Caring for the Soul: R'fuat HaNefesh was created as a response to the need to raise awareness of and reduce the stigma within congregations regarding individuals and families who are dealing with mental health issues.
This study guide is meant to be used by lay and professional leadership within congregations to create a variety of educational programs. It includes a selection of relevant sacred texts, traditional and modern readings for use in services and support groups, sample sermons, services and programs, background information on mental illnesses, related Reform responsa and URJ resolutions, and other resources for congregations and individuals.
The aging of a loved one can be a difficult experience for everyone. The language of diagnosis, hospitals, and old age homes is often distressing, even painful for all of those involved.
That You May Live Long: Caring for Our Aging Parents, Caring for Ourselves offers Jewish perspectives on helping those close to us as they grow older as well as perspectives to help us deal with our own feelings of confusion and anguish at such times.
That You May Live Long: Caring for Our Aging Parents, Caring for Ourselves attempts to provide guidance, support, solace and inspiration for those facing these difficult questions.
Rabbi Richard Address has devoted his career to helping transform
synagogues into caring communities. Now, in his most personal work to
date, he explores how the notion of a caring community can be
transformative for individuals, particularly baby boomers struggling
with issues of aging and mortality.
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