Advisors Convene for Kalsman Roundtable on Judaism and Health Research

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

HUC-JIR’s Kalsman Institute was recently awarded a grant by the John Templeton Foundation to help develop a scholarly foundation for the field of Judaism, health and healing. The two leading health and religion researchers in the nation, Jeff Levin and Ken Pargament, travelled to Southern California earlier this month to advise and shape the Kalsman Roundtable on Judaism and Health Research.  The influential advisors who are helping to formulate our research and vision for the future of this movement are:

  • Jeff Levin, Director, University Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health,
  • Professor of Medical Humanities, Director, Program on Religion and Population Health (PRPH), Baylor University (Scientific Chair of the Roundtable)

  • Kenneth I. Pargament, Ph.D., Professor of Clinical Psychology, Bowling Green State University
  • Rabbi Richard F. Address, D.Min., Director, Department of Jewish Family Concerns, Union for Reform Judaism
  • Steven M. Cohen, Ph.D., Research Professor of Jewish Social Policy, HUC-JIR.

The Kalsman Institute is pleased to announce that in 2011, the first major research-focused roundtable on Judaism and Health will convene. The Kalsman Roundtable will engage influential researchers and scientists, congregational and pastoral leadership, and medical practitioners in cross-sectional dialogue and research that will develop, shape, and extend the reach of the Jewish healing movement.

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 Jacob Rader Marcus Center of 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.