Judaism, Health, and Healing: How a New Jewish Communal Field Took Root and Where it Might Grow

By Michele F. Prince

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), Fall 2009

The Jewish healing movement, since its inception in the early 1990s, has achieved considerable progress, establishing Jewish healing centers in 36 cities, training physicians in Jewish healing, and introducing a popular prayer of healing (Debbie Friedman's Mi Shebeirach) into synagogues around the country. However, the Jewish healing movement has not flourished academically, and a dearth of scholarly articles is partly responsible for its current difficulties in raising funds and attracting practitioners. Thus, with a concerted effort to increase dialogue about Judaism, health, and healing, the Jewish healing movement will be able to more ably nourish the spirituality and spiritual healing needs of the Jewish community.

(This double issue of the Journal of Jewish Communal Service is dedicated to SJCS, the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion's School of Jewish Communal Service).

Topic: Ritual, Organizational Development, Homosexuality, Spirituality, LGBT Issues, Health and Healing, GLBT Issues

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Naron, Gail

Volume/Issue: Vol. 84/No. 3/4

Page Number(s): 280-291

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Prince, Michele F. Judaism, Health, and Healing: How a New Jewish Communal Field Took Root and Where it Might Grow. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA). Fall 2009: 280-291. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4439


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