Who We Serve
Patients and families
Patients and families served by The Jewish Chaplaincy cover the
spectrum of Jewish identity. They can be religious or secular,
American-born or émigrés from the former Soviet Union, Iran, North
Africa and Israel. They come from traditional and non-traditional
families, from the mid-Peninsula, throughout the Bay Area, across the
country and around the world. They may be single, from same-sex
relationships or in families that blend different faith traditions.
Ages range from newborns to the elderly and they are from all walks of life.
How we identify Jewish patients
We visit patients who list their religious preference as Jewish when
they are admitted to the hospital. We also visit patients referred to
us by hospital staff as well as by patients themselves, their families
or clergy. Importantly, we take steps to protect patient privacy and
confidentiality in keeping with national guidelines (HIPPA) that
govern hospital care.
When we visit
The Jewish chaplains and spiritual care volunteers make regular
visits to hospitalized patients on weekdays and most weekends unless a
patient does not wish to be visited. The chaplains also provide visits
by special request to patients in other locations, such as the
emergency department, endoscopy center, catheterization lab,
outpatient clinics and the Cancer Center. A Jewish chaplain is
available 24 hours.
Health care professionals and area clergy
The Jewish Chaplaincy educates current and future health care
professionals through programs at the hospitals and Stanford
University School of Medicine. For example, Chaplain Feldstein teaches
a required class at the School of Medicine titled "Spirituality
& Meaning in Medicine" and an elective class titled "The
Healer's Art." At the hospitals, physicians and staff often ask
the Jewish chaplains for guidance on how best to care for patients
going through difficult times. The chaplains also provide spiritual
care for the staff.
The Jewish Chaplaincy collaborates with Jewish clergy who may refer
their congregants. Clergy may also contact the Jewish chaplains to
better understand what members of their congregations may be facing
during a difficult time. With the permission of patients, the
chaplains will contact a patient's clergy.