Chaplaincy with JF&CS

Partnering to Build Connection and Meaning

Everyday living can include unexpected challenges relating to health
and illness, aging, loss, or major life changes. These challenges can
prompt us to ask difficult questions, to seek new areas of inner strength,
and to reach out for deeper communal connections. During these times,
spiritual support provided by a trained chaplain can make a world of
difference. Drawing on the richness of the Jewish tradition, our rabbis
can help you assess your unique sources of strength, identifying ways
that Jewish wisdom, traditions, or community might address your
particular situation, search for sources of comfort and hope, and
most importantly, simply listen.

Our rabbis are trained to partner with individuals of all types of
observance and non-observance. We do not seek to provide
definitive answers or encourage one-size-fits-all religious connection,
but rather to enter into partnership with you to explore your own
systems of belief, traditions, communities, and sources of celebration.

There is never a fee for chaplaincy services.

Our chaplains offer:

Rabbinic visits in nursing care, assisted living, and memory care
communities throughout the Saint Louis region

Holiday and life cycle celebrations

Jewish learning opportunities

Individual spiritual counseling

Assistance coping with end-of-life issues

Bereavement care

Workshops and consultation for caregivers and healthcare providers

Hospital visits upon request

Home visits upon request

Group home visits upon request

Volunteer friendly visitors

Request a Chaplain Visit

To request a chaplain visit or consultation contact:

Rabbi Micah Buck-Yael
314-812-9382
Mbuck-yael@jfcs-stl.org

Rabbi Jessica Shafrin
314-812-9342
jshafrin@jfcs-stl.org

Rabbi Neal Rose
314-812-9386
nrose@jfcs-stl.org

Chaplains are available for visits from 8:30 am 5:15 pm Monday
through Friday, excluding civil and Jewish holidays.

For Congregations

We partner with local congregations to help them build and maintain
ways of remaining in contact with their community members who
may be experiencing healthcare or transportation difficulties. We
offer flexible partnerships, and will help you identify which of our
resources may help your community create, grow, or enhance an
active group of volunteer visitors. We can provide your volunteer
group with:

Training and educational materials on volunteer visiting

Consultation

Education on specific issues that may face volunteer visitors (such as:
identifying and responding to spiritual distress, effective communication
with adults with Alzheimers and related dementias, Storytelling as
Sustaining the Self, and others as needed)

Opportunities to connect and learn with volunteer visitor groups in
other congregations

Materials and guides for holiday and life-cycle programs to be held in
healthcare facilities

Volunteer

Our volunteer visitors offer friendly visits to community members
who are at risk of social isolation. They build rich, mutually rewarding
relationships with community members in private residences,
nursing/assisted care communities, and other locations. Friendly
visitors receive individualized and ongoing group training from our
Coordinator of Volunteers and our Chaplains, and receive ongoing
support and feedback from our Chaplains.

All volunteer visitors must be at least 18 years of age and able to
provide their own transportation.

We invite congregations, youth groups, and schools to take part in
this program through visits, holiday celebrations, and
intergenerational gatherings.

To learn more about becoming a volunteer visitor contact:

Chelsey Banaskavich
Coordinator of Volunteers
314-812-9386
cbanaskavich@jfcs-stl.org