One of our central aims is to help professionals and institutions in our community increase capacity and sensitivity for addressing the religious and spiritual needs of Jews who are ill, dying, or bereaved. We are happy to support or partner with you toward that aim, whether through a formal presentation, interactive workshop, volunteer training, staff in-service, or behind-the-scenes consultation. Call (415)750-4197 or email and you will be connected with one of our rabbis.

We offer consultation and training across many disciplines:

  • Congregational rabbis, educators, administrators, caring committee volunteers
  • Hospital chaplains, CPE students, physicians, nurses, social workers, dieticians
  • Hospice teams
  • Long-term care administrators and social service and activity coordinators
  • Therapists and other griefcare professionals
  • Body and energy workers

Areas of expertise and educational offerings:

  • Nuances of Jewish spiritual care
  • Understanding diversity in the Jewish community
  • How Jewish spiritual care differs from other spiritual care approaches
  • Working with grief
  • Spiritual concerns that arise around end-of-life
  • Special populations within the Jewish community
  • Adapting religious and spiritual practices to healthcare settings
  • Jewish programming, visibility, and support in non-denominational and multi-faith settings
  • Spiritual assessment
  • Fundamentals of visiting the sick—classical and contemporary perspectives
  • Organization and nurturance of Caring Communities
  • Jewish perspectives, text study, and facilitated exploration of illness and healing, end-of-life, and afterlife

Our rabbis regularly offer customized in-services, presentations, and individual and group consultations for those in our service area (Sonoma, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and northern Santa Clara counties). We provide these services for hospitals, long term care facilities, psychiatric and behavioral health units, hospices, and other facilities. You may consult with us over the phone, in person at our San Francisco-based office, or in your synagogue, agency or facility.

Participating community professionals, care providers or administrators need not be Jewish to access these services and support.

Our rabbis have extensive, specialized experience in hospital and community chaplaincy and spiritual care, in Jewish, secular, and interfaith work. They are also skilled in interdisciplinary professional collaborations, particularly in the issues around physical and mental illness, end-of-life and palliative care, loss and healing.

As a private contractor it’s easy for me to become isolated in my feelings. The rabbi’s sharing and support helped me more than you can know. It helped me to feel so much better. I deeply appreciate the respect, concern, and compassion that I felt.
Jewish Healing CenterCommunity partner