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Audio: Jewish Couples Speak Out About Adoption

DERECH ERETZ: The compelling "option" of Adoption. Repairing the world one orphan at a time.
6/3/2013, 3:58 PM

A7 Radio's "The Derech Eretz Show" with Rabbi Elan Adler
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Our guests today helped us to focus on the huge concern of having over 10 million- that's right, 10 million- children in often decrepit orphanages in Europe and Asia. They all want a chance at being part of a loving family, but legalities and politics can make it take years from start to finish. Dr. Brian and Erica Finkelstein Parker of Pennsylvania, members of my previous congregation in Baltimore, MD, adopted a beautiful and bright and spunky little girl years ago, and are ready to adopt siblings in Democratic Congo. For more information on their foundation and their daughter visit Emmy's Hope.

Dr. Janaki Kuruppu, of Maryland, an expert in infectious diseases, also shares about two Ethiopian siblings she and her husband adopted. All three of my guests today shared the joys and challenges of adoption, and the strong impact that a documentary, "Stuck," is making on audiences around the United States. Worth visiting is a website, to get more information about adoption, and short of that, how to help efforts to make the process easier and shorter.

To be in touch with the Parkers or Dr. Kupurru please contact me at and I'll be happy to make the connection.
Thanks for joining us and please help the cause of Tikkun Olam, repairing the world one orphan at a time. Keep that Derech Eretz thing going my friends, and Shalom!

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This is the first picture we ever received of Emmalee Madeline SNEHAL Parker. She was approximately 1 1/2 yrs in this pic. This was taken in India at Preet Mandir, her orphanage. - Courtesy

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Rabbi Elan Adler served as a pulpit Rabbi for 25 years in Stamford, Ct and Baltimore, Md prior to making aliyah in 2010. Rabbi Adler received his Smicha from Yeshiva University, had the privilege of being an aide to Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik for two years, was an activist Rabbi in support of Israel and aliyah, and served as the President of the Baltimore Board of Rabbis. During his tenure as a Rabbi, he was known for being an engaging speaker and teacher, never failing to make easy connections with Jewish people as well as the non-Jewish and African American community. While serving congregations, he was appreciated for being welcoming, embracing of all people, and bringing congregants closer to their Jewish heritage. For more information on Rabbi Adler visit
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