Joint Chaplaincy offers ‘Caring Community’ conference

Joint Chaplaincy offers ‘Caring Community’ conference

THE JOINT CHAPLAINCY Committee of Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ will host its sixth annual Creating a Caring Community Together conference on Thursday, Nov. 15, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Alex Aidekman Family Jewish Community Campus in Whippany. Participants, including health-care professionals, social workers, synagogue lay leaders and volunteers, agency representatives, and chaplains will gather to learn about and discuss “Conversations: Learning to Listen.”

Dr. Jessica Israel, corporate chair of geriatrics and palliative care and the director of the James Maida Geriatrics Institute at RWJBarnabas Health, will moderate the opening session; panelists will include chaplain Alisa Danon Kaplan; Dr. Joshua Shor, M.D.; Susan Schechter, LCSW; and Maria Mullen, BSN, RN.

Workshops will include: Listening While Creating an Inclusive Community, Capturing Life Stories, A Guide to Planning Positive Visits, Case Study for Professionals, and Text Study: What Does Jewish Tradition Have to Say?

“For professionals and volunteers who work with the frail and/or the elderly,” said committee director Cecille Asekoff, “it is vital that they are able to listen beyond hearing words and be ‘present’ in their interactions.”

On the same day, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the committee will also offer mental health first aid training to professionals, providing them with resources to better address the mental health conditions they face in their daily interactions.

Registration is required for this free event; contact Geri Wallis at or 973-929-3136.

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