The Center for Pastoral Education Virtual Benefit

Date: May 26, 2021 - May 26, 2021

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Sponsor: Center for Pastoral Education

Location: Online

Transformative Education in Spiritual Care

Wednesday, May 26, 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET

Join us to honor Rabbi Mychal B. Springer with the Pastoral Care Leadership Award and Judith Stern with the Charles H. Revson Award.

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About Rabbi Mychal B. Springer

Rabbi Mychal B. Springer is the manager of Clinical Pastoral Education at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, an ACPE: The Standard of Spiritual Care & Education-Accredited System-Center with component sites at 5 NYP campuses. She runs a year-long chaplain residency program which prepares religious leaders of all faiths for board certification with the national spiritual care organizations. 

Mychal began her career as a chaplain in New York City’s top hospitals. In the 1990s she became the director of the Department of Pastoral Care and Education at Beth Israel Medical Center and then the associate director of the Jewish Institute for Pastoral Care at The HealthCare Chaplaincy, Inc.

Mychal came to The Jewish Theological Seminary in 2002 as The Rabbinical School’s associate dean and director of Field Education. She founded the Center for Pastoral Education at JTS in 2009, establishing partnerships with hospices, Jewish social service agencies, nursing homes, as well as prisons and reentry facilities, allowing students to learn the art of pastoral care as they served marginalized populations. The first Conservative rabbi to be certified as an Educator by ACPE, Mychal held the Helen Fried Kirshblum Goldstein Chair in Professional and Pastoral Skills at JTS for 17 years and created and oversaw the Certificate in Pastoral Care & Counseling. She continues to teach pastoral care courses at JTS on topics including Pastoral Identity, Pastoral Theology and Sexuality & Gender for Religious Professionals. Mychal also established and served as chair of the JTS Committee on Sexuality and Gender.

Mychal received her BA in Judaic Studies and Religious Studies from Yale College magna cum laude. She was ordained a Conservative rabbi and received her Master’s in Judaic Studies at JTS. Mychal is a certified Jewish chaplain in Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains.

About Judith Stern

Judy Stern has spent her professional life working with people in pain in her capacity as a physical therapist and teacher of the Alexander Technique (AT). In 2016 she retired from her private practice in Rye, New York and her faculty position at ACAT-NY (The American Center for the AT). Judy teaches the Alexander Technique nationally and internationally as a senior member of the Alexander community. Today she mentors teachers, sharing her years of experience and knowledge.

Judy is a devoted member of the Advisory Council for the Center for Pastoral Education at JTS and chaired this luncheon in the past honoring her dear friend Victoria Schonfeld. She is a strong supporter of the “What Matters … caring conversations about end of life” project. She is a trained What Matters facilitator and is focused on bringing those values to the JTS community.

Judy serves on the Board of Trustees of American Jewish World Service( AJWS) and considers herself a Jewish global citizen, committed to the concept of Tikkun Olam. She travels throughout the developing world, most recently in Senegal in November 2019 to support and protect activists on the frontline of social change. She is honored to support AJWS’s global emergency campaign to confront the Coronavirus Pandemic. Life remains challenging and our Jewish values create a roadmap for meeting these challenges.

Judy is a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a friend and a committed member of her Jewish community at B’nai Jeshrun. Her family is “the wind beneath her wings.” Their love and support makes everything she does possible.

About the Event

The Center for Pastoral Education provides seminarians, clergy, and professionals with intensive training in hospice rooms, nursing homes, soup kitchens, prisons, and congregational settings, supported by expert supervision. Our renowned program, accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, equips participants to respond to the need for pastoral care with a unique combination of psychological principles and Jewish wisdom enriched by multi-faith engagement.

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