In the connections between Judaism and health, the Kalsman Institute of HUC-JIR is a catalyst for interaction, discussions and partnerships among spiritual leaders, healthcare providers, and Jewish community professionals and members. Kalsman provides pastoral education to future Reform leaders on the Los Angeles HUC-JIR campus. Conferences and workshops convened and co-sponsored by Kalsman generate ideas and projects on Jewish spirituality and healing, bioethics, illness and wellness, and the health of the healthcare system. Through an international network of nearly 2000 Kalsman Partners, the Institute makes positive contributions to Jewish thought and practice through training, collaboration and dialogue.

Jewish Wisdom and Wellness: A Week of Learning
Jewish Wisdom and Wellness: A Week of Learning was a community-wide series of lectures and workshops, mining the Jewish tradition to improve health and well-being in the Jewish community.

Pastoral Education
The Kalsman Institute coordinates coursework, sponsors Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), and supervises field internships in hospitals and other healthcare settings.
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2012 Jewish Seminary Pastoral Educator Conference
The Kalsman Institute gathered faculty from every major Jewish seminary – across every denomination – to share insights and explore the current state of pastoral education, as well as visions for the future.
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Sh'ma: Journal of Jewish Responsibility
The Kalsman Institute co-sponsored the June Judaism, health, and healing volume of Sh'ma: Journal on Jewish Responsibility. The issue was dedicated to Debbie Friedman, z"l, honoring her passion for inspiring the power of music, prayer, and ritual in the face of hardship. The issue included contributors Rabbi David Ellenson, President of HUC, Michele Prince, Bill Cutter, Cantor Evan Kent, and several Kalsman partners.

Kalsman Roundtable on Judaism and Health Research
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Click here to read about the Kalsman Institute's recent Roundtable on Judaism and Health Research and the article about it in the Jewish Journal.

Judaism and Health: A Handbook of Practical, Professional and Scholarly Resources
Published by Jewish Lights
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CCAR Journal: The Reform Jewish Quarterly Symposium Issue on Judaism, Health, and Healing
Published by CCAR Press
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Midrash & Medicine: Healing Body and Soul in the Jewish Interpretive Tradition is Now Available
Published by Jewish Lights
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Kalsman Institute E-Newsletter
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