Rabbi Mel Glazer 
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Rabbi Glazer is a native of Atlanta, GA. He celebrated his Bar Mitzvah and Confirmation at Ahavath Achim Synagogue. Rabbi Glazer was sent by his Rabbi, Harry H. Epstein, of blessed memory, to Akiba Hebrew Academy in Philadelphia and the Joint Program (now known as List College) at JTS and Columbia University. He earned a BA in 1969 in Philosophy and a BHL in Hebrew Literature, followed by an MA in 1973 and Rabbinic Ordination in 1974. He has served pulpits in the United States, Canada and South Africa since then, and has been the Rabbi at Temple Shalom in Colorado Springs since July 2007. In 1995 Rabbi Glazer earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. His dissertation (http://www.jewish-funerals.org/hklondon.htm) explores numerous sociological and theological perspectives on death and mourning. Rabbi Glazer is a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, and has conducted many individual and group Grief Recovery Seminars. In March 2001 he was awarded the honorary Doctor of Divinity degree by the Jewish Theological Seminary, as a tribute to his quarter century of service to the Jewish People. His wife Ellen is a Life Skills Coach and Behavioral Specialist, with a particular interest in Asperger Syndrome, Autism, ADHD and Learning Difficulties (http://www.artofbehaviorchange.com). Rabbi Glazer has always been interested in Hevra Kadisha, the group of devoted women and men who prepare Jewish bodies for burial. He is a Board Member of Kavod V'Nichum (Honor and Comfort), an international organization devoted to Jewish burial and mourning practices, and is a permanent invited speaker at the annual Kavod V'Nichum Conferences on "The Out-Loud Feelings of Anonymous Hevra Kadisha Members." He is a member of their Board, and Editor of the Newsletter (http://www.jewish-funerals.org/cknewsmay2007.htm). His article on how he became interested in Hevra Kadisha may be found at http://www.uscj.org/HEVRA_KADISHA_THE_FI6980.html. He is the author of the book "And God Created Hope", which first connects Biblical stories of loss with our own personal stories of loss http://www.andgodcreatedhope.com), and then leads mourners on a healing journey "from mourning to morning." His booklet "When Death Visits A Jewish Home: 99 Actions for Mourners," is a guide for those who have lost a loved one and want to learn what Judaism has to say about the way we say good-bye (http://www.whendeathvisitsajewishhome.com). He is a writer of articles on numerous topics, which may be read at http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Dr._Mel_Glazer, and his personal website (http://www.yourgriefmatters.com) helps mourners better understand grief and mourning. Rabbi Glazer has been extremely active in interfaith activities, and has served as the President of Clergy Associations in many of his previous pulpits. He enjoys reaching out to the general community and teaching them about Jewish life, thought and practice.

 

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