A Quarterly Newsletter of NAJC        Vol. 31 No. 2 ~ Kislev 5779
3950 Biscayne Blvd.   Miami, FL  33137                               www.najc.org
Rabbi Dr. Sandra Katz, BCC
President
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
Treasurer
Rabbi Dr. Rafael Goldstein, BCC
Executive Director
Rabbi Dr. Mark Goldfarb
Secretary, Newsletter Editor
Cecille Allman Asekoff
Executive V.P. Emerita


In This Issue:

Thinking Bigger Together

The Work is Great… The Reward is Great

Chai Campaign Matching Funds!

Hanukkah Greetings

NAJC Welcomes Allison Atterberry, Admin. Assistant

Chicago Symposium יום יעון

Sh’ma: I Hear You

To Sanctify Time

Conference 2019 Information

Caring For NAJC Members: Chesed Committee

Upcoming Events! Save These Dates

My Own Bontcha the Silent

With Our Members

New חברים

2018-19 Officers, Board & Committees


Thinking Bigger Together

Rabbi Dr. Sandra Katz, BCC
skatz@jewishchaplain.net

From the President’s Desk… actually, the laptop

As I write this, our Jewish communities feel engulfed in a tragedy that took place recently. By the time you read this article, you will have a clearer perspective of the events that occurred at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburg, PA on Shabbat Vayeira. Rabbi Goldstein and I have spoken about how important we believe it is for NAJC to take its place on the stage when events happen, while balancing the sensibilities of a pluralistic organization.

My notes have me talking about abundance again. I hope that you will forgive me for taking a break from that refrain until next newsletter. Sometimes, it feels a little out-of-step to write about feeling blessed with abundance.

I feel responsible to share an update on the work of NAJC, so I’ll forge ahead with that. Our Strategic Planning committee reached a point where we felt really stuck. We had some great material posted on our workspace, and yet we found it a struggle to schedule time together to do the work. I had hoped to do this project without incurring expenses, but our Board approved money for strategic planning, so I did some research and asked the Exec committee to help me select one of the consultants I had contacted. I am grateful to the Exec for this help, and can report to the membership that we have engaged the services of Donna French Dunn to help us. Donna, a consultant with Tecker, International, (https://www.tecker.com/about/meet-the-team/donna-french-dunn/) comes to us through our association with ACPE, the Standard for Spiritual Care and Education. Donna shines because she listens to each organization she serves, and constructs a process unique to the organization’s situation. After talking with colleagues in Strategic Partner organizations, I began to wonder whether we should embark on strategic planning before we do an inventory of NAJC. We have changed a lot since 1990. Have our structures kept up with the changes? Or shall we engage in strategic planning, which might power the other changes we will need to make?

Many of you work for organizations that have significant change management efforts in place. I welcome your feedback on change in NAJC: what it might look like, and how we might feel about modifying our beloved organization. When I talk about change, what emerges for me revolves around passing the torch to the next generation. How can we forge an NAJC that will take on the challenges of our times and beyond? What will attract the next generation of chaplains? How do we balance the flexibility we need for the future with stability that comforts long-time members? What values stand the test of time? I aspire to think big together as we imagine NAJC for the future.

This leads right into the next topic, that of my vision for NAJC. My notes have me linking this with theology. So I will invite readers to think with me about how they find the Divine Presence as they serve patients/clients/elders. How can we use our experiences of Sacred Presence – in whatever words we use – to shape the kind of vision we want for something larger, a whole organization of chaplains?

This unfortunate habit of zooming way out has made me a rotten chaplain now. I seem to have trouble staying in my lane these days. As I have begun to say, the skills we use as chaplains actually work for leaders. I have started asking people about what career trajectory Jewish chaplains have. While we know that no one goes into Jewish chaplaincy work for the money, what other aspects of our work would attract the kinds of bright, industrious, visionary people to chaplaincy who will lead us into the future? Without a career trajectory for those who can soar, what would keep someone in a job where they feel trapped? So that’s where your NAJC leader sits, at the cusp of something else, but, as of this writing, she knows not what. Oy!

I have found great joy in contacting you, the members of NAJC. As of this writing, I have made contact with 480 of you, and the conversations with those who connect with me have lifted my heart. Please understand that I am doing this because I can, and let go of any expectation that future presidents would engage in this quixotic project. I’m pleased to invite you, readers, to contact me (skatz@jewishchaplain.net or 585-750-4939), or even better, connect with colleagues on our member365 directory. We have a great deal to offer each other, in times of trouble like now, and when we feel abundantly blessed.

Respectfully submitted,
~Sandra


The work is great… The reward is great 

Rabbi Dr. Rafael Goldstein, BCC
rgoldstein@jewishchaplain.net

Sometimes I am amazed at how busy we are and how much we actually get done! In the past month, immediately after the end of the Holy Days, I attended my nephew’s daughter’s bat mitzvah in Philadelphia, the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC) Summit, in Denver, and we had incredibly successful symposia in Philadelphia and Los Angeles. We received an amazing number of proposals for workshops for the 2019 conference in Cherry Hill, NJ on May 5-8, and are continuing to do the rest of the planning for what will be a truly spectacular conference. The Strategic Partners issued the groundbreaking “The Impact of Professional Spiritual Care” (https://indd.adobe.com/view/2d555e8f-5d1a-47bf-ad94-760092053d0b)  paper which very clearly and concisely makes the case for all of us for our communities, employers, and colleagues. 

We collectively experienced the worst attack on the Jewish Community in American history, and all of us have had to come up with personal and communal responses to this terrible experience. Members of NAJC, who have been trained by the Red Cross in disaster care have been mobilized in Pittsburgh.  Seth Bernstein, Steve Kaye, Shira Stern have all been there, as have Sara Paasche Orlow and other NAJC members. There is so much more to be done. 

As an organization, we need to look at how we respond to disasters. First and foremost, we need to get many more of our members trained by the Red Cross for disasters. We also need to do a much better job of supporting the members who are mobilized and our members who happen to live in an area where a disaster happens.  

We have a lot of work to do, and I keep reminding myself that we don’t have to finish the job at the same time as we do have to get started.

We are also beginning this year’s Chai Campaign. We have moved it from May/June to November /December. Once again, this year will be a matching gift campaign. We have pledges of $22,000 in matching gifts which we will receive only if we match them! Your donation is worth twice as much to NAJC with this dollar-for-dollar match. We hope you will join in the campaign, but just as importantly that you will help us expand our donor base by inviting your family, employers and friends to join the campaign. If you can help by sharing our case for giving on Facebook or any other social media site, and/or will help by asking colleagues to support NAJC, we will be able to reach this goal! 

We learned last year that many of our colleagues have discretionary funds and if asked will support NAJC. All we have to do is ask! Please consider whether you can ask your colleagues to support NAJC. We’ll be sending you the case for giving soon. Please help us bring in the matching funds and expand our base of donors. 

Finally, I want to acknowledge Tara Stiel’s departure from NAJC. Many of you have gotten to know Tara and have had the pleasure of working with her. We wish Tara success and happiness in all her future endeavors! We will announce our new Administrative Assistant in the next sort-of- weekly email Update. 

~ Rafael


Chai Campaign Matching Funds!

As you know, we are moving the Chai Matching Gift Campaign from May/June to November/December. This is the one time a year when you can double the impact of your donation to NAJC. For every dollar we receive, we have pledges, up to $22,000, in matching gifts.  But we only get the matching gifts if we raise the donations. We will NOT have a Chai Matching Gift Campaign in May/June of 2019.  This is it until November 2019! 

To make a donation, simply log onto www.najc.org and click on Support NAJC. There is a tab for Chai Campaign. You can also use this link: https://najc.member365.com/publicInj/fundraisingCampaign/viewCampaign/O5vqnIUzIpBsSh9iROItpA

NAJC dues cover about ½ of our annual budget. We have to make up the rest through donations. Dues don’t do it for us, because we have so many members who simply cannot afford to pay the full dues. We are committed to welcoming and involving people as members, no matter their financial situation. But that’s where the Chai Campaign comes in: it gives us some of the funds we need so we never turn anyone away for financial reasons. 

The Chai Campaign is not just for members to donate! All of us know people who support what we do as professional spiritual health specialists. All of us have friends, family and colleagues want to support an organization we value. We hope you will invite them to support NAJC. If you are on Facebook, it’s incredibly easy to create a fundraiser for NAJC. If you can do it, just call us at 305-394-8018 and we can guide you in setting it up! And please discuss NAJC with your colleagues. Many rabbis and cantors have discretionary funds, and just need to be asked to share some of those funds with NAJC.  Many local Boards of Rabbis and Cantorial Associations have some funds they can share. All we need to do is ask! 

Now would be a great time for every member to make sure NAJC thrives by bringing in new donors. With your help, we can provide more and better programming, continue to enhance our website, and develop much needed new approaches to how we NAJC can support you in your chaplaincy work. 

Thank you for your consideration and generous participation! 


Happy Hanukkah  חנוכה שמח

December 2-10, 2018

The lights of Hanukkah are a symbol of our joy. In time of darkness, our ancestors had the courage to struggle for freedom. Theirs was a victory of the weak over the strong, the few over the many. It was a victory for all ages and all peoples.

The light of our faith burns brightly now; our people Israel has survived all who sought to destroy us. In every generation, we are called, through love and self-sacrifice, to renew ourselves and the life of our people

Let the lights we kindle shine forth for the world to see. May they illumine our lives and fill us with gratitude for those who came before us, whose will and courage, time and again, kept the flame of faith from extinction.

May you and all your family enjoy a very happy & healthy
Hanukkah and holiday season!


NAJC Welcomes Allison Atterberry

Administrative Assistant

Allison Atterberry earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Truman State University in Missouri, and she worked as a project manager in the non-profit world for several years. She’s been employed as an executive assistant for the past several years in the insurance business. Allison is passionate about Judaism, and she’s excited to be working for NAJC.

Welcome, Allison!


Chicago Symposium יום יעון

December 3, 2018
Highland Park Hospital
777 Park Avenue W.,
Highland Park, IL  60035

Haunted by  the Past – Memories of War and Survival

Featuring: Stanley G. McCracken, Ph.D., LCSW

Dr. Stanley G. McCracken is Lecturer in the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration.  He has forty years’ experience as a clinician, educator, and consultant.  He has written about psychiatric rehabilitation, addiction, behavioral pharmacology, behavioral medicine, and aging. His practice interests include addressing cross-cultural and spirituality in practice and veterans’ issues.

This workshop will explore research into the lasting impact of military service and the risks of war.  We will study post-traumatic stress disorder, late onset stress symptomathology, traumatic loss, suicide, and moral injury as well as providing pastoral care to such individuals.  We will consider how this material applies to others, such as Holocaust survivors, refugees, former child soldiers and gang members.  

To Register: https://jcfs.formstack.com/forms/jewish_chaplains_yomlyun

Registration Deadline: November 29th.


Sh’ma: I Hear You

Laurie Dinerstein-Kurs
rablau@comcast.net

I had been visiting a certain gentlemen for several years.  He was always thrashing about and uncommunicative and quite in his own world.  In attempts to quiet  him down , I read to him, played music…all in vain.  Nonetheless, I always sat with him, held his hand, and recited one or two Tehillim.  On this particular day, as he was thrashing around, in this conversation of one – aka a monologue, to keep the “conversation”  going — I mention things that are meaningful to me.  I mentioned that I loved that I had attended Yeshiva and that my favorite prayer was the Shema.  While I continue to hold his hand I happened to start chanting the Shema.  For the first few minutes there was no observable response.  However, after the third or so repetition…he didn’t just quiet down – his flailing arms came to rest on his chest.   The third time it happened…I was nonplused!!  What was going on????  Now, his distorted facial grimace eased up, and he lay quietly and serenely –  I had never seen him “quiet” before, neither had his aide.   I will see what  happens  next time –  will there be  a similar reaction!!

How can this be?….Upon his hearing me chant  the Shema – this anxious man calms down –  and then again, of course, it be!

You never know to what depths tradition is buried.

~ Laurie Dinerstein-Kurs


To Sanctify Time

Rabbi Cary Kozberg, BCC
rebckoz@gmail.com

“These things do I remember: through all the years, ignorance like a monster has devoured our martyrs… filled with a futile thought: to make an end of that which God has cherished” (Gates of Repentance, p. 431)

It was only a few weeks ago that we recited these words during the section of the Yom Kippur afternoon service that recalls the various times that Jews throughout history suffered martyrdom. Who would have thought that in our own time, another episode would be added to that tragic list—especially in this, the freest nation in which Jews have ever lived?

Jewish tradition teaches that martyrdom is the ultimate way that a Jew sanctifies the name of G-d.  Whenever a Jew is killed simply for being a Jew, that person has died al kiddush HaShem–for the sanctification of G-d’s Name. Why?  Because, as I stated on Rosh Hashanah, WE AS A PEOPLE REPRESENT THE PRESENCE OF A JUST AND MORAL G-D. 

The significance of what happened in Pittsburgh is poignantly amplified by the act that those eleven martyrs died during a brit milah:  as our covenant with G-d was being affirmed by the act of shedding the “blood of the Covenant” at the circumcision being performed that morning, they shed their own blood for the sake of the Covenant!  Moreover, the Torah reading for that Shabbat included the story of Sodom and Gomorrah–which begins with G-d’s asking Himself as to whether He should share with Abraham His intention to destroy the two wicked cities:

Shall I conceal from Abraham what I intend to do…for I have singled him out, that he may instruct his children and his posterity to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is just and right…” 

Indeed, this verse affirms why we Jews exist: to be “G-d’s walking commercials” in the world. Pittsburgh showed us that, once again– until the Messiah comes– as long as we exist “to keep the way of the Lord”, there will be those who scream “All Jews must die!  For, as we also read on Yom Kippur afternoon: Without Jews, there is no Jewish God.” (GOR, p. 436).  And make no mistake: there are those in this world who want to make an end to what G-d has cherished, in order to make an end to G-d.

So…how do we respond to such acts of hate? We must respond in many ways.

–We must remember that there are those who want to rid the world of us and the ONE we represent.

–We must mourn the victims and comfort their families.

–We must reaffirm our pride and strengthen our unity as “one people”—despite whatever differences there may be among us.

–We should do a mitzvah in memory of the victim: lighting Shabbat candles, coming to synagogue, giving tzedakah, engaging in any act of lovingkindness, etc.

–We must respond and reach out to the “righteous Gentiles” among us (Muslims and Christians) who are sickened by this heinous action and have expressed solidarity with us.  We should improve our knowledge of Jewish history so that we can better explain the phenomenon of historical anti-Semitism and weave our concerns into larger concerns regarding hatred in this country.

But there is yet another way in which we must respond.  And that is to be more prepared: 

–to acknowledge that attacks like these can—and could– happen anywhere, including our own community;

–to take steps to strengthen security at synagogues and any place where Jews gather (which is being done at our Temple)

— to acknowledge and understand that as a community and as individuals, we are responsible for our own safety

The Talmud teaches: “when someone comes to kill you, be prepared (rise up) to kill them first” (Sanhedrin 72a) .  Having to use force in self-defense is distasteful, but regrettably often necessary. That’s why, properly used, it is a mitzvah.  What happened in Pittsburgh is proof again that being a nice person, and having a “live and let live” attitude is not a guarantee against a violent attack–—especially if one is a Jew.  As the old adage teaches: “the fact that you might be a vegetarian won’t stop a bull from charging at you”.

“But Rabbi, what about trusting in G-d?”   The Psalmist wrote: “The Guardian of Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps” (Psalm 121:4).  Indeed. But while our Guardian may give us the spiritual resources we need, the Maccabees of old and the State of Israel in our time has taught us that, when it comes to self-defense, we ourselves have to do “the heavy lifting”: and that may mean doing some things we don’t like in order to guarantee our own safety.

Above, I used the phrase “until the Messiah comes”. Judaism affirms that we do not yet live in Messianic times, but we do indeed live in “messy” times. Those of us who are committed to tikkun olam—repairing the world—must fully understand that there are some repairs to this messy, broken world that may require us to get our hands a bit dirty at times—to do things that may be quite distasteful and regrettable…but still necessary. Getting rid of a life-threatening malignancy usually means having to cut out the cancer, and/or having to take a poisonous drug to be rid of it. Distasteful, regrettable…but necessary to save life.

In the aftermath of the worst act of Jew-hatred in this country’s history, may all of us understand what needs to be done, while still committing ourselves and our community to always act in order to follow the mandate given to Abraham–to “sanctify the Name” by doing what is right and just.

~Cary Kozberg

 

 

 


NAJC Conference 2019:
Change and Holiness

השתנות וקדושה


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.

Please let the Chesed Committee know if you or a loved one are sick, or if you are grieving the death of a loved one. One of the compassionate members of the Chesed Committee will follow up with you directly. If you so choose, we will list your name in the weekly updates and the מי שברך emails and work with you to provide you the support you would like. All conversations will be held in the strictest of confidence. Your well-being is our well-being.

You can contact the Chesed Committee at: chesed@jewishchaplain.net

 


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.


My Own Bontcha the Silent

by Paula Van Gelder, BCC
paula.VanGelder@cshs.org

As chaplains, we daily meet people who change us in some way.  Often, our patients are our teachers, giving us glimpses into their own sources of resilience, deep faith, and ability to go on during the darkest of times.

One such person, whose presence continues to stay with me, was a very nice woman whom I will call Andrea.  To this day, I think of her as my own Bontsha the Silent, since she has always reminded me of the title character in the famous tale by I.L.Peretz.  That short story can be read in several ways, but most regard it as a very bitter depiction of a human being who suffered immensely during his life, and even in Paradise could not imagine anything but the humblest reward for his difficult life, during which he did not complain, but remained silent.

It was probably some 20-25 years ago when I met Andrea.  She was an outpatient who would often stop by to speak with Rabbi Levi Meier, z”l, the first chaplain at our hospital, who served as my first teacher and mentor in my process of becoming a chaplain.  I was still trying to figure out just what that role entailed and how to go about learning what I needed to know.  Rabbi Meier introduced me to Andrea, so that when she came by after a visit to to one of her many doctors, she felt free to stop by and speak briefly with me, before or after visiting with Rabbi Meier.  She was a very quiet, unassuming person, petite in stature, always neatly dressed and coiffed.  As I learned, she had received inpatient cancer treatment, but was now coming in regularly for outpatient follow-up.

She spoke softly and chose her words carefully.  She did not focus on her illness.  She shared just a few details about her life that enabled me to get some idea of her current situation.  She was now elderly, and she had never married.  She did not speak of family or friends, and she seemed to be all alone in the world.  She had worked as a seamstress for as long as she could remember.  She lived in an apartment building in an old part of Los Angeles, not near any of the major Jewish areas.  She was basically content with her day-to-day life.  Her needs were few, and her hopes were simple.  She wanted to remain healthy for as long as possible, and she wanted to be able to leave her apartment for a little bit of recreation, such as a bus ride to the beach — to get out of her area for a reason other than a medical appointment.  However, she could not find a Jewish or other senior program that served her neighborhood in this way.  She had already spoken to a social worker and had explored leads, to no avail.

But Andrea did not focus too much on those disappointments.  She usually just told me what she had been doing on that particular day.  However, once, she spoke briefly about her difficult childhood and casually mentioned, “My mother told me that she tried to abort me before I was born.”  I can’t remember what, if anything, I said in response, or maybe I just continued to listen.  Andrea even knew how her mother went about the attempt.  Her mother had taken a very hot bath in the hope that the heat would kill the fetus.  Andrea never knew what prompted her mother to share this information with her. To this day, I cannot understand how any mother could or would reveal these facts to her child, in effect saying, “You were never wanted.  Your being alive is a mistake.”

Andrea continued to stop by briefly from time to time, just to sit down and rest a bit before her subsidized ride was scheduled to take her home.  I don’t know how long it was before I realized that I hadn’t seen her for a while.  Shortly thereafter, she came into the hospital as an inpatient.  When I went up to her room to visit her, I was shocked by the change in her appearance.  She had lost more weight from her small frame and was much weaker than she had been.  She knew that she was dying.  The case manager had arranged for her to be discharged to a skilled nursing facility, one that accepted Medicaid and that, at the time, housed mostly impoverished people living with AIDS.

Andrea looked at me and came right to the point.  “I am not long for this world,” she said quietly.  She was so honest and straightforward that she gave me the courage to say something that I had never dared say to anyone before.  “How would you like me to remember you?” I asked.  “As someone who has had a very difficult life,” she replied.

And that is how I still think of her.  She was one of the first patients I encountered on my long journey to becoming a chaplain, and I cannot possibly forget her.  Upon her passing, I hope that the angels wept bitter tears to compensate for the lack of human mourners.  And I wonder if Andrea’s heavenly request was for a hot roll — perhaps with a little fresh butter on it.

~Paula


With Our Members

מזל טוב

  • Rabbi Dr. Edie Meyerson, BCC and Carolyn Slutsky on the birth of their daughter, Jonah Simone Slutsky Meyerson.
  • Allison Atterberry on becoming Administrative Assistant for the NAJC!

רפואה שלימה

  • Paulette Posner’s husband, Yermiahu Ben Tamar.
  • Shmuel Ben Gittel, father of Stephanie Dickstein.
  • Marcia Miller
  • Noam Daniel Ben Gilah, son of Geoff Haber son,
  • Helen Freer
  • Sandra Berliner, NAJC Past President, הרב צירה ביילע בת יהודה הלוי ושיינה גיטל
  • Eli Sharon
  • Yael Bat Esther V’simcha Halevi, sister of Jonathan Rudnick
  • Mona Decker – Miriam bat Avraham v’ Masha
  • Nechama Sara bat Devorah Shoshana – wife of Gabriel N. Kretzmer Seed
  • Aliza Yocheved bat Nechama Sara – daughter of Gabriel N. Kretzmer Seed
  • Bonita Taylor
  • Daniel Ben Sarah (Daniel Leger)
  • Janice Roger’s husband, Baruch Avraham Ben Yehudah Tzvi u Miriam.
  • Yarona Smadar Bat Ishabela
  • Eliezer Akiva Ben Tovah, father of Ziona Zelazo’s friend Kaya Stern-Kaufman
  • Baruch Avraham ben Yehudah Tzvi uMiriam, husband of Janice Rogers.
  • Daniel Leger, Daniel Ben Sarah, who was seriously wounded in the attack on Tree of Life Synagogue. He has been serving as a spiritual care provider at a local hospital.
  • 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.
  • 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.

המקום ינחם 

  • Leah Herz on the death of her mother, Elaine F. Herz.
  • Judi-Adele Plotkin on the death of her mother Rushka Faegel bat Sonja v’Menachem.
  • Sara Paasche-Orlow, on the death of her father in law, Jim Orlow.
  • Michael Balinsky on the death of his mother Leah Balinsky.
  • Friends and family of Rabbi Rachel Cowan, one of the founders of the Jewish Healing Movement.
  • Tzvi Harold Stern on the death of his wife, Kathy Stern.
  • Ziona Zelazo on the death of her father-in-law Nathaniel “Nate” Zelazo.

 


New חברים

Professional Member

  • Sophia Levin, Boston, MA
  • Janet Madden, Ph. D, Santa Monica, CA

Associate Professional Member

  • Renee Bauer, Madison, WI

Student Member

  • Sharon Bromberg, Newton, PA
  • Aaron Abelman, Port Washington, NY
  • Rabbi Eryn London, New York, NY
  • Daniel Aronson, Houston, TX

General Member

  • Dr. William Rosenberg, Kansas City, MO
  • Christina Kantor, Madison, WI
  • Emily Dana, Wilmette, IL
  • Rabbi Dr. Richard Address, Mantua, NJ
  • Jacob Daniel Azulay, J.D., Boynton Beach, FL

2018-19 Officers, Board & Committees

Rabbi Dr. Sandra Katz, BCC
Rochester, NY
President
Rabbi David Fine
Modi’in, Israel
Rabbi Bryan Kinzbrunner, BCC
Highland Park, NJ
President Elect
Chaplain Margo Heda, BCC
Fair Lawn, NJ
Rabbi Rena Arshinoff, BCC
Toronto, Ont. Canada

Vice President
Rabbi Lev Herrnson, BCC
Rockville Center, NY
Rabbi Dr. Joe Ozarowski, BCC
Chicago, IL
Treasurer
Rabbi Lynn Liberman, BCC
St. Paul, MN
Rabbi Dr. Mark Goldfarb
La Mirada, CA
Secretary, Newsletter Editor
Chaplain Karen Lieberman, BCC
Mequon, WI
Rabbanit Alissa Thomas-Newborn
Los Angeles, CA
Conference Chair
Rabbi Neal Loevinger, BCC
Poughkeepsie, NY
Rabbi Dr. Geoff Haber, BCC
Pittsfield, MA

Certification Chair
Rabbi Rochelle Robins, BCC
Los Angeles, CA
Rabbi Moe Kaprow, BCC
Winter Springs, FL

Immediate Past President
Rabbi Jessica Shafrin
St. Louis, GA
Rabbi Dr. Rafael Goldstein, BCC
Miami, FL
Executive Director
Rabbi Ruth Smith, BCC
Baltimore, MD
Rabbi Fredda Cohen, BCC
White Plains, NY
Rabbi Michelle Stern, BCC
Evanston, IL
Rabbi Jason Weiner, BCC
Los Angeles, CA