The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and UJA-Federation of New York are kicking off their fourth year of partnership to directly serve people in need across the New York metropolitan area through the Center for Pastoral Education at JTS. UJA-Federation of New York has generously renewed its grant to the center, which funds Clinical Pastoral Education stipends for students in its Full-Time Summer Agency Program and in its Hospice Program, which takes place year-round. This funding enables students to undertake hands-on training as chaplains—and expands the spiritual care available—at Jewish community agencies affiliated with UJA-Federation of New York's Caring Commission, as well as Metropolitan Jewish Health System Hospice. It also supports the training of a Jewish chaplaincy supervisor.
Rabbi Mychal B. Springer, director of the center and the Helen Fried Kirshblum Goldstein Chair in Professional and Pastoral Skills at JTS, said, "JTS is proud to team up with UJA-Federation of New York in advancing the work of spiritual care in social service agencies and at the end of life. Thanks to the support we have received from UJA-Federation of New York, we have been able to teach seminarians how to care for people who are facing life's challenges, integrating actual care for real people with an intensive Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) learning process. Our partners at UJA-Federation of New York's Caring Commission are committed to the transforming power of spiritual care, and they inspire us with their vision." Last week JTS and UJA-Federation of New York convened a Spiritual Care Case Conference with representatives from all the participating agencies and MJHS Hospice to explore the intricacies of spiritual care and think creatively about the future.
"UJA-Federation of New York is proud to support the rabbinic interns enrolled in the Clinical Pastoral Education program at JTS," said Alexandra Roth-Kahn, managing director of UJA-Federation of New York's Caring Commission. "This outstanding collaboration, which places JTS interns in hospices and UJA-Federation's network of social service agencies, promotes our common goal of elevating Jewish spiritual care as part of a holistic, comprehensive, integrated approach to helping individuals and families cope with crises, trauma, illness, and normative life transitions."
The Center for Pastoral Education at JTS, accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education in 2010, teaches seminary students and ordained clergy of all faiths the art of pastoral care. It is the only Jewishly grounded, seminary-based, accredited CPE program in North America that serves a multifaith cohort of students and clergy. It is also one of few programs that places interns in a variety of agency and hospice settings; this holistic view of care provides a new resource for agencies, many of which previously did not have access to regular clergy support for their clients. The center is funded by the Charles H. Revson Foundation, the Booth Ferris Foundation, and the Rita J. and Stanley H. Kaplan Family Foundation. The Jewish Foundation for Education of Women also provides support for fellowships and stipends. UJA-Federation of New York's renewed grant provides funding through the next academic year and summer 2013.
This coming year's cohort of 21 chaplain interns will work with a range of programs that provide important care for the elderly, infirm, and disadvantaged: DOROT; FEGS-Partners in Dignity; the Jewish Association of Services for the Aged (JASA); Jewish Home Lifecare; the Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation; Selfhelp; the Educational Alliance; the YM & YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood; various locations of the Metropolitan Jewish Health System, including the Mollie and Jack Zicklin Jewish Hospice Residence; and home hospice visits. Each intern will offer 300 hours of pastoral care, and will receive 100 hours of supervision at JTS.