Seekers of Meaning Podcast: Yeshiva University Launches a Rabbinic Certificate Program in Gerontology and Palliative Care

In this episode of the Seekers of Meaning Podcast, Gary L. Stein, JD, MSW, Professor and Vice Chair, Social Work Hospice & Palliative Care Network, Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University, discusses the school’s new Rabbinic Certificate Program in Gerontology and Palliative Care.

The program provides an opportunity for Jewish clergy to obtain training on the special needs of older adults, people with serious illness, and their families.  This is an important effort to bring the knowledge base of gerontology, palliative social work, bereavement, and basic counseling skills to rabbis, cantors, and student clergy who will be called on to serve the diverse needs of aging congregations.

About the Guest

Dr. Gary Stein, Professor at Wurzweiler School of Social Work

Gary L. Stein, JD, MSW, is Professor at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work – Yeshiva University, where has taught social policy, health care practice, palliative care, health care ethics, law and social policy, and LGBT practice in the master’s and doctoral programs since 2006.  His interests include palliative and end-of-life care, bioethics, health care policy and practice, social policy, disability, elder care, and LGBT issues.  Prof. Stein has been Vice Chair of the Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network since 2006.  Most recently, he was awarded a fellowship with the Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program/Congressional Fellowship Program for 2016-2017; his projects were with the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging, and the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC).  Prof. Stein was awarded a Fulbright Specialist Program Award in 2010, through which he was guest faculty at the Lancaster University, U.K. International Observatory for End of Life Care.  He was a consultant on disability and health care planning for the RAND Corporation.  Prof. Stein was formerly the Executive Director of New Jersey Health Decisions, where he was responsible for developing projects to improve end-of-life care, promote more informed medical decision-making, and foster citizen involvement in healthcare and bioethics issues.  Prof. Stein is a recipient of the Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network’s 2017 Career Achievement Award, the Project on Death in America’s Social Work Leadership Development Award (2001), and the Rose Dobrof Award (2011) for his publication on LGBT older adults.  In 2018, he was appointed to the New York State Palliative Care Education and Training Council.


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