Center for Pastoral Education Staff and Faculty

Rabbi Mychal B. Springer

Rabbi Mychal B. Springer is the director of the Center for Pastoral Education at The Jewish Theological Seminary and the Helen Fried Kirshblum Goldstein Chair in Professional and Pastoral Skills. A certified supervisor in the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education and a certified Jewish chaplain, Rabbi Springer served as associate dean and director of Field Education at The Rabbinical School of The Jewish Theological Seminary for seven years. During that time, she transformed field education and pioneered strategies in integrative teaching and learning for rabbinical students through her work as director of a grant from the Wabash Center.

Before coming to JTS, Rabbi Springer was the associate director of the Jewish Institute for Pastoral Care at the HealthCare Chaplaincy in Manhattan. She earned her BA at Yale College (1987), and ordination and a master's degree in Judaic Studies at JTS (1992).Rabbi Springer lives in Manhattan with her husband, Jonathan Rosen, and their daughters, Ariella and Avital.

The Reverend Beth Glover

The Reverend Beth Falk Glover is the corporate director of Pastoral Care and Education for New York- Presbyterian, the University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell. She has been a supervisor at the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) for 15 years.

Dr. Glover earned her doctor of ministry degree in Pastoral Care and Supervision at the New York Theological Seminary and her master's of sacred theology degree in Christian Spirituality at the General Theological Seminary. She has done extensive training in Family Systems Theory, in which she also holds certification.

Allison Kestenbaum

Chaplain Allison Kestenbaum is a certified clinical pastoral education supervisor (ACPE), and a board-certified chaplain (NAJC and APC). She serves on the board of directors of the National Association of Jewish Chaplains, and has worked extensively as a chaplain in both inpatient and outpatient settings, with a bulk of her experience being in palliative care. Chaplain Kestenbaum currently serves as the lead chaplain researcher for "Spiritual Assessment and Intervention Model (AIM) in Outpatient Palliative Care for Patients with Advanced Cancer," a research project funded by the HealthCare Chaplaincy / Templeton Foundation to advance the field of chaplaincy research in palliative care. 

Prior to coming to JTS, Chaplain Kestenbaum was a chaplain supervisor at the UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, and managed spiritual care services at the Mount Zion campus. Chaplain Kestenbaum has also worked as a planning associate at UJA-Federation of New York in the Caring Commission, focusing on planning and allocations for health, end-of life, and Jewish spiritual care. Chaplain Kestenbaum completed her clinical pastoral education training at UCSF Medical Center and HealthCare Chaplaincy / Roosevelt Hospital. She earned her master's degrees from New York University in Public Administration, Nonprofit Management, and Public Policy (2002) and Judaic Studies (2003).

Allison Kestenbaum

Daniel Silberbusch

Daniel H. Silberbusch is the Bernard Heller Supervisory Resident at the Center for Pastoral Education.

He previously taught courses in spiritual counseling and reflection at Kehillat Yakar and the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem, while also serving as director of facilitation for Encounter, an organization devoted to transforming the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He has also been an educator in the youth programs Nesiya and Kevunim.

Chaplain Silberbusch has served in hospital and prison settings and was active in September 11 long-term recovery operations. He is a student of Rav Mickey Rosen z"l of Yakar, an alumn of the DOROT fellowship, and holds and M.Div from Union Theological Seminary and a B.A. from Oberlin College. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, Oshrat, and their son, Solal.

Rabbi Jeffrey M. Silberman

Rabbi Jeffery M. Silberman is director of Spiritual Care and Clinical Pastoral Education at Norwalk Hospital in Norwalk, Connecticut. He previously held similar positions at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York and UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion in San Francisco.

Rabbi Silberman holds degrees from the University of Dayton, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and Andover Newton Theological School. In addition to contributing chapters to six books, he has authored more than 30 articles in professional journals.

Rabbi Simkha Weintraub

Rabbi Simkha Y. Weintraub, LCSW, serves as rabbinic director of the Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services (JBFCS), where his major responsibilities involve the New York Jewish Healing Center and the National Center for Jewish Healing (NCJH). He offers spiritual counseling and leads spiritual support groups for Jews confronting illness, trauma, and loss, and training seminars for rabbis and health care professionals.

Rabbi Weintraub has written and lectured widely on the use of traditional texts and practices for Jewish spiritual healing. He edited NCJH's first book, Healing of Soul, Healing of Body (Jewish Lights Publishing, 1994), and Guide Me Along the Way: A Jewish Spiritual Companion for Surgery (JBFCS/NCJH, 2002). He contributes regularly to the NCJH's journal, The Outstretched Arm, and many other books and periodicals.

Ordained by JTS, Rabbi Weintraub holds a master's degree in Clinical Social Work from Columbia University (1983) and graduated from the Couples and Family Therapy Program of the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health in New York (1988). He maintains a private practice in couples and family therapy in New York, working with clients who are confronting a wide range of issues, including chronic illness, infertility, trauma, and bereavement.

Bryan Brown

Bryan Brown is the administrative assistant at the Center for Pastoral Education. Prior to joining JTS, Bryan served two years in AmeriCorps with the educational nonprofit City Year.  Bryan holds a BA in History from UC Santa Cruz.