Is there a common language shared between the health care professionals, laypeople and community spiritual leadership?
We live our daily lives in our community. Can our leaders guide us in the challenges of illness and aging?
Community rabbis in Israel are a new and evolving breed; becoming an accessible and vital pillar of support for people facing daily life challenges.
The Melvin J. Glatt Memorial Spiritual Care Training Program for Rabbis trains community spiritual leaders in the pastoral skills needed to effectively guide community members through the dark hours of illness, aging and loss. Trained rabbis offer guidance and are present to explore the deep philosophical, spiritual and ethical questions that can create turmoil in life’s journey.
This trailblazing program fosters critical skills to assure that rabbis are equipped to meet the existential needs of their community members. (Most rabbinical training programs, in all denominations of Judaism, do not effectively cultivate this important skill sete.) Through Life’s Door programs and tools, rabbis throughout Israel offer one- and-one and family support and build community resilience to face life’s strains and traumas.
An empowered community, with leadership that engages its members to share their fears, concerns, hopes and dreams, allows life with illness to be punctuated by growth, loving and meaning.
* In memory of Rabbi Melvin J. Glatt z”l, a leader and pioneer in community pastoral care, and with the generous support of the Glatt Family