The Community Chaplain facilitates visitation programs for unaffiliated Jews at local hospitals, assisted living facilities and nursing homes, directs JFCS’s Bereavement Support Groups, supervises the agency’s Friendly Visitors and prison ministry programs, and participates in the Jewish Aging Mastery Program, a national pilot program offered in conjunction with The Patterson Foundation. This position is made possible by a grant from The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee.
In addition, the Community Chaplin oversees JFCS volunteers who provide Shabbat, High Holy Day and other holiday worship experiences to isolated Jewish residents as well as celebrate Hanukkah, Purim and Passover with them. Other duties involve creating initiatives related to contemporary Jewish healing and spirituality and outreach to unaffiliated Jewish singles and families, serving as a bridge to the greater Jewish community. The Jewish Healing Program includes Holocaust Survivor Services, the Financial Assistance Program and the Grace Rosen Magill Library. Community Chaplin also serves as an educational/cultural resource for JFCS and Federation staff.