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Federation’s chief Jewish learning officer to oversee chaplaincy department

Federation’s chief Jewish learning officer to oversee chaplaincy department


ROBERT LICHTMAN, Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ’s chief Jewish learning officer, will add to his responsibilities in August the oversight of the Joint Chaplaincy Committee. The chaplaincy role was formerly held by Cecille Asekoff, who built the program and retired in June.

“Incorporating chaplaincy into my portfolio is a natural progression towards our goal to create meaningful connections to Jewish wisdom and to our federation for everyone in our Greater MetroWest community,” said
Lichtman. “This additional responsibility is also an opportunity for personal and professional growth for me. I am eager to continue learning and to bring Jewish learning to life in our community.”

The Joint Chaplaincy Committee’s team of chaplains provides comprehensive, professional pastoral/spiritual care throughout Greater MetroWest at hospitals, nursing homes, senior residences, hospices, county mental health facilities, group homes for people with developmental disabilities, assisted living facilities, and all the housing complexes of the Jewish Community Housing Corporation. It also provides crisis chaplains in partnership with Red Cross Spiritual Care Collaboration and Disaster Spiritual Care, among others. For information visit

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