Exit Strategy

Exit Strategy

Latest Episodes

New York’s First Reform Chevra Kaddisha: Elevating End-of-Life Ritual and Conversation
February 19, 2024

New Yorks first Reform Chevra Kaddisha (holy society) is introducing sacred end-of-life practices to a wider Jewish community, and elevating the mitzvah of caring for our dead. The Reform Chevra Ka

An Israeli Mother, Her Son … and a Personal and Collective Loss
February 07, 2024

On October 7, Hayim Yeshurun Katsman, 32, was among the over 1,200 people tragically lost in the terrorist massacre in southern Israel. In the days, weeks and months since, Hayims mother Hannah Wac

End-of-Life Conversations: A View from the Top
January 08, 2024

As we begin 2024, Rabbi Gordon Tucker Vice Chancellor for Religious Life and Engagement at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America joins us for a wide-ranging conversation about the state and e

After a Son’s Death, Finding Meaning in Life
December 04, 2023

After her 15-year-old son Joshua was tragically struck by a car and died in 2002, Nancy Rothstein discovered a deep inner strength that led her to an affirming view of her life and Joshuas ever-inspi

Ambiguous Loss: What We Need to Know
November 15, 2023

A loved one develops dementia, and she is there, but she isnt. Or he is abducted, and may come back, or he might not. And so we experience ambiguous loss, a grey, unresolved state that presents uni

Advancing Age: What Should We be Thinking About?
November 06, 2023

We must all consider advanced age for ourselves or our loved ones and have conversations and make decisions leading to the best possible outcomes in later years. Hildy Sheinbaum, of H. Sheinbaum &

The Silent Sorrow of Pregnancy and Infant Loss
October 27, 2023

An estimated one in four women will suffer loss of a child during pregnancy or infancy, opening a well of grief and sorrow that touches parents, families and their wider circles. As Pregnancy and Infa

After the Attack on Israel … Dealing with our Shock, Grief and Loss
October 16, 2023

As we absorb the atrocities and losses coming out of the unspeakable terrorist attacks in Israel on October 7th, how do we deal with our tremendous individual and community shock, trauma and grief a

Bonus Episode! For Persons with Visual Impairment, Access to Jewish Life
October 03, 2023

For those living with blindness, low vision or print disability, JBI International offers a free library of Jewish interest books and publications, including liturgical texts, enabling connection to t

A Poet’s Loss, and Grief
October 03, 2023

After his son Gabriel died in 2011 at age 22, acclaimed poet Edward Hirsch navigated grief by writing Gabriel: A Poem, a slim-book-length elegy that The New Yorker called a masterpiece of sorrow. Pu