Spiegel Seminar
The Spiegel Seminar on Jewish Family Values is a series of lunchtime seminars focused on topics related to Pastoral Care and Counseling most often seen as "stigmatized behaviors" and may not have been fully addressed in students' coursework.
Physician's Initiative

The Kalsman Institute is working intimately with partner Dr. Howard Silverman of Phoenix's Temple Chai Shalom Center, to create and foster a program of Jewish learning for Jewish doctors and other healthcare professionals.
The Jewish Bereavement Project

HUC-JIR School of Jewish Communal Service students Amy Berkowitz and Michele Prince, under the auspices of the SJCS and the Kalsman Institute, launch a web based resource guide to Jewish and community bereavement resources in the Los Angeles area.
Kalsman Lecture Series

During the course of each academic year at HUC, the Kalsman Institute sponsors a number of "Lunch and Learn" programs for all HUC-LA students.

Previous Initiatives & Events
Health and Jewish Values: Day School Leadership Through Teaching
In partnership with DeLeT, Day School Leadership Through Teaching, the Kalsman Institute helped day-school teachers learn about teaching health to young people.
The Los Angeles Bikkur Cholim Project
March - May, 2006

Following on the success of last year's conference, "Hope Abandoned, Hope Redeemed," the Kalsman Institute once again partnered with the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles to continue the training and development of Caring Community programs within local synagogues.
Death, Dying and End of Life Issues
November 6, 13, 20, 2003

An on-line interactive scholarly discourse on end-of-life issues, co-presented with the Joint Commission on Sustaining Rabbinic Education of the CCAR and HUC-JIR.
Days of Awareness
October 20-21, 2002

Kalsman Institute/HUC-JIR and the Family Violence Project of Jewish Family Service Los Angeles presented a two-day conference on domestic violence for teens, families and communal professionals.
Mental Illness in the Jewish Community: Help, Hope and Healing
October 20, 2002

A consortium of northern California Peninsula synagogues, the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center and the Kalsman Institute presented a one-day conference on reducing the stigma of mental illness in the Jewish community.
Mental Illness in the Jewish Community: Help, Hope and Healing
October 8, 2002

Actor and activist Naomi Ackerman brings her one-woman show on domestic violence, "Flowers Aren't Enough," to the student body and community of HUC-JIR New York (see "Days of Awareness" below for more information on Ms. Ackerman and her work).
The Safe Spot
June 9, 2002

"When a parent has cancer" was a unique one-day camp for Jewish families with children ages 5 to 17.
Women's Health and Integrative Medicine
February 23, 2001

The Second Annual Integrative Medicine Conference for Cancer and Chronic Illnesses, in the series "New Frontiers in Medicine", dealt with various aspects of healthcare that are of particular concern to women.
From Myth to Reality: Opening the Window on Addiction in the Jewish Community
October 22, 2001

"When a parent has cancer" was a unique one-day camp for Jewish families with children ages 5 to 17.
Through a Jewish Lens: Disability, Family, and Culture
September 13, 2001

Seminar on disability, culture and the family.
Complementary Medicine Roundtable
August 7, 2001

Experts from the fields of complementary and alternative healthcare met to address the pressing issues of their community.