Jewish chaplaincy is uniquely able to meet people in their suffering. The suffering that many people experience – whether due to physical illness, aging, mental health issues, incarceration, alienation or the traumas encountered in the military – can be shifted, or even lightened, when shared with a trained Jewish chaplain who is immersed in the wisdom of the Jewish tradition and pastoral approaches to helping.
The Psalmist cries out: “Do not abandon me when my strength fails.” (Ps 71:9) Jewish chaplains know how to accompany people who are brought low.
Gathered here are resources for people considering work as Jewish chaplains, as well as resources Jewish chaplains have found to be of help and support. This work is made possible by the Mapping Jewish Chaplaincy Project funded by the Charles H. Revson Foundation. We strongly recommend that those interested in Jewish chaplaincy read our working paper “Mapping Jewish Chaplaincy,” available in full here.