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December 6, 2011/10 Kislev 5772
After eight years of rewarding work founding and directing Hiddur: The Center for Aging and Judaism, I have decided it is time for me to move on. I will leave RRC in mid-December. I am proud of the achievements we have attained together. Here at RRC, we have transformed the preparation of future rabbis through innovative courses, internships and seminars, and by infusing aging education across the curriculum and co-curriculum. Beyond RRC, we have shared our educational models through groundbreaking publications. We have partnered with federations, seminaries and community organizations across North America to train rabbis, social workers and chaplains to engage, comfort and inspire aging Jews. We have brought the joy of Shabbat and holiday celebration to elders in hundreds of communities around the world through our Sacred Seasons Celebration Kits.
In the next phase of my rabbinate, I’ll continue to draw on our tradition to offer guidance, meaning and sustenance for the rich and complex journey of aging. I am excited now to build Growing Older: Wisdom + Spirit Beyond Midlife, the practice I have established to offer training, consulting and spiritual direction to individuals, professionals and communities, and to complete my next book, Provisions for the Journey: Jewish Wisdom for the Second Half of Life.
I am profoundly grateful to you and to all of the friends who have generously supported Hiddur’s work—it would not have been possible without you. It has been a privilege to serve as a member of RRC’s remarkable faculty, to work with dedicated colleagues in the administration, and, most crucially, to teach and mentor RRC’s exceptional students. It has been an honor!
With gratitude and blessing,