Course Fee: $350 per registration
Judaism, Health, and Spirituality
Taught by Rabbi Dr. Joseph S. Ozarowski
Thursdays 6-8 pm*, September 5, 12, 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24, 2019
Both within and beyond the Jewish community, people are exploring Jewish spiritual traditions as a platform for dealing with physical and mental health. Under the guidance of Chaplain/Educator Rabbi Dr. Joseph Ozarowski (who will share case studies from his decades in the field), participants will examine key areas of health care today through the eyes of Jewish teachings, grounded in Torah and other sacred texts. Specific topic areas will include: the place of spirituality in health care; Bikur Cholim (the Jewish tradition of visiting the sick) as a basis for spiritual care; medical ethics issues such triage and brain death; behavioral health issues such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), suicide, and addiction and recovery; end-of-life issues including dementia, ethical wills, advance directives, DNRs, nutrition/hydration, and bereavement, as well as the emerging world of Jewish Chaplaincy. The course will include text study (with readings available in the original Hebrew and in English translation), group discussion, and an optional project.