Rabbi Tsurah August is staff Chaplain for Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia. Prior to joining JFCS in 2007, she served as Hospice Chaplain for the Providence Healthcare System in Everette, WA (Seattle), and as Chaplain in a variety of health care settings in the New York/New Jersey area.
She works with patients and their families as they face the many spiritual and emotional challenges that having a potentially life-limiting disease brings to each of them, supporting them from prognosis through, for terminally ill patients, death and mourning. Additionally, she facilitates programs for elders living in long-term care residences.
Tsurah received her Rabbinic Ordination /Smicha, from the Academy for Jewish Religion, an additional Smicha , from Aleph Jewish Fellowship, and completed her Pastoral Education (CPE) training with the Jewish Institute of the HealthCare Chaplaincy, in New York City.
For 18 years prior to embarking on her rabbinic path in 1998, she was the president of London August Associates, a management consulting firm specializing in best practices studies and executive search for Fortune 100 companies.
Tsurah began her professional career in interdisciplinary arts, as educator, performer, choreographer, playwright and arts administrator administrator. She created and directed an arts center that provided classes, performances and professional training programs.
Rabbi August is an experienced workshop leader and presenter who combines her background in
chaplaincy, counseling, the arts and rabbinics to create interactive workshops in a variety of areas, including healing, Jewish ritual, text study, death and dying, grief and loss. She has presented her work at local, national and international conferences.
She is a member of the National Association for Jewish Chaplains: Neshama, and the Philadelphia Board of Rabbis.