A New Model for Disaster Chaplaincy

By Myrna Matsa

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), Fall 2007

The author describes an innovative model of meeting post-disaster spiritual needs, focusing on her own experience as a Rabbinic Pastoral Counselor for Hurricane Katrina Relief, under the auspices of United Jewish Communities (UJC) in partnership with the New York Board of Rabbis. The author describes her experiences providing a pastoral presence to Jewish religious and lay leadership in Louisiana and Mississippi -- caring for the caregivers. One outgrowth of her efforts and experiences is the Center for Community Resilience (CCR), a three-part consortium that brings together Israeli and U.S. mental health care experts with the Mississippi Mental Health Association.

Topic: Social Services, Rabbinic Counseling, Disaster Management, Jewish Organizations, Emergency Management

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Chalew, Gail Naron , Swartz, Barry R.

Volume/Issue: vol.83/no.1

Page Number(s): 92-98

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Louisiana , Mississippi , New York, New York , United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Matsa, Myrna. A New Model for Disaster Chaplaincy. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA). Fall 2007: 92-98. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=3722


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