Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health Secures John Templeton Foundation Grant to Develop Research on Judaism, Health, and Healing

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

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Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health Secures John Templeton Foundation Grant to Develop Research on Judaism, Health, and Healing

The Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion/Los Angeles has secured a two-year grant from the John Templeton Foundation in support of the Kalsman Institute Roundtable on Judaism and Health Research. The Roundtable will serve to establish a research network and agenda to catalyze basic and applied research projects at the intersection of Judaism and health.

The Roundtable will take a think-tank-style approach by convening a cohort of leading figures in American Judaism with scholarly or professional expertise and interest in Judaism, health, and healing.  The Roundtable, through its deliberations and its products, will establish and provide creativity, direction, and leadership to this research field.

The project will promote study of illness, wellness, and healing in Jewish populations; establish standards for evaluative research on health-related services, resources, and care provided by Jewish congregations and organizations; and create an enduring professional community of Jewish scholars, scientists, and practitioners who will research the interconnections of Judaism and health.

The program’s principal investigator is Michele Prince, LCSW, MAJCS, Director of the Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health, with co-principal investigator Dr. Jeff Levin, who joins Baylor University this fall as University Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health and Director of the Program on Religion and Population Health.

 


The Kalsman Institute provides pastoral education to students at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion/Los Angeles, and contributes a new perspective in Jewish thought and practice through conferences, workshops and collaborative dialogue at the intersection of Judaism and Health. www.kalsman.org

 


The mission of the John Templeton Foundation is to serve as a philanthropic catalyst for discovery in areas engaging life’s biggest questions. These questions range from explorations into the laws of nature and the universe to questions on the nature of love, gratitude, forgiveness, and creativity. www.templeton.org

 


Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's first institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, the American Jewish Archives, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding. www.huc.edu