Blessings for the Journey: A Jewish Healing Guide for Women With Cancer
In November 2004, a group of thirteen women gathered at Mayyim Hayyim; some were cancer survivors, others were caregivers and health care professionals. They had each wished for a specifically Jewish, spiritual guide to the difficult journey through treatment and its aftermath, and decided to join together and create one. For three years, they met to talk about their experiences, share information, and assemble resources. Blessings for the Journey is the result of their hard work and commitment.
Illness and Health in the Jewish Tradition
An anthology of traditional and modern Jewish writings--poems, stories, essays, prayers, and inspirational passages--on illness and healing from the biblical times to the present. Contributors include scholars, rabbis, poets and fiction writers, caregivers and medical professionals, storytellers, liturgists, and survivors of illness.
Jewish Visions for Aging: A Professional Guide for Fostering Wholeness
With timely–and timeless–wisdom, this rich resource probes Jewish texts, spirituality and observance, uncovering a deep, never-before-realized approach to responding to the challenges of aging with a refreshing and inspiring vitality. The insights–spanning textual analysis and spiritual and pastoral perspectives–provide practical guidance in spiritual care and communal programming to dynamically engage and serve elders and their families.
Accessible and honest, Jewish and non-Jewish clergy, chaplains, elder - and healthcare professionals, volunteers and family members will find this guide an invaluable asset as they explore how to empower elders and their families through daily spiritual and communal life.
Jewish Living: Compassionate Practice
Rabbi Jonathan P. Slater examines Jewish sources
and applies their teachings to the practices of mindfulness and meditation.
Drawing from Hasidic texts, as well as liturgical, talmudic, and midrashic
sources, the author demonstrates how Jewish teachings can make us aware
of the spiritual essence of our lives.
Still and Get Going: A Jewish Meditation Practice for Real
Be Still and Get Going presents texts in
hopes of illuminating an indispensable resource both for Jews seeking
to embrace their tradition in a deeper and more authentic way, and
for anyone on the spiritual path seeking ancient wisdom for support.
Time To Prepare
A Practical Guide for Individuals and Families in
Determining One's Wishes for Extraordinary Medical Treatment and Financial
|Caring for the Soul:
Edited by Rabbi Richard F. Address, DMin, URJ Press, 2003
Caring for the Soul: R'fuat HaNefesh
A Mental Health Resource and Study Guide, created
as a response to the need to raise awareness of and
reduce the stigma within congregations regarding
individuals and families who are dealing with mental
Seekers of Meaning: Baby Boomers, Judaism, and the Pursuit of Health Aging
By Rabbi Richard F. Address, DMin, URJ Press, 2011
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and Respect: A Program and Resource Guide for Congregations on Sacred
To Honor and Respect is designed to help congregations
respond to the longevity revolution by helping older Jewish adults
see their synagogues not just as places for life cycle events, but
as sacred communities of meaning
of Marriage: Journeying Toward Commitment (Participant's Guide)
This book helps couples explore their differing
perspectives, families of origin, and expectations for marriage,
while heightening skills in communication, negotiation, and conflict
resolution. Each session begins with text-based study linking past
with present to help couples create safe and loving Jewish homes
that reflect their joint spiritual aims.
of Sorrow, Seeds of Hope: A Jewish Spiritual Companion for Infertility
and Pregnancy Loss
A sprititual companion for those grieving infertility,
pregnancy loss, or stillbirth, bringing solace from Jewish tradition.
Enables those who seek to be parents to mourn the loss of a pregnancy
or inferitlitry through the prayers, rituals, and meditations of
the Jweish tradition.
Mourning & Mitzvah: A Guided Journal for Walking the Mourner's Path Through Grief to Healing
For those who mourn a death, for those who
would help them and for those who face a loss of any kind, Mourning & Mitzvah
teaches you the power and strength available to you in the fully
experienced mourning process. In this new and expanded edition of
a modern classic, Anne Brener brings us an innovative integration
of Jewish tradition and modern professional resources. It gives spiritual
insight and healing wisdom to those in our own time who mourn a death,
to those who would help them and to those who face a loss of any
Divorce is a Mitzvah:
A Practical Guide to Finding Wholeness and Holiness When Your Marriage
In this practical guide from a Jewish perspective,
rabbi, father, divorcé, and pastoral counselor Perry Netter
provides information, inspiration, wisdom, and strength for those
experiencing—either directly or indirectly—this challenging
That Your Values Live On: Ethical Wills and How to Prepare Them
A cherished Jewish tradition, ethical wills—parents
writing to children or grandparents to grandchildren—sum up
what people have learned and express what they want most for, and
from, their loved ones.
Jewish Steps to Recovery: A Personal Guide to Turning from Alcoholism & Other
Addictions—Drugs, Food, Gambling, Sex...
In a spiritually supportive way, Rabbi Olitzky
and Dr. Copans present a Jewish perspective on the Twelve Steps and
offer consolation, inspiration, and motivation for recovery through
drawing on traditional Jewish sources and quoting from what recovering
Jewish people say about their experiences.
things Happen to Good People
Kushner shares his wisdom as a rabbi, a parent, a reader, and a human being. Often imitated but never superseded, When Bad Things Happen to Good People is a classic that offers clear thinking and consolation in times of sorrow.
The National Center
for Jewish Healing (NCJH)
The National Center for Jewish Healing (NCJH) helps communities better meet the spiritual needs of Jews living with illness, loss and other significant life challenges. Working closely with a network of Jewish healing centers and programs throughout North America we offer consultation, resource material, publications, training and referrals to community resources.
The Department of Jewish
The Department of Jewish Family Concerns works to help congregations transition into caring communities in the truest sense. The Department also helps congregations to create their own Caring Community/Family Concerns committees and programs.
Hiddur seeks to empower the growing number of Jews entering later life—helping them to connect to lifelong learning and spiritual and religious engagement, and to contribute their wisdom and talent. Hiddur's work includes training rabbis and creating spiritual resources for Jewish elders and their caregivers.
The Institute for Judaism
and Sexual Orientation
The Institute for Judaism and Sexual Orientation is driven by Jewish religious values and the spiritual quest for holiness. With this foundation, and the knowledge that we are b'tzelem elohim, created in the image of God, we believe that these values call us to achieve complete inclusion, integration and equal standing of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in our congregations and communities.
Gift of Life
Gift of Life facilitates bone marrow, blood stem cell and cord blood transplants for children and adults suffering from life-threatening illnesses. Since tissue type is inherited, a patient’s best chance of finding a genetic match lies with donors of similar ethnicity. Gift of Life strives to increase the representation of Jewish donors in the registry in order to overcome the devastating effects of the Holocaust, which severed bloodlines.
Sharsheret is a national organization of cancer survivors dedicated to addressing the unique concerns of young Jewish women facing breast cancer.
Chai Lifeline is an international organization that provides free support services to catastrophically ill Jewish children and their families. Bereavement services include support and counseling via telephone conferences with other bereaved parents and a trained social worker or psychologist, weekend retreats of support and therapy, books and visual materials
The Jewish Bereavement
The Jewish Bereavement Project has been designed to provide information to help you, or someone you care for, find a way through the journey of mourning.
Los Angeles Jewish AIDS
Services/Project Chicken Soup
Los Angeles Jewish AIDS Services/Project Chicken Soup is a non-profit organization which provides nutritious, kosher meals to people living with HIV/AIDS in Los Angeles County, in observance of the Jewish commandment of tikkun olam, healing the world through service to humankind. Project Chicken Soup provides nechama - comfort - to those in need, regardless of race, religion or creed, and provides a connection to the Jewish community.
The Chicago Center for
Jewish Genetic Disorders
The Chicago Center for Jewish Genetic Disorders is a collaborative effort of the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago and Children's Memorial Hospital and is concerned about the genetic health.
Compiled by Amanda Greene, 2011
Disability Resource Guide
Compiled for: A Special Needs Day of Learning, an HUC-LA Rhea Hirsch School of Education event
Next Steps to Inclusion
Programs and resources for Jews with developmental and physical disabilities and special needs. Compiled by The Board of Rabbis of Southern California and The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, 2011.
Senior Sermon by Jennifer Gubitz
|Reform Movement Advance Directive Form
Union for Reform Judaism
Copy of medical directive from A Time to Prepare, edited by Rabbi Richard F. Address, DMin.
|Infertility Resources from the Kalsman Institute
Michele Prince, LCSW, MAJCS
This resource sheet includes helpful books, website, organizations, and sources to help guide those individuals and couples experiencing the spectrum of infertility.
|Rethinking... When Misheberach Isn't Enough
Rabbi Julie Pelc
Kalsman Institute Assistant Director, Rabbi Julie Pelc, writes about the need for a prayer acknowledging the unique realities and challenges of chronic illness.
|A Jewish Voice on
Mourning after September 11th
This resource is a compilation of excerpts from “Mourning and Mitzvah: Walking the Mourners Path” by Anne Brenner and from “Prayer and Presence” from “Jewish Pastoral Care” by Dayle A. Friedman providing rituals to observe for mourning after 9/11.
|Birth and Death: Through
a Child’s Eyes
Elizabeth Feldman, MD
This article portrays a personal experience of the birth of a younger sister and the death of her grandfather.
|The Mitzvah of Bikur Cholim: A Model for Building Community In Contemporary
Rabbi Janet Offel
Summary: The mitzvah of bikkur cholim, visiting the sick, is considered one of the most important obligations in Jewish life. Based on practical experience with a variety of bikkur cholim groups and as an outcome of an eight - week training program for volunteers, strategies and components of a needs-based model are proposed. The authors encourage synagogues to step back and re-envision a model of bikkur cholim that enables all members of the synagogue to be involved, each in his or her own capacity.
the Tzelem: Making Sense of Dementia
By Rabbi Dayle Friedman
Summary: Rabbi Friedman has been confronting the world of Dementia for more than 25 years in her work with elders. This article is an exploration of the meaning of Dementia and an effort to put it in a theological context.
Of The Livingston Committee For Healthy Community Culture
By Dan Levin
Summary: In response to a teen suicide at the local high school a diverse group of community leaders wanted to understand and address the forces within their community that would lead teens to suicide and/or attempted suicide. The study resulted in an evaluation of the town’s strengths and challenges to the health of the community and a list of proposed goals that would achieve better cultural health.
Marshall S. Zola
Summary: There is no simple solution to the complex problem of determining future medical decisions. Zola discusses the California Health Care Decisions Law passed in July 2000 and the challenge that it requires to balance the interests of many different parties.
and the Jewish High Holy Days
by Marcia Cohn Spiegel, M.A.
Summary: Marcia Cohn Spiegel addresses the issues of victims of early childhood sexual abuse, and others who have survived psychological or physical abuse at the hands of those whom they loved and trusted while Jews approach the Days of Awe.
The Humanity of Anatomy