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Olitzky, Kerry M.


OLITZKY, Kerry M. American, b. 1954. Genres: Theology/Religion, Education, Self help, Cultural/Ethnic topics, Gerontology/Senior issues. Career: Mature Adult Day Care Center, program manager, 1976; American Jewish Archives, assistant archivist, 1978-81; B'nai B'rith Youth Organization, assistant regional director, 1978-81; Ordained rabbi, 1981; Assistant rabbi and director of religious education for Congregation Beth Israel in West Hartford, CT, 1981-84; Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, director of graduate studies program and School of Education, 1984-, national director for researcch and educational development, 1984-, national dean of adult Jewish learning and living, 1996-. Publications: EDUCATION AND REFERENCE BOOKS: Aging and Judaism (textbook), 1980; Critical Issues Facing American Jewish Youth: A Resource Book for Educators, Experimental Ed, 1982; Come Dance with Me: Life in the Jewish Shtetl, Experimental Ed, 1983; I Am a Reform Jew (student workbook), 1986; Explaining Reform Judaism (teacher's guide), 1986; My Jewish Community (student workbook), 1986; A Jewish Mourner's Handbook, 1991; (with R.H. Isaacs) A Glossary of Jewish Life, 1992; When Your Jewish Child Asks Why: Answers for Tough Questions, 1993; Reform Judaism in America: A Biographical Dictionary and Source Book, 1824-1980, 1993; The "How to" Book of Jewish Living, 1993; Sacred Celebrations: A Jewish Holiday Handbook, 1994; Eight Nights, Eight Lights, 1994; Doing Mitzvot, Mitzvah Projects for Bar/Bat Mitvah, 1994; The Journey of the Soul: Traditional Sources on Teshuvah, 1995; Critical Documents of Jewish History, 1995; The American Synagogue: A Historical Dictionary, 1996. Work represented in anthologies. SELF-HELP BOOKS: Twelve Jewish Steps to Recovery: A Personal Guide to Turning from Alcoholism and Other Addictions, 1991; Renewed Each Day: Daily Twelve Step Recovery Meditations Based on the Bible, 2 vols, 1992; Recovery from Codependence: A Jewish Twelve Steps Guide to Healing Your Soul, 1993; One Hundred Blessings Every Day, 1993; The Second "How To" Handbook for Jewish Living, 1995; Healing Essays, 1996. OTHER: To Grow Old in Israel: A Survey of Recent Trends and Developments, 1988; In Celebration: An American Jewish Perspective on the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution, 1988; An Interfaith Ministry to the Aged: A Survey of Models, 1988; The Synagogue Confronts the Jewish Family of the Twenty-first Century, 1988; (ed.) The Safe Deposit Box: And Other Stories about Grandparents, Old Lovers, and Crazy Old Men, 1989; Leaving Mother Russia: Chapters in the Russian Jewish Experience, 1990; The Discovery Haggadah, 1992; Hebrew, Heroes, and Holidays: The Great Jewish Fun Book, 1992; Pirke Avot: A New Translation and Commentary, 1993; Documents of Jewish Life, 1993; Will the Real Hero of Purim Please Stand Up?, 1995; Sacred Moments: Tales of the Jewish Life Cycle, 1995; Striving Toward Virtue, 1996; Preparing your Heart for the High Holy Days: A Guided Journal, 1996; Paths of Faithfulness: Essays on Spirituality, 1996. Contributor of articles, poems, and reviews to professional journals and popular magazines. Address: School of Education, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Brookdale Center, 1 West Fourth St., New York, NY 10012, U.S.A.

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