Rabbi Rachel Cowan
Rabbi Rachel Cowan, formerly the Executive Director of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality is a consultant to the Institute’s Wise Aging program. She speaks and writes widely on the topic of aging. She was named by Newsweek Magazine in 2007 and in 2010 as one of the 50 leading rabbis in the United States and by the Forward in 2010 as one of the 50 leading women rabbis. She was featured in the PBS series The Jewish Americans and from 1990-2003 was Program Director for Jewish Life and Values at the Nathan Cummings Foundation. Her work has been included in Moment and Sh'ma as well as in anthologies, including Illness and Health in the Jewish Tradition: Writings from the Bible to Today, and The Torah: A Women’s Commentary. She is the author, with her late husband Paul Cowan, of Mixed Blessings: Untangling the Knots in an Interfaith Marriage. Her most recent book, co-authored with Dr. Linda Thal is called Wise Aging: Living with Joy, Resilience and Spirit and was published in June 2015.