Membership Categories

We invite you to join NAJC. We will learn and share together our collective wisdom and experience in such areas as hospital visitations, hospice, patient/family crisis intervention, contemporary clinical Jewish bioethics, and bereavement counseling. All members receive our newsletter, professional journal, NAJC mailings, invitations to national conferences and regional y’mei iyun (study days), and information about CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) — professional chaplaincy training opportunities and residencies. When you join NAJC, you will become our partner and a supporter of professional Jewish chaplaincy. Please join us!

NAJC welcomes all who share in the vision, mission and goals of the organizations. Interested persons may choose to join and support either as a Member or as a Supporter.

Only Certified, Professional, and Retired members are eligible to vote or hold office in NAJC. Professional members also receive access to the members-only section of the website.

Click here for the NAJC Certification Handbook

NAJC Membership Categories and Criteria

Professional Member

  • is a duly ordained rabbi, duly ordained/invested cantor, or Jewish lay professional
  • has advanced Jewish education
  • has chaplaincy training (in a recognized program or under appropriate supervision)
  • has advanced secular education — bachelors level or the equivalent
  • Annual dues between $225-$700, depending upon salary

Click Here To Apply As A Professional Member


Certified Member

  • meets all the requirements of a professional member
  • has been at the professional member level for at least twelve (12) consecutive months prior to certification
  • has fulfilled the NAJC certification requirements as approved by the NAJC Certification Commission
  • has been issued a certification number
  • meets all annual education requirements as determined by the Continuing Education Committee
  • Annual dues between $225-$700, depending upon salary

Click Here To Apply As A Certified Member


Associate Professional Member

  • Associate Professional Members must be currently employed in a chaplaincy position
  • have significant educational background
  • required to participate in Peer Review every year, with a case study presentation
  • required to attend conferences at least every other year
  • cannot use this membership category to seek their first Chaplaincy position
  • are voting members of NAJC, may be elected to the Board, but may not become officers
  • Annual dues between $300-$700, depending upon salary

Click Here To Apply As An Associate Professional Member


Retired Member

  • was a professional member of the NAJC, in good standing for at least one (1) year
  • is currently retired
  • Annual dues of $50

Click Here To Apply As A Retired Member


Student Member

  • is a full-time or part-time rabbinic or cantorial student
  • is a Jewish lay student in a full-time chaplaincy program
  • Annual dues of $54

Click Here To Apply As A Student Member


Credentialed Military Professional

  • Have to show evidence of successfully completing three years of military chaplaincy service
  • Credentialed Military Professionals are not BCC’s. They would still be required to take CPE and apply for Board Certification when they complete their military service
  • may not vote in NAJC elections and may not serve on our Board
  • Annual dues of $225

Click Here To Apply As A Credentialed Military Professional


Military Member

  • Must be on active duty or a drilling reservist. Military members who are regular or certified members pay regular or certified member dues accordingly
  • Annual dues of $54

Click Here To Apply As A Military Member


Israeli Member

  • An Israeli member resides in Israel and supports the aims of the organization with a special focus on the development of spiritual professional spiritual care and chaplaincy in Israel
  • Annual dues of $36

Click Here To Apply As An Israeli Member


General Member

  • supports the aims of NAJC, but is not eligible to be a professional member
  • Annual dues of $125

Click Here To Apply As A General Member


Non-Profit Supporter

  • An opportunity for your organization to support the work of NAJC in providing professional, Jewish chaplains.
  • Annual dues of $180

Click Here To Be A Non-Profit Supporter