Vol. 67, No 2 (Summer 2023) - Israel at 75

From New York to Zion and Back Mutual Lessons for Success in Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care

Joseph H. Prouser

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By Miriam C. Berkowitz

Rabbi Miriam (Carey Knight) Berkowitz was certified in the first cohort of Israeli spiritual caregivers in 2014 and is one of the few Israelis to be certified also by the NAJC. She founded Kashouvot: Advancing Pastoral Care in Israel in 2010 with Rabbi Valerie Stessin and co-directed it until 2019. Berkowitz has provided pastoral care, mentored chaplains worldwide, offered training for synagogue bikkur holim groups, and taught as an adjunct professor of chaplaincy. She currently performs boutique lifecycle events for visitors to Israel (; and is completing the Israeli tour guide course.