The Center for Pastoral Education Annual Benefit Luncheon

Date: May 29, 2019

Time: noon - 2:00 p.m.

Sponsor: Center for Pastoral Education

Location: New York City

Category: Annual Galas

The Center for Pastoral Education Annual Benefit Luncheon

Transformative Education in Spiritual Care

Wednesday, May 29, 2019, noon–2:00 p.m.


Molly O’Neil Frank
Charles H. Revson Award


Rabbi Simkha Weintraub
Pastoral Care Leadership Award

The New York Academy of Medicine
1216 Fifth Avenue, New York City


THE CENTER FOR PASTORAL EDUCATION provides seminarians, clergy, and professionals with intensive training in hospice rooms, nursing homes, prisons, and congregational settings, supported by expert supervision. Our renowned Association for Clinical Pastoral Education accredited program 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.

About the Honorees

Molly O’Neil Frank is a staff chaplain at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center who uses her experience in pastoral education and care to assess and address the spiritual distress of her patients. Previously, she worked as a chaplain at NYU Langone Medical Center and at The Wartburg Senior Living Center in Mt. Vernon, NY. After a year under supervision with Rabbi Springer, she completed her clinical pastoral education at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. She was recently board certified by the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) and is currently in the discernment process for ordination in the Episcopal Church. Molly holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Wesleyan University in Connecticut and a masters of divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. While raising her four children, she served on various boards including the Signature Theatre Company, where she also served as president. Currently, she is a trustee and chair of academic affairs of Rider University and Westminster Choir College, a member of the board and executive committee of The Jed Foundation, and a founding board member of The Lighthouse Works on Fishers Island. She lives in New York City with her husband, Linc. She sings with Musica Viva of New York, and serves on the vestry of St. John’s Church on Fishers Island, New York.

Rabbi Simkha Y. Weintraub, LCSW serves as rabbinic director of the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services in New York, where his major responsibilities are with the New York Jewish Healing Center in the Division of Jewish Community Services. He offers Jewish spiritual counseling and leads Jewish spiritual support groups for Jews confronting illness, trauma, and loss, as well as training seminars for rabbis and health-care professionals, and has written and lectured widely on the use of traditional texts and practices for Jewish spiritual healing. For nearly 15 years, Rabbi Weintraub has taught courses in the Pastoral Care Department of the Jewish Theological Seminary for rabbinical, cantorial, and Jewish education students. Rabbi Weintraub has also maintained a private practice in couples and family therapy, working with couples and families confronting a wide range of challenges, including chronic illness, infertility, trauma, and bereavement. For over three decades, he has been active in interfaith exchange, particularly in Muslim-Jewish and Arab-Jewish understanding and collaboration, in the US, Israel, Qatar, Pakistan, and at international conferences. He is the founder and coordinator of JACOB: Jewish Alliance of Concern Over Burma, an alliance of 25 national Jewish organizations that seeks to end the genocidal persecution of the Rohingya and other minorities in Myanmar.