Benefit Luncheon for Center for Pastoral Education to Honor Executive Medical Director and Chaplain

Press Contact: Beatrice Mora
Office: (212) 678-8950

June 8, 2016, New York, NY

The Center for Pastoral Education at The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) will hold its inaugural benefit luncheon, Transformative Education in Spiritual Care, honoring Dr. Samuel Klagsbrun, executive medical director of Four Winds Hospital, with the Charles H. Revson Award and Rabbi Joanna Katz, chaplain at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, with the Pastoral Care Leadership Award.

The venue will be 109 East 50th Street, 3rd floor, which is adjacent to St. Bartholomew’s Church, in New York City. The Wednesday, June 15 event will begin with a terrace reception at noon and continue with lunch and the award ceremony from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. Dietary laws will be observed. Registration is online at

“I have long been inspired by Dr. Klagsbrun’s and Rabbi Katz’s transformative healing work,” said Rabbi Mychal Springer, director of the Center for Pastoral Education at JTS. “It is an honor for the Center to be able to hold them up as exemplars in our community.”

Dr. Klagsbrun is clinical professor of Psychiatry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and a faculty member in Psychiatry at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is known internationally for his specific work on the psychological issues faced by cancer patients, victims of domestic violence, hospice care, and issues related to medical ethics. Dr. Klagsbrun is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, the American Board of Forensic Medicine, and the American Group Psychotherapy Association, and he is a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

Rabbi Katz is a board certified chaplain and has worked in hospital, psychiatric, and prison settings. She is the co-founder of Elat Chayyim: A Center for Healing and Renewal, was recently on the faculty of the Jewish Meditation Teacher Training of The Institute For Jewish Spirituality, and served as the Jewish chaplain at Bard College in Annandale on Hudson. Joanna is a longtime student of mindfulness meditation and teaches both mindfulness and Jewish meditation in the U.S., Mexico, and Israel. This winter she joined the Center for Pastoral Education as a Supervisory Resident.