Jewish Pastoral Care: A Practical Handbook from Traditional & Contemporary Sources


The first comprehensive resource for pastoral care in the Jewish tradition—and a vital resource for counselors and caregivers of other faith traditions.

The essential reference for rabbis, cantors, and laypeople who are called to spiritually accompany those encountering joy, sorrow, and change—now in paperback. This groundbreaking volume draws upon both Jewish tradition and the classical foundations of pastoral care to provide invaluable ...

See more details below
Paperback (Second Edition)
$31.81 price
(Save 9%)$35.00 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (9) from $27.49   
  • New (6) from $27.49   
  • Used (3) from $31.80   
Jewish Pastoral Care: A Practical Handbook from Traditional & Contemporary Sources

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 7.0
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 10.1
  • NOOK HD Tablet
  • NOOK HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK eReaders
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$19.49 price
(Save 44%)$35.00 List Price


The first comprehensive resource for pastoral care in the Jewish tradition—and a vital resource for counselors and caregivers of other faith traditions.

The essential reference for rabbis, cantors, and laypeople who are called to spiritually accompany those encountering joy, sorrow, and change—now in paperback. This groundbreaking volume draws upon both Jewish tradition and the classical foundations of pastoral care to provide invaluable guidance.

Offering insight on pastoral care technique, theory, and theological implications, the contributors to Jewish Pastoral Care are innovators in their fields, and represent all four contemporary Jewish movements.

This comprehensive resource provides you with the latest theological perspectives and tools, along with basic theory and skills for assisting the ill and those who care for them, the aging and dying, those with dementia and other mental disorders, engaged couples, and others, and for responding to issues such as domestic violence, substance abuse, and disasters.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580234276
  • Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 818,613
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Breitman, DMin, is assistant professor of pastoral counseling at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, where she helped found the program in spiritual direction. A pioneer in the field of Jewish spiritual direction, she is cofounder of Lev Shomea, a training program at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, and coeditor, with Rabbi Howard A. Addison, of Jewish Spiritual Direction:
An Innovative Guide from Traditional and Contemporary Sources

(Jewish Lights Publishing). An experienced psychotherapist with a special interest in trauma, somatic awareness, mindfulness, and resilience,
she maintains a private practice with individuals and couples in Philadelphia.

Rabbi Anne Brener, MAJCS, MA, LCSW, is a Los Angeles-based psychotherapist and spiritual director who has assisted institutions worldwide in creating caring communities. A prolific writer, she is the author of the acclaimed Mourning & Mitzvah: A Guided Journal for Walking the Mourner's Path Through Grief to Healing (Jewish Lights Publishing). She is a faculty member at the Academy for Jewish Religion, California, and the Morei Derekh program of the Yedidya Center for Jewish Spiritual Direction.

Rabbi Amy Eilberg, MSW, is the first woman ordained as a Conservative rabbi by the Jewish Theological Seminary. After many years of work in pastoral care, hospice, and spiritual direction, Rabbi Eilberg now directs interfaith dialogue programs in the Twin Cities, including at the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning and the St. Paul Interfaith Network. She teaches the art of compassionate listening and is deeply engaged in peace and reconciliation efforts in connection with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as well as with issues of conflict within the Jewish community.

Rabbi Nancy Flam is cofounder of the National Center for Jewish Healing and former director of the Jewish Community Healing Program of Ruach Ami: Bay Area Jewish Healing Center. She cofounded the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, was its founding director, and now serves as codirector of programs. She edited the Jewish Lights series of pastoral-care pamphlets, LifeLights, and writes and teaches widely on Judaism, healing, prayer, spirituality, and social justice.

Rabbi Dayle A. Friedman, MSW, MAJCS, BCC, has pioneered the development of Jewish spiritual resources for aging, healing and spiritual care. She is the editor of Jewish Pastoral Care: A Practical Handbook from Traditional and Contemporary Sources and author of Jewish Visions for Aging: A Professional Guide for Fostering Wholeness (both Jewish Lights), among other publications. Rabbi Friedman has taught and mentored chaplains and clergy from all movements in Judaism across North America and in Israel. She is the founding director of Hiddur: The Center for Aging and Judaism of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. She provides spiritual direction on the path of later life through Provisions for the Journey, a private practice in Philadelphia.

Gus Kaufman, Jr., PhD, is a clinical psychologist, speaker, trainer, and social activist in Atlanta, Georgia, who has been working for decades to end male violence toward women. He cofounded the Jewish Advisory Committee of the Center for the Prevention of Sexual and Domestic Violence in Seattle and was one of the founders of the Shalom Bayit Committee of Atlanta's Jewish Family & Career Services. He currently is developing new approaches to intervention with abusive men and boys with his organization Retreat from Violence. He has lectured and taught around the U.S., Europe, and Israel.

Rabbi Myriam Klotz, MA, is director of yoga and embodied practices at the Institute of Jewish Spirituality. She is also codirector of yoga and Jewish spirituality teacher training at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center/Elat Chayyim Center for Jewish Spirituality. Rabbi Klotz is also a spiritual director at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and elsewhere.

Rabbi Yaacov Kravitz, EdD, is a licensed psychologist and pastoral counselor in private practice specializing in mindfulness-based therapies for emotional disorders, addictions, and chronic physical illnesses. He is also president of the Center for Spiritual Intelligence, Inc., an Internet-based provider of educational materials, instruction, and consultation for spiritual growth and personal empowerment. Through the Center he has developed a comprehensive program for learning the skills of spiritual intelligence based on the ancient mystical teachings of Kabbalah and the insights of modern psychology. Rabbi Kravitz is author of Pathways to Recovery: Sources and Spiritual Tools for a Jewish Twelve Step Practice and Nurturing Your Soul: An Introduction to Mindfulness, Spiritual Meditation and Kabbalah.

Rabbi Ellen Jay Lewis, NCPsyA, is a licensed psychoanalyst in private practice in Bernardsville, New Jersey, and New York City. She is also a fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. After her ordination at Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion in 1980, she served congregations in Dallas, Texas, and Summit, New Jersey, where she was named Rabbi Honorata. Since 1994, she has been rabbi of the Jewish Center of Northwest Jersey in Washington,
New Jersey. Rabbi Lewis has designed and implemented models of clinical supervision for rabbis, cantors, and other members of the clergy.

Wendy Lipshutz, LMSW, is program director of the Shalom Bayit Program and Project Connect at Jewish Family & Career Services in 302 Kaufman, Lipshutz, Setel Atlanta, Georgia, and a former member of the Jewish Advisory Committee of the Center for the Prevention of Sexual and Domestic
Violence. She is a board member of the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and of Tapestri, a coalition challenging genderbased oppression. An activist, battered women's advocate, and licensed social worker, she has worked to end violence against women for over two decades.

Rabbi Sheldon Marder is chaplain of the Jewish Home in San Francisco, California, where he directs the Department of Jewish Life and provides pastoral care. He is a contributor to That You May Live Long: Caring for Our Aging Parents, Caring for Ourselves (Union for Reform Judaism Press) and The World Is a Narrow Bridge: Stories That Celebrate Hope and Healing (Sweet Louise Productions). Marder is a member of the Senior Resource Faculty (SeRaF), a project that develops leadership and resources for the Jewish healing movement through the partnership of the National Center for Jewish Healing, the Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health (Hebrew Union College), and the Nathan Cummings Foundation.

Rabbi Joseph S. Ozarowski, DMin, was ordained as an Orthodox rabbi at Chicago's Hebrew Theological College and received his doctorate from Lancaster (Pa.) Theological Seminary. He has had a distinguished career spanning over two decades as a pulpit rabbi, educator, author, and chaplain. He serves as rabbinic chaplain to the Jewish
Healing Network of Chicago and as the rabbi of Congregation Chovevei Tzion in Skokie, Illinois. Rabbi Ozarowski is a leader in the field of pastoral care and Judaism. He has been a governing board member of the Bikur Cholim Coordinating Council (New York), and also served as staff Jewish chaplain at New York University Medical Center, where he created the first professional Jewish presence at the extensive hospital campus. His published works include To Walk in God’s Ways: Jewish Pastoral Perspectives on Illness and Bereavement (Rowman and Littlefield), and he coauthored Common Ground (Jason Aronson Publishers) as well as numerous articles and curricula.

Simcha Paull Raphael, PhD, completed his doctorate in psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies, and received ordination from Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi as a rabbinic pastor. He works as a psychotherapist, bereavement counselor, and spiritual director, affiliated with Mt. Airy Counseling Center in Philadelphia, and is adjunct assistant professor in the Jewish Studies Program at Temple University. For the past two decades, Dr. Raphael has worked as a death awareness educator, teaching and leading workshops on death and the afterlife in Judaism. He has also worked as a hospice counselor and as resident psychologist in a Jewish funeral home. He is author of Jewish Views of the Afterlife, and is presently in a program of rabbinic ordination at the Academy for Jewish Religion in Riverdale, New York. His website is

Rabbi Stephen B. Roberts, MBA, MHL, BCJC, is the editor of Professional Spiritual & Pastoral Care: A Practical Clergy and Chaplain's Handbook and coeditor of Disaster Spiritual Care: Practical Clergy Response to Community, Regional and National Tragedy (both SkyLight Paths Publishing). He is a past president of the National Association of Jewish Chaplains. Most recently he served as the associate executive vice president of the New York Board of Rabbis, directing their chaplaincy program, providing services in more than fifty locations throughout New York, and serving as the endorser for both New York State's and New York City's Jewish chaplains. Prior to this he served as the director of chaplaincy of the Beth Israel Medical System (New York), overseeing chaplains and clinical pastoral education (CPE) programs at three acute care hospitals, one behavioral health hospital, and various outpatient facilities served by chaplains.

Rabbi Rochelle Robins was ordained by the Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion in 1998. Rabbi Robins is the Director of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at the Academy for Jewish Religion in Los Angeles. She also supervises CPE at Sharp HealthCare in San Diego. Rabbi Robins's expertise also includes designing Jewish feminist curricula, not-for-profit organizational development, and advising interfaith cross-cultural coalition-building ventures.

Rabbi Drorah Setel, MTS, has addressed violence against Jewish women as a scholar and activist for over twenty years. Her work has included cofounding the first national network concerned with abuse within the Jewish community. Rabbi Setel lives in Seattle, Washington.

Rabbi Jeffery M. Silberman, DMin, is director of pastoral care and education at Norwalk Hospital in Norwalk, Connecticut. He holds degrees from the University of Dayton, Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion, and Andover Newton Theological School. He founded the National Association of Jewish Chaplains and became its first president. He serves as adjunct faculty at the Jewish Theological Seminary and at New York Theological Seminary. Previously, he was director of spiritual care and pastoral education at UCSF–Mount Zion Medical Center in San Francisco, and also served as codirector of pastoral care and education at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan.

Marcia Cohn Spiegel, MAJCS, Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion, was one of the first people to describe the problem of alcoholism in the Jewish community. She is the founder of the Alcohol/Drug Action Program of Jewish Family Service, Los Angeles, and also of L'Chaim: Twelve Steps to Recovery. She served on the Los Angeles County Commission on Alcoholism working with special populations.

Rabbi Karen Sussan is a licensed social worker and licensed mental health counselor. She is an American Association of Pastoral Counselors fellow, and a certified pastoral psychotherapist in private practice in Rockland County, New York, and at the Creative Living Counseling Center in Bergen County, New Jersey. She is also a boardcertified Jewish chaplain and has worked as a New York State mental health chaplain for two decades.

Rabbi Bonita E. Taylor, DMin, BCC, is associate director of the Department of Clinical Pastoral Education and an ACPE supervisor at HealthCare Chaplaincy in New York City. She is also adjunct faculty at the Academy for Jewish Religion, where she was named faculty member of the year. Rabbi Taylor is a board-certified chaplain by the National Association of Jewish Chaplains (NAJC), where she is vice president of the board. The NAJC has honored her for exemplary leadership in professional chaplaincy education. The New York Board of Rabbis has twice named her a chaplain of the year, once for her service in the aftermath of 9/11. Her writing has appeared in numerous professional and popular publications.

Rabbi Simkha Y. Weintraub, LCSW, is the rabbinic director of the New York Jewish Healing Center and the National Center for Jewish Healing at the Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services in New York City. He is the author of Healing of Soul, Healing of Body: Spiritual Leaders
Unfold the Strength and Solace in Psalms
(Jewish Lights Publishing) and Guide Me Along the Way: A Jewish Spiritual Companion for Surgery (National Center for Jewish Healing).

Rabbi David J. Zucker, PhD, BCC, is chaplain and director of spirituality at Shalom Park in Aurora, Colorado. A former congregational rabbi and Jewish community chaplain, he served as an officer and board member of the National Association of Jewish Chaplains, and chaired several national NAJC conferences. He also served as Colorado chair of the Association of Professional Chaplains. His writing is widely published (see His most recent book is The Torah: An Introduction for Christians and Jews.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition vii
Acknowledgments xi
Introduction xiii
Livui Ruchani: Spiritual Accompaniment
Rabbi Dayle A. Friedman

Foundational Concepts for Jewish Pastoral Care
Wresting Blessings: A Pastoral Response to Suffering
Rabbi Myriam Klotz 3
Complexity and Imperfection: A Theology of
Jewish Pastoral Care
Rabbi Rochelle Robins 28
PaRDeS: A Model for Presence in Livui Ruchani
Rabbi Dayle A. Friedman 42
Bikur Cholim: A Paradigm for Pastoral Caring
Rabbi Joseph S. Ozarowski 56
Seeking the Tzelem: Making Sense of Dementia
Rabbi Dayle A. Friedman 75

Basic Tools for the Jewish Pastoral Caregiver
Foundations of Jewish Pastoral Care:
Skills and Techniques
Barbara Eve Breitman 95
Prayer and Presence
Rabbi Anne Brener 125
The Power of Custom-Made Prayers
Rabbi Bonita E. Taylor 150
From the Depths: The Use of Psalms
Rabbi Simkha Y. Weintraub 161
God Is in the Text: Using Sacred Text and
Teaching in Jewish Pastoral Care
Rabbi Sheldon Marder 183
Spiritual Nurture for Jewish Pastoral Caregivers
Rabbi Nancy Flam 211

Jewish Pastoral Care for Specific Needs and Settings
Jewish Spiritual Care in the Acute Care Hospital
Rabbi Jeffery M. Silberman 225
Preparing for the Chupah: Premarital Counseling
Rabbi Ellen Jay Lewis 243
Responding to Domestic Violence
Gus Kaufman, Jr., Wendy Lipshutz, and
Rabbi Drorah Setel 275
Confronting Addiction
Marcia Cohn Spiegel and Rabbi Yaacov Kravitz 303
Loving the Stranger: Accompanying Individuals with Chronic Mental Disorders
Rabbi Karen Sussan 325
Letting Their Faces Shine: Accompanying Aging
People and Their Families
Rabbi Dayle A. Friedman 344
Walking in the Valley of the Shadow: Caring for the
Dying and Their Loved Ones
Rabbi Amy Eilberg 374
Grief and Bereavement
Simcha Paull Raphael 400
Jewish Spiritual Care in the Wake of Disaster
Rabbi Stephen Roberts 433
Para-Chaplaincy: A Communal Response to the
Ill and Suffering
Rabbi David J. Zucker 453
Glossary 467
Index of Terms and Concepts 471
Index of Classical Sources Cited
(Biblical and Rabbinic) 479

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)