Jewish Pastoral Care, 2nd Edition: A Practical Handbook from Traditional and Contemporary Sources
Edited by Rabbi Dayle A. Friedman, MAJCS, MSW

Jewish Pastoral Care  is the essential reference for rabbis, cantors, and laypeople who are called to spiritually accompany those encountering joy, sorrow, and change. 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.
Purchase at Jewish Lights

A Practical Guide to Rabbinic Counseling
By Yisrael N. Levitz and Abraham J. Twerski

An integral and important work for every rabbi and community leader. This book puts the essential elements of rabbinic counseling into the hands of those who need it most. Rabbis and leaders often find themselves doing formal and informal counseling--but with little or no experience, opportunities can be lost and damage can be done. Here are practical tools to facilitate better communication and assistance, user-friendly and eminently practical. Dr. Levitz is a clinical psychologist, former pulpit rabbi, and Professor Emeritus of Yeshiva University's Wurzweiler School of Social Work. Rabbi Dr. Twerski is a noted psychiatrist and former pulpit rabbi who has published close to fifty self-help books and specializes in addictions and rehabilitation. This book will be of interest and of essence to every rabbi, rebbe, and spiritual or community leader.

Professional Spiritual & Pastoral Care
Edited by Rabbi Stephen B. Roberts, MBA, MHL, BCJC

Edited by Rabbi Stephen B. Roberts, MBA, MHL, BCJC This essential resource integrates the classic foundations of pastoral care with the latest approaches to spiritual care. It is specifically intended for professionals who work or spend time with congregants in acute care hospitals, behavioral health facilities, rehabilitation centers and long-term care facilities. Offering the latest theological perspectives and tools, along with basic theory and skills from the best pastoral and spiritual care texts, research and concepts, the contributors to this resource are experts in their fields, and include eight current or past presidents of the major chaplaincy organizations.
Purchase at Skylight Paths

Flourishing In the Later Years: Jewish Pastoral Insights on Senior Residential Care
Edited by James R. Michaels and Cary Kozberg

Flourishing In the Later Years was created for anyone who works with Jewish residents living in senior residential facilities, whether under Jewish auspices or otherwise.  It addresses issues that are of interest not only to chaplains but also to social workers, nurses, PT/OT specialists, administrators, and interested laity.
Purchase at Mazo Publishing

Healing of Soul, Healing of Body: Spiritual Leaders Unfold the Strength and Solace in Psalms
Edited by Rabbi Simkha Y. Weintraub, LCSW

A source of solace for those who are facing illness, as well as those who care for them. These Psalms and the inspiring commentaries that accompany them offer an anchor of spiritual support.
Purchase at Jewish Lights

Guide Me Along the Way: A Jewish Spiritual Companion for Surgery
By Rabbi Simkha Y. Weintraub, LCSW with Rabbi Aaron M. Lever

A 60-page Jewish guidebook with poetry, prayers, folktales, personal narratives, practical advice, healing activities and meditations to help patients, family members, clergy and health care professionals through the surgery experience, from leaving home to the year anniversary of an operation.

Lifelights are inspirational, informational booklets about challenges to our emotional and spiritual lives and how to deal with them.

Each LifeLight is written by a wise and caring soul, someone you probably know or know about, someone who knows the inner territory of grief, doubt, confusion and longing. Each addresses the reader from a uniquely Jewish spiritual perspective.

The National Center for Jewish Healing
http://ncjh.org

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 the NCJH offers consultation, training and referrals to community resources. Jewish spiritual resource and programmatic materials, publications, bibliographies, website links and a directory of Jewish healing centers are available on this website.

ACPE, The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.
http://acpe.edu/

The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. (ACPE) is a multicultural, multifaith organization devoted to providing education and improving the quality of ministry and pastoral care offered by spiritual caregivers of all faiths through the clinical educational methods of Clinical Pastoral Education.  This site (www.acpe.edu/faq.htm) describes the Association, accredited training centers, Prospective Student Information and Frequently Asked Questionsand applications.

Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Center for Pastoral Counseling, New York & Jerusalem
http://huc.edu/libcenters/centers.shtml#blaustein

The Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Center for Pastoral Counseling, established by The Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation of Baltimore, Maryland provides educational opportunities for students and alumni in pastoral counseling and chaplaincy at both the New York and Jerusalem campus. Learn more about pastoral care training here.

National Association of Jewish Chaplains
www.najc.org/main/index.htm

The NAJC mission is to enhance the kedusha of Jewish Chaplains in order that they may provide quality Jewish, religious, and spiritual care.

NAJC is a professional organization for Rabbis, Cantors, and other Jewish professionals functioning as Jewish Chaplains in hospitals, nursing homes and geriatric centers, hospice, psychiatric facilities, correctional centers, and the military. In addition to offering collegial support to and professional certification of Jewish Chaplains, NAJC provides conferences and ongoing resources to its members to foster services to and resources for the Jewish and general community on issues of pastoral and spiritual care based on Jewish traditions and values. This site lists information about the Association, membership and various resources.

Power and Potential of Jewish Ritual

Rabbi Jason Weiner
2011
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