Workshops and Consultations

Workshops and Consultations

“As a private contractor it’s easy for me to become isolated in my feelings. Your sharing and support helped me more than you can know. You helped me to feel so much better. I deeply appreciate the respect, concern, and compassion that I feel from you.” – Jewish Healing Center community partner

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. 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, social service and activity coordinators
  • Therapists and other griefcare professionals
  • Body 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 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.

If you are in our service area:

  • Our rabbis regularly offer tailor-made in-services, presentations, and individual and group consultations for hospitals, long term care facilities, psychiatric and behavioral health units, hospices, and other facilities throughout our service area (Sonoma, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and northern Santa Clara counties).
  • You can consult with us over the phone or in person, in our San Francisco-based office or in your synagogue, agency or facility.
  • You, the community professional, care provider or administrator, need not be Jewish to access our services and support.

Each of our rabbis has extensive, specialized experience in hospital and community chaplaincy and spiritual care, in Jewish, secular, and interfaith work, and in interdisciplinary professional collaborations, particularly in the issues around physical and mental illness, end-of-life and palliative care, loss and healing.

Call 415-750-4197 or email jewishhealing@bajhc.org and you will be connected with one of our rabbis.