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Studying, teaching, family pursuits top rabbis’ post-retirement wishes

Studying, teaching, family pursuits top rabbis’ post-retirement wishes

Ellen Futterman, Editor-in-Chief April 22, 2021

What are you looking forward to when you retire from the rabbinate? That’s the question we posed to several St. Louis area rabbis. Here’s what they told us: Rabbi Noah Arnow, Kol Rinah, age 41:  Although retirement feels rather distant...

Jeffrey Stiffman is Rabbi Emeritus at Congregation Shaare Emeth

What does retirement look like for St. Louis rabbis?

Eric Berger, Associate Editor April 22, 2021

In the mid ’90s, when Rabbi Jeffrey Stiffman served as chairman of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) ethics committee, the Reform Jewish group faced a quandary: What do you do when a retiring rabbi sticks around too long? “There...

Visual  graph of the “S Curve” typically applied in business productivity can also be applied in your own life.

Retirement According to… Alan Spector

By Alan Spector October 26, 2016

I recently got a call from a high school classmate, “I’m thinking about retiring, but I have no idea what I want to do.”Just last week, a friend said, “The kids are finally well settled.  My focus for so long has been on them.  Where am I going...

Alan Spector is an author, business consultant, baseball player, traveler, and grandfather.  He has authored five published books, including, with coauthor Keith Lawrence, Your Retirement Quest: 10 Secrets for Creating and Living a Fulfilling Retirement (  Alan and Keith conduct workshops across the country helping prospective and current retirees plan the non-financial aspects of their retirement—to make the rest of their lives the best of their lives.  Alan’s latest book, Body Not Recovered, is a work of historical fiction from the Vietnam War/Protest Movement era, and it has deep St. Louis roots.

Retirement According to…Stuart Zimmerman: Phase Four

By Alan Spector June 2, 2016

Stuart Zimmerman is fully immersed in the time of life that he refers to as “Phase Four.”  Some might call it retirement, but not Stuart.  What were his first three phases?  Phase 1—childhood and education.  Phase 2—a successful 28-year CPA...

Your Retirement Quest

‘Your Retirement Quest’ provides steps for success

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus August 18, 2010

Alan Spector, local author of "You're Never Too Old to Play the Game," about his lifetime attachment to playing baseball and "Hail, Hail to U. City High," about his high school and post-graduation experiences as a student and alumnus of the University...

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