2019 Annual Conference: Change and Holiness

May 5 - 8, 2019

PLEASE NOTE: You MUST make your hotel reservation to guarantee your hotel room. Please make your hotel reservation at https://book.passkey.com/e/49708779


DRAFT CONFERENCE 2019 SCHEDULE  (Changes will happen!)



2:15 - 2:30                   Welcome

2:30 – 4:00                  Keynote I Rabbis Sandra Katz, Rafael Goldstein, Rabbanit Alissa Thomas Newborn

4:00 – 4:15                  Mincha (Orthodox, Egalitarian)

4:30 – 5:15                  President’s Reception (by invitation only)

5:15 -  6:00                  Welcome Reception/Affinity group conversations (acute care, long term care, Hospice/Palliative Care, Pediatrics, Military/VA, Prison, Community Chaplains)

6:00 -8:00                    Welcome Dinner/ Honoring Rabbi Dayle Friedman, newly certified chaplains                   

8:00- 8:15                    Ma’ariv (Orthodox, Egalitarian)                    

8:30 -10:00                  Evening activities                                                                    

                                    Casual get-to-know-you activity/improv

                                    Hospitality suite

10:00                           Friends of Bill



7:00-8:00                     Shacharit (Orthodox, Egalitarian)

8:00 – 8:45                  Breakfast (special table for certification candidates)

                                    Daf Yomi table available

9:00 - 10:30                 Workshop I                                                                

10:30 -10:45                Break

10:45 -12:15                Workshop II                                                                                     

12:30-2:00                   Lunch                                                                                                                         

2:00-3:30                     Keynote II       Rabbi Joseph Telushkin

3:30 -3:45                    Mincha (Orthodox, Egalitarian)

3:45 - 6:00                   Unstructured time (peer review/groups meetings)                            

5:30                             Yoga/Meditation (for women only)

5:30                             Friends of Bill                                                

6:00-8:00                     Dinner Honoring Rabbi Telushkin                 

8:00 -8:15                    Ma’ariv (Orthodox, Egalitarian)

8:15- 9:15                    Healing Service – Rabbis Stern and Glicksman        


9:15-11:00                   Hospitality Suite                                            



7:00-8:00                     Shacharit (Orthodox, Egalitarian)

                                    Yoga/meditation (mixed gender)

8:00-9:00                     Breakfast/ Daf Yomi table available

9:00-10:30                   Keynote III Rabbi Richard Address

10:30-10:45                 Break

10:45 -12:00                NAJC Business Meeting

12:00 - 2:00                 Lunch, Azkarah - Yom Hazikaron Observance         

2:00 – 2:15                  Mincha (Orthodox, Egalitarian)

2:15 - 3:45                   Workshop III

3:45 - 6:00                   Unstructured or Denominational Groups

6:00 - 8:00                   Dinner honoring Rabbi Sandi Berliner, NAJC Board and Volunteers                                 

8:00 – 8:15                  Ma’ariv (Orthodox, Egalitarian)

8:15- 10:00                  Evening activity - The Healing Power of Music with Rabbi Joey Weisenberg

Hospitality Suite

10:00                           Friends of Bill



7:00-8:00                     Shacharit (Orthodox, Egalitarian)

                                    Yoga/meditation (mixed gender)

8:00- 8;45                    Breakfast

8:45-10:15                   Keynote IV Rabbi Nina Cardin

10:15-10:30                 Break

10:30-12:00                 Panel Discussions on End of Life, Palliative Care and Spirituality for non-believers

12:00-12:30                 Closing Ceremony                 


Post Conference:

12:30 – 1:15                Lunch for certification panels, candidates, Board members, field trip participants, others

1:15 – 7:00                  Field trips (optional)

                                    Certification Panels     

7:15- 8:00                    Dinner for Panels, Board, Field trip participants

8:15 – 10:00                Possible Board meeting



8:00                             Breakfast in hospitality suite (optional

NAJC 2019 Conference: Change and Holiness

  • May 5 - 8, 2019
  • 2349 W NJ-70
    Cherry Hill, New Jersey
    United States

Event Workshops

Pushing Away The Angel Of Death: Death Anxiety In The Talmud And Our Care For Patients And Staff

May 6, 2019  09:00 - 10:30
Fee: $0.00
Seats Remaining:6

Death anxiety is not only something we notice when dealing with patients and even their families, but also with staff. The ideas of death anxiety are not new. There are a number of stories in the Talmud of Rabbis trying to run away from the Angel of Death. When working in a hospital setting, we recognize the need to care for the patients with how they feel about their own death, but we do not always have the discussion with the staff who are the ones to tell a person they have a terminal illness or the ones who have to take care of the dying patient. Looking at the texts of the Talmud as well as our own lived experiences as chaplains, we will explore what we can learn from the rabbis about death anxiety, and look at ways we might be able to better care for our staff, which in turn provides better care for our patients. We will also explore the implications of death anxiety on chaplains’ and staff’s ability to utilize clinical empathy with those for whom they care. 

Outline/Goals of Workshop: Learn about death anxiety in Jewish text and its contemporary clinical implications Discuss and explore ways of providing pastoral care to staff surrounding the theme of death anxiety Acknowledging our own feelings about death and how they can help and hinder our care Apply the Jewish texts and contemporary research on clinical empathy to improve our own patient and staff care 

Bibliography A: Gesher HaChaim, Part 3 Midrash Tanchuma, Parshat Chaya Sara, Siman 5 Talmud Bavli Moed Katan 28a Talmud Bavli Shabbat 30a-b Compassion for self and others as key aspects of well-being in changing times. Lena Wiklund Gustin RN, PhD.Scand J Caring Sci; 2017; 31; 427–433 Moral Distress: inability to act or discomfort with moral subjectivity? Mark Repenshek Nursing Ethics 2009 16 (6) : 734-742 The “Double-Edge Sword” of Human Empathy: A Unifying Neurobehavioral Theory of Compassion Stress Injury Mark Russell and Matt Brickell. Soc. Sci. 2015, 4, 1087–1117 Howe, Edmund G. “Fourteen Important Concepts Regarding Moral Distress” Volume 28, Number 1; Spring 2017, pg. 3-14 Caring Science or Science of Caring Marian C. Turkel, RN; PhD; FAAN, Jean Watson, RN; PhD; FAAN, and Joseph Giovannoni, RN; DNP Nursing Science Quarterly Vol 31, Issue 1, pp. 70 First Published December 13, 2017

Speaker: Rabbi Eryn London

Bridge To Peace: Music And Chaplaincy

May 7, 2019  14:15 - 15:45
Fee: $0.00
Seats Remaining:4

Caring for others in today's world means expanding our view of the power of music for chaplaincy in the roles we play: bringing hope, comfort and strength to others in times of critical need. In this workshop we will explore the many modes of music chaplaincy which can be utilized at every stage of wellness, illness, memory loss, final moments of life and beyond. 

Outline/Goals of Workshop:  

To give participants music they can use in their chaplaincy. To give participants resources for music they can use in their care giving. To bring participants together through music for learning and teaching methods of using music as a tool for healing and transformational change. 

Bibliography:  www.cantorlisalevine.com Bridge To Peace Songs for Healing and Peace https://www.oysongs.com/products/albums.cfm?album_id=16974 Community Care Chaplains Distance CPE Program http://ccchaplains.snappages.com Where Healing Resides: Bedside Chaplaincy Manual https://www.ccarpress.org/shopping_product_detail.asp?pid=50135 Yoga Shalom Book/DVD/CD https://store.behrmanhouse.com/index.php/yoga-shalom-book-dvd-and-cd.html Threshold Choir https://thresholdchoir.org Music and Memory Books: http://www.eldersong.com

Speaker: Rabbinic Pastor/Cantor Dr. Lisa Levine

End Of Life Considerations Co-Presentation

May 8, 2019  10:30 - 12:00
Fee: $0.00
Seats Remaining:945

Through a diverse panel, we will explore the role of Jewish values in end of life care decision-making and how we as chaplains can best serve our patients. How do changing laws in physician assisted death, as well as the history around it, impact our spiritual care? For those who do not find their voices in halacha, where might guiding values come? And for those who do, what are the clear halachic guidelines? Through case studies, text and lively discussion, we will explore what ‘Jewish’ means for the populations we serve as well as the ethical dilemmas faced in end of life care decision-making.

Outline/Goals of Workshop:

1. Create a safe space for conversation about the myriad of views of Jewish end of life care.

2. Empower chaplains to introduce the topic of end of life with their clients in meaningful conversation about their end of life wishes.

3. Remove stigma and unease around the topic of death.

Bibliography: Genesis: 49:28-50:2 Deuteronomy 4:9 Psalm 31:6 Babylonian Talmud, Pesachim 75a Ran on Nedarim 40a,  Jewish Guide to Practical Medical Decision-Making (Urim Press, 2017), See attached presentations (source sheet from Rabbanit Alissa Thomas-Newborn and slides from Rabbi Barry Kinzbrunner).

Speakers: Dr. Barry Kinzbrunner, Rabbanit Alissa Thomas-Newborn, BCC, and Rabbi Jessica Shafrin, BCC