Please note: The terms “chaplaincy,” “pastoral care,” and “spiritual care” are often used interchangeably.
What do Chaplains do?
Pastoral Care and Education Organizations (North America)
Spiritual Care Organizations (Israel)
For Jewish Patients, Families, Friends, and Chaplains (Resources)
- 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-facted 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
- 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
These journals charge for subscriptions, but most post some articles on line for free access.
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
Chaplains, Spirituality, and Health Care Settings
- 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
Research on Pastoral Care
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.
To suggest additional links or to link a site to NAJC.org, contact email@example.com.