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In the connections between Judaism and health, the Kalsman Institute of HUC-JIR is a catalyst for interaction, discussions and partnerships among spiritual leaders, healthcare providers, and Jewish community professionals and members. Kalsman provides pastoral education to future Reform leaders on the Los Angeles HUC-JIR campus. Conferences and workshops convened and co-sponsored by Kalsman generate ideas and projects on Jewish spirituality and healing, bioethics, illness and wellness, and the health of the healthcare system. Through an international network of nearly 2000 Kalsman Partners, the Institute makes positive contributions to Jewish thought and practice through training, collaboration and dialogue.

Kalsman Highlights

Jewish Wisdom and Wellness 2015: A Week of Learning
Sunday, April 26, 2015 - Sunday, May 3, 2015
Our first Week of Learning was an enormously successful community-wide event which mined Jewish sacred and secular traditions while exploring issues of health and wellness.   Once again we invite you to submit proposals for programs you would like to present as part of this community-wide festival of learning.  We are in the process of building a new conference website which will debut in January.

For guidelines for submitting program proposals, click here.            
To see the program brochure from our last conference, click here.  
The Kalsman Institute coordinates coursework, sponsors Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), and supervises field internships in hospitals and other healthcare settings.
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2012 Jewish Seminary Pastoral Educator Conference
The Kalsman Institute gathered faculty from every major Jewish seminary – across every denomination – to share insights and explore the current state of pastoral education, as well as visions for the future.
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The Kalsman Institute co-sponsored the June Judaism, health, and healing volume of Sh'ma: Journal on Jewish Responsibility. The issue was dedicated to Debbie Friedman, z"l, honoring her passion for inspiring the power of music, prayer, and ritual in the face of hardship. The issue included contributors Rabbi David Ellenson, President of HUC, Michele Prince, Bill Cutter, Cantor Evan Kent, and several Kalsman partners.
Click here to read about the Kalsman Institute's recent Roundtable on Judaism and Health Research and the article about it in the Jewish Journal.



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Click here to read the Kalsman Institute's most recent quarterly newsletter.