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Clinical and Pastoral Responses in Judaism

Clinical and Pastoral Responses in Judaism

This session was part of Judaism, Health, and Healing, a daylong Chicago Community Resource Conference addressing issues and providing resources on health-related topics that impact every individual and every family. The conference featured experts in the fields of healthcare, law, and Jewish studies.

Clinical and Pastoral Responses in Judaism
is a Session 2 selection (takes place 10:45 am – 12:15 pm)

Presented by 
Rabbi Dr. Joseph S. Ozarowski.

In contemporary society people often turn to clergy for strength, reassurance, and guidance, especially at times of addiction, severe illness, and mourning. Healthcare professionals and clergy must be equipped to provide a range of clinical and pastoral assistance. In this session we explore the range of Jewish approaches to clinical and pastoral care, drawing from text study of several key Jewish sources and case studies.

Topics addressed will include: 

  • key issues of Jewish pastoral care
  • text study as a tool for facing severe illness and addiction
  • Jewish theological principles related to clinical and pastoral care
  • comparisons with other faith traditions and pastoral approaches
  • religion and approaches to grievance

Rabbi Dr. Joseph S. Ozarowski is the rabbinic chaplain at Jewish Healing Network of Chicago. For over 25 years, he has enjoyed a distinguished career as a pulpit rabbi, educator, author, and chaplain. He received his undergraduate degree from Loyola University of Chicago, his rabbinic ordination from Chicago’s Hebrew Theological College, and his doctorate from Lancaster (PA) Theological Seminary. He has served congregations in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, California, and the New York area and he is a leader in the field of pastoral care and Judaism. He was the past chair of the Pastoral Care Committee at Franklin Hospital Medical Center in Valley Stream, NY, has been a governing board member of the Metropolitan Coordinating Council on Bikur Holim (New York), and is a member of the New York UJA/Federation task forces on Pastoral Care and Hospice.

He served as staff Jewish chaplain at New York University Medical Center, where he created a professional Jewish presence at the extensive hospital campus. A prolific author, Rabbi Ozarowski co-authored Common Ground and has written numerous other articles. His first book, To Walk in God’s Ways —  Jewish Pastoral Perspectives on Illness and Bereavement (Aronson, 2004), is considered a standard in the field of Judaism and Pastoral Care.

Offered by Spertus InstituteDePaul
University College of Law Center for
Jewish Law & Judaic Studies
, and
University of Illinois at Chicago College 
of Medicine
in cooperation with the 
Jewish Healing Network of Chicago
the Center for Jewish Genetics, and 
Metro Chicago Hillel, with foundation 
support through The Charles 
& M.R. Shapiro Foundation.

DePaul University College of Law 
is an accredited Illinois MCLE provider. This conference has been approved
for up to 6.5 hours of General Illinois Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits.
The cost for these optional credits is $54.00 in addition to the pricing at left.

University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. This conference has been approved for up to 6.5 hours
of Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits.
The cost for these optional credits is $54.00 in addition
to the pricing at left.