A Quarterly Newsletter of NAJC        Vol. 31 No. 3 ~ Adar I 5779
4200 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33137
Rabbi Dr. Sandra Katz, BCC
Rabbi Geoff Haber, BCC
Certification Chair
Rabbi Bryan Kinzbrunner, BCC
President Elect
Rabbanit Alissa Thomas-Newborn
Conference Chair
Rabbi Rena Arshinoff, BCC
Vice President
Rabbi Dr. Moe Kaprow, BCC
Immediate Past President
Rabbi Dr. Joe Ozarowski, BCC
Rabbi Dr. Rafael Goldstein, BCC
Executive Director
Rabbi Dr. Mark Goldfarb
Secretary, Newsletter Editor
Cecille Allman Asekoff
Executive V.P. Emerita

In This Issue:

Town Hall Meetings, Strategic Planning, & Member Benefits

Who Will We Be?

Conference 2019

Certificate in Spiritual Care Management & Leadership

What Do You See?

What’s That On Your Head?

Going Back To School

Caring For NAJC Members: Chesed Committee

Upcoming Events! Save These Dates

Purim Ponder

With Our Members

New חברים

NAJC Officers, Board, & Committees

Town Hall Meetings, Strategic Planning, and Member Benefits

Rabbi Dr. Sandra Katz, BCC

From the President’s Desk… actually, the laptop

I heard that readers prefer something easy to skim. Let’s try this:

  1. I finished my project to call / email every NAJC member.
  2. Town Hall meetings
    a. We held one January 15, 2019 as a virtual annual meeting.
    b. During the meeting, Moe Kaprow, nominations committee chair, presented slate of new board members.
    c. NAJC members approved the slate.
    d. We learned that it creates a communication channel with members.
    e. We plan to host more Town Hall meetings.
    f. Our next Town Hall meeting will take place via Zoom on
    Wednesday, March 27th.
  1. Please see separate article for news about our NAJC Strategic Planning project
  2. We have connected with the American Medical Association.
    a. I have had 2 calls with Dr. Michael Tutty, Group Vice President, Professional Satisfaction & Practice Sustainability.
    b. I have emailed and spoken with Ashley Cummings, Project Administrator, Professional Satisfaction & Practice Sustainability,
    c. I am working on abstracts for the American Conference on Physician Health 2019, as recommended by Ashley Cummings,
  1. Personal update: thank G!d for therapy. I wish I had better news.
  2. Please feel free to email me at skatz@jewishchaplain.net or call

Strategic Planning

If we could be intentional about planning for the future of our organization, how would that improve our outcome?

As Lynn Liberman put it, “We are chaplains. I sense a different kind of way we talk with each other and even over hard issues…. There is something different about our field that gets lifted up both at time of holy, but also in the profane (or mundane).”

When I can, I like to provide some framing so that as we do the work of the organization, we remember that our relationships with each other are as holy as the ones with those we serve. I see the work of our Conference Commission chair, Alissa Thomas-Newborn, as a model.

  1. History of internal project
    a. Before my term began, our executive director tasked me with Strategic Planning.
    b. I invited and appointed a committee of six to work informally.
    c. We gathered information and had a couple of conference calls, maybe more.
    d. Scheduling became challenging, and our process became stuck.
    e. I found three professional consultants.
    f. I shared the information with the exec and the board.
    g. I advocated for Donna Dunn, who has done extensive work with ACPE, the Standard for Spiritual Care and Education.
    h. Leaders agreed that Donna Dunn would work well with us.
  2. Current work with Donna Dunn and exec board
    a. Reviewed mission and values
    b. Developed an envisioned future
    1)External vision – “a description of the conditions we seek to achieve for our members and constituents”
    2) Internal vision – “what will constitute success”
    c. Determined goals
    d. Determined strategic objectives
    e. Developed strategies
    f. Set priorities among strategies
    g. Discussed next steps
  1. External work on Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Strategic Partners
    a. Began work with the following groups in 2018:
    AAPC – American Association of Pastoral Counselors
    ACPE – The Standard for Spiritual Care and Education
    APC – Association of Professional Chaplains
    CASC / ACSS – Canadian Association for Spiritual Care / Association canadienne de soins spirituels
    NACC – National Association of Catholic Chaplains
    b. Working toward 2020 shared conference in Cleveland, OH
    May 11-14, 2020
    c. Discussed the current situation of spiritual care expertise
    d. Talked about our dreams for our shared field
    e. Realized that together we have over 15,000 chaplains and educators
    f. Are considering ways to leverage our shared strengths to create an official connection
    g. Note that AAPC and ACPE are now in process of voting to create merged organization
    h. Plan a timetable for shared enterprise
    i. More details at 2019 conference plenary
  1. Succession and leadership development
  2. Bylaw review

Benefits of membership in NAJC

Sometimes, as consultant Donna Dunn reminded us, people confuse features with benefits of membership. Our retreat group came up with this list of benefits. What others do you see? Please share them with our executive director or president.

  • Board Certification
  • CEU opportunities in a Jewish context
  • Support of Jewish part of who we are as chaplains- our Jewish particularity
  • Having a Code of Ethics
    By being accountable to this, it guarantees our capacity when working with pts/clients
  • To be a professional in the field, you have to be a member of ‘one of these’ organizations
  • Jobs
  • Intra-faith dialogue and space for supportive membership
  • Interfaith Dialogue
  • Especially with BCC, we are much more marketable in the field of Chaplaincy


  • Camaraderie 
  • We are smaller, easier to get to know each other more
  • Social Media/Cutting edge – moving forward with technology, communication at conferences involving social media
  • Collegial, Professional Friendships.
  • Professional CEUs and skills advancement
  • Professional networking
  • Peer support
  • Interest Groups
  • Certification
  • Affirmation, validation and reality checking
  • A space for those who otherwise “do not fit in the box” of, i.e. their rabbinic organizations, etc.
  • Working Advantage: Perks, discounts, etc.

Respectfully submitted,

Who Will We Be?

Rabbi Dr. Rafael Goldstein, BCC

When Moses met the Holy One at the burning bush, one of the things he asked was “Who are You?” G!d replied “I will be who I will be.” While often translated in the present tense, it seems clear to me from the Hebrew that G!d is speaking in the future tense. Even at that moment, the Holy One is saying the future is not the same as the past. G!d is a “work in progress,” not finished and stagnant, but eternally changing. Like G!d, in Whose image we were designed, we are also works in progress. We will all be who we will be. 

NAJC has been asking these questions, who we are and who we will be. When we look back over our 30 years of existence, we can clearly see that we have changed in many ways. Now with some thought to our future, we are looking at how we want to make the changes happen to be an even better NAJC. Our strategic planning process will help to transform us into who we hope to be, to give us a better sense of direction as an organization, clarify our priorities as we continue to grow. 

It’s an exciting project. I hope you will join us in our self-evaluation, our struggle to find our answers, and our hopes for the future. What seems clear, at this point is that changes will happen, we hope for the better of all of us.

We have scheduled a Town Hall meeting for Wednesday, March 27 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time to discuss some of the Strategic Planning Process with you and to hear feedback, ideas, suggestions, hopes from you. (Zoom announcements will be in the weekly Updates, but it is always the NAJC Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/3774636638  One tap mobile +16468769923,,3774636638#) Please mark your calendars. 

I also have to note that this process is personal. I joined NAJC in 1995, when I was not a chaplain and had no colleagues. I was the only rabbi running a Jewish AIDS Services program, and I had no idea what I was doing! I came to an NAJC conference because I had to talk to someone. In the years since then, I continued to be a work in progress, through serving as a Jewish Community Chaplain, VP of Jewish Family Service and creating a world-class Spiritual Care Department in a major urban teaching hospital. Lots of professional growth. 

And as Executive Director of NAJC, that growth has not ended. Just as we as an organization are open to hearing your thoughts, your constructive suggestions have meant a lot to me personally. Almost three years into this job, it just keeps getting better because of your good will, creativity, and support.  Please feel free to continue to guide me to do the best I can. After all, we are all “works in progress” together!  

~ Rafael

Conference 2019!

Registration and detailed information available here!

Keynote Presentations By:

Rabbi Joseph Telushkin
Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin
Rabbi Dr. Richard Address
Rabbi Dr. Sandra Katz
Rabbi Dr. Rafael Goldstein


Rabbi Joseph Telushkin
with The Anita and Barry Kinzbrunner Award

Rabbi Sandra Berliner

Rabbi Dayle Friedman

Panel Presentations:

End of Life Considerations
Long Term Care
Challenges & Opportunities in Providing Relevant Secular Spiritual Care 

Plus 15 Exciting Workshops Including:

Best Practices in the Spiritual Care of Transgender Patients
Implementing Morally Offensive Orders
Death Anxiety in the Gemara
And Much, Much More!

And The Healing Power of Music with:

Joey Weisenberg

Registration and detailed information available here!

Certificate in Spiritual Care Management and Leadership 

Transforming Chaplaincy has announced that registration is open for the Certificate in Spiritual Care Management and Leadership. The program begins with a conference in mid-September 2019 and ends with a conference in mid-May 2020; meetings will take place online in the interim. Tuition is $4,500 per participant, with the option of submitting a $1,500 deposit to secure a spot and pay the balance of $3,000 due before the start of the program. More details are in the attached brochure and on the Transforming Chaplaincy website:


What Do You See?

Rabbi David Levin

It is me sporting an American Red Cross lapel pin saying, I am a proud volunteer with a great organization and I am asking you to join me.   The American Red Cross is a wonderful humanitarian organization devoted to helping people in need during times of crisis.  

I am part of the Disaster Spiritual Care team. I was deployed to help the people of Pittsburgh in the wake of the shooting.  Every time there is a need, from house fire to conflagration, from minor flooding to hurricanes, from natural to man-made disasters, the American Red Cross is there.  And we need more help.

As a volunteer, you will be trained to share in the amazing work we do.  It is an incredible way to give back to your home community, Jewish community, or wherever the need might take you.  It is a wonderful and rewarding experience.  Please join me. Go online at your local American Red Cross chapter to begin the process.  

What’s that on your head? The Jewish Chaplain as Mezuzah

Rabbi Ben Lanckton

What’s that on your head? The Jewish Chaplain as Mezuzah

By Rabbi Ben Lanckton, Spiritual Care Provider, Massachusetts General Hospital

No, I don’t wear a kipah ALL the time.  Aside from the obvious, as my non-Jewish colleagues have asked about showering and sleeping, there are times where I don’t have my head covered.  As a Jew who sometimes eats in unsupervised facilities, there are times when I dine in a restaurant that is both too fancy for a baseball cap and wearing a kipah might mislead others into thinking it is fully kosher.  In those situations, I make the blessing over bread with my kipah on at home before dining out, keep my kipah in my pocket through the meal, and then put my kipah back on at home, and make a brief blessing after the meal.

But I do wear a kipah ALL the time in my role as a Spiritual Care Provider here at Massachusetts General Hospital.  As the rabbi of MGH, I feel it is important to err on the side of tradition.  Very unaffiliated Jews may not want to see a rabbi anyway, or at least they think they don’t.  Many ultra-Orthodox Jews may consider me just a well-meaning practitioner of bikkur cholim, visiting the sick.  But all Jews, those I just mentioned and everyone in between, make their first impression of me with my kipah on my head, even as I struggle to keep my kipah on in my losing battle with baldness.  

It sends a message, for me and for them, of which I only became aware as I had my first Jewish field education student begin her study with me last fall.  For her, wearing a kipah was an option, as she is neither Orthodox nor married, with which she decided to experiment.  She wanted to see how she felt, and what impression it created for her patients, who, like mine, are both Jewish and non-Jewish.  Seeing the kipah as optional through her experience, it clarified for me why my kipah feels obligatory.  

I write these words during the week of Parshat Bo, which was my daughter’s bat mitzvah parsha six years ago.  In her dvar Torah, she presented the medieval rabbinic debate about where the blood on the doorposts went when the Israelites prepared for the night of the tenth plague.  The two opinions are: on the outside of the house, and on the inside of the house.  The opinion that it was on the inside relies on the idea that the Destroyer didn’t need an external physical reminder of the Israelites.  Instead, the Israelites needed to become aware of their own communal identity, as they began the final phase of their preparation for their departure towards freedom.  My daughter made the parallel that celebrating her bat mitzvah was more about herself internally affirming her Jewish identity than about the external presentation to the community.

I think I wear a kipah at MGH for both reasons.  It does ground me in my identity as the rabbi of this community.  It also reminds the patients, families, visitors, and staff of a Jewish presence in the larger hospital, which I think is both affirming for those staff who are Jewish, but may not do much actively about their Judaism, and for those members of the community, who are not Jewish, to appreciate its diversity.

Speaking of hats: as clergy in Massachusetts, I get a baseball perk, a discounted pass to Red Sox home games.  I always wear my kipah under my Red Sox hat, especially for the moment when the PA announcer says, “And now, ladies and gentlemen, to honor America, please rise and remove your hats for our National Anthem.”  I always feel most American and most Jewish as I take off the Red Sox cap, because of my national allegiance to the USA, and leave on the kipah, because there is no god higher than God. 

~ Ben

Going Back To School

Rabbi James Michaels, BCC

When I announced my plans to retire in 2018, my family gave me a surprise birthday present—three months of study at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem. I was surprised, thrilled and delighted; I have been in Israel more times than I can count, but never for very long, and never to engage in intensive text study. Since I had anticipated that retirement would allow me more time to learn, I wely y comed the opportunity.

So, on December 31 I boarded an airplane to fly into the new year and to begin a new and different chapter of my life. Now, about half-way through it, I can offer some reflections.

Just before I left, my brother said “So, you’re going back to Hebrew school.” We both laughed, but I realized he was more correct than he realized. Since leaving rabbinical school, I hadn’t engaged in any intensive study of texts. The very first day, my chavruta took copies of Jastrow’s dictionary of the Talmud off the library shelf. I marveled that people would still do that, as my copy has been collecting dust for years.

Shortly after we began learning the assigned Gemara, she was flipping through the pages and figuring out the exact meaning of the words we were reading. She occasionally was delighted to find a “Jastrow Jackpot” when the dictionary cited the exact text we were reading. I remarked that it’s good to renew skills I haven’t used for 50 years.

By a factor of 30 years, I am the oldest student at the CY. Many are rabbinical students; many more are hoping to apply in the near future. Others are simply here to study and explore their Jewish roots. I had worried how I would be received, but I found that the students were glad to have a “voice of experience” in their midst. Some have been asked to give divrei Torah at nearby synagogues; they have asked if I will help them prepare their remarks. I’m glad to assist.

Soon after the semester began, I learned that several students are giving serious consideration to going into chaplaincy. They plan to take several CPE units while still in seminary, allowing them to go into the field immediately after graduation. I’m happy to see that chaplaincy is a valid career option for today’s rabbinical students, and happier to see that the seminaries are facilitating that desire.

At this time in the Torah-reading schedule, we read about the construction of the Mishkan. Those who undertook the task of fashioning the Sanctuary and its various ritual objects are termed Hacham Leiv. Literally meaning “wise of heart,” the term is an idiom for someone who discovers new talents without any prior training. It has been heart-warming to observe students—some of whom have never studied Jewish texts—engaging in serious study and discovering their aptitude for it. They are true hachmei leiv. I hope my new friends’ enthusiasm will carry them through to successful careers in the rabbinate, or as they follow paths to wherever G-d will take them. It has been a joy to learn with them.

 ~Jim Michaels

NAJC Cares: Chesed Committee

Chesed Committee

The NAJC Chesed Committee has been a tremendous success and has provided support for NAJC members living with illness, in economic crisis, or experiencing loss.

Upcoming Events! Save These Dates:

May 5 — 8, 2019: NAJC Conference Conference Theme: Change and Holiness, השתנות וקדושה, to be held in Cherry Hill, NJ.

May 2020: Strategic Partners in Spiritual Care Leadership  Conference (ACPE, APC, NAJC, CASC) will be held in Cleveland, OH.

A Purim Ponder

by Barry E. Pitegoff

After Queen Esther’s successful negotiation with the King, the Jewish people move from the threat of extermination to the stars of a procession.  Chapter 9, Verse 16 teaches us, “The Jews enjoyed light and gladness, happiness and honor.”  [emphasis added, JPS Tanakh, 1999]  Some translations have it as “dignity.”  The celebration had to save the body and restore the soul.  

Wouldn’t it have been enough if we were just not killed physically? Would that have qualified as a Dayenu?  Apparently not.  The text says we needed honor and dignity also.  Not being killed is a gift we can absorb by ourselves, better with people, but we can definitely absorb the good news ourselves.  Honor and dignity reflect our interactions with others.  Honor and dignity largely reflect how we are seen by others which, in turn, influence how we see ourselves, and how we interact with others.

That interaction is lacking in The Book of Esther.  Esther is told to keep quiet about herself, to conceal her identity.  Mordecai, himself, hangs out at the gates of the city, not in the city.  And G-D?  G-D does not even appear in The Book of Esther.  The Psalms are full of pleas to G-D not to forsake us, and not to abandon us.  Yet, when we are about to be annihilated in Persia, G-D is not even mentioned in the book.  When Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, Z”L, was confronted on the Shoah with, “Where was G-D,” his response was, “Where was man?”

Because Esther is told not to reveal herself that she is Jewish, we have a glimpse of the lack of dignity and honor the Jews of Persia felt.  Having to conceal your identity is isolating yourself, is being lonely.  Loneliness is the epidemic of our age.  Cigna Insurance recently published a major study on the epidemic of loneliness in America.  

It seems that we used to be more concerned about offsetting loneliness.  We could hug and touch more easily.  The late psychologist, Dr. Leo Buscaglia, had his speeches featured on PBS Pledge Week shows in the 1980’s.  Fortunately many are preserved on YouTube.  Go watch them now  Go see why he called himself, “The Hug Doctor.”  His prescription was simple:  go touch someone, in many ways. Why did “Reach Out and Touch Someone” work as an advertising theme for AT&T in 1987 but today these companies find it necessary to talk about how much data space you receive from them?  More recently, in April 2015, The Hospitalist published an article, “Why Compassion in Patient Care Should Matter to Hospitalists.”  Hospitalists come on the scene for a brief point in our lives.  Compassion at that time can make a really big difference.  We know that.  We are taught that.  As chaplains, we, too, come on the scene for only a brief period of time.  Yet, compassion has a prominent place in our toolbox.  “Judaism has always viewed compassion, or rachmanus, as a definitive value. The Talmud goes so far as to say that one can identify a Jew by observing whether they are compassionate or not., cf. www.jccmaccabigames.org.)”

Sacred aging is when we help others to maintain their dignity by simple gestures.  It might be a facility’s staff person who straightens a client’s gown or robe before our visit.  Holding a hand, gently, with two hands in a protective pose, communicates dignity.  Hearing a client repeat with the freshness of hearing the story for the first time, communicates dignity.  

The gestures that communicate dignity are inter-personal gestures, one person to another.  Perhaps that is another explanation of why The Book of Esther needs to be in the Jewish Bible without G-D being in the book.  The “Jews had honor/dignity because a procession was given for them, because other people saw the procession and cheered them.  It was inter-personal, one person to another.  It was okay for G-D to be watching…and probably smiling.  

 [ Purim this year falls on March 20-21, 2019)


With Our Members

מזל טוב

  • Rabbi Dr. Edie Meyerson, BCC and Carolyn Slutsky on the birth of their daughter, Jonah Simone Slutsky Meyerson.
  • Rabbi Avrum Axelrud on the marriage of his daughter Aviva Miriam Axelrud to Jeremy Horowitz.
  • To the following incoming NAJC Board Members:
    Rabbi Lev Herrnson, BCC
    Cantor Rabbi Rob Jury, BCC
    Cantor Claire Metzger, BCC
    Rabbi Suzanne Offit, BCC
    Rabbi Jessica Shafrin, BCC
    Rabbi Phil Weintraub, BCC
    Rabbi Jason Weiner, BCC

כל הכבוד

  • Rabbi Dr. Rena Arshinoff, BCC on completing her Ph.D.!

רפואה שלימה

  • Joanne Fink, who is recovering from spinal fusion surgery.
  • Sarah bat Bayla Zlateh, mother of David Balto.
  • Aviva Aliza bat Tehilla
  • Natalie Robinson, נחמה לאה בת אלקה – Nehama Leah bat Elka, mother of Rabbi Geela Rayzel Raphael, who is recovering from surgery for a broken hip.
  • Lynn Rubenstein, Leah Miriam bat Matisyahu v’Elka, wife of Steven Rubenstein. Recovering from a serious fall.
  • Susan Matlow, Sarah bat Sarah Imeinu. Wife of Rona Matlow. She has suffered pancreatic failure with type 1 and 2 diabetes and a host of symptoms.
  • Natanel Felber, Netaniel Ilan ben Sheyna Tzippora, the IDF soldier that was seriously wounded at the attack at Givat Assaf, Israel.
  • Daniel Melech ben Sylvia.
  • Joan Sacks, Ha Rav Yael bat Shimeon v’Sarah, who continues to recover from on-going falls, resulted in concussions, multiple spine surgeries and broken bones.
  • Rabbi Louis Rieser, HaRav Rachmiel Aryeh Leib ben Ellen ve’Avraham.
  • Stacey Fried, Shifra Chana bat Shulamit v’Moshe Ber, first cousin of Rabbi Regina Sandler-Phillips, in treatment for a rare cancer and related auto-immune disease.
  • Noah Fox, Noach Ben Yehudit, son of Rabbi Valerie Joseph, who is undergoing chemotherapy for Hodgkins Lymphoma.
  • Nechama Tova bat Chana Yehudit Ora, three year old granddaughter of Rabbi Joe Ozarowski. She has lost sight in one eye and may lose the eye altogether.
  • Baruch Avraham ben Yehudah Tzvi u’Miriam, husband of Janice Rogers.
  • Rabbah Rona Matlow, Yarona Smadar bat Ishabela, as she continues to grapple with long term pain and disability from her military injuries, including degenerative spine disease.
  • Eliezer Akiva ben Tovah, father of Ziona’s friend, Rabbi Kaya Stern-Kaufman.
  • Yael Bat Esther V’simcha Halevi, Rabbi Jonathan Rudnick’s sister.
  • Rabbi Bonita Taylor, who is suffering from traumatic brain injury.
  • Chaplain Marcia Miller
  • Noam Daniel Ben Gilah, Rabbi Dr. Geoff Haber’s son.
  • Dr. Helen Freer
  • Eli Sharon

המקום ינחם 

  • Charles Rabinowitz on the death of his mother Dr. Harriet Y. Rabinowitz.
  • Tsvi Schur on the death of his mother Shoshana Schur.
  • Susan Katz on the death of her mother Leatrice Katz.
  • Sara Berman on the death of her mother Golda Davidson.
  • Ariel Goldberg on the death of his grandmother Evelyn Goldberg (Yocheved bat Hava, nee Richman).
  • Joan Pitzele Sacks on the death of her mother-in-law Doris Sacks
  • Joseph Ozarowski on the death of his mother-in-law Mrs. Hilda Ross Rapoport.

ישר כוח

  • To our departing Board Member:
    Rabbi Ruth Smith, BCC
    Rabbi David Fine
    Chaplain Margo Heda, BCC

New חברים

Professional Member

  • Linda Skolnik, Concord, MA (Membership upgrade)
  • Rabbi Lori Klein, Stanford, CA
  • Rabbi Diane Tracht, Louisville, KY
  • Samantha Schapera, Cincinnati, OH
  • Chaplain Jason Palmer, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Rabbi Menachem Litvin, Louisville, KY

Associate Professional Member

  • Rabbi Richard  Brody, Denver, CO

Student Member

  • David Nathan Goodman, Elkins Park,  PA
  • Mindy Oppenheimer, Wynnewood, PA
  • Elizabeth Mintoft-Cohen, Toronto, ON
  • Bernel Goldberg, Mercer Island, WA
  • Zusha Wiener, Philadelphia, PA

2019-20 Officers, Board & Committees

Rabbi Dr. Sandra Katz, BCC
Rochester, NY
Rabbi Fredda Cohen, BCC
White Plains, NY
Rabbi Bryan Kinzbrunner, BCC
Highland Park, NJ
President Elect
Rabbi Lev Herrnson, BCC
Rockville Center, NY
Rabbi Dr. Rena Arshinoff, BCC
Toronto, Ont. Canada

Vice President
Cantor Rabbi Rob Jury, BCC
Evanston, IL
Rabbi Dr. Joe Ozarowski, BCC
Chicago, IL
Rabbi Lynn Liberman, BCC
St. Paul, MN
Rabbi Dr. Mark Goldfarb
La Mirada, CA
Secretary, Newsletter Editor
Rabbi Neal Loevinger, BCC
Poughkeepsie, NY
Rabbanit Alissa Thomas-Newborn, BCC
Los Angeles, CA
Conference Chair
Cantor Claire Metzger, BCC
Bow, NH
Rabbi Dr. Geoff Haber, BCC
Pittsfield, MA

Certification Chair
Rabbi Suzanne Offit, BCC
Newton, MA
Rabbi Lynn Liberman, BCC
St. Paul, MN
Membership Chair
Rabbi Rochelle Robins, BCC
Los Angeles, CA
Rabbi Moe Kaprow, BCC
Winter Springs, FL

Immediate Past President
Rabbi Jessica Shafrin, BCC
St. Louis, MO
Rabbi Dr. Rafael Goldstein, BCC
Miami, FL
Executive Director
Rabbi Michelle Stern, BCC
Evanston, IL
Rabbi Jason Weiner, BCC
Los Angeles, CA
Rabbi Phil Weintraub, BCC
St. Petersburg, FL