Rabbis raise the bar for spiritual care

September 16, 2012 by Ayal Tusia
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Learning has been a lifelong journey for five Melbourne Rabbis – orthodox and conservative – who graduated this month from an accredited course to enhance interpersonal skills and improve standards of spiritual care delivery across all sectors of the community.

 

Left to right: Rabbi Meir Shlomo Kluwgant, Rabbi Levi Kurinsky, Rev Stephen Delbridge, Rabbi Boruch Shapiro, Rabbi Yoni Reyder, Rabbi Yisroel Kohn, Rev Marilyn Hope, Rabbi Adam Stein

Jewish Care Rabbis Yisroel Kohn, Minister, Montefiore Homes Community Residence and Yoni Reyder, Minister Mark & Dina Munzer Community Residence, were amongst those successfully completing the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) course. The program was a partnership between Jewish Care, The Rabbinical Council of Victoria, The Alfred Hospital and The Healthcare Chaplaincy Council of Victoria.

“Pastoral and spiritual care is a key part of our work and, as Rabbis, we can spend a significant amount of time in nursing homes and hospitals at crucial stages in people’s lives,” said Rabbi Kohn.

“The CPE course enhanced our skills and capacity in providing appropriate and effective pastoral care to the diverse range of members of our community, including but not limited to Jewish Care residents and clients. The course included interesting theological discussions and we worked through a range of real-life case study scenarios and practical solutions. It is definitely going to assist us in pastoral care, making visits more meaningful and valuable.”

Rabbi Meir Shlomo Kluwgant, General Manager, Jewish Care Cultural and Spiritual Centre, said with more than 4,500 significant pastoral interactions across the organisation last year, it was important for Jewish Care to set an example.

“Our pastoral care programs extend throughout the community, and we are looking forward to working more closely with Jewish leaders from all quarters of religious life to participate in this wonderful educational opportunity,” he said.

“Jewish Care is proud to take a leadership role in providing opportunities for Rabbis to improve their skills to benefit all members of our community.”

To find out more about the CPE course, or applying for next year’s program, contact Rabbi Kluwgant on 8517 5684 or email rabbi@jewishcare.org.au

 

 

 

 

Left to right: Rabbi Meir Shlomo Kluwgant, Rabbi Levi Kurinsky, Rev Stephen Delbridge, Rabbi Boruch Shapiro, Rabbi Yoni Reyder, Rabbi Yisroel Kohn, Rev Marilyn Hope, Rabbi Adam Stein

 

For further information contact:

Ayal Tusia, Manager Marketing & Communications

Tel (03) 8517 5701  Mob  0434 376 424

Email atusia@jewishcare.org.au

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