January 10-11, 2012

Arrival Time: Tuesday, January 10, 2012, 8:00 a.m.
Departure Time: Wednesday, January 11, 2012, 1:30 p.m.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

8:00 a.m.

Registration and Refreshments (7th Floor Conference Center)

8:30 a.m.

Welcome, Opening Remarks, and Participant Introductions (Room 710)
Michele Prince and Sally Kaplan

9:15 a.m.

Keynote Panel Presentation (Room 710)
“The History, Evolution, and Future of Jewish Pastoral Education”

Advisory Committee: Barbara Breitman, Michelle Friedman, David Pelcovitz, Mychal Springer, Simkha Weintraub, Nancy Wiener (Michele Prince, facilitator)

10:45 p.m.


11:00 a.m.

Open Space Dialogue (Room 710)
Michelle Friedman, Facilitator
Small and interactive break-out groups in rooms 711, 706, and 708

12:30 p.m.

Lunch (Room 710)

1:45 p.m.


  1. Barbara Breitman, Mychal B. Springer, and Nancy Wiener
    “P’tach Libi B’Toratecha: Jewish Pastoral Theology in Process” (Room 706)
  2. Julie Schwartz
    “Sacred Integration: The Weaving of Rabbinic Education” (Room 655)
  3. Beth Naditch and Sara Paasche-Orlow
    “Educating Rabbinical Students in CPE about Aging Issues” (Room 653)

    Materials: If I am not for Myself, then Who Am I-Identity and Dementia; Portraits of Aging: Out of the Box - Case Study #1: Jacob Isaacson; Games
  4. Rachel Cowan
    The Important Place of Resiliency and Self-Care in Pastoral Education(Room 708)

2:45 p.m.


3:00 p.m.


  1. Simkha Weintraub and Mollie Cantor
    “Pastoral Training Partnerships with Social Service Agencies” (Room 706)

    Materials: 18 Scenarios: Who Can the Rabbi Consult for Guidance/Support?; Syllabus for Advanced Skills in Pastoral Care and Counseling Course at Jewish Theological Seminary; Syllabus for Behavioral Health Issues for Clergy Course at Jewish Theological Seminary
  2. Rochelle Robins
    Help Write HaMakor: A Resource Guide for Jewish Chaplains and their Non-Jewish Supervisors(Room 655)
  3. Ute Steyer
    “Different Interpretations of ‘Hester Panim’ in the Rabbinic Tradition and Application to Pastoral Care” (Room 653)
  4. Ruchama Weiss and William Cutter
    “Case Studies from Jerusalem- Integrating Spiritual Support and Bibliotherapy” (Room 708)
    Materials: A Dialogue on the Torah of the Soul-An Exercise in Bibliotherapy

4:00 p.m.

Break (Guided walk to Central Park available with Pam Wax; also, Bloomingdales nearby)

Optional Tefila* (Rooms 706 and 708 available)
*UJA-Federation has siddurim available in rooms 706 and 708. Alternatively, there is a 3:00pm minyan at 122 East 58th Street, New York, NY 10022-1909

5:00 p.m.

Remarks by Rabbi David Ellenson (Room 710)
President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and I.H. and Anna Grancell Professor of Jewish Religious Thought

5:15 p.m.

Keynote Address (Room 710)
Rabbi Shai Held
Co-Founder, Rosh Yeshiva, and Chair in Jewish Thought at Mechon Hadar
Winner of the 2011 Covenant Award for being an extraordinary educator

The Spiritual Life Begins in Gratitude and Culminates in Compassion: A Jewish Vision of Spirituality and Generosity"

6:30 p.m.

Dinner, Dessert, Music & Closing Remarks (Room 710)
Michele Prince and Sally Kaplan

Vocal entertainment by Pella Productions, a male a cappella group.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

8:00 a.m.

Registration and Refreshments (7th Floor Conference Center)

8:30 a.m.

Welcome and Summary Remarks (Room 710)
Michele Prince and Sally Kaplan

9:00 a.m.

Address by John Ruskay (Room 710)
Executive Vice President and CEO, UJA-Federation of New York

9:15 a.m.

Master Class Case Presentation (Room 710)
Michelle Friedman, Facilitator

10:30 a.m.


10:45 a.m.


  1. Richard Address
    “Creating Congregational Culture” (Room 706)
  2. Naomi Kalish
    “Re-Creating CPE in the Israeli Context” (Room 710)
  3. Rebecca Sirbu
    How to Apply Pastoral Care in a Digital Age(Room 708)
  4. David Pelcovitz
    “Enhancing Jewish Pastoral Education through Positive Psychology” (Room 712)
    Materials: Chapter entitled "Gratitude"; Powerpoint presentations: Forgiveness: Jewish and Psychological Perspectives; Happiness: Jewish and Psychological Perspectives; Positive Psychology in the Schools

11:45 a.m.

Break and Lunch Buffet Open (7th Floor Conference Center)

12:00 a.m.

Open Dialogue and Lunch - All Group Discussion (Room 710)

1:15 p.m.

Closing Remarks (Room 710)
Michele Prince and Sally Kaplan
Materials: Poetry for Closing Remarks; Musical Notation of "Tov L'hodot