I would be honored to teach your community, congregational or professional group on spirituality and aging, lifespan spirituality, ethics or pastoral care. I am equally comfortable in addressing lay audiences, delivering formal lectures, and in training professionals through engaging, participatory, hands-on workshops and conferences.


Teaching: keynote addresses, lectures, scholar-in-residence programs

I bring passion and humanity to teaching professionals, congregations and community organizations. As I speak, I draw on my rich experience in accompanying individuals and families in later life. I blend inspiration from the wisdom of Jewish tradition with cutting-edge professional perspectives to frame engaging and empowering presentations. I always tailor a presentation to its context; I will learn from you about your community and event, and design a presentation to achieve your objectives.

Selected topics

  • Birth out of brokenness: the spiritual journey beyond midlife. Click here for audio clip.
  • Seeking the divine image: making sense of dementia
  • Finding grit and grace beyond midlife Learn about Jewish Wisdom for Growing Older: Finding Your Grit and Grace Beyond Midlife (Jewish Lights, 2015), my new book
  • Walking the narrow bridge: Jewish sacred wisdom for end-of-life dilemmas. Read more
  • Life Story Midrash: an interactive, healing experience
  • Generation to generation: forging congregations for all ages
  • On being an elder: interviews with distinguished older Jews. Click here to view clips.
  • Refilling the empty cup: fostering resilience for healthcare professionals
  • And you shall be a blessing: fostering elders as spiritual resources within faith communities
  • Toward wholeness: spirituality as a resources for healthcare professionals’ work with elders
  • The journey of later life: Moses our teacher shows the way.
  • The holy art of blessing

Recent venues


Aging services

Adult Jewish learning


Other venues


Training for clergy, chaplains and professionals on spiritual dimensions of later life

As a seasoned trainer, rabbi and chaplain, I can help you or your organization gain the skills to foster wholeness by addressing the spiritual dimension of later life. I love crafting dynamic, interactive workshops and conferences for clergy, pastoral care, human service and healthcare professionals. I will happily work with you to design a learning experience to meet your group’s unique context and goals.

Recent topics

  • Birth out of brokenness: the spiritual journey of later life. Click here to hear a clip.
  • Building congregational communities for all ages
  • Life story midrash: a tool for personal transformation
  • Touching the part that’s still whole: spiritual accompaniment with frail elders
  • Spiritual accompaniment with mourners: presence with them where they are
  • From strength to strength: spiritual caring for family caregivers
  • Seeking the divine image: a spiritual approach to dementia
  • Tapping the wellsprings: fostering resilience in professional caregivers
  • And you shall be a blessing: fostering elders as spiritual resources in faith communities

Recent venues

Professional associations/professional development

Human service agencies

Healthcare providers

Academic institutions

National organizations


Wisdom Circles