I am a rabbi, chaplain, spiritual guide and scholar dedicated to bringing meaning and wholeness to the journey of aging. I have trained rabbis and chaplains, accompanied frail elders and their families, and taught and guided individuals embarking upon their “third chapters.” My most recent book is Jewish Wisdom for Growing Older: Finding Your Grit and Grace Beyond Midlife. Through Growing Older (www.growingolder.net), my Philadelphia-based, national practice, I offer spiritual direction for people beyond midlife, spiritual care for people facing dementia and frailty, and consulting on medical decisions and end-of-life care. My husband, David Ferleger, and I have three "emerging adult" children, one of whom, Anya, made aliyah in 2017 and is living and working in Karmiel.
In the context of my work with the emerging field of ליווי רוחני/spiritual care in Israel, I have met Melabev professionals and visited some of its centers. I have been deeply moved by the caring and respect with which people with dementia are treated, and the lively, loving atmosphere Melabev fosters around them.