Jewish Resources

Jewish Resources

  • The Bay Area Jewish Healing Center is dedicated to providing Jewish spiritual care to those living with illness, to those caring for the ill, and to the bereaved through direct service, education and training, and information and referral.Established in 1991 as the nation’s first Jewish healing center, Bay Area Jewish Healing Center provides chaplaincy and support services to anyone who wants to see a rabbi, regardless of affiliation or financial resources. The Bay Area Jewish Healing Center receives generous support from the Jewish Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties, and various foundations and individuals.
  • The National Center for Jewish Healing (NCJH) helps communities better meet the spiritual needs of Jews living with illness, loss and other significant life challenges. Working closely with a network of Jewish healing centers and programs throughout North America we offer consultation, resource material, publications, training and referrals to community resources.
  • The Institute for Judaism and Sexual Orientation is driven by Jewish religious values and the spiritual quest for holiness. With this foundation, and the knowledge that we are b’tzelem elohim, created in the image of God, we believe that these values call us to achieve complete inclusion, integration and equal standing of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in our congregations and communities.
  • The Jewish Bereavement Project has been designed to provide information to help you, or someone you care for, find a way through the journey of mourning.
  • Bet Tzedek was founded in 1974 by a  small group of lawyers, rabbis, and community activists who sought to act upon a central tenet of Jewish law and tradition: “Tzedek, tzedek tirdof – Justice, justice you shall pursue.” This doctrine establishes an obligation to advocate the just causes of the poor and helpless. Consistent with this mandate, Bet Tzedek provides assistance to all eligible needy residents throughout Los Angeles County, regardless of their racial, religious, or ethnic background.
  • Passover: An Introduction

Jewish End of Life Resources

  • The National Institute for Jewish Hospice.
  • Kavod v’Nichum (Honor and Comfort) encourages and assists the organization of bereavement committees and Chevra Kadisha groups in synagogues and communities so that they can perform Jewish funeral, burial, and mourning mitzvot; protect and shield bereaved families from exploitation; and provide information, education and technical assistance.

Reform Jewish Resources

  • The Kalsman Institute is a center for training, collaboration and dialogue on healthcare, healing and spirituality at the intersection of Judaism and health.
  • Advance Directive Forms: here.

Conservative Jewish Resources

Orthodox Jewish Resources

Jewish Books

the jewish hospic manualAs the hospice movement flourishes, many in the Jewish community have hesitated to take advantage of its benefits, asking: Can hospice be compatible with Judaism?

The answer, says Barry M. Kinzbrunner, M.D., is yes. This is not just his opinion as an oncologist and chief medical officer for VITAS; Dr. Kinzbrunner also is an ordained Orthodox rabbi. He has written extensively on end-of-life care and Jewish medical ethics, including co-authoring The Jewish Hospice Manual with Rabbi Maurice Lamm, D.D., president of the National Institute for Jewish Hospice (NIJH). His view is reflected in The Jewish Hospice Manual, a new publication now available in the Spiritual Care office for the use of our volunteers. A joint project of the National Institute for Jewish Hospice and Vitas, the manual was given to us by Vitas Jewish Community liaison Jeff Rosenberg.

Creamation or Burial A Jewish ViewIn this easy-to-read, informative, and inspirational paperback, bestselling author Doron Kornbluth has added explanation, understanding, and much food-for-thought to an emotional and sensitive issue.

Not long ago, cremation was rare among Jews. No longer. Today, over a third of the US Jewish dead are cremated. Why?

Kornbluth outlines many reasons, including: Environmental concerns: Burial seems to waste land and pollute the environment. Mobility concerns: Kids live far away and won’t visit the gravesite. Discomfort with decomposition: Cremation seems quicker and cleaner. Money: Cremation seems – and often is – cheaper. Kornbluth analyzes these reasons and points out which stand up to scrutiny, and which don’t.

By Rabbi Eric WeissMishkan R’fuah: Where Healing Resides, a new book by Rabbi Eric Weiss and published by CCAR Press. This collection contains contemplative readings and prayers for many different moments of spiritual need, including illness, surgery, treatment, chronic illness, hearing good news, transitions, addiction, infertility, end-of-life, and more.

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