2014 Campus News: New Season For Clinical Pastoral Education

2014 Campus News: New Season For Clinical Pastoral Education

Interns come to program from diverse backgrounds

Rabbi James R. Michaels, the director of Pastoral Care at Charles E. Smith Life Communities, welcomes seven interns to the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program on our campus.

2014 Pastoral InternsThis unique program, now in its tenth year, is designed to challenge and integrate religious perspectives, personal experience, the behavioral sciences, and theological assumptions with the realities of pastoral care. It is accredited by the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy (CPSP), and offers theological and professional adult education to individuals from a wide array of backgrounds and fields who wish to acquire the skills needed to take on a pastoral role with patients and families in a health care setting.

Meet our fall 2014 interns.

From left to right, front row:

David Abramowitz, a computer security specialist, is studying to become a cantor in the ALEPH (Jewish Renewal) ordination program after having spent several years leading services in the community. The CPE program is required of all ALEPH ordination students. He is also studying in ALEPH to be ordained as a Spiritual Advisor.

Dr. Jeffrey S. Rubin, M.D., Ph.D, is a research physician at the Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute. He is considering post-retirement options, and is delighted to train with his colleagues at the Hebrew Home.

Rabbi Hillel Baron is director of The Lubavitch Center for Jewish Education in Howard County and a community chaplain with Jewish Federation, also in Howard County. He joined the program, he says, to "obtain professional training to do a better job in serving the Jewish community."

From left to right, standing:

Evan J. Krame, a trust and estate attorney, is studying pastoral care in anticipation of receiving ordination as a Rabbi.

Sabrina Sojourner, a transition coach, spiritual counselor, and service leader, loves chaplaincy because it uses many of her skills and interest in being of assistance to individuals and families.

Rabbi Michaels, program director.

Rabbi Devorah Lynn, formerly the rabbi of Beth Sholom Temple, Fredericksburg, VA, is taking her third unit of chaplaincy, focusing on long-term care.

David A. Balto, an antitrust attorney, is a JSSA hospice volunteer and looks to chaplaincy as a way to serve the elderly.

To learn more about the Clinical Pastoral Education program, please contact Rabbi Michaels at 301.770.7711. 

Rabbi James Michaels                                                                     




Rabbi Michaels and Rabbi Cary Kozberg are co-authors of Flourishing In The Later Years: Jewish Pastoral Insights On Senior Residential Care

Flourishing in the Later Years, Michaels


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