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Judaism, Health, and Spirituality

Judaism, Health, and Spirituality

Thursday, September 5, 2019 to Thursday, October 24, 2019


For chaplains, clergy, social workers, and healthcare professionals across North America

Explore Jewish spiritual traditions as a platform for understanding and confronting issues of physical and mental health

Eight-session online course taught by Dr. Joseph Ozarowski, a leading voice in the field


Meets via the Zoom web-conferencing platform | Thursdays 6-8 pm CST
Readings, course materials, and Zoom login information will be provided to participants in advance of the first session 

Course dates: September 5, 12, 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24, 2019

Non-credit course cost is $350 
We are currently awaiting certification for CMEs.
Contact Shannon Barnes at sbarnes@spertus.edu for details.

Register online to reserve your spot >

Under the guidance of Rabbi, Chaplain, and Educator Rabbi Dr. Joseph Ozarowski (who will share case studies from his decades in the field), participants will examine key areas of health care today through the eyes of Jewish teachings, grounded in Torah and other sacred texts.

Specific topic areas will include: the place of spirituality in health care; Bikur Cholim (the Jewish tradition of visiting the sick) as a basis for spiritual care, medical ethics issues such triage and brain death, behavioral health issues such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), suicide, addiction and recovery, and end-of-life issues including dementia, ethical wills, advance directives, DNRs, nutrition/hydration, and bereavement. Participants will also learn about the emerging world of Jewish Chaplaincy.

The course will include text study (with readings available in the original Hebrew and in English translation), group discussion, and an optional project.

Rabbi Dr. Joseph S. Ozarowski Rabbi Dr. Joseph Ozarowski (known to many as Rabbi Joe) is an educator, prolific author, and board-certified chaplain. Since 2005, he has served as Rabbinic Counselor and Jewish Chaplaincy Services Chaplain for Jewish Child and Family Services (JCFS) Chicago. He is the immediate past president of the Chicago Board of Rabbis and currently serves as a national officer of Neshama: The Association of Jewish Chaplains.


His first book, To Walk in God’s Ways: Jewish Pastoral Perspectives on Illness and Bereavement, is considered a standard in the field of Judaism and Pastoral Care.

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