The Chaplaincy program provides the following services:

Direct Pastoral Care: The Community Chaplain is called on in times of personal crisis, often related to a health issue, an ailing relative or a death in the family.  He also visits and counsels individuals and their families in hospitals, elder-care centers, and even in their homes. Working in concert with the program’s Spiritual Care Volunteers, the Chaplain provides visitation and consultation services, with primary focus on the non-affiliated.

Community Pastoral Education: The Community Chaplain trains and oversees a community-wide Spiritual Care Volunteer Program made up of trained lay persons to visit the sick and isolated. Volunteers come from nearly every area congregation, with a total of 35 volunteers trained to date. Spiritual care volunteers have been placed at seven area hospitals, seven elder-care centers, and one correctional facility.  The program trains and supervises community clergy participating in post-graduate Clinical Pastoral Education.

Resident JFS Chaplain: When JFS clients express a need for spiritual counseling or when such a need is identified by JFS staff, the Chaplain is available to visit with them and help them connect to community and tradition. Additionally, when JFS is asked to present a program on health and wellness, the Chaplain often provides the spiritual component.  Annually, the program plans and facilitates three community wide healing services.

Consultation and Collaboration with the Health Care Community: The Community Chaplain serves as a valued consultant on specific cases, with respect to spiritual care for patients, residents, and families as part of a general care context.  In addition, the program is a vital educational resource for area health care institutions, helping them become more culturally sensitive to Jewish patients and better able to provide for the spiritual comfort of their patients and residents.

Consultation and Collaboration with the Organized Jewish Community: When the Chaplain or spiritual care volunteer encounters a Jewish patient/resident in a hospital/elder care center, who is affiliated with a congregation but has not informed the rabbi/congregation about their illness, the program often serves as a referral resource to facilitate connection with their rabbi/congregation.  With the patient‘s permission, contact is made with the rabbi/congregation, letting them know about their congregant’s situation.  In addition, the Community Chaplain is available to congregational clergy as consultant in specific cases, as well as to the entire Jewish Community as a resource on spiritual care issues.

Funding: The Jewish Chaplaincy program is funded through generous support of: the Jewish Heritage Foundation, the Menorah Legacy Foundation (Tradition Keepers Fund and the Jewish Community Funding Group), the Jewish Community Foundation, Menorah Women’s Foundation, and the Jewish Federation of Kansas City.

Click to learn more about Rabbi Jonathan Rudnick, Jewish Community Chaplain.  To contact him, please call 913-915-7730 or e-mail

Major Funding Provided By:
• Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City
• Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City
• Jewish Heritage Foundation of Greater Kansas City
• Menorah Legacy Foundation

Major Health Care Sponsors
• Children’s Mercy Hospitals & Clinics
• HCA Midwest Health System
• Saint Luke’s Health System
• University of Kansas Medical Center

Supporting Health Care Sponsors
• Carondelet Health
• Shawnee Mission Medical Center