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  • A Hospice Chaplain’s Tale

    Rabbi Karen B. Kaplan

    August 13, 2014 | 6:00 am

    A great way to stop a conversation cold with someone I am meeting for the first time is to let out that I was a hospice chaplain for seven years. It’s good to know that most readers of this blog would take this as a sublime conversation-starter instead.

    As I reflected with a...

  • Cedars-Sinai’s chaplaincy program puts spirituality on the medical charts

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    December 12, 2012 | 3:39 pm

    Usually, the frantic words, “Someone get the rabbi!” uttered in a hospital room mean only one thing. So Debbie Marcus burst into tears when Rabbi Jason Weiner was summoned to her grandfather’s room at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in July 2008. 

    Weiner, then interim Jewish chaplain...

  • A Chaplain’s calling: ‘It drew me in’

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    December 12, 2012 | 3:33 pm

    For Rabbi Jason Weiner, his one-year chaplaincy internship at Beth Israel Medical Center New York’s Lower East Side was a not-so-pleasant requirement while he was a rabbinic student at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah.

    “I didn’t feel like I had any impact. I didn’t feel like I could...

  • Angels Among Us

    By Dikla Kadosh

    May 3, 2011 | 11:53 am

    Jared Sharon was driving on the 101 on a rainy March afternoon when he lost control of his car, flipped three times down the side of the freeway and landed upside down. He was bleeding profusely, but was conscious. He turned to God, praying for help.

    And help arrived, in the form...

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  • Gillibrand presses Army on beard policy

    March 16, 2011 | 10:35 am

    U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand urged the Army to modify a regulation banning facial hair in order to allow rabbis to serve as chaplains.

    “It is my understanding that a review of this policy is currently under way at the Department of Defense,” Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) wrote recently to...

  • Jewish Army chaplain in Afghanistan juggles outreach to local Muslims, interfaith counseling, and th

    By JewishJournal.com

    November 12, 2007 | 7:54 pm

    Excellent profile of Army chaplain Rabbi Shmuel Felzenberg from the Christian Science Monitor:

    Bagram Airbase, Afghanistan - When the bus doors open, 20 soldiers clamber out, laughing, reaching for their cameras like college kids on spring break. Yet they haven’t traveled far. Part...

  • Top Gun Rabbi

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    August 14, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    While you won't find Sarah Schecter soaring through the skies like Tom Cruise in "Top Gun," the Los Angeles resident has the honor of becoming the Air Force's first female rabbi.

    Schecter, who was ordained in May at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles, is...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 8, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Keepin' it Real Estate

    Becker General Contractors' Sandy Becker was happy to be at what is known in the real estate and construction business as a "sunriser" -- an early morning get-together. With a 4-month-old baby at home, Becker has, in recent weeks, been out of the loop...

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