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Spiritual Support

The Joan Grossman Center For Chaplaincy and Healing

Everyone encounters a critical passage at some point in life. It may be divorce, a  death or a devastating illness. A challenging time can cause us to ask difficult questions and seek answers. This is when a connection to Jewish traditions, rituals, and community can provide a meaningful way to understand your experiences and move toward wholeness.

Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia can help you draw upon your inner strength, identify your spiritual resources and strengthen your ability to find courage, hope and healing.

Our Services

We will partner on a fee and non-fee basis to provide:

  • Holiday celebrations – we partner with centers to share and enrich holiday celebrations and traditions
  • Individual and group counseling – our rabbis provide counseling in times of illness, loss, caring for in the last days of life, and transition
  • Workshops – we direct and moderate group sessions that connect Jewish values to topics like children’s spirituality, finding meaning at life’s end, healing, caring for others, and mindfulness.
  • Hospice – JFCS partners with area hospices to offer comprehensive chaplaincy services as well as practical religious information to individuals in hospice care (both institutional and home settings), including pastoral counseling for patients and their loved ones, bereavement support and rabbinic consultation about Jewish views on illness and end-of-life issues.
Click here to see our list of Hospice Partners
  • Abramson Hospice
  • Abington Memorial Hospital Home Care & Hospice
  • Holy Redeemer Home Care & Hospice
  • Main Line Health
  • Penn Wissahickon Hospice
  • Challah program – we deliver Challah to Jewish patients in area hospitals on Friday afternoons. Currently we partner with the following hospitals:
  • Abington Memorial Hospital
  • Aria Torresdale Hospital
  • Bryn Mawr Hospital
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Fox Chase Cancer Center
  • Holy Redeemer Hospital
  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Jeanes Hospital
  • Jefferson Hospital
  • Lankenau Hospital
  • Nazareth Hospital
  • Paoli Hospital
  • Pennsylvania Hospital
  • St. Joseph’s Manor
  • St. Mary’s Medical Center