Edited by Jeff Levin, PhD, MPH, and Michele F. Prince, LCSW, MAJCS
Foreword by Rabbi Elliot N. Dorff, PhD
The first state-of-the-art, comprehensive resource to encompass the wide breadth of the rapidly growing field of Judaism and health.
“For Jews, religion and medicine (and science) are not inherently in conflict, even within the Torah-observant community, but rather can be friendly partners in the pursuit of wholesome ends, such as truth, healing and the advancement of humankind.”
—from the Introduction
This authoritative volume—part professional handbook, part scholarly resource and part source of practical information for laypeople—melds the seemingly disparate elements of Judaism and health into a truly multidisciplinary collective, enhancing the work within each area and creating new possibilities for synergy across disciplines. It is ideal for medical and healthcare providers, rabbis, educators, academic scholars, healthcare researchers and caregivers, congregational leaders and laypeople with an interest in the most recent and most exciting developments in this new, important field.
Rabbi Rachel Adler, PhD • Rabbi Richard Address, DMin • Ronald M. Andiman, MD • Barbara Breitman, DMin • Rabbi Anne Brener, LCSW • Shelly Thomas Christensen, MA • Rabbi William Cutter, PhD • Rabbi Stephanie Dickstein, LMSW • Rabbi Nancy Epstein, MPH, MAHL • Elizabeth Feldman, MD • Rabbi Naomi Kalish, BCC • Rabbi Lynne F. Landsberg • Jeff Levin, PhD, MPH • Judith Margolis, MFA • Adina Newberg, PhD • Kenneth I. Pargament, PhD • David Pelcovitz, PhD • Steven Pirutinsky, MS • Michele F. Prince, LCSW, MAJCS • Rabbi Stephen B. Roberts, MBA, BCC • David H. Rosmarin, PhD • Fred Rosner, MD, MACP • Rabbi Julie Schwartz • Devora Greer Shabtai • Rabbi Mychal B. Springer • Rabbi Shira Stern, DMin, BCC • Rabbi David A. Teutsch, PhD • Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski, MD • Rabbi Simkha Y. Weintraub, LCSW • Rabbi Nancy Wiener, DMin
“Reveals why healing without spirituality is a contradiction in terms.... Will inform anyone who cares about humane, compassionate healthcare, regardless of their religious affiliation.... I wish this volume had been available when I was a young physician.”
—Larry Dossey, MD, author, One Mind: Why Our Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters; executive editor, Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing
“Assembles wise teachers and professionals to muster the ancient wisdom of a resilient people on behalf of greater vitality and robust life.”
—Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, DHL, author, God of Becoming and Relationship: The Dynamic Nature of Process Theology and Passing Life’s Tests: Spiritual Reflections on the Trial of Abraham, the Binding of Isaac
“Medical and nursing schools, rabbinic seminaries, as well as synagogue libraries and public libraries will all benefit from its contents.”
—Association of Jewish Libraries Newsletter
“Fabulous—a very impressive collection, and a real contribution to the field.”
—Rabbi Dayle Friedman, MSW, MAJCS, BCC, founder, Hiddur: The Center for Aging and Judaism; founding director of chaplaincy services, Philadelphia Geriatric Center; author, Jewish Visions for Aging: A Professional Guide for Fostering Wholeness
“As it is in life, it is in print too: Judaism and health are a proper and fitting pair.... Judaism informs health so that we all may live better.”
—Rabbi Kerry M. Olitzky, coeditor, Jewish Men Pray: Words of Yearning, Praise, Petition, Gratitude and Wonder from Traditional and Contemporary Sources; author, Jewish Paths toward Healing and Wholeness: A Personal Guide to Dealing with Suffering
Rabbi Richard Address, DMin, is senior rabbi at M’kor Shalom in Cherry Hill,
Rabbi Rachel Adler, PhD, is professor of Jewish religious thought and feminist
studies at Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles,
Andiman, MD, is director of the Headache Clinic, Department of Neurology,
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.
Barbara Breitman, DMin, is assistant professor of pastoral counseling and director of training, Jewish Spiritual Direction Program at Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, Pennsylvania.
Rabbi Anne Brener, LCSW, is professor of ritual and human development at the
Academy of Jewish Religion in Los Angeles, California.
Shelly Thomas Christensen,
MA, is program manager of the Jewish Community Inclusion Program for People
with Disabilities at the Jewish Family and Children’s Services in Minneapolis,
Rabbi William Cutter, PhD, is Steinberg Professor Emeritus of Human Relations
and founding director of the Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health at Hebrew
Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles, California.
Rabbi Stephanie Dickstein, LMSW, is spiritual care coordinator for the Shira
Ruskay Center of the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services in New York, New York.
Rabbi Nancy Epstein, MPH, MAHL, is associate professor of community health
and prevention at Drexel University School of Public Health in Philadelphia,
Elizabeth Feldman, MD, is medical coordinator for the Sheriff’s Alternative
Programs with Cermak Health Services of Cook County, a department of Cook
County Health and Hospitals System in Chicago, Illinois.
Rabbi Naomi Kalish, BCC, is coordinator of pastoral care and education at New
York–Presbyterian / Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital in New York, New York.
Rabbi Lynne F. Landsberg is senior advisor on disability issues for the Religious
Action Center of Reform Judaism in Washington, D.C.
Jeff Levin, PhD, MPH, is University Professor of Epidemiology and Population
Health and director of the Program on Religion and Population Health at the
Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.
Judith Margolis, MFA, is an artist and writer, and art editor for Nashim: A Journal of
Jewish Women’s Studies & Gender Issues in Jerusalem, Israel.
Adina Newberg, PhD, is director of the Modern Hebrew Language
Program and associate professor of Hebrew language at Reconstructionist
Rabbinical College in Wyncote, Pennsylvania.
Kenneth I. Pargament, PhD, is a professor of psychology at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, and Distinguished Scholar in the Institute for Spirituality & Health at the Texas Medical Center.
David Pelcovitz, PhD, holds the Gwendolyn and Joseph Straus Chair in Psychology
and Jewish Education and is a professor at the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish
Education and Administration of Yeshiva University in New York, New York.
Steven Pirutinsky, MS, is a doctoral student of counseling and clinical psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University, in New York, New York.
Michele F. Prince, LCSW, MAJCS, is executive director of OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center and former director of the
Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health, Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute
of Religion in Los Angeles, California.
Rabbi Stephen B. Roberts, MBA, BCC, is president and chief executive officer of
Clergy for a Healthy America in New York, New York.
David H. Rosmarin, PhD, is an instructor of psychiatry and an assistant psychologist at McLean Hospital / Harvard Medical School in Belmont, Massachusetts,
and director of the Center for Anxiety in New York, New York.
Fred Rosner, MD, MACP, is a professor of medicine at Icahn School of Medicine
at Mount Sinai in New York, New York.
Rabbi Julie Schwartz is director of pastoral
care and clinical pastoral education at Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute
of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Devora Greer Shabtai is a psychology major at Stern College for Women, Yeshiva University, in New York, New York.
Rabbi Mychal B. Springer holds the Helen Fried Kirshblum Goldstein Chair in
Professional and Pastoral Skills and is director of the Center for Pastoral Education
at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, New York.
Rabbi Shira Stern, DMin, BCC, is founding director of the Center for Pastoral
Care and Counseling in Marlboro, New Jersey.
Rabbi David A. Teutsch, PhD, is the Louis and Myra Wiener Professor of
Contemporary Jewish Civilization; chair of the Department of Contemporary
Jewish Civilization; and director of the Levin-Lieber Program in Jewish Ethics at
Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, Pennsylvania.
Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski, MD, is founder and medical director emeritus of
Gateway Rehabilitation Center in Moon Township, Pennsylvania.
Rabbi Simkha Y. Weintraub, LCSW, is rabbinic director of the National
Center for Jewish Healing, a program of the Jewish Board of Family and
Children’s Services in New York, New York.
Rabbi Nancy Wiener, DMin, is clinical director of the Jacob and Hilda Blaustein
Center for Pastoral Counseling and Dr. Paul and Trudy Steinberg Distinguished
Professor of Human Relations at Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of
Religion in New York, New York.
Jeff Levin, PhD, MPH, holds a distinguished chair at Baylor University, where he is University Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health, and director of the Program on Religion and Population Health at the Institute for Studies of
Religion. He also serves as adjunct professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke University School of Medicine.
Michele F. Prince, LCSW, MAJCS, is executive director of OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center in Los Angeles. She is a
steering committee member and former director of the Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health of Hebrew Union College.
She is an oncology social worker affiliated with the Keck Medical Center of the University of Southern California.
Rabbi Elliott N. Dorff, PhD, is rector and Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the American Jewish University and
author of The Way Into Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World), among other books.