AJR CAA

Academy for Jewish Religion, California - Clergy & Alumni Association





Member:

Grew up in Pittsburgh, Pa. Graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelors in Education. Received a Masters Degree in Counseling from Calif. State Univ. Long Beach. Was a Career Counselor for 25 years. Went back to school at AJR and received my Masters in Jewish Studies through the Chaplaincy Program. Worked as a staff Chaplain at Providence Little Company of Mary Hospital, San Pedro for 9 years. Recently retired from that position. Currently, a member of the bio ethics committee of the hospital, return to set up Jewish holidays for staff and do didactics for the CPE program. Married to Dr Adam Sommerstein, have two children Craig and Gary and 2 grandchildren Elise and Ethan. Provide healing services for two synagogues

Specializations

  • Hospital Chaplaincy
  • Public Speaking
  • Senior Living Programming
  • Spiritual Counseling/Spiritual Direction
  • Teaching/Education
  • Visiting the Sick/Bikkur Cholim

 

Other Specializations:
Interfaith relations
Training staff in burnout/compassion fatigue

Thesis Title
A HEALING SERVICE FOR HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS AND THEIR FAMILIES (2006)

Abstract:
After interviewing 12 families, I came up with topics that were relevant to their needs. Utilizing prayer, music, statements by the survivors and their families, the service was performed at the LA Holocaust Museum of Los Angeles led by Cantor Marcelo Gindlin and myself to survivors and second and third generations. The goal of this thesis was to provide a service for those congregations or  other organizations that did not have access to a healing service for this population.

Email: JudithCaro@aol.com

 

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