ASSAF: Judaism, Health and Healing for Clinicians

The Kalsman Institute and partner Howard Silverman, M.D. have developed a course of Jewish learning for Jewish clinicians designed to help these healthcare professionals integrate their clinical and spiritual lives.
Previous Initiatives & Events

Regional Yom Iyun
November 16, 2010

The Kalsman Institute, the NAJC, the Board of Rabbis of Southern California, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles invite you to a Regional Yom Iyun. Presenter, Rabbi Shira Stern, will speak on the topic: "Issues at the End of Life - Calm in the Face of Chaos," Providing a Therapeutic Presence in the Midst of Anticipatory Grieving.

Midrash and Medicine Conference
May 11-13, 2009

Midrash and Medicine: Imagining Wholeness brought a diverse collection of professionals merging interpretive arts, Judaism and medicine at an interactive conference. Spiritual, behavioral, and healthcare professionals, scholars, artists and lay-leader colleagues learned together, exchanged best practices, and found a much needed respite from their worries in a world filled with personal and professional challenges due to the economic times.
Conference Highlights

Midwest Jewish Chaplains' Group Day of Learning About the Book of Job
June 2009

Rabbi Julie Pelc taught a Yom Iyun (daylong learning), "Looking Again at the Book of Job" for the Midwest Jewish Chaplains' Group in Milwaukee. Session #1 was called "The Suffering and the Servant: Who is Job?" and Session #2 was "On Sitting With Suffering: Who are Job's Friends?
PDF - The Suffering and the Servant - Who is Job
PDF - On Sitting With Suffering - Who Are Job's Friends


Through a generous grant from the Nathan Cummings Foundation, and in partnership with the Kalsman Institute, the National Center for Jewish Healing brought together a select group to create SeraF - a "senior faculty" for the Jewish Healing Movement.
Parenting a Jewish Special Needs Child Conference and Resource Fair
Sunday, April 2, 2006

Whether a Jewish family had a child recently diagnosed, or entering a new phase of parenting, this workshop was devoted to families with a Jewish special needs child. The Kalsman Institute co-sponsored this conference which was planned by the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles' HaMercaz Special Needs Project.
Sacred Aging and the Family Caregiver: A Panel Discussion and Caregiver Resource Fair
Thursday, March 9, 2006

The Kalsman Institute co-sponsored this panel discussion which was a Jewish Health and Healing Project of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. The complex issues of being a family caregiver for an aging parent were addressed.
Shleimut: Towards a Program of Congregational Nursing
2001 - 2004

Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin convened nurses, rabbis, social workers and healthcare advocates as part of the STAR grant awarded to the Baltimore Jewish Healing Center.
Models of Cooperation: Reflections on the Jewish Healing Movement
December 14-16, 2003

Along with the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center, the Kalsman Institute presented a conference for the leadership of the Jewish healing movement.
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.
Prayers for Healing from the Jewish Mystical Tradition
November 11, 2003
Dr. Eitan Fishbane, Assistant Professor of Jewish Religious Thought at HUC-JIR Los Angeles, presented textual models of prayer for the healing of the body and the spirit inspired by the language and imagination of Kabbalah and Hasidism.
Mining the Jewish Tradition for its Healing Wisdom
May 15-18, 2003

This major conference explored undiscovered, lost, and new texts to enhance and support healing practices.
Roundtable on Spirituality
March 19, 2003

HUC-JIR and the University of Judaism convened a day-long workshop on spiritual matters in the curriculum for training of rabbinical students.
The Healing Power of Poetry
October 27, 2002

The National Association for Poetry Therapy presented The Art Lerner Poetry Therapy Day with John Fox, noted poetry therapist, international lecturer and teacher, and remarks from Rabbi William Cutter
Jewish Healing Center Forum
March 18, 2002

Jewish Healing Center professionals shared knowledge, skills, ideas, materials, experience and challenges with one another.
Healing and the Arts
November 27, 2001

Painters, writers, sculptors, and artists of many media joined a roundtable discussion on the interconnectedness of creativity, illness and healing.