A Program Assessment: Exploration of the Field of Judaism, Health, and Healing Through Program Review and Key Stakeholder Interviews

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), 2011

The Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health is working to build a vibrant scholarly field around the connections between Judaism and health. The institute was awarded a two-year grant by the John Templeton Foundation to run the Kalsman Institute Roundtable on Judaism and Health Research. The Kalsman Roundtable has four primary goals:

 1. To build a research foundation for the field of Judaism, health, and healing.

 2. To promote research that will systematize and validate ancient and contemporary Jewish wisdom about illness, wellness, and healing through scholarship drawing on historical, liturgical, biblical, and rabbinic sources, and on current community programs, services, and influences.

3. To begin establishing formal standards for evaluative research on health-related services, resources, and care provided by Jewish congregations and organizations.

4. To strengthen an enduring professional community of North American scholars and practitioners for systematically researching topics related to Judaism and health.

One product of the Kalsman Roundtable is this Program Assessment, which is an exploration of the field of Judaism, health, and healing through a combination of program review and key stakeholder interviews. Provided here is a review and general appraisal of programs offered to the Jewish community through congregations, social service agencies, centers for healthcare, educational centers, and other Jewish communal organizations. 155 programs were reviewed and 30 stakeholders were interviewed. The programmatic review and key stakeholder interviews unearthed the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and challenges of the field of Judaism, health and healing, and revealed how programmatic offerings have both deepened and broadened in the past 25 years.

Topic: Programming, Bioethics, Spirituality, Medical Care, Health and Healing, Evaluation, Religion

Name of Publication: A Report by the Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health

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Genre: Report

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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A Program Assessment: Exploration of the Field of Judaism, Health, and Healing Through Program Review and Key Stakeholder Interviews. A Report by the Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health. Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR). 2011: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=11225


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