Rabbi Joseph Telushkin

Rabbi Sandra Berliner

Rabbi Dayle Friedman

Keynote Presentations by:

Rabbi Joseph Telushkin

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Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin

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Rabbi Richard Address

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Rabbi Dr. Sandra Katz

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Rabbi Dr. Rafael Goldstein

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and The Healing Power of Music with:

Joey Weisenberg

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Panel Presentations:

End of Life Considerations with:

Dr. Barry Kinzbrunner

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Rabbi Jessica Shafrin

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Long Term Care with:

Rabbi Michelle Stern

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Rabbi Dayle Friedman

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Rabbi Sara Paasche-Orlow

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Challenges & Opportunities in Providing Relevant Secular Spiritual Care with:

Rabbi Valerie Stessin

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Chaplain Margo Heda

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Conference Fees:

Full Conference

Register By : 3/10/19 4/10/19 4/11/19
to
4/19/19
after
4/19/19
NAJC Members $485 $575 $625 $725
Non-NAJC Members $565 $650 $700 $800
Spouse, S/O, Partner attending w/Member $425 $500 $550 $650
Full-Time Student Member $360 $440 $500 $600
Members of other Professional Chaplaincy 
organizations (APC, NACC, CASC) may register
at NAJC Member rates listed above.

Per Day

Register By : 3/10/19 4/10/19 4/11/19
to
4/19/19
after
4/19/19
NAJC Members (w/3 meals) $315 $350 $385 $485
Non-NAJC Members (w/3 meals) $395 $445 $470 $570
Full-Time Student Members (w/3 meals) $185 $195 $210 $310

 

Plus These Stimulating Workshops:

Bridge to Peace: Music and Chaplaincy

What Would You Do if Your Chaplaincy Position Were Eliminated

Spiritual Assessment through Spiritual Awareness Model

Implementing Morally Offensive Orders

The Sacred Jewish Conversation

Mentoring Candidates through the Certification Process

 

ובחרת בחיים: Living the Full Catastrophe. A Workshop in Jewish Mindfulness

Living Torah and the Living Human Document

The Metaphors of Eicha as a Tool for Helping Mourners in Their Grief Experience

Garnering Strength for the Avoda of Spiritual Care through Keva

Stages of Change & the MARI

Best Practices in the Spiritual Care of Transgender Patients

What’s Jewish about Jewish Chaplaincy?

Pushing Away the Angel of Death: Death Anxiety in the Talmud and Our Care for Patients and Staff

The New Jewish Advance Directive

Biographies

Rabbi Joseph Telushkin

Rabbi Joseph Telushkin
Joseph Telushkin, named by Talk Magazine as one of the 50 best speakers in the United States, is the author of Jewish Literacy the most widely selling book on Judaism of the past twenty-five years. He is also the author of: Words that Hurt, Words that Heal, Rebbe: The Life and Teachings of Menachem M. Schneerson, Jewish Humor: What the Best Jewish Jokes Say About the Jews, A Code of Jewish Ethics: You Shall be Holy, Hillel: If Not Now, When?, The Book of Jewish Values: A Day by Day Guide to Ethical Living, and The Golden Land. He is co-author of Why the Jews: The Reason for Antisemitism and The Nine Questions People Ask About Judaism. In addition, he co-wrote an episode of the TV series, Touched By An Angel. Rabbi Telushkin was the featured speaker before 1,800 people at the nationally renowned Chautauqua Institution, speaking on “The 50 Best Jewish Jokes and What they Show About the Human Condition.”

Rabbi Telushkin serves on the Advisory Council and Scholar’s Council for the World’s Jewish Museum, the iconic Frank Gehry-designed museum due to open in Tel Aviv in honor of Israel’s seventy-fifth anniversary. Telushkin has coined the museum’s adage, “Jewish ideas have changed the world without the world knowing it. Now it will.”

Rabbi Telushkin was ordained at Yeshiva University in New York, and pursued graduate studies in Jewish history at Columbia University. He resides in New York City with his wife, Dvorah Menashe Telushkin. They have four children. He lectures throughout the United States, serves as a Senior Associate of CLAL, and on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Book Council.


 

Rabbi Sandra Berliner, BCC

Rabbi Sandra Rosenthal Berliner

Rabbi Sandra Berliner presently serves as the Rabbi/chaplain for Federation Housing Inc. independent senior living apartments and KleinLife Senior Adult Department in Philadelphia. She also serves as service coordinator for Federation Housing and is certified as a Certified Elder Service Coordinator from Pennsylvania Housing Finance Authority and Indiana University, Indiana, PA. She also serves on the Spiritual Care Coalition of the Philadelphia Corporation on Aging and has been presenter at several of their Clergy Conferences.

In addition, Rabbi Berliner serves on the Cultural Diversity Commission of the Pennsylvania Department on aging. Rabbi Berliner directed Yedid Nefesh, the Jewish Hospice Program of Philadelphia for 12 years, as well as serving Congregation Temple Menorah Kenesseth Chai in Northeast Philadelphia.

She is a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College where she received her Rabbinical Ordination and Masters of Hebrew Letters degree. She has also received an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity Degree from RRC. Rabbi Berliner received a Masters degree in Social Work from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and her Bachelor degree in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Rabbi Berliner is certified as a Jewish Chaplain by Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains and is a past-President and founding member of that organization.  She continues to be active and is a member of the Certification Commission of NAJC.

Rabbi Berliner has published many articles for the Philadelphia Jewish press and consults on areas of Jewish healing, especially as it relates to aging and end of life issues.

She is married to Roy Berliner and has 3 sons…Benjamin, Jonathan, and Jacob, 2 daughters in law-Imelda and Ece, and one grandson…Gabriel Chaim Berliner!


Rabbi Dayle Friedman

Rabbi Dayle Friedman
Rabbi Dayle Friedman, MAJSC, MSW, is a founding and certified member of NAJC. She edited Jewish Pastoral Care: A Practical Handbook from Traditional and Contemporary Sources. Her most recent book is Jewish Wisdom for Growing Older: Finding Your Grit and Grace Beyond Midlife. Through Growing Older, her Philadelphia-based, national practice, Dayle offers spiritual care for people facing dementia and frailty, spiritual direction for people beyond midlife, and consulting on medical decisions and end-of-life care.

 


 

Rabbi Richard Address

Rabbi Richard Address
Rabbi Richard Address was Ordained in 1972 by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He served congregations in California and New Jersey. For over three decades, Rabbi Address served on staff of URJ (UAHC) first as Regional Director of PA Council (1978-2001) and as Founding director fo URJ Department of Jewish Family Concerns (1997-2011). He earned a Doctor of Ministry from HUC-JIR in 1999 and Certification in Pastoral Counseling from Post Graduate Center for Mental Health (NYC) 1998. Founder of Jewish Sacred Aging®,LLC 2014 and host of weekly podcast "Seekers of Meaning." Served on faculty of HUC-JIR in NYC for over decade. Chair Jewish Advisory Committee for "Sukkat Shalom" Jewish Hospice of South NJ. Chair Jewish Advisory Committee for Alzheimer's Association Delaware Valley (greater Phila.) Co-chair Working Group on Spirituality and Diversity for C-TAC (Coalition to Transform Advanced Care. Washington, DC). Consultant with various congregations and organization on impact of aging on Jewish community. Author: "Seekers of Meaning: Baby Boomers, Judaism and the Pursuit of Healthy Aging" and editor of numerous books and articles on issues related to Judaism, aging and family concerns.


 

Rabbanit Alissa Thomas-Newborn, BCC

Rabbanit Alissa Thomas-Newborn
Conference Committee Chair Person
Rabbanit Alissa is a member of the spiritual leadership at B'nai David-Judea Congregation. She received her semicha from Yeshivat Maharat and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brandeis University with a degree in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and Classical Studies Archaeology and Ancient History. Rabbanit Alissa is also a Board Certified Chaplain (BCC) through NAJC. She has specialties in Psychiatric Care, Palliative Care, and End of Life Care. She has worked as a chaplain at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, New York-Presbyterian Columbia University Medical Center, and Bellevue Hospital. Rabbanit Alissa is a member of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Clergy Roundtable and the Pico-Robertson Mental Health Neighborhood.


 

Rabbi Dr. Sandra Katz, BCC

Rabbi Dr. Sandra Katz
Rabbi Dr. Sandra Katz, BCC currently serves as the President  of NAJC. She is former Director of Chaplaincy at Jewish Senior Life in Rochester, NY. She has served on the NAJC Board for over 10 years, and has served as the Conference Chair, Treasurer, President Elect.

 


 

Rabbi Dr. Rafael Goldstein, BCC

Rabbi Dr. Rafael Goldstein
Rabbi Dr. Rafael Goldstein is the Executive Director of Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains (NAJC). Before coming to NAJC in 2016, Rafael was the Director of Clinical Services for the Center for Spirituality and Health of Mount Sinai Health System in Manhattan. At Sinai, Rafael started with himself and the equivalent of one full-time priest, and was mandated to create a world-class Spiritual Care department. When Rafael left Sinai, there were 35 people in the department, including Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) educators, residents, interns, staff chaplains and a community engagement professional, and the departments of Spiritual Care of three other hospitals.

Rafael’s Doctorate in Ministry (Pastoral Counseling) is from Hebrew Union College, 2014. He holds Masters’ and Bachelor’s degrees from The Jewish Theological Seminary, and a BS in Social Work from Columbia University. He is a Board Certified Chaplain, certified by NAJC in 2004 (when he had no idea he would ever lead the organization) and by the Association of Professional Chaplains in 2011. He completed 5 units of CPE at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego, where he served as the Jewish Community Chaplain.

Rafael is a co-author of five peer-reviewed published research articles, and has published 4 books, including Being a Blessing: 54 Ways You Can Help People Living With Illness. Rafael has taught Psalms in the Key of Healing (his D.Min. Project) at HUC in the D. Min. Program, at the Academy for Jewish Religion in New York, and as workshops throughout the country.


 

Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin

Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin
You can say that I am an “accidental chaplain” -  that is, without formal chaplaincy training, I was a co-founder of the National Jewish Healing Center, co-founded Shleimut: a holistic healing program that places nurses and social workers in congregations; am the author of Tears of Sorrow, Seeds of Hope: a Jewish spiritual companion for infertility and pregnancy loss. currently I work to heal the relationship between humanity and the environment. and am creating a “Jewish life doula” program to help guide members of the Jewish community and those they love through life’s stressful transitions.

Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin was the Director of Jewish Life at the JCC of Greater Baltimore. Ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1988, Rabbi Cardin then served the Seminary in numerous capacities, including Assistant to the Vice Chancellor, Special Assistant to the Chancellor and Visiting Lecturer in Theology. Rabbi Cardin is also Editor of Sh'ma: a journal of Jewish responsibility. She was the  Founder of the Jewish Women's Resource Center at the National Council of Jewish Women in New York City. She is the author of several articles and A Tapestry of Jewish Time: a spiritual guide to the holidays and lifecycles. She lives with her family in Baltimore, Maryland.


 

Joey Weisenberg

Joey Weisenberg
Joey Weisenberg is creative director of Hadar's Rising Song Institute, dedicated to cultivating Jewish spiritual life through song. A multi-instrumental musician, singer, and composer, he is the author of Building Singing Communities and The Torah of Music (winner of the National Jewish Book Award). His original nigunim have been published in six albums. To learn more about Joey and the Rising Song Institute, visit www.risingsong.org.


 

Dr. Barry Kinzbrunner

Dr. Barry Kinzbrunner
Dr. Barry Kinzbrunner has cared for the terminally ill and their families since 1984, when he started at VITAS as the medical director and a team physician in the Broward County, Florida, program. As chief medical officer, he serves as liaison between VITAS’ many hospice programs and community physicians providing care to almost 14,000 patients each day.

A national leader in defining the role of the hospice medical director, Barry has extensive experience developing professional performance standards, pain and symptom management guidelines, quality assurance, and hospice and palliative care education. He is a voluntary consultant in palliative and spiritual care for JDC Eshel in Jerusalem, Israel, and a voluntary assistant professor of medicine at Florida International University school of medicine.

The lead author of End-of-Life Care: A Practical Guide, Barry has published nearly 30 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He is board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology, and hospice and palliative medicine, and attained Fellow status with AAHPM in 2005. He has a master’s degree in Jewish studies from Barry University in Miami and was ordained a Rabbi in August 2002. Together with his wife, Anita, Barry created the Anita and Barry Kinzbrunner NAJC Distinguished Service Award.


 

Rabbi Jessica Shafrin

Rabbi Jessica Shafrin
Jessica fell in love with helping others from an early age. She grew passionate about providing support for people in her community and abroad. Her commitment to care for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of others led her to pursue rabbinic ordination from The Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the American Jewish University as well as becoming a board certified chaplain by Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains. She currently works as a community chaplain at Jewish Family and Children’s Service in St. Louis and has recently started Kolot Ha’Dor: A Midrash Project.

 


 

Rabbi Michelle Stern

Rabbi Michelle Stern
Rabbi Michelle Stern serves as the Rabbi and Chaplain for CJE SeniorLife, the Jewish communal agency serving elders in Chicago and its northern suburbs. In her role, Rabbi Stern primarily works in CJE’s skilled nursing facility, assisted living and memory care centers. She accompanies residents and their families through the aging process, providing pastoral and spiritual care. She teaches classes on Jewish topics and leads worship. Rabbi Stern received her Bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College and holds a Master’s degree and ordination from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. She received her board certification from NAJC in 2013 and joined the board in 2018. She also serves as a member of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association’s Ethics Committee.

Prior to joining CJE in 2016, Rabbi Stern was a staff chaplain in the emergency department and critical care unit at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, MD. There she played an integral role in the medical team liaising between clinicians, patients and their families. While having worn many rabbinic hats with a variety of age groups prior to joining CJE SeniorLife, she is particularly fond of eldercare and exploring the intersection of spirituality and health. She enjoys life and her family just outside of Chicago.


 

Rabbi Sara Paasche-Orlow

Rabbi Sara Paasche-Orlow
Rabbi Sara Paasche-Orlow was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and completed her chaplaincy training at MGH. Before coming to Boston she worked at CLAL, the Bavli Yerushalmi Project and the Jewish Life Network. She now serves as the Director of Spiritual Care at Hebrew SeniorLife and is a founder of the HSL Chaplaincy Institute, focused on Jewish spiritual care and aging, dementia care, and end of life care. Rabbi Sara leads an LGBT aging initiative at HSL, training staff and community members to better serve and create welcoming and excellent health care services and community housing for LGBT elders. Rabbi Sara serves on the Executive Council of the Massachusetts Board of Rabbis and is a former President of the New England Rabbinical Assembly. She is the author of articles on Jewish chaplaincy and aging and the co-author, with Rabbi Joel Baron, of Deathbed Wisdom of the Hasidic Masters, The Book of Departures and Caring for People at the End of Life, Jewish Lights Publishing, 2016.


 

Rabbi Valerie Stessin, BCC

Rabbi Valerie Stessin
Rabbi Valerie Stessin was born in France in 1964 and made Aliyah when she was 17. At the Hebrew University she studied Special Education and Jewish Thought. When she began to study at the Schechter Institute, the rabbinical track wasn't open to women and she had the honor to be the first woman ordained by the Masorti movement in Israel, in 1993. She worked at Midreshet Yerushalaim as director of informal education in the FSU. She has been working for fifteen years at the TALI Education Fund as vice-director and responsible of in-service training and the Rabbis program. She was the coordinator of Kehilat Shira Hadasha in Jerusalem.

Valerie is living in Jerusalem with her daughters, Odelia and Oriana and her partner, Zvika. In 2008, she began her training as a chaplain, studies in Israel and in the U.S.A, and was certified by Najc-Neshama. In 2010, she co-founded Kashouvot, a new organization geared to implement Pastoral Care in Israel. In 2015, she joined the Schwartz Center for Health and Spirituality and began to teach CPE courses to future Israeli spiritual caregivers. She is currently the CEO for both non-for profits associations.


 

Chaplain Margo Heda, BCC

Chaplain Margo Heda
Chaplain Margo Heda, BCC is a NAJC board certified chaplain and serves as the Jewish Chaplain of Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Chaplain Heda co-facilitates Journey to Recovery, a support group for cancer survivors at St. John’s Riverside Hospital in Yonkers, New York. Prior to joining HSS, she served as chaplain for Park Care Pavilion, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation in inner city Yonkers, New York. Chaplain Heda has mentored Jewish women entering the field of chaplaincy and is a board member of NAJC. She was recently profiled in Jewish Action Magazine, “Walking With Them in Their Suffering: An Orthodox Woman Chaplain Helps Patients On Their Journeys” and in Ami Magazine, “Women to Know.”