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Rabbinic Certificate Program on Gerontology and Palliative Care

Designed for rabbis, rabbinic students, cantors, and chaplains, this program will provide you with the skills to enhance life for older adults, individuals and families facing serious illness.

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Develop Expertise in Aging and Illness

Ministering to older adults, people with serious illness, and their family caregivers are among the most challenging issues facing clergy today. The Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University has developed a New York State accredited six course (18-credit) certificate program in Gerontology and Palliative Care for rabbis, rabbinic students, cantors, and chaplains.

“Gauge a country’s prosperity by its treatment of the aged.”
— Rabbi Nachman of Breslav


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Location

On-line
Earn your certificate from anywhere in the world
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Costs

$810
per course for rabbis, chaplains, and cantors; $500 for rabbinical students
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This Rabbinic Certificate addresses a growing need for well-trained clergy who can support and deliver compassionate guidance and sensitive care for those facing the many complexities of aging while maintaining a quality of life. This 18-credit certificate can be earned separately or as a part of the 60-credit MSW. With two asynchronous courses each semester, the certificate provides flexible solutions so clergy can continue to meet their multiple obligations. Some students may choose to complete Wurzweiler’s MSW program enabling them to be eligible for NYS licensure.

We use a holistic social work lens to address the psychosocial, spiritual, and developmental issues for individuals, families, and communities facing concerns around the aging process, serious illness, difficult conversations about advanced care planning, and end of life decisions.

“The core values of the social work profession,” said Dr. Danielle Wozniak, Dorothy and David Schachne Dean of Wurzweiler, “obligate us to care for every aspect of people’s well-being from the beginning of their lives until the end. The certificate program fulfills this mission with both elegance and efficiency, empowering rabbis and other spiritual counselors to provide assistance that satisfies the physical, emotional and religious needs of their constituents.”


Rabbis who enroll in this program will develop skills and knowledge that will enable them to minister to the complex needs of their congregants, or to be at a competitive advantage in the pursuit of a position working with the aging population in gerontology and palliative care.

Full Program Breakdown

This Rabbinic Certificate addresses a growing need for well-trained clergy who can support and deliver compassionate guidance and sensitive care for those facing the many complexities of aging while maintaining a quality of life. This 18-credit certificate can be earned separately or as a part of the 60-credit MSW. With two asynchronous courses each semester, the certificate provides flexible solutions so clergy can continue to meet their multiple obligations. Some students may choose to complete Wurzweiler’s MSW program enabling them to be eligible for NYS licensure.

We use a holistic social work lens to address the psychosocial, spiritual, and developmental issues for individuals, families, and communities facing concerns around the aging process, serious illness, difficult conversations about advanced care planning, and end of life decisions.

“The core values of the social work profession,” said Dr. Danielle Wozniak, Dorothy and David Schachne Dean of Wurzweiler, “obligate us to care for every aspect of people’s well-being from the beginning of their lives until the end. The certificate program fulfills this mission with both elegance and efficiency, empowering rabbis and other spiritual counselors to provide assistance that satisfies the physical, emotional and religious needs of their constituents.”


Rabbis who enroll in this program will develop skills and knowledge that will enable them to minister to the complex needs of their congregants, or to be at a competitive advantage in the pursuit of a position working with the aging population in gerontology and palliative care.

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This Rabbinic Certificate addresses a growing need for well-trained clergy who can support and deliver compassionate guidance and sensitive care for those facing the many complexities of aging while maintaining a quality of life. This 18-credit certificate can be earned separately or as a part of the 60-credit MSW. With two asynchronous courses each semester, the certificate provides flexible solutions so clergy can continue to meet their multiple obligations. Some students may choose to complete Wurzweiler’s MSW program enabling them to be eligible for NYS licensure.

We use a holistic social work lens to address the psychosocial, spiritual, and developmental issues for individuals, families, and communities facing concerns around the aging process, serious illness, difficult conversations about advanced care planning, and end of life decisions.

“The core values of the social work profession,” said Dr. Danielle Wozniak, Dorothy and David Schachne Dean of Wurzweiler, “obligate us to care for every aspect of people’s well-being from the beginning of their lives until the end. The certificate program fulfills this mission with both elegance and efficiency, empowering rabbis and other spiritual counselors to provide assistance that satisfies the physical, emotional and religious needs of their constituents.”


Rabbis who enroll in this program will develop skills and knowledge that will enable them to minister to the complex needs of their congregants, or to be at a competitive advantage in the pursuit of a position working with the aging population in gerontology and palliative care.

At a Glance

Approved by the New York State Department of Education

Build your expertise through 6 online classes

Take 1 or 2 classes during three 8-week semesters

Earned credits may be applied towards MSW degree

Learn from professional social workers and rabbis contributing to the field of gerontology and palliative care

Applications accepted for fall, winter, and spring terms

Join us for our Virtual Open House on Sunday, September 13 at 4pm.

For more information, FAQs

Program Plans: Road Maps

Apply now for fall 2020. Classes begin October 25th.

Rabbinic Certificate Academic Materials:

Academic Calendar 2020-2021

Monthly Calendar 2020-2021

Rabbinic Certificate Roadmap

Online Registration Instructions

Canvas Instructions


Contact:
Lynn Levy, PhD, Assistant Director, at llevy1@yu.edu 
Gary Stein, JD, MSW, Director, at GLStein@yu.edu

Prospective Students

Join us for our Virtual Open House on Sunday, September 13 at 4pm.

For more information, FAQs

Program Plans: Road Maps

Apply now for fall 2020. Classes begin October 25th.

Current Students

Rabbinic Certificate Academic Materials:

Academic Calendar 2020-2021

Monthly Calendar 2020-2021

Rabbinic Certificate Roadmap

Online Registration Instructions

Canvas Instructions


Contact:
Lynn Levy, PhD, Assistant Director, at llevy1@yu.edu 
Gary Stein, JD, MSW, Director, at GLStein@yu.edu

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