Thank you for speaking to the Foundation about your new book, Flourishing in the Later Years: Jewish Pastoral Insights on Senior Residential Care. Can you shed some light on how this book came to be and how your respective experience and expertise informs the work?
Rabbi James Michaels: A number of years ago, we became aware that very little had been written about the field of pastoral care in senior care settings. This was especially true for Jewish aging services. We realized the field is evolving rapidly, so we decided to solicit specialists in the field to write about the subject.
Rabbi Cary Kozberg: From our shared experience and those of colleagues, it was evident that people from the various disciplines who work with Jews living in senior residential facilities don’t always have a solid knowledge base about Judaism and Jewish culture. Often they are not prepared to effectively address the specific religious and cultural needs of Jewish residents and their families. This was the main reason that the book’s approach is multi-disciplinary.
The Rev. Fr. Bernie O’Connor, formerly of the Vatican staff and a distinguished professor on the Foundation faculty (see profile), will be “Scholar in Residence” at the Foundation from July 1-21, 2012. During that time, he will be available for On-Site Tutorials on the following three topics: “Papal Diplomacy: An Analysis from an Ecumenical Perspective”; “Models for the Resolution of Congregational Conflict”; and “The Role of Religion in International Peace-Making.”
Dr. O’Connor is the author of Papal Diplomacy: John Paul II and the Culture of Peace (St. Augustine’s Press, 2005), an authoritative work on the subject, and is a recognized international practitioner in the field of ecclesial mediation.
Another selection of photos of honorees and graduating students from our 2012 Graduation on May 4 and our Runcie Lecture and Social on May 3. To see more photos, please visit our Photo Gallery and our Facebook photo album.
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The 2012 Graduating Class of the Graduate Theological Foundation and Cloverdale College.
A selection of photos of a few of the 2012 honorees at this year's graduation ceremony. We'll continue to add photos during the coming days.
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Dr. Omar Shahin was awarded the Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) at this year's graduation...
Many congratulations to all the fellowship and prize recipients for their outstanding academic work as students at the Foundation! Our 2012 Graduation was a huge success as we welcomed hundreds of graduating students, special guests and Foundation faculty to Mishawaka last week. It is a very big year for us as we celebrate our 50th anniversary as an educational institution, and it was a great pleasure to share it with everyone who traveled to Indiana for the graduation.
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