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"The Eternal One is the Healer of the broken hearted And the One who binds their sorrow." (Psalms 147:3) A Quarterly Newsletter of the National Association of Jewish Chaplains

Rabbi Yaacov Rone,

Rabbi Ephraim Karp,

President

Conference

Rabbi Naomi Kalish,

Rabbi Lowell Kronick, Immediate Past President

President-elect

Rabbi Bonita E Taylor, V.P.

Rabbi Mark Goldfarb, Newsletter Editor

Rabbi Moe Kaprow, Treasurer

Bryan Kinzbrunner Journal of Jewish Spiritual Care, Editor

Rabbi Sandra Katz, Secretary Rabbi David Glicksman, Certification

Cecille Allman Asekoff, Executive Vice-President

Vol. 24 No. 1 ~ Elul 5771/September 2011

On The Inside: President's Message!...........1 Treasurer's Report!..............2 Days Of Awe Greeting!.........3 Certification Milestones!.......4 Certification Commission!.....4 JJSP Call For Articles!..........5 Membership Committee!......5 NAJC & A.J. Archives!..........6 Board Summary!..................6 Chai Campaign!....................7 Robert Wood Johnson Hospital & NAJC!.........8-9 NAJC Website!.....................9

Glatt Chaplaincy Training!..10 To Save A Life!...................10 Healthy Grieving Book Review!.........................11 Y'mei Iyun!....................12-14 Benefits of Membership!....15 With Our Members!............16 New ‫!חברים‬.………………!.16 Upcoming Events!..............17 Board Members!.................17

NAJC 901 Route 10 Whippany, NJ 07981 (973) 929-3168 casekoff@ujcnj.org

Change Is The Only Constant Rabbi Yaacov Rone, President

Message From The President

Dear Chevre, Change is the only constant. This is the thought that has been going through my head as I have approached a number of individuals to sit with me as we plan the next five-year Strategic Plan for our organization.

We all want to grow, to improve, to forgive and be forgiven. We all want to feel that we are needed and that we are filling a vital role in life. This is certainly true of us collectively as well. We want more than our daily routine of three meals a day and a place to live and work. How can we make life soar? If what we want is of great significance to us, then we must be willing to do. To sit and meditate will not get us anywhere. The emphasis is on the doing. And that is where the mitzvah is - not saying but doing. Continued on page 2

NAJC CRISIS HOTLINE/CARELINE The NAJC Crisis Hotline/Careline is available 24/6 for chaplains needing peer support during stressful times. Our hotline chaplain is Sheila Segal, BCC. She can be reached at 610-668-8069 or sfsegal@comcast.net. NAJC Newsletter Elul 5771/September 2011

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Message from the President, continued.

It is in this spirit that the Strategic Planning Committee, composed of a rainbow of who our membership is, is looking at our future. Did we as the NAJC keep personal contact as a primary goal? Are our standards for membership and certification fair? Equitable? Reflective of both who we are and who we want to be? Have we endowed ourselves with worth? I know that we have found a cause in which we fervently believe, that moves us to confront the larger issues of Jewish Chaplaincy and spirituality. As we enter the year 5772, we will continue to work towards finding solutions to our difficulties and plan and execute for our future. May the New Year inscribe each of us in the Book of Life.

!‫לשנה טובה‬

Rabbi Yaacov Rone Rbyaacov18@gmail.com

Treasurer's Report Rabbi Maurice S. Kaprow, M.A., B.C.C., Treasurer Dear Chevre, Please accept my best wishes to each of you and your families for a ‫ שנה טובה ומתוקה‬- may we each be blessed with a year of health, happiness, and joy. I would like to be sure that you know we are working very diligently to assure that NAJC programs are expanded to reach more of our members. Our ‫ ימי עיון‬are rapidly spreading across the country and we are eager to help additional sites organize programs during the coming year. Our website continues to grow and we are looking at potential expansions to its capabilities. Our new fiscal year began on July 1 and dues are starting to come in. It was only with great reluctance that we decided to raise dues – the first time in four years – knowing the economic impact that move would have. As always, I am ready to speak with anyone who needs to make arrangements for dues payments. If you need help, please contact me at mkaye1@earthlink.net, or call me at 407-415-3322. Our goal is to keep each and every one of you as a member in good standing of NAJC. We most strongly encourage each of you who is working to ask your institution to help support NAJC by becoming a Non-Profit Supporter for $150.00. Every one of our institutional supporters will be recognized at our annual conference and will become members of the National Association of Jewish Chapels and Institutional Synagogues. Let me close by stating that NAJC is a vibrant, fiscally sound organization. We value your membership and look forward to helping our profession grow during the coming year. ,‫כל טוב‬

Rabbi Maurice S. Kaprow mkaye1@earthlink.net

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hbvfe hnwl vbytkt May the sound of the Shofar usher in a New Year of health and happiness, love and joy, prosperity & contentment, wholeness and peace for you and all your family. From your friends at NAIC: Yaacov Rone, President

David Glicksman, lnterim Certification

Naomi Kalish, President Elect

Ephraim Karp, Conference

Bonita Taylor, Vice President

Lowell Kronick, lmmediate Past Pres.

Moe Kaprow, Treasurer

Cecille Asekoff, Exec. Vice President

Sandra Katz, Secretary NAJC Newsletter Elul 5771/September 2011

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Continued Certification Milestones for 2011 Rabbi Moshe A. Abramowitz, Rabbi Charles Rabinowitz, Rabbi Sara Berman Continuing Education & Peer Review Committee One of the standards each NAJC Certified Chaplain agrees to when applying for and successfully completing the certification process is “The chaplain accepts responsibility and accountability for maintaining professional certification, for continuing education and peer review …” as described in Certification Standards #130.500. Our Committee has endeavored to make this process easier by periodic reminders and reports. In the end, it is the certified chaplain’s ultimate responsibility to complete the process. We can only help. The obligation is yours, with or without our assistance. Simply put, if you do not provide the required reports on time, each year, you have failed to meet your on-going certification requirements and the continuance of your hard-earned certification is in jeopardy. In the weeks before and after the ‫ ימים נוראים‬certified chaplains will get just such a reminder. It will reflect what report (Continuing Education or Peer Review) is due by January 31, 2012. That report is due by that date at the NAJC office unless you have communicated with one of the Committee Members and gotten an extension. Otherwise the deadline is firm and your certification will not be renewed without the necessary reporting. For those members who are completing Peer Review at the 2012 Annual Conference, an extension will be granted to submit your report after the conference is finished. Continuing Education, however, is not a complex requirement and your report is due on or before January 31st. Please remember it will be a 2011 Report even though you submit it in 2012. Every year we hear from many members who could not complete a Peer Review on time. If you live or work in an area where arranging such a review is difficult, please contact one of us immediately for guidance and assistance. Not hearing from you puts you in a delinquent category and generates actions and letters which can be avoided if you just call or write. Certification is proof that you meet the standards and requirements of professional chaplaincy. Don’t risk losing this important credential. Our Committee wishes one and all a ‫ שנה טובה ומתוקה‬and hope your efforts and attention to your professional standing are met with success.

Rabbi Moshe A. Abramowitz!

Rabbi Charles Rabinowitz!

Rabbi Sara Berman

cbmanj@verizon.net!

crabinowitz@calvaryhospital.org!

rabbisarab@yahoo.com

Certification Commission Report Rabbi David Glicksman, Interim Certification Chair If you have been a Regular/Full Member of NAJC for at least one year and have fulfilled the requirements for certification which are found in the Certification Handbook, we encourage you to pursue board certification. The National Office of NAJC and I need to know of your intent to appear before a January, 2012 committee by September 27, 2011. All of your written materials must be sent to the National Office by October 31, 2011 for an appearance in January, 2012. The certification handbook and application can be found either on our website www.najc.org or obtained from the office gherman@ujcnj.org. The certification interviews will be held at the annual NAJC conference to be held in Cleveland Jan. 15-18, 2012. Please be sure to consult the Certification Handbook. Should you have any questions regarding certification, please contact me at either dglicksman@verizon.net or 732-688-4197.

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Journal of Jewish Spiritual Care Call For Articles Bryan Kinzbrunner Dear NAJC members, I invite you to participate in the Journal of Jewish Spiritual Care. I have taken over as editor in chief and am currently beginning to prepare an issue for the fall. I would like to ask if anyone has material that they would like published; I will still accept submissions for the next couple of weeks for the journal. Additionally, if you do not think that you will have time to contribute to this issue, please be advised that the submission date for the subsequent issue will be Nov. 15, 2011. For the future, we will look to themed issues as well as general issues. Additionally, if anyone is interested in helping me out with editing, please let me know. I currently have one person who has offered editing support. The journal will accept both scholarly articles of an academic or research nature and experiential and reflective presentations, which discuss aspects of or topics related to Jewish chaplaincy, clinical pastoral education, Jewish healing, Jewish spiritual care and counseling, and Jewish medical ethics. The Editor and Editorial Board will make all decisions about the appropriateness of publication of each submission. The Editor requests that all submissions be a clean attachment to an email, in Microsoft Word with no editorial markups. Please keep texts to 2000-4000 words. Exceptions to this guideline will be made in unusual circumstances. The Editor requests that the text be double-spaced. Citations of Biblical, Talmudic and Rabbinic texts should be in the text of the article, surrounded by parentheses, rather than citations in the notes. Transliteration of Hebrew should follow recognized academic usage. Thank you,

Bryan Kinzbrunner bdkinz@gmail.com

From The Membership Committee Rabbi Sol Agin, D.D., B.C.C. Dear Colleagues: This is the first opportunity as Chairperson of the NAJC membership committee to share my thoughts with you. As membership chair, I work closely with Cecille Asekoff and Gail Herman. Cecille and I review every application with great care and do reject those that lack educational information or failed to supply appropriate data. In addition, we have individuals who apply that come from questionable schools of higher learning. This is becoming a more common problem that causes concern. It is important that we accept people with proper academic credentials. Some applicants feel strongly that if they study with a certain rabbi that exempts them or they have taken some courses on line and that should be an exemption. These applicants are rejected without question. NAJC has standards for affiliation and as your chair they will be met. Thank you for your support. L'Shalom,

Rabbi Sol Agin shalom06@netzero.net NAJC Newsletter Elul 5771/September 2011

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NAJC Chooses American Jewish Archives Rabbi Robert Tabak, PhD, BCC Researching a profession or changes in Jewish communal life depends on availability of records as well as recollections of people involved. Many organizations, especially those in existence for years (in the NAJC’s case since 1990) have accumulated records that should be saved rather than discarded. The NAJC Board recently selected the American Jewish Archives (AJA) in Cincinnati as the repository for our organizational records. Adriana Kuzyszyn, an intern from Rutgers University at the NAJC office, is transferring copies of NAJC minutes and some other records, and is making plans to regularly send documents and publications to the AJA. The AJA, one of the two largest Jewish archives in the US, has an excellent record of preserving materials and making them available for researchers and scholars. This collection will join other important organizational collections there, including records of the Association of Hillel and Jewish Campus Professionals, B’nai Brith, the Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education, and the World Jewish Congress. However, the records of organizations only tell part of the story. The AJA is also interested in the papers of individual chaplains. These documents – correspondence, reports, notes from meetings and talks, ideas for new programs, discussions of current activities, and other papers– will add much to future understanding of our field. Please consider making a donation of your own papers to the AJA. You can get more information from senior archivist Kevin Proffitt, kproffitt@huc.edu.

Rabbi Robert Tabak rtabak@aol.com Rabbi Robert Tabak, PhD, BCC, is a staff chaplain at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and chairs the NAJC archives committee. He is the author of “The Emergence of Jewish Health-Care Chaplaincy: The Professionalization of Spiritual Care” http:// americanjewisharchives.org/journal/PDF/2010_62_02_00_tabak.pdf

Board Summary Rabbi Sandra Katz, Secretary •All communication regarding the NAJC Web Page is to be directed to Cecille Asekoff, who will forward communication to our webmaster, Matt Halpern. •Moe Kaprow reported that the NAJC is slated to be approved by the Armed Forces Chaplains’ Board. A meeting with Harold Robinson of the Jewish Welfare Board will take place in NY in September. The NAJC is seeking VA endorsement and it would be helpful to also provide the name of a VA chaplain seeking endorsement with our application. If you are a VA Chaplain seeking endorsement, please contact Moe Kaprow at mkaye1@earthlink.com.

Rabbi Sandra Katz ravsandra@hotmail.com

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Thanks to these contributors, we raised $4,336 during the NAJC Chai Campaign! Rabbi Alan Abrams Rabbi Sol Agin Rabbi Katy Allen Mr. Colin Alter Cecille Asekoff

Rabbi Joanne Hirschmann Dr. Reuven Jaffe Rabbi Naomi Kalish Ms. Pam Kaplan

Rabbi Stanley Asekoff

Rabbi Karen Bookman Kaplan

Rabbi Leslie Bergson

Rabbi Moe Kaprow

Rabbi Susan Conforti

Rabbi Sandra Katz

Rabbi Meryl Crean

Rabbi Sherman Kirshner

Rabbi Judith Edelstein Rabbi Louis Feldman Dr. Bruce Feldstein Rabbi Natan Fenner Rabbi Susan Freeman Rabbi Dayle Friedman

Rabbi Cary Kozberg Rabbi Tsvi Landau Rabbi Joel & Annette Levinson Ms. Karen Lieberman Rabbi Jaron Matlow

Rabbi Charles Friedman

Rabbi Myrna Matsa

Rabbi Ruth Gais

Rabbi Barbara Metzinger

Rabbi Jonas Goldberg Rabbi Robert Grosberg Rabbi Naomi Gross

Rabbi Edith Meyerson

Rabbi Joseph Potasnik Rabbi Rochelle Robins Rabbi Yaacov Rone Rabbi Steven Rubenstein Rabbi Herman Savitz Cantor Neil Schwartz Rabbi Julie Schwartz Chaplain Sheila Segal Rabbi Sam Seicol Rabbi Marion Shulevitz Rabbi Simcha Silverman Rabbi Ruth Smith Julius & Adela Sommer Rabbi Robert Tabak Rabbi Bonita E Taylor Rev. Mary Martha Thiel

Rabbi Larry Moldo

Rabbi Kalman Winnick

Rabbi David Moseson

Rabbi Arnold Zoref

Rabbi Patti Haskell

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Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Partners With The National Association of Jewish Chaplains To Encourage Growth Of Pastoral Care In Israel (New Brunswick)- Treating the “whole” patient is a commonly used phrase in health care in the United States. In many cases, it means using pastoral care to address the spiritual and emotional needs of a patient, not just physical needs, to aid in the healing process. And while pastoral care is widely accepted in the United States, it is still not prevalent in countries such as Israel. That’s why Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital’s (RWJUH) Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Program has partnered with the National Association of Jewish Chaplains in America (NAJC) to offer a unique residency fellowship training program, the Rabbi Zahara Davidowitz Fellowship, to help chaplains bring formal pastoral care programs back to Israeli hospitals, long-term care facilities and hospices. According to the Reverend John DeVelder, Director of RWJUH’s CPE program, the goal is to formally train chaplains so pastoral care and clinical pastoral education will continue to grow in Israel. He believes that the Davidowitz Fellowship program is the only one of its kind in the U.S.  He hopes that other hospitals, both in New Jersey and nationally, will develop similar programs. The program consists of 400 hours of clinical training, with 100 hours devoted to seminars on pastoral care theory such as multi-faith  spiritual care of patients.  The remaining 300 hours are completed in a clinical setting as students focus on direct patient care and work with physicians, nurses and other allied health care professionals on hospital units. RWJUH provided accreditation for the first Clinical Pastoral Education programs conducted in Israel for the past six years by Rabbi Zahara Davidowitz-Farkas. Now, in her honor, the hospital has established the Fellowship to bring one Israeli trainee each summer to the United States for further training. Rev. DeVelder believes that Israel’s pastoral care journey is very similar to what America experienced just “30-40 years ago.” “Just as it was in America years ago, in Israel, a greater emphasis is placed on the physical well-being of the patient,” Rev. DeVelder notes. “Through years of education and refining pastoral care programs here, medical professionals see the benefit it has for patients and their families. Their support has been instrumental in pastoral care’s growth and acceptance.” Adira Ben Aharon, a Hospice Therapist (Music Thanatologist) at The Hospice of Upper Galilee (HUG), is the second pastoral education student to complete RWJUH’s fellowship program. In addition to being a chaplain, Ben Aharon is an accomplished musician who incorporates music into her work caring for terminally ill patients in the hospice. She notes that there is a need to develop pastoral education programs in Israel. Ben Aharon believes that training programs like the one at RWJUH will help bring the concept of pastoral care to Israel demonstrating to other health care professionals the importance of emotional and spiritual care for patients and families. “If you have cooperation from the medical team, the family and patient would greatly benefit,” she explains. The first pioneering intern of this program was Valerie Stessin in the summer of 2010, who worked in the field of hospice and end of life issues in Jerusalem. RWJUH’s residency fellowship program resulted from the vision of Cecille Asekoff, who heads the NAJC. Continued on page 8 8

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RWJUH Partners with NAJC, continued

“I had a dream of bringing pastoral care to Israel for many years,” Asekoff says. Nearly 8 years ago, Asekoff helped to organize a conference to study the concept of bringing pastoral care to Israel. Meeting organizers were careful to host the event in a neutral location to not offend any representatives of the many strains of Judaism that exist in Israel. The initial meeting drew 65 participants to the Sheraton Plaza Hotel in Jerusalem. A follow-up conference just four months later attracted twice as many participants. “At that point, we knew we were on the right track,” Asekoff explains. “We didn’t even know how to properly advertise the conferences at the time. Word of mouth and a shared passion among the participants for bringing clinical pastoral education to Israel led to our success.” The group decided to start its own 400-hour clinical pastoral education program and recruited Rabbi Zahara Davidowitz to lead the effort.  RWJUH provided the accreditation and the United Jewish Appeal (UJA) of New York provided the funding.  Additional consultation from Rev. DeVelder and Rabbi David Glicksman, (former chaplain of the Jewish Home in Somerset, N.J.) came from two trips to Israel and via Skype. “As passionate as we were in the beginning, we knew that this would not work without the right person on the ground,” Asekoff explains. “We needed someone with the ability to develop a professional CPE program that was sensitive to the unique cultural challenges that existed in Israel.” The goal was lofty and the “to-do” list was long. To develop the program, Davidowitz needed buyin from a Seminary in Jerusalem and hospitals, long-term care facilities and hospices throughout Israel. She had to convince administrators that the program was intended to educate students and help their patients. A selling point in her favor was that the program came at no cost to health care facilities. Almost 8 years later, the program is growing steadily and led to the creation of the Davidowitz Fellowship at RWJUH that Ben Aharon will complete on August 12. Ben Aharon is looking forward to sharing what she has learned this summer with colleagues in Israel. A foreign concept only a few years ago, pastoral care is gradually gaining more acceptance in her country among patients and health care providers. “It is coming along in Israel now,” she explains. “People are looking for it (pastoral care) and are asking about it more.” To learn more about RWJUH, please visit www.rwjuh.edu. For a referral to a physician affiliated with RWJUH, please call 1-888-MD-RWJUH. Follow us on Twitter at www.rwjuh.edu/twitter and Facebook at www.rwjuh.edu/facebook.

Web Site Information Rabbi Yehuda Blank, MS, BCC NAJC is working on new venues for web conferencing which will be forthcoming in the new year. May you have a ‫ שנה טובה ומתוקה‬and be inscribed in the Good Books.

Rabbi Yehuda Blank Rablenblank@aol.com

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Rabbi Melvin J Glatt ‫ ז״ל‬Chaplaincy Training Course in Israel Completes First Session The first annual session of the Rabbi Melvin J. Glatt ‫ ז״ל‬Chaplaincy Training Course, sponsored by the Glatt Family and by NAJC and Life's Door-Tishkofet was held with great acclaim this past June-July 2011 at the Tishkofet Center in Jerusalem. The course, which was held in collaboration with the Zohar Rabbinic Organization, was attended by 7 leading rabbis from communities throughout Israel. Rabbi Melvin J. Glatt ‫ ז״ל‬was the first US certified Jewish chaplain and served as a community based chaplain in the southern New Jersey area during the 80's and 90's. He was not only a skilled and dedicated chaplain but also displayed the middot of chesed and emet and was a beacon of caring for all he served. The program was launched at a memorable hazkarah at Tishkofet on the 11th of Adar in which his loving wife, Rivkah Frank, and their children, Odia Glatt Wroblewski and Dr. David Glatt-Gilad (who live in Israel), shared their memories and recalled his special work. Dr. Ben Corn, who was a personal friend of Rabbi Glatt from his pre-aliyah residence in Cherry Hill, also delivered a moving dvar torah and recalled what an exceptional man Rabbi Glatt had been. The course is an introduction to CPE and incorporates both didactic and experiential learning including site work and verbatims. It was instructed by Eli Sharon, who is entering the Educators Training Track in the Israel training program for Tmicha Ruchani, having done his prerequisite Tomech Ruchani modules. Eli is the Director of Tmicha Ruchani at the Tishkofet-Maagan Jerusalem Comprehensive Patient and Family Support Center. The course participant's feedback was overwhelmingly positive with comments such as, this was a "turning point in my professional life," and "I have learned how much more I can do for my community." The course is planned to be an annual program with ongoing support-supervision meetings throughout the year.

To Save A Life Rabbi Sara Berman “Whoever saves a life, it is considered as if he saved an entire world."- Sanhedrin 37a  Yet what does that mean?  Most of us touch the lives of many throughout our lives, but how often are we able to see the result? How often can we really see a life we’ve saved and how that life impacts “an entire world.” Recently, I was able to experience such an encounter. I was able to meet the person whose life I had helped save. Four years ago, I donated my stem cells. While I was sitting through the scary, uncomfortable procedure, it was hard to imagine what good it could actually do. Yet, a few weeks ago, I was able to see the good. I went to Atlanta and I met Michael, the recipient of my stem cells, and his family. I saw his kids and how they were now able to grow up with a father. I met his parents, forever grateful for my gift. I spoke to his wife. I listened to the story of how she was told to have all his friends and family come to say their goodbyes. I heard her talk about how scared she was when Michael was “on his deathbed” and she worried about the future of her young boys, six months and 2 ½ years old at the time. I connected with Michael, discovering our similarities and learning about his strength. I received notes of thanks from his friends, informing me how important Mike is and how grateful they are for my gift of life. I saw that Michael’s life, a life I helped save, meant the world to so many people, to “an entire world." Michael is the “Face of Cancer.” Cancer is not about numbers. It is not about statistics. It is about people. And their families. And their hope. Not everyone can donate their stem cells. But everyone can do something to help another person. Let us remember this as we go about our day touching the lives of many.

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Book Review: ABCs of Healthy Grieving, by Harold Ivan Smith. Reviewed by David J. Zucker, PhD, BCC In my experience, it is the best book on the market. Short. Practical. Easy to read. Eminently applicable. This is a literal alphabet of ABCs for Grieving. Each person walks through the valley of deepest darkness on an individual path. Yet, we share commonalities dealing with grief. Smith presents 72 (!) techniques/ suggestions that will help most in their initial year of sadness. He frames these entries as ABC’s. Far from an alphabet of woe, this is a list of well thought through ways to face grief, doing it as a form of self-healing. These entries are terse. Each category is two pages. Each features the title, followed by one or two relevant quotations, and then Smith’s teaching. He concludes with an “I can” statement, which invites the reader to address what was learned in this section. His opening chapter is Allow for individual differences in grieving. Then Anticipate the holiday “blues” and Ask your questions. B’s include Befriend the silence, and Be with your grief. “Cry” is followed by Decide specific things friends can do for you, . . . Give yourself permission to grieve . . . Overlook the easy answers . . . Tell God what is on your mind . . . Write thank you notes on your schedule. Once a person reads the introduction, it is possible to hopscotch through the book and find those entries or sections that are most relevant. The book is small enough to fit into a coat pocket or a purse, ready as a handy reference. Though published by a religiously affiliated press, Ave Maria, it is relevant and inviting to all faiths and no faiths. This is a book for pastoral caregivers, chaplains, social workers, clergy, and funeral directors alike. It is a book to read, share, and offer to anyone who is grieving.

David J. Zucker ABCs of Healthy Grieving. Harold Ivan Smith. 174 pages. Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 2007. $12.95. (paperback).

Reviewer David J. Zucker, PhD, BCC, is the Immediate Past Director of Spirituality and Rabbi/Chaplain at Shalom Park, a senior continuum of care center, as well as Chaplain for Beth Nehamah Hospice in Aurora, Colorado. Zucker is Board Certified by the National Association of Jewish Chaplains and the Association of Professional Chaplains. He publishes in a variety of journals, and his latest book is The Torah: An Introduction for Christians and Jews (Paulist 2005). He may be contacted at www.davidjzucker.org.

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All are invited to attend the September meeting of Penn's

Spirituality, Religion & Health Interest Group

Jewish Chaplaincy, Professional Chaplaincy, and Health Care: Historical Perspectives on the Professionalization of Spiritual Care with

Rabbi Robert Tabak, PhD Staff Chaplain, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; Adjunct Faculty, St. Joseph’s University and Cabrini College; Editor, RRA Connection (Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association Newsletter); and author of "The Emergence of Jewish Health-Care Chaplaincy: The Professionalization of Spiritual Care," American Jewish Archives Journal 62, no. 2 (December 2010): 89-109

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 10:00 - 11:30 AM Hirst Auditorium First Floor, Dulles Building

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania 3400 Spruce St., Philadelphia, PA

For more information, call 215-662-2591 or visit www.uphs.upenn.edu/pastoral

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‫יום עיון בנושא תמיכה רוחנית במכון שכטר‬ ‫יום שלישי‪ ,‬י"ד אלול תשע"א‪13.9.11 ,‬‬ ‫‪9:30-10:00‬‬

‫התכנסות ודברי פתיחה‬ ‫הרב משה זילברשיין‪ ,‬בית המדרש לרבנים ע"ש שכטר‬

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‫"תמיכה רוחנית מזווית הראיה של רופא טיפול תומך" –‬ ‫ד"ר ג'ונתן גרינפילד‪ ,‬ביה"ח א��ף הרופא מחלקה אונקולוגית‬

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‫לימוד מקורות בחברותא‬ ‫בהנחיית בוגרי תמיכה רוחנית במכון שכטר‬ ‫"מדרש הזהב לגיל הזהב" שימוש במקורות בתמיכה רוחנית עם‬ ‫קשישים‪ ,‬הרב דב חיון‪ ,‬קהילת "מוריה" – הקהילה המסורתית‬ ‫בחיפה‬ ‫"מדרש תשובה‪ -‬לשוב ולדרוש סיפור חיים"‬ ‫הרבה מיכל שוורץ‪ ,‬רבת הקהילה המסורתית פתח תקווה‬

‫‪12:30-13:00‬‬

‫סיכום‪ :‬הערות והארות – הילה זמר ‪ ,‬מרכזת תמיכה‬ ‫רוחנית בבית המדרש לרבנים ע"ש שכטר‬

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‫ארוחת צהריים קלה‬ ‫עלות‪ ₪ 20 :‬לכיסוי הוצאות הכיבוד ‪.‬‬ ‫נא לאשר השתתפות אצל ענת שיטרית טל' ‪:‬‬ ‫‪ 074-7800712‬דוא"ל ‪anat@schechter.org.il :‬‬ ‫מכון שכטר ממוקם ברח' אברהם גרנות ‪ ,4‬שכונת ניות‪ ,‬ירושלים‬

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THE NAJC, THE BOARD OF RABBIS OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, THE KALSMAN INSTITUTE ON JUDAISM & HEALTH, CEDARS SINAI MEDICAL CENTER and THE JEWISH FEDERATION OF GREATER LOS ANGELES NVITE YOU TO ATTEND

A Regional Yom Iyun

UNDERSTANDING THE NATURE OF DISASTER AND HOW TO HELP YOUR COMMUNITY HEAL Featured Presentation By

Rabbi Zahara Davidowitz Farkas Clinical Faculty, Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion. International Leader in Disaster Spiritual Care. Principal in providing Disaster Chaplaincy Services in New York City following 9/11.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011 10:30AM 2:30 PM Jewish Federation Goldsmith Center 6505 Wilshire Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90048 Kosher Luncheon. Nominal donation requested.

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For More Information: Board of Rabbis 310 761 8600 boardofrabbis@jewishla.org

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With Our Members ‫מזל טוב‬ Stanley and Cecille Asekoff were honored by B’nai Shalom of West Orange, NJ, for their 39 years of dedication and service to the shul and the community. Steven Rubenstein began a new position as Director of Spiritual Care at Shalom Park in Aurora, Colorado. Myrna Matsa on the birth of granddaughter Maya Devora Matsa; parents are David & Lesley Matsa. Joel and Annette Levinson on the engagement of their son, Jason Ian, to Eliana Tali Pierce. Moshe and Cheryl Abramowitz on the engagement of their son, Rabbi David Abramowitz, to Chani Wagner of Queens, NY.  Also on the aliyah of their son Rabbi Daniel and Yael Abramowitz and their five children

‫המקום ינחם‬ Ruth Jaffe, whose husband, Dr. Reuben Jaffe, died August 6th.

Chaplain Happenings ‫ישר כוח‬ Dr. Ben Corn, our Israeli member and colleague, received the Israeli President’s Award for Outstanding Volunteerism in Israel

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Members: Rabbi Kara Tav" Rabbi Rena Arshinoff New York, NY" " Toronto, Canada Nancy Rigelhaupt Smith" Rabbi Richard Rudnick Newton, MA" " Worcester, MA Rabbi Barbara Metzinger Metairie, LA Rabbi Neil Joseph Loevinger Poughkeepsie, NY Dr./Rabbi Marsha Silberstein Philadelphia Israel Members: Adira Ben Aharon Israel

Supporters: Rabbi Leah Herz" St. Petersburg, FL"

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We Welcome These New ‫חברים‬:

Rabbi Yehuda Blank who will be awarded the Person of the Year 2011 by the NYPD Shomrim Society in October.

Jo Hirschmann, whose article "Psychological and Theological Dynamics in an Inpatient Psychiatric Chaplaincy Group" was published in The Journal of Religion and Health.

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‫ברוכים הבאים‬

 Carole Gould, whose article, On Suffering: A Chaplain’s Letter, was published in The JPCC, Spring/Summer 2011 issue (Vol. 65, No. 1,2)

Jason Weiner on receiving the Orthodox Union West Coast Region Leadership Award. Jason was also appointed the first Senior Rabbi & Manager of Spiritual Care of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in LA.

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Sanford H. Shudnow, who conducted the Memorial Service at the Disabled American Veterans, 90th Annual Department Convention in Washington, DC. Also his scholarly article, "Love Thy Neighbor: Challenging the Notion of In-Group Morality in the Bible,” appeared in the Australian Journal of Jewish Studies, Vol. XXIV. Finally, Sanford's art was exhibited at the Wheaton Branch of Montgomery County Public Libraries in Silver Spring, MD.

Student Members: Dr. Judith-Adele Plotkin" Arizona" Dr. Joyce Kendall Friedman" Oklahoma City, OK"

Richard Backer on receiving NAJC Board Certification.

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Rebekah Robinson " Philadelphia, PA Lynn Cooper " Colorado

Cantor Michael Zoosman " Vancouver, BC, Canada

Chaplain Elissa Kaplan Senter Plainview, NY Share your life’s events by helping others! Donate to NAJC through any of these funds: The General Fund Endowment Fund Israel Initiative Chaplains Emergency Fund Rabbi Howard Kummer Memorial Fund for Pastoral Education Donations may be made in honor of or in memory of a friend or loved one. Contact the office for more information. 973-929-3168 NAJC Newsletter Elul 5771/September 2011


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Newsletter Deadline: November 27, 2011 Submit all materials in electronic format (Word Document or RTF) to the editor: Rabbi Mark B. Goldfarb ramblinrav@me.com

Please Note These Upcoming Events: Y'mei Iyun: September 7th, Philadelphia: Historical Perspectives on the Professionalization of Spiritual Care. Sep. 13, 2011, Jerusalem: ‫ואושר מרחקם הקרוב כל־כך‬ November 8, 2011 Los Angeles: "Understanding the Nature of Disaster and How To Help Your Community Heal." March 22, 2012, Somerset, NJ: Hospice Through Jewish Eyes NAJC Annual Conferences: January 15-18, 2012 " Cleveland, OH January 2013 - Scottsdale AZ January 2014 - South Florida January 2015 - Israel Israel Kenes May 1-2, 2012 - Jerusalem Traveling To Israel? Please let the NAJC office know if you have plans to travel to Israel. Cecille Allman Asekoff casekoff@ujcnj.org (973) 929-3168 NAJC Newsletter Elul 5771/September 2011

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The 2011-2012 Officers, Board & Committees Rabbi Yaacov Rone Pittsfield, MA & Palm Springs, CA Rbyaacov18@gmail.co m (646) 319-4524 President

Rabbi Naomi Kalish Hoboken, NJ naomi.kalish@ gmail.com (646) 284-8114 President-elect

Rabbi Bonita E Taylor New York, NY ravbonitae@aol.com (212) 644-1111 ext 221 Vice President

Rabbi Moe Kaprow Winter Springs, FL mkaye1@earthlink.net

(407) 415-3322 Treasurer

Rabbi Sandra Katz Rochester, NY ravsandra@hotmail.com

(585) 427-7760 x 6364 Secretary

Rabbi Lowell Kronick Virginia Beach, VA lowell.kronick@va.gov

(757) 728-7112 Immediate Past Pres., Nominating Committee

Rabbi Ephraim Karp Beechwood, OH rabbikarp@ yahoo.com (216) 403-4002 Conference Chair

Rabbi David Glicksman Somerset, NJ dglicksman@verizon. net. (732) 227-1212 Interim Certification Chair

Cecille Allman Asekoff Whippany, NJ casekoff@ujcnj.org (973) 929-3168 Executive V. President

Rabbi Moshe Abramowitz Elizabeth, NJ mabramowitz@sbhcs. com (973) 322-4857 Continuing Education/ Peer Review Committee

Rabbi Sara Berman Sherman Oaks, CA rabbisarab@yahoo.co m. (914) 864-5160

Rabbi Daniel Coleman New York, NY dcoleman@nshs.edu (516) 562-4011 Fundraising

Dvora Corn Jerusalem, Israel pcorn@netvision.net.il

011-972 (0) 52-529-1333 Va'ad Hanhala

Rabbi Judith Edelstein New York, NY rabbijbe@aol.com

Rabbi Shimon Hirschhorn Riverdale, NY shirschhorn@ hebrewhome.org (718) 581-1416

Chaplain Allison Kestenbaum San Francisco, CA Ark214@nyu.edu (917) 744-3819

Rabbi Bryan Kinzbrunner Highland Park, NJ bdkinz@gmail.com (617) 877-4666

Rabbi Fred Klein Miami, FL rabbiklein@gmjf.org (617) 877-4666

Rabbi Judy Kummer Newton, MA ravjkummer@nac.net (617) 877-4666

Rabbi Myrna Matsa Metairie, LA mjmatsa@aol.com (228) 229-9480 Disaster Response

Rabbi Edith Meyerson New York, NY edith.meyerson@ mssm.edu (212) 241-1446

Rabbi Michael Schorin Skokie, IL michael.schorin@ cje.net (847) 929-3253

Rabbi Nadia Siritsky Philadelphia, PA ravnadia@aim.com (502) 299-7184

Rabbi Kenneth Zisook Chicago, IL rebzis@hotmail.com (312) 860-4645

Rabbi Joshua Zlochower North Wales, PA jzlochower@abramso ncenter.org (215) 371-1818

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