Pastoral Care & Community Work

“If you won't be better tomorrow than you were today, then what do you need tomorrow for?”
Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

Sometimes people just need a rabbi to talk with, as they seek healing, or understanding, or a way to make sense of their experiences. We Jews are a complicated lot: we don’t all believe the same things, many of us can’t imagine what God’s got to do with their lives, and yet, at some moments, they still seek the Jewish religious workers, to heal their spirits, to work on their relationships, to come face to face with core matters of being. I have been trained in Clinical Pastoral Education that has helped to focus my conversations, prayers and presence with people in need of spiritual care.

 

Sometimes we need a spiritual counselor – during illness, crisis, death of a loved one. That’s what rabbis are for. Contact me, if you need to.

 

Interfaith Work

International Peace Day

Interfaith work is an important part of achieving shalom on the planet. Besides the clinical pastoral education training and chaplaincy work I do, I also participate in community interfaith work, such as Ramadan Interfaith Break Fast observances and Jewish-Muslim dialogues.

Meredith you were terrific!  Your presentation was informative and well received by all.  Thank you again for your participation. We also are very appreciative of the way you engaged with so many of our Muslims friends in such a relaxed, outgoing and friendly manner. 

Thank you for rearranging your schedule to participate in our Muslim Jewish Dialogue group. Your commentary was lively, informative, and greatly appreciated. 

Rabbi Meredith offering the prayer kavvanah (intention) for Riparian Restoration for a Congregation Shomrei Torah work day

Other Community Activities

It is not your responsibility to complete the task, but neither are you free to desist from it. (Pirkei Avot 2:21)

Tikkun Olam is an essential part of Jewish spirituality: our task is to help heal the world. Whether restorating the environment, marching for human rights, speaking out for justice or writing to our elected officials, it is a quintessential part of being a Jew, and a rabbi.