Health & Wellness: End of Life Issues, Part II

Thursday, March 30, 2023    
8:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

[This Program is scheduled on Eastern Time Zone]

Thursday, March 30th

8:00 PM ET
Health & Wellness
Topic: End of Life Issues
Difficult Conversations with Rabbi Ron Goldberg of Los Angeles Jewish Health.
Rabbi Joseph H. Krakoff is the CEO of the Jewish Hospice and Chaplaincy Network. He joined the JHCN team as a consultant in Community Outreach and Education following a 16-year career as rabbi of Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Southfield, MI.  Rabbi Krakoff has a passion for and vast experience in pastoral caregiving. He served for more than 10 years on the Hospice and Homecare board for St. John Providence Health System’s Reverence Hospice, and has completed a Clinical Pastoral Education Rabbinic Rotation at Memorial Sloane Kettering in New York City. Rabbi Krakoff earned a bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Penn., a master’s degree from the University of Judaism in Los Angeles, and a master’s degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, where he was ordained in 1998.
Natalie Rosenfield, director of patient care, joined JHCN in 2012 following an extensive career in a variety of positions in the health care industry including marketing representative for Hospice of Michigan; discharge planner for William Beaumont Hospital; director of admissions for Danto Family Health Care Center; manager of community programs for the Arthritis Foundation; and executive director of American House. Natalie served as past president of the West Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce and speakers bureau ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Association and Arthritis Foundation. Natalie received her degree in social work from The University of Cincinnati.
Rabbi David Rosen joined JHCN as a chaplain in January 2022. Rabbi Davey received Rabbinic Ordination from the Academy for Jewish Religion in New York in 2022 and his M.A. from the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York in 2008. He serves patients and families as a hospice chaplain and works on education and community outreach initiatives for the agency. Rabbi Rosen’s past leadership includes serving as Associate Director of the University of Michigan Hillel, Assistant Director of Camp Ramah New England, and Family Educator at Congregation B’nai Jeshurun in New York.
Organization summary:
Our Mission/Purpose Statement: To ensure that no Jewish patient or family faces terminal illness alone. We help those we serve gain access to the needed resources compatible with their own Jewish identity, practice, and values.
JHCN works with all hospices throughout Southeast Michigan, medical care providers, hospital systems, and senior living facilities to offer supportive care while adding the Jewish component to palliative and hospice care. Every individual/family facing incurable illness has its own unique needs and we want to meet every patient on their terms. Our compassionate care team includes: rabbis, social workers, nurse practitioners, doctors, music therapists and volunteers who are all dedicated to our clients and who work to ensure that our patients get the best care possible.

In addition to spiritual care and navigating the health care landscape, JHCN has created an innovative pathway to enhance the quality of life for both our home-bound palliative care and hospice patients. Our Life Enrichments Program, in memory of Sylvia and Samuel Babcock (z’l) offers include: Art, Massage & Reflexology, Music, a life review and memoir writing project, Pet Visits, Salon Services, and Tai Chi.

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Mindy Steinholtz
WLCJ Health & Wellness Chair