Winter Spiritual Care Seminars

The Academy for Jewish Religion California is excited to announce our Winter Spiritual Care Seminars on December 14th and 15th.

Full details are below. We hope you can join us!

These lively and rich seminars are free and open to the public! To register, please click here. The Zoom link for all three sessions will be sent to all registrants.

Wednesday, December 14th

  • 9:30am to 11:00am PTChaplaincy & Spiritual Care Book Cover
    Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care in the Twenty-First Century
    Panel Discussion, Breakout Discussion Groups and Q&A with the Authors and Contributors

    Please join us in welcoming editors and authors Wendy Cadge, PhD and Shelly Rambo, PhD, with other contributing authors to discuss this groundbreaking university text book about chaplaincy and spiritual care. Cadge and Rambo will be joined by:

    * Rev. Carrie Doehring, PhD
    * Rev. Victor Gabriel, PhD
    * Rev. Dagmar Grefe, PhD
    * Chaplain Allison Kestenbaum, ACPE Certified Educator
    * Rabbi Rochelle Robins, ACPE Certified Educator
    * Rev. Mary Martha Thiel, ACPE Certified Educator
    * Rev. Danielle Tumminio Hansen, PhD
    * Rev. Nathan H. White, PhD

    To augment your experience for this session on December 14th, please consider purchasing and reading the book, Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care in the Twenty-First Century.

  • 1:00 to 2:45pm PTThe Therapy Film Poster
    The Therapy
    Film Viewing followed by Q&A

    Join us for an afternoon spiritual care matinee of The Therapy followed by Q&A with the film’s director and cinematographer, Zvi Landsman.
    Here is the film’s official synopsis:

    Conversion Therapy is revealed from within for the first time. Lev, a 54-year-old divorced Orthodox Jew, attends conversion therapy hoping to be remarried to a woman. He attends one-on-one therapy sessions and group therapy, trying to diminish his unwanted same-sex attractions.

    At the same time, Ben, a 23-year-old social work student, seven years into conversion therapy, starts having doubts. In the Jewish Orthodox world, where he grew up, he was taught homosexuality is a fault that one can “cure”, but when he went to university, he was surprised to discover conversion therapy is considered harmful and dangerous. Ben sets out on a research to discover the truth about conversion therapy, and learns that the way out is harder and more winding than he thought.

    This film won the Special Jury Award, DocAviv film festival 2021, Tel Aviv and is a recipient of a Sundance Institute Documentary Film grant. Click here to view the film’s trailer.

Thursday, December 15th

  • 1:00pm to 2:30pm PTBlake Arnall Photo
    Caregiver Grief: Moving from Compartmentalization to Healing
    In this session, Chaplain Blake Arnall, ACPE Certified Instructor, will explore crucial information about caregiver/health care provider grief and healing. In addition, Arnall will explore the chaplain’s role in supporting caregivers and clinicians in their healing processes.


Remember, these seminars are free and open to the public, but registration is required. To attend, please register here. A single Zoom link for all three sessions will be provided to all registrants.