Please note: The terms “chaplaincy,” “pastoral care,” and “spiritual care” are often used interchangeably.
What do Chaplains do?
- Rabbi Shulamit Izen on “Chaplaincy and True Compassion” (3:38 video)
- NPR “Fresh Air”: Terry Gross interview with hospice chaplain Kerry Egan (Oct. 31, 3016)
- What is a Chaplain?
- Hooray for Chaplains! How Do We Prove Their Value?
- Seeking and Accepting: U.S. Clergy Theological and Moral Perspectives Informing Decision Making at the End of Life
- “The Emergence of Jewish Health-Care Chaplaincy: The Professionalization of Spiritual Care” by Rabbi Robert Tabak
Appeared in the American Jewish Archives Journal, 2010 no. 2
- “Jewish Chaplaincy: Into the 21st Century” by Rabbi Robert Tabak
Appeared in the Journal of Jewish Communal Service in 1997
- Cedars-Sinai’s chaplaincy program puts spirituality on the medical charts
from The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles
- A Chaplain’s calling: ‘It drew me in’
from The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles
- Rabbi puts patient at ease by wearing hospital gown
- The American Jewish Chaplaincy Boom. Practitioners are reinventing the role of spiritual counselor at a moment when the American family is fractured, long-standing institutions are crumbling, the environment is imperiled, racism and hatred are rampant, the nation is divided, and life often feels broken beyond repair.
- Heal Us O Lord: A Chaplain’s Interface with Pain, by Rabbi Sidney Goldstein. Available at Amazon here.
Pastoral Care and Education Organizations (North America)
- American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC)
- Association For Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE)
- ACPE Research Network
- Association of Professional Chaplains (APC)
- Canadian Association of Spiritual Care (CASC)
- College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy (CPSP)
- National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC)
- The Academy for Jewish Religion, California
- JWB – Jewish Chaplains Council. Works with most Jewish chaplains serving in US military and in the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Spiritual Care Organizations (Israel)
- Israel Spiritual Care Association – העמותה לליווי רוחני בישראל: The professional association of spiritual caregivers in Israel (Web site in Hebrew)
- Haverut – חברות: supports spiritual care projects in a number of parts of Israel
- Kashouvot – קשובות: Organization supporting spiritual care and education in Israel
- Life’s Door – גישה לחיים: (formerly Tishkofet) Programs of support for patients and families
- Marpeh – מרפא: (Schechter Institute, Jerusalem) Spiritual care training program in academic setting; articles and publications in Hebrew and English.
- Schwartz Center – מרכז שוורץ: Jerusalem. Havli program for Clinical Pastoral Education in Israel. (Web site in Hebrew )
For Jewish Patients, Families, Friends, and Chaplains
- RitualWell: Ritualwell is a unique resource where you can find, create, and share Jewish rituals of all kinds. It is housed at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, Penn. and was originally a project of Kolot: The Center for Jewish Women’s and Gender Studies of RRC, created in partnership with Ma’ayan, the Jewish Women’s Project.
- Myjewishlearning.com: Multi-faceted website with many Jewish perspectives. See a section on Judaism, health, and healing, for example.
- The National Center for Jewish Healing: NCJH was established in 1994 in response to a national upsurge of interest in reclaiming ancient Jewish spiritual wisdom and resources that foster wholeness, hope, comfort and connection in the face of illness and loss.
- Connect to Care, UJA-Federation of New York
- Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health
- Guide to Traditional Jewish Observance in a Hospital by Rabbi Jason Weiner
Educational Resources for Chaplains and others
- Jewish Lights Publishing: Numerous books and publications touching on Judaism, spirituality, and health, especially featuring: Jewish Pastoral Care: A Practical Handbook from Traditional and Contemporary Sources, edited by Rabbi Dayle A. Friedman, MAJCS, MSW, BCC, (2nd edition, Jewish Lights Publishing, 2005). Other publications include
- Midrash and Medicine: Healing Body and Soul in the Jewish Interpretive Tradition, edited by Rabbi William Cutler, PhD
- Healing and the Jewish Imagination: Spiritual and Practical Perspectives on Judaism and Health, edited by Rabbi William Cutler, PhD
- Flourishing in the Later Years: Jewish Pastoral Insights on Senior Residential Care, edited by Rabbi Cary Kozberg and Rabbi James Michaels (2011)
- Maps and Meaning: Levitical Models for Contemporary Care, by Rabbi Nancy H. Wiener and Rabbi Jo Hirschmann
- On One Foot, Jewish texts for Social Justice (site created by American Jewish World Service and numerous other organizations). Note especially section on “Health” for דברי תורה (Torah comments) and study/discussion sheets.
- Sefaria, This source offers primary Jewish texts in Hebrew and English, now including the JPS Tanakh translation (1985). Among the topics of interest are: “Health, שמירת הגוף, medical ethics, childbirth, life, birth, medicine, body, LGBTQA issues, transgender issues, and more.”
Worksheets prepared by other users are available for many topics. (It is good to check for alternative translations, singular and plural, etc.) Themes in the worksheet section include: disability/disabilities, death, end of life, medical ethics, medicine, as well as many general topics such as חסד, תיקון עולם, צדקה.
These journals charge for subscriptions, but most post some articles on line for free access.
- PlainViews: PlainViews, an e-newsletter for chaplains and other spiritual care providers, strives to bring as much news as briefly as possible. Articles are grouped into four areas: Professional Practice, Advocacy, Education & Research, and Spiritual Development.
- Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy
- Journal of Jewish Communal Service (full texts of articles available free)
- Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling
- Journal of Religion and Health
- Journal of Religion, Spirituality, and Aging
Life Cycle: End-of-Life Issues: Death, Funerals, Burials
- Halachic Organ Donor Society
- National Association of Chevra Kadisha (Orthodox perspective)
- Prayers & Meditations, Jewish Funeral Directors of America (Orthodox perspective)
- Kavod v’Nichum: Pluralistic approaches on chevra kadisha (burial societies), funerals, mourning, and Jewish cemeteries. Also sponsors an annual conference.
- Gamliel Institute: Training institute for lay volunteers and Jewish professionals on issues of illness, death, and mourning. Sponsored by Kavod v’Nichum.
- At the End of Life, a Way to Go Gentle, by Susan Gubar
Appeared in The New York Times, April 13, 2017
- The YU/RIETS End-of-Life Care Halachic Advisory Program (Orthodox perspective)
Jewish Holidays and Calendar
- HIAS 2017 Passover Haggadah Supplement
- HIAS Yom HaShoah Reading for Refugees
- HIAS Yom HaShoah Program Ideas
- Counting the Days of the Omer, Up or Down, by Benjamin W. Corn
Appeared in Tablet, April 9, 2012
Chaplains, Spirituality, and Health Care Settings
- The YU/RIETS End-of-Life Care Halachic Advisory Program. A major impediment for observant families to seeking halakhically approved, excellent end-of-life medical care is a lack of knoweldge of the intricate laws that govern such care. A panel for rabbinic consulation is available on this site.
- Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania has a proud heritage of education and service, and pastoral care has always been an important part of its clinical healing mission. The main page contains general information on the Pastoral Care Department.
- Joint Commission (JCAHO): References to Spirituality, Religion, Beliefs, and Cultural Diversity in the Joint Commission’s Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Hospitals, as of the January 9, 2017 Edition. Updated periodically by Chaplain John Ehman, Penn Presybeterian Medical Center, Philadelphia. National U.S. standards for accreditation of hospitals.
- Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health, Duke University
- Bigger Roles for Chaplains on Patient Medical Team
Appeared in The Wall Street Journal, December 6, 2011
- Graduate Theological Foundation establishes Graduate Center for Pastoral Logotherapy
- GWISH: The George Washington (University) Institute for Spirituality and Health
- SOERCE: The Spirituality and Health Online Education and Resource Center. SOERCE gathers educational and clinical resources in the fields of spirituality, religion, and health. Access SOERCE online resources for more information. Administered by George Washington (University) Institute on Spirituality and Health. Wide range of topics related to health care. One specific Jewish resource is an article, “Bioethics for clinicians: Jewish bioethics,” Primary Author: Gary Goldsand, University of Toronto, CMAJ 2001. Users need to create an account to view some articles.
Chaplains, Spirituality, and Health Care Settings–Organizations and Research Centers:
- American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
- Association of Professional Chaplains
- Baylor University’s Program on Religion and Population Health (Institute for Studies of Religion)
- Centre for Spirituality, Health and Disability (University of Aberdeen)
- Columbia University Spirituality Mind-Body Institute http://spiritualitymindbody.tc.columbia.edu Academic program, wide variety of podcasts on topics such as compassion, gratitude, religion, spirituality, and self-care. http://spiritualitymindbody.tc.columbia.edu/smbi-podcasts/
- Duke Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health
- Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life Christian institute, some publications for a variety of audiences, Jewish Ritual, Reality and Response at the End-of-Life: A Guide to Caring for Jewish Patients and Families (pdf) By Rabbi Mark Popovsky, 2007, 47 pages (much info for other situations – variety of types of Jews from non-relig to Orthodox; special circumstances such as holocaust survivors, differences in Ashkenazi and Sephardi practice. Free download
- End of Life / Palliative Education Resource Center
- Finding Meaning in Medicine: Reclaiming the Heart and Soul of Medicine
- GWISH (George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health)
- Good Endings: Caring for the Dying Resident
- Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association
- Institute for Spirituality and Health at Texas Medical Center Downloadable articles at http://ish-tmc.org/additional-articles/
- International Parish Nurse Resource Center (Church Health Center)
- The John Templeton Foundation
- Library of Congress, David B. Larson Fellowship in Spirituality and Health
- Medicine and Ministry Annual Conference
- National Council on Aging
- Religion & Public Health Collaborative at Emory University
- Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Spirituality and Psychiatry Special Interest Group (200+ articles on spirituality and mental health available at this link.)
- Spirit-Health Connections
- Spirituality Diversity and Social Work Resource Center
- Spiritual Competency Resource Center
- Supportive Care Coalition
- University of Florida Center for Spirituality and Health Several annotated bibliographies, but not updated since the 1990s.
- UCLA’s Spirituality in Higher Education Program (focus on college students)
- University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality & Healing
- Yale University Program on Medicine, Spirituality and Religion http://medicine.yale.edu/intmed/genmed/education/medspirel/ sponsors a listserv
Research on Pastoral Care
- ACPE (Association for Clinical Pastoral Education) Research Network
- Also of note is chaplain John Ehman’s annual bibliography of hundreds of articles in the medical literature on religion and spirituality.
Disaster and Crisis
These groups can often provide insights from their perspective, or connect people in need with a local rabbi. Some have information on their websites as well.
- Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) – Reform
- The Rabbinical Assembly (RA) – Conservative
- Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) – Orthodox
- Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA) – Reconstructionist
- National Council of Young Israel – Orthodox
- Resources from non-chaplaincy-related organizations (opens in new browser tab)
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