(22S4) Jewish Chaplaincy: A Vital Presence In Jewish Communal Life (28 Jun 2022)

June 28th, 2022, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm


The recording of this class can be viewed at https://youtu.be/5cp2IhJ3tt8

A copy of the Chat box from the class is at 22S4 Jewish Chaplaincy – Google Drive.

Rabbis Ozarowski and Kaprow can be contacted at info@NAJC.org.  David Balto, who is a DC-based chaplain at Washington Hospital Center and George Washington Hospital, can be contacted at david.balto@yahoo.com or 202-577-5424.

Jewish chaplains are active in a wide array of settings in Jewish communities, serving in hospitals, long term care facilities, hospices, adult living facilities, prisons and other contexts.  The class will describe the art of Jewish chaplaincy since its beginning and will detail the role of the chaplain as the professional who helps provide for spiritual health.  Rabbis Kaprow and Ozarowski will discuss where chaplains work, why they are necessary, their specialized training, and how chaplains differ from community clergy.  The presentation will include case studies and vignettes.

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Rabbi Dr Moe Kaprow is the Executive Director of Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains (NAJC).  He retired from the US Navy Chaplain Corps with the rank of Commander in February 2010 after a successful 20-year career.  Rabbi Kaprow holds a BA and a BHL from Yeshiva University, an MA from Columbia University, an EdD from the University of Central Florida.  He was ordained at Yeshivat Ateret Yaakov.  He is also a graduate of the Naval War College and the College of Naval Command and Staff.

Rabbi Kaprow’s military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), and numerous unit and campaign awards.  In 2000, he was designated a Master Training Specialist by the Chief of Naval Education and Training.  Rabbi Kaprow resides in Winter Springs, FL.


Rabbi Dr Joseph Ozarowski is the president of Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains (NAJC).  He is the rabbinic counselor and chaplain for Jewish Child and Family Services of Chicago (JCFS) and is also the Jewish chaplain for the North Shore University Health system.  Rabbi Ozarowski is an adjunct professor at Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership in Chicago and at the Academy for Jewish Religion in Los Angeles.  A prolific author, his publication Common Ground and To Walk in God’s Ways – Jewish Pastoral Perspectives on Illness and Bereavement is considered the standard in the field of Judaism and Pastoral Care.

Rabbi Ozarowski is a former president of the Chicago Board of Rabbis and has served on the board of the Jewish Federation of Chicago.  He was cited by the Chicago Jewish news as a “Top Jewish Chicagoan of 2013.”  He received the “Rabbi Mordechai Simon Award” From the Chicago Board of Rabbis in 2014.  He holds an undergraduate degree from Loyola University Chicago, rabbinic ordination form Skokie’s Hebrew Theological College and a doctorate from Lancaster (PA) Theological Seminary.