On this episode of the Seekers of Meaning Podcast, Prof. Gary Stein and Rabbi Steven Krul of Yeshiva University take time out from the Neshama: National Association of Jewish Chaplains conference in Cherry Hill to visit the Professional Podcasts studios where we record the program. Stein and Krul oversee Yeshiva’s Certificate Program in Gerontology and Palliative Care for rabbis and cantors. They provide an update on the program and some retrospective thoughts about the online curriculum’s first year.
About the Guests
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.
Rabbi Steven Krul, LCSW, is a Clinical Social Worker and currently serves as the Program Coordinator for the Rabbinic Certificate Program in Gerontology & Palliative Care at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work of Yeshiva University. Rabbi Krul has vast experience in the fields of Grief Counseling & End-Of-Life Care and is also on staff as a Bereavement Counselor at MJHS Hospice & Palliative Care.
Rabbi Krul has both developed & coordinated the MJHS Hospice Bereavement Internship Program for Graduate School students. Rabbi Krul has also served in roles as a Hospice & Palliative Care Social Worker and Chaplain/Pastoral Care Coordinator. Rabbi Krul has experience with various fields within healthcare and Mental Health, however, since the year 2010 the fields of End-of-Life Care and Palliative Care have become a primary focus and mission for Rabbi Krul.
Rabbi Krul completed his Rabbinic Internship at Congregation Ahawas Achim in West Orange, NJ and has served as a Rabbinic Assistant & part of the Rabbinic staff at the Young Israel of Hewlett. Rabbi Krul received his Rabbinical Ordination from Yeshiva University in 2009.
Rabbi Krul is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and has a private practice as psychotherapist with a primary focus of providing home visits to his clients in Queens County and Long Island coping with advanced illness, life-transitions, aging, caregiver burnout, palliative care needs and grief. Rabbi Krul received both his Masters in Social Work and Certification in Jewish Communal Services from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work of Yeshiva University in 2008. He completed his course work for certification as a Field Instructor for Social Work graduate students at Adelphi University.