Named for a great humanitarian, the Jack Weiler Chaplaincy Program oversees the comprehensive chaplaincy network serving hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and developmentally disabled centers. This also includes City, State and Federal correctional institutions.
Our Chaplains faithfully serve those individuals facing challenging circumstances so that these people will not feel alone or abandoned. They counsel families and individuals in decision-making processes during all kinds of crises including terminal illness, family estrangement, questions of faith and explaining tragedy to children and young people.
The NYBR requires that Chaplains receive proper certification (CPE – Clinical Pastoral Education) to receive our endorsement. Many of our Chaplains also receive special disaster and spiritual training, which proved to be so critical in the aftermath of 9/11.
The need for crisis intervention was also evident following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast region and Hurricane Sandy in the Greater New York area. The New York Board of Rabbis collaborates with affiliate agencies such as UJA-Federation of New York, Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, JASA and JBFCS to address the ongoing needs of the communities that had been so adversely affected.
Communities have benefited from the NYBR’s immediate crisis intervention such as following shootings on college campuses. In these cases, the NYBR and local agencies worked together to send a rabbi for crisis counseling to the troubled communities. As first responders, our chaplaincy network aids the FDNY and NYPD in providing invaluable service to the people of the City of New York.
The New York Board of Rabbis is especially grateful for their member rabbis who participate in the Jack Weiler Chaplaincy Program. We recognize and understand that acts of selflessness and sacrifice are critical credentials of every Chaplain.