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The Case For Orthodox Female Chaplains

I often wonder what it would take to encourage women in our community to become chaplains?

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Reviewing some of my other recent consultations, I wonder if the patient or staff member would have felt more open to discuss some of their burdens and concerns if the chaplain was a frum female? For example: A Jewish patient distressed over whether to continue a relationship with his non-Jewish partner; an administrator seeking guidance over whether the time has come to freeze her eggs in the hope that someday she’ll find her bashert; a physician who wonders why Jewish guys were more interested in her before she became Jewish; a frum single patient in her early 40’s who – after years of fertility treatment kept secret from friends and family – is on bed-rest in the home-stretch before celebrating the joyous birth of her child.

The field of chaplaincy would be greatly enriched by Orthodox women. If you or someone you know is looking to make a lasting difference by embarking on a rewarding spiritual career in a healthcare setting, I invite you to be in touch: dcoleman@nshs.edu.

Rabbi Daniel Coleman

About the Author: Chaplain Daniel Coleman, BCC, MBA, provides non-judgmental religious and spiritual care to North Shore University Hospital’s community of patients, family members and staff. A frequent contributor to reddit and detractor from his bank account, he is also an inventor, mediocre golfer, likes eating blueberries slowly in the sun, and recently embraced livingto100.com. He is currently writing a memoir of chaplaincy (mis)adventures.

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