Rabbi Rachel Cowan is a consultant to the Institute for Jewish Spirituality’s Wise Aging program. The former Executive Director of the Institute, she was named as one of the 50 leading rabbis in the United States by Newsweek Magazine in 2007 and in 2010, and as one of the 50 leading women rabbis by the Forward in 2010. Rabbi Cowan received her ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1989. From 1990-2003 she was Program Director for Jewish Life and Values at the Nathan Cummings Foundation. Her work has been included, among other places, in Moment and Sh'ma, and 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 Wise Aging: Living with Joy, Resilience and Spirit (2015). She lives in New York City, near her two children, and four grandchildren.