Spirituality Near the End of Life

Rabbis, chaplains, and social workers are often called on to provide spiritual care near life’s end. Whether in response to serious illness, advanced cognitive or physical decline in old age, or unexpected, tragic violence, health care professionals and clergy need to respond compassionately and effectively with families facing spiritual, emotional, and existential crises. Clips from Wurzweiler School of Social Work’s “Spirituality Near the End of Life” Conference in July 2019 include leading clergy, chaplains, and social workers offering their knowledge, skills, and wisdom to assist professionals seeking to better integrate spiritual care into their professional and community work.


  • Gary Stein, JD, MSW, professor of social work, director of gerontology and palliative care and chair of the continuing education program
  • Dr. Lynn Levy, associate professor and the assistant director of the rabbinic program for gerontology and palliative care

1:52—Rabbi Shira Stern, Rabbinic Associate at Temple Rodeph Torah

9:31—Rabbi Richard Address, founder and director of Jewish Sacred Aging

14:35—Rabbi Dayle Friedman, director of Growing Older

18:57—Rabbi Rachmiel Rothberger, Jewish Community Liaison for Calvary Hospital

24:38—Rabbi Simcha Weintraub, rabbinic director of the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services

25:30—Rabbi Raphael Goldstein, former executive director of Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains