Independent Jewish Synagogue in Asheville, NC

Scholar in Residence

Rabbi Richard Address joined us for the weekend of November 3-5, 2023

 It was a great weekend filled with learning!  Check out all that we covered and stay tuned for information about our next Scholar in Residence weekend!

11/3 Friday night 7pm JSCA Shabbat Service, followed by presentation
Our Long and Winding Road: The Longevity Revolution And Jewish Values.
According to the 2020 Pew Research report, close to 50% of our USA Jewish community is over 50. We are living longer and better.  We will explore four values, based on classic texts, that can provide a foundation for life’s third and fourth stages.  Tonight’s program is being sponsored by JSCA.  A dessert Oneg will follow.  Registration is required, no charge.  Click HERE
11/4 Saturday – Two Opportunites
Rabbi Address will share a D’var Torah: Vayera: Vayera as a family dynamics textbook
Following Kiddush Lunch, Rabbi Address will present:
The Art of Caregiving: How does Jewish tradition view this new life stage of caregiver?
From the 5th Commandment to a detailed Talmudic discussion, we will explore how our tradition approached this issue and even anticipated many of the challenges we face today.
11/5 Sunday 10am
New Rituals for New Life Stages

In this session we will explore some of the growing number of revisioned and creative prayers and rituals that have been and continue to be created to speak to our new life stages. Among those we will examine: signing an advanced directive, removal of a wedding ring after mourning, older adult cohabitation without marriage, on a diagnosis of dementia, revisioning adultery in light of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Special Thank you to Cindy and Neil Garroway for sponsoring this Weekend.

About Rabbi Address:
Rabbi Richard F Address, D.Min. Is the founder and director of Jewish Sacred Aging®, the web site and hosts the weekly Seekers of Meaning podcast/tv. Ordained in 1972, Rabbi Address has served at congregations in California and New Jersey as well as serving on the staff of the Union for Reform Judaism for over three decades, first as regional rabbi for the Pennsylvania Council and then as founding director of the URJ Department of Jewish Family Concerns. These positions led to the creation in 2014 of Jewish Sacred Aging, now the largest program dealing with the impact of longevity on the Jewish community. Rabbi Address the author and editor of numerous books and articles that touch on the issue of our own aging and Judaism’s response. He also is adjunct faculty at HUC-JIR in New York and teaches in the Doctor of Ministry program as well as at Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva Univ. in their Certification program in Gerontology and Palliative Care. He chairs the Jewish advisory group for Samaritan Hospice in Southern New Jersey and also is a Melton Adult School teacher.

Arrangements for this weekend have been made in cooperation with the Institute for Southern Jewish Living