Para-Chaplaincy / Elderly Spiritual Support

"A test of a people is how it behaves toward the elderly."– Rabbi Abraham Joshua Herschel
Maya Angelou once said "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

This compassionate philosophy is the foundation of my work with the Jewish elderly living in senior residential facilities.

My Para-chaplaincy addresses the spiritual and religious needs of the Jewish elderly and their families by providing a Jewish connection through:

* Conducting religious services
* Facilitating programs of Jewish content
* Visiting with individual residents
* Conducting funerals, memorial services, and celebration of life ceremonies
* Officiating at weddings

I encourage participation and involvement in my programs and religious services by:

* Playing traditional music and melodies, connecting residents with their Jewish heritage and triggering memories
* Using custom-created, color-illustrated, large-print prayer books and handouts with Hebrew text, creative English translations, and transliteration

Conducting Religious Services
Families are welcome to attend services with residents:

* Shabbat Services
* High Holiday Services
* Passover Seders

Facilitating Programs of Jewish Content
To see a list of available programs of Jewish content, please click here.

Visiting with Individual Residents
As I get to know residents, I visit with them individually at their place of residence. If I know of a resident who is hospitalized or in a rehabilitation facility, I can visit them.

Conducting Funerals / Memorials
As I become acquainted with residents' families, I am often asked to officiate at their funerals or memorial services, gently guiding families through the bereavement process.

In the Media

* Featured in Jewish Healing Network Volunteer Program Trains Eleven Women in Nursing Home for Bat Mitzvah, on the JHNC website, June 2, 2007
* Authored Para-Chaplains and Jewish Elders, in Journal of Jewish Communal Service, Vol. 81, Number 3/4, Spring/Summer 2006
* Recognized in Volunteers Change the World, in JUF News, April 2005
* Profiled in People You Should Know in Walgreen’s Corporate Briefs (monthly corporate employee publication), June 2001

Contact Me


Thank you for your eloquence at her memorial service and your many earlier kindnesses to her and to me during her previous hospitalizations. We were both very fortunate to have your reassuring thoughts and wise counsel. It gives me great comfort to have the memory of your kind presence during her time of need.
I wanted to thank you again for all your care, concern, and assistance with the passing and funeral of my mother. I appreciate all the time you spent on the wonderful service you presented for her at the chapel, as well as your guidance at the hospital and our home. Thank you from all of us.
Your visits were so special for all of us. The living will that Dad wrote was read at his graveside funeral and we mourners laughed and cried and nodded in agreement. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Our dad loved you very much.