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Beit Midrash for Mental Health Professionals and Clergy

“Who Heals the Brokenhearted and Binds up their Wounds” – Harofei lishvurei lev umechabeish le’atzvotam

Thursdays, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
May 9, 16, 23, 30

In partnership with the Center for Pastoral Care at the Jewish Theological Seminary; sessions will be held at JTS.

Description: This beit midrash is designed to help mental health professionals and clergy explore Jewish perspectives on issues they likely encounter in their day-to-day work. Focusing during each meeting on a different topic of importance to mental health and well-being, participants will bring their own clinical and personal perspectives into conversation with a range of classical and modern Jewish texts. Topics will include grief, the wounded healer, aspects of listening, and more.

Format: The beit midrash will include small-group or paired (chavruta) text study as well as group discussion.

Eligibility: This season of Drisha’s beit midrash for mental health professionals and clergy is open to practitioners at all levels of clinical and professional experience and clergy with a background in pastoral work.

Professionals- $100 for the series
Students- $25 for the series

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Workshop leaders: 

Dr. Seth Aronson

Seth Aronson, PsyD is Fellow, Training and Supervising Analyst, and Director of Training at the William Alanson White Institute in New York. He is adjunct professor at Long Island University’s doctoral program in clinical psychology, and he serves on the faculty of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, where he facilitates process groups for rabbinical students.

This workshop was created as an outgrowth of our Dirshu series, “Confronting Mental Illness.”

Rabbi Mollie Cantor

Rabbi Mollie Cantor the Director of Programs and is an ACPE Certified Educator at The Center for Pastoral Education at The Jewish Theological Seminary.  Mollie supervises the Summer Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Eldercare program and the part-time Clergy and Religious Leadership CPE program.  Before coming to JTS Mollie was the pediatric staff chaplain and ACPE Associate Educator NYP/Weill Cornell.

In 2001 she received ordination from The Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion here in NYC.  Mollie lives in Manhattan with her husband Barry Negrin and their three daughters, Romy, Leni and Bernice. 

Rabbi Mychal Springer 

Rabbi Mychal B. Springer founded the Center for Pastoral Education at JTS in 2009, establishing relationships with hospices, Jewish social service agencies, and—most recently—prisons and reentry facilities, allowing students to learn the art of pastoral care as they serve marginalized populations. 

She began her career as a chaplain in New York City’s top hospitals, and in the 1990s became the director of the Department of Pastoral Care and Education at Beth Israel Medical Center. Mychal returned to JTS in 2002 as The Rabbinical School’s associate dean and director of Field Education.

The first Conservative rabbi to be certified as a supervisor by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE), Mychal has built a program that uniquely equips graduates to meet the spiritual needs of all the people they serve. She holds the Helen Fried Kirshblum Goldstein Chair in Professional and Pastoral Skills at JTS and oversees the Certificate in Pastoral Care & Counseling. She teaches the First Year Rabbinical School Seminar in Theology and courses on topics including bikkur holim and Sexuality & Gender for Religious Professionals. Mychal also serves as chair of the JTS Committee on Sexuality and Gender.

Mychal received her BA in Judaic Studies and Religious Studies from Yale College magna cum laude. She was ordained a Conservative rabbi and received her Master’s in Judaic Studies at JTS. Mychal is a certified Jewish chaplain in Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains.