The Joint Commission is pleased to sponsor this mini-course
in partnership with the Kalsman
Institute on Judaism and Health. Exploration of the concept and history
of the MiSheBerach and other
prayers for healing, the role of caregivers and their prayers, and the use
of liturgy and music at the hospital bedside. Offered as a joint project
of the Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health, this three-session course
includes a discussion of historical prayers for healing as well as contemporary
applications by clinicians.
This mini-course consists of three 1-hour presentations
by telephone and an email discussion between each of the phone calls.
If you cannot make the live session, recordings will be made available
an hour after the call for you to listen to at your leisure. Through the
discussion, you will have a chance to interact with your colleagues and
our special presenters. There are also a set of relevant sources for you
to download. Once you register, study materials will be available for
downloading from this website - including articles, handouts, and/or texts.
The sessions are as follows:
William Cutter and Ruth Langer
and Related Intentions
Ruth Alpers and Howard Silverman
The Clergy Clinician Conversation
Evan Kent and Benjie Schiller
The Healing Presence of Music:
A Jewish Perspective
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Rabbi Ruth Alpers is the Jay Stein Director of Human Relations. Prior to entering rabbinic school, Ms. Alpers
worked as a researcher in molecular biology doing recombinant DNA research
at Washington University School of Medicine and Children's Hospital in
St. Louis. Before joining the administration of HUC-JIR, she served as
assistant and associate rabbi at Temple Israel in Boston. In February
2001, Rabbi Alpers became a Supervisory Candidate with the Association
for Clinical Pastoral Education. She was certified as a Jewish Chaplain
by the National Association of Jewish Chaplains in January 2002.
William Cutter is Director of the Kalsman
Institute on Judaism and Health, Paul and Trudi Steinberg Professor of Human
Relations, Professor of Education and Modern Hebrew Literature, and Lecturer
in Chaplaincy, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion /Los Angeles.
He has taught at the College-Institute since 1965, and has served as the Assistant
Dean and Director of the Rhea Hirsch School of Education, which he helped found
in 1970. He is from St. Louis, Missouri, and received his A.B. Degree from Yale
University in 1959. His current research concentrates on the development of
modern Hebrew literature at the turn of the century, and the ideological place
of the Hebrew language in modern Judaism. He serves on the advisory board to
the UCLA Medical Center Department of Spiritual Care and supervises the chaplaincy
training of the students at HUC-JIR Los Angeles.
Evan Kent, a 1988 graduate of the Hebrew Union College School of Sacred
Music and has served Temple Isaiah in Los Angeles since his investiture
from HUC-JIR. Before attending HUC-JIR, Evan received his Bachelor's degree
from the Manhattan School of Music and a Master's degree in Public Administration
from the City University of New York.
Evan has been an instructor and cantor for the UAHC
Santa Cruz Kallah since 1995. He is currently the Director of the Hebrew
Union College/Los Angeles Cantorial Music Program. In addition, Evan has
also served as an adjunct faculty member for the Hebrew Union College
School of Communal Service.
He has served on the executive committee of the UAHC
Pacific Southwest Council and is currently a member of the UAHC Committee
for Adult Jewish Learning and Growth. In addition, Evan is a member of
the executive board of the American Conference of Cantors.
Cantor Kent has concertized extensively throughout the
United States, Canada and Israel. He attended the Chautauqua Opera Festival
in New York for two seasons and has many opera, oratorio and musical theatre
credits as well. He has sung as tenor soloist with the Los Angeles Jewish
Symphony on numerous occasions. He was proud to appear in the North American
premiere of Shostakovich's "From Yiddish Folk Poetry" with the
orchestra. In December of 2000, Evan appeared with the LAJS in the West
Coast premiere of Kurt Weill's "The Eternal Road."
In addition, he has appeared as soloist with the Los Angeles
Zimriyah Chorale, the Kol Echad Chorale and Orchestra and the Novakowsky Chorale.
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Langer is Associate Professor of Jewish Studies in the Theology Department
at Boston College and Associate Director of its Center for Christian-Jewish
Learning. She received her Ph.D. in Jewish Liturgy in 1994 and her rabbinic
ordination in 1986 from Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
in Cincinnati. She is also a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and a native of Pittsburgh,
Her research interests and publications focus on questions of the development
of Jewish liturgy and ritual. Her book, To Worship God Properly: Tensions between
Liturgical Custom and Halakhah in Judaism, published in 1998 (Hebrew
Union College Press), examines the interplay of liturgical law and custom,
of rabbinic dictates and the actual practices and understandings of the community,
focusing on the mediaeval period.. Her current research traces and interprets
the development and interpretation of the liturgies surrounding the reading
of the Torah. Another series of projects underway looks at the impact of interactions
with the non-Jewish, and especially the Christian world on the development of
As Associate Director of Boston College's Center
for Christian-Jewish Learning, Ruth Langer has also been teaching, publishing,
and speaking about Jewish-Christian relations. This center offers courses, lectures,
and seminars on various aspects of Jewish -Christian relations as well as sponsoring
scholarly research and serving as a resource to many local, national, and international
Benjie Ellen Schiller is Professor of Cantorial Arts at the Hebrew
Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, School of Sacred Music, in
New York. Her work involves training cantorial students to bridge the
gap between performance and spiritual leadership. She was invested as
a cantor and received her masterís degree from the institution where
Cantor Schiller is also a nationally known composer. She received her bachelorís
degree in composition from Boston University. Her works include "Life-Song
Cycle," a series of pieces for Jewish life passage ceremonies; "Halleluhu," a
multi-rhythmic setting of Psalm 150; "Víyeíetayu," "Grace," "Uíkratem Díror-
Proclaim Liberty" and various commissioned works for synagogues, choirs, and
interfaith liturgical groups. A World Fulfilled, a solo recording of her compositions,
was released in 2002.
As a classical soprano soloist, Cantor Schiller has appeared with the John
Oliver Chorale, the Boston Zamir Chorale, the Rottenberg Chorale and Sine Nomine
of New York. She has served as cantor in several congregations, and tours the
United States as a "cantor in residence," sharing new musical approaches to
prayer and celebration She is a national fellow of the Synagogue 2000 project,
a faculty member of the Spirituality Institute Cantorial Program, and a member
of the C.C.A.R. editorial committee charged with creating a new prayerbook
for the Reform movement.
Since 1989 Cantor Schiller has served as the part time cantor with her husband,
Rabbi Lester Bronstein, at Bet Am Shalom Synagogue of White Plains, New York.
They sing together in Beged Kefet, a philanthropic Jewish music ensemble. Beged
Kefetís three recordings feature Cantor Schillerís arrangements and compositions.
She has recorded musical cassettes for the Reconstructionist movementís Kol
Haneshamah home prayer book, Shirim Uvírachot, and the UAHCís Come Let Us Welcome
the Sabbath (both with her husband). She is a featured cantor in Yamim Noraim,
a 1995 CD recording of High Holy day music, published by Transcontinental Music,
and in A Taste of Eternity with the Western Wind musical ensemble.
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Dr. Howard Silverman currently serves as the Education Director for the
Program in Integrative Medicine and Clinical Professor of Family and Community
Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. He was formerly the
Banner Health System Director of Medical Informatics and Clinical Innovation
where he had organizational responsibility for creating synergy between care
transformation activities, clinical innovation and information technology.
His past experiences in clinical innovation, medical informatics, medical education,
implementing complementary / alternative medical practices, administration and
individual and group mentoring give him a unique breadth of perspective and
help establish credibility with the many constituencies within the provider
Dr. Silverman graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Purdue University, majoring in Mathematics
and German. He earned a Master's Degree in Computer Science at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology where he specialized in Artificial Intelligence applications
in medical decision making. He then attended Stanford University School of Medicine
followed by a residency in Family Practice at Good Samaritan Medical Center
in Phoenix, Arizona.
After completing his residency, Dr. Silverman entered private practice and had
the privilege to serve as the Medical Director of Hospice of the Valley, the
Samaritan Visiting Nurse Service, the Samaritan Care Center and was the Program
Director for the Family Practice Residency at Good Samaritan Regional Medical
Center. He also served as Chief Medical Officer for the American Centers for
Health & Medicine, a Catholic Healthcare West sponsored experimental practice
to integrate managed care reimbursed primary care services with complementary
and alternative therapies.
His book, Healing
Ceremonies: Creating Personal Rituals for Spiritual, Emotional, Physical and
Mental Health (Amazon) describes his experiences using ceremonies as a vehicle
to integrate traditional medical care and personal healing experiences and acts
as a primer for creating healing ceremonies.
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