It is with deep sadness that we share the passing of Mark Levy on February 18th, 2014. His legacy will be long and rich. If not for the vision and generosity of Mark and Peachy Levy, the Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health would not exist. Mark had a powerful love of Judaism in its many forms and shared his wisdom and gifts with all of us to bring the teachings of Judaism into the modern world and to connect Jews, especially youth, to their heritage. He especially understood the importance of training clergy to provide pastoral care in times of great suffering to those in need in hospitals and beyond. He recognized that Judaism has essential wisdom to share on health, illness, and healing. We will honor his memory by continuing our work that was so important to Mark, and Peachy, and the extended Levy Kalsman family.
The Kalsman Institute and our Kalsman Partners across the country offer our profound condolences to Peachy and her family who have been so lovingly taking care of Mark in these last months. May your memories of him sustain you in this most difficult time.
Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, Ph.D., President
Joel L. Kushner, Psy.D., Director - Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health
Rabbi William Cutter, Founder - Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health
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