worked as a staff auditor for Deloitte Haskins + Sells, a cost analyst for Hewlett Packard, and a senior financial reporting analyst for Tandem Computers. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner, a Certified Public Accountant, a Chartered Global Management Accountant and a Forensic Certified Public Accountant. He also holds the Certified in Financial Forensics designation. Rich’s research addresses issues related to forensic accounting, auditing and corporate governance. He has authored or co-authored over 100 refereed publications and has made over 150 presentations at national and international conferences and meetings. He is a Regent Emeritus of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) and was the 2012 ACFE Educator of the Year. He also serves on the Board of Advisors for Fraud Magazine and is on the Board of Governors for the Albuquerque Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors. He serves as an expert witness and has experience in both civil and criminal cases. He has worked with the U.S. Secret Service, the U.S. Department of Justice, the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office and the Second Judicial District Attorney’s Office in New Mexico.
In this episode of the Seekers of Meaning Podcast, Rabbi Address chats with Andy Robin, author of The Tapas Life, a blog about how to assemble a rich and rewarding life after one’s Long Career.
About the Guest
Andy Robin was born in Chicago and raised in Mexico City. He holds a BA in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from Harvard University. He has been happily married to Carole for 33 years, and they have two fine kids, Nick (31) and Molly (29). Andy was an entrepreneur with his dad in the computer industry in the early ‘70s in Mexico. He was in the semiconductor industry for 22 years, mostly in marketing, but also as a general manager, and most recently as VP of Marketing. He was a housedad from 2002 to 2007 until Carole and Andy’s youngest went off to college. Today he retains the duties of shopping/cooking, household maintenance, and finances. He also plays a lot of classical piano, enjoyed 6 years on the Board and Executive Committee of his large synagogue, where he was also co-chair of raising an endowment, was part-time CEO of a promising tech start-up for 6 years (and remains on the Board), is an Executive Coach and Life Coach, serves on the Board of a foundation in Palo Alto and a NYC hedge fund, and enjoys day-trips, lectures, and concerts around the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley.
Suzi Abrams is a graduate of Syracuse University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. She is the Patient Partners Coordinator at Samost JFCS in Southern NJ. With 11 years experience, Suzi has continued to bring a sense of calm to the storm of frustration that is often felt as families begin their journey through the health care system. She comes to this work naturally, having been witness to the lack of coordination and patient advocacy that has surrounded her own loved one’s care. She is a Certified Dementia Practioner, and a Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer. She continues to educate older adults on a variety of healthcare topics and advocacy related issues.