Bikur Cholim Conference 2024

Expanding and Strengthening Our Circles of Caring

“Widen the place of your tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains
of your habitations, do not spare; lengthen your cords and
strengthen your stakes.” 

Isaiah 54:2

Once again we bring together our community of caregivers, social workers, chaplains, Rabbis and others committed to Jewish healing for our virtual National Bikur Cholim Conference.  This year’s conference will begin with a stellar group of Jewish community leaders discussing our response to the tragedy in Israel and emerging antisemitism.  It then will address specific on the ground efforts to adapt our efforts to providing healing to the current crisis.

The second part of the program recognizes the challenges and healing issues we face when we try to serve those outside our traditional communities.  Our objective is to expand and strengthen our circles of caring by looking at how we connect with and embrace those who are often outside our circles, including:

  • People with disabilities
  • Family estrangement
  • Dealing with death by suicide
  • Loneliness
  • Jews of color
  • LBGTQ+ communities
  • Addiction and alcoholism

Sponsored by

Kavod v’Nichum, Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains, Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies, Jewish Association for Death Education (JADE), and The Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services

Conference Program, Online, on Select Mondays

January 15 – June 10, 2024

8:00pm – 9:30pm EDT   •   5:00pm – 6:30pm PDT

For volunteers, social workers, chaplains and professionals who work in the field of bikur cholim (visiting the sick) and the general public

$72 for the full conference program for 9 sessions; $36 for 3 sessions; $18 for a single session

— scholarships widely available — All sessions will be recorded


Program Questions: David Balto at or 202-577-5424

Sponsorship and Registration Questions: Contact

Conference Sessions and Speakers

January 15, 2024

“The Healing of Our People: Responding to the Challenges
of War and Increased Antisemitism”

Eric Fingerhut, President and CEO Jewish Federations of North America

Reuben Rotman, President and CEO, Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies

Rabbanit Alissa Thomas-Newborn, BCC
President-Elect, Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains,
Chaplain NewYork-Presbyterian, Rabbanit, Netivot Shalom

Dr. Norman Blumenthal, Zachter Family Director of Trauma and Crisis Intervention for OHEL

January 29, 2024

“On the ground efforts to adapt to the crisis”

Rabbi Joseph Ozarowski S. Ozarowski, D. Min., BCC, President, Neshama:
Association of Jewish Chaplains, Rabbinic Counselor and Chaplain for Jewish Child
and Family Services, Chicago

Rabbi Fred Klein, Director of Mishkan Miami

Denise Dunager, Special Needs, Bereavement, Meditation Programs

February 5, 2024

“A Holistic Perspective on Supporting People with Disabilities”

Shelley Christensen, MA, FAAIDD, Creator, Inclusion Innovations,
Senior Director of Faith Inclusion and Belonging,

February 19, 2024

“Expanding our Tents to Create Belonging”

Rabbi Lauren Tuchman, Disability Access Consultant, Rabbinic Teacher

March 4, 2024

“Let’s Talk About it: Suicide Loss in the Jewish Community”

Rabbi Suzanne Offit, Board Certified Chaplain

Marjie Sokoll, Founding Director, Betty Ann Greenbaum Miller Center
for Jewish Healing, JFCS Boston

March 18, 2024

“Family Estrangement in our Community: Coping and Caring”

Rabbi Judith Beiner, Chaplain, Jewish Family and Children’s Services Atlanta

Rabbi Chaplain Miriam Herscher, Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, New York City

April 1, 2024

“A Jewish Approach to the Crisis of Loneliness”

Rabbi Mychal B. Springer, Manager, Clinical Pastoral Education,
New York-Presbyterian Hospital

May 6, 2024

“A Jewish Approach to Addiction”

Cantor Rabbi Rob Jury

Rabbi Ilan Glazer

May 20, 2024

“Being fully Inclusive for Jews of Color”

Isaiah Rothstein, Rabbinic Scholar, Public Affairs Advisor,
Jewish Federations of North America

June 3, 2024

“Embracing Our Jewish LGBTQ+ Community”

Laura Ticho

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