Providing compassion and connection.
The Chaplaincy Program connects spiritually with Kansas City’s diverse Jewish community, providing support during difficult times. The breadth of spiritual services includes:
Direct Pastoral Care
The Chaplain, Spiritual Care Volunteers and community clergy visit and counsel individuals and their families in times of personal crisis, often related to a health issue, an ailing relative or a death in the family. Visits are made in hospitals, eldercare centers, and homes. Often times, JFS is the only link for individuals that are otherwise unaffiliated, isolated and disconnected from Jewish life. Together we ensure the needs of the affiliated as well as the non-affiliated are met.
JFS clients have access to spiritual counseling when they need a connection to community and tradition. The Chaplain is available for community programs needing a spiritual component. Annually, JFS leads three community services focusing on comfort and peace for those in need.
Education & Training
The Community Chaplain trains and oversees Spiritual Care Volunteers from nearly every area congregation. This group of dedicated lay people is an integral component of the Chaplaincy Program. Volunteers receive extensive training to work in the healthcare community serving the spiritual needs of patients in area hospitals and eldercare centers, providing connection and support. These volunteers graciously fulfill the mitzvah of “bikkur holim”, visiting the sick in the community. Volunteers are placed at seven area hospitals, seven eldercare centers, and one correctional facility.
Community clergy also participate in post-graduate Clinical Pastoral Education classes with the Community Chaplain.
Read more about Spiritual Care Volunteers.
Within 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. The program is a vital educational resource for area health care institutions, helping them become more culturally sensitive to Jewish patients and their needs.
Within the Jewish Community
The program serves as a referral resource to facilitate connection with a patient’s rabbi/congregation, while respecting HIPAA laws. The Community Chaplain is available to congregational clergy as a consultant in specific cases, as well as to the entire Jewish Community as a resource on spiritual care issues.