Nearly Everything We Wish
Non-Jewish Supervisors Had Known
Us As Jewish Supervisees.
© 2004 , Bonita E Taylor & David J. Zucker
Pastoral Education (CPE) developed out of a Protestant setting.
Much of its thinking and writing is heavily laden with Christian
orientation and terminology. Sharing a general theological framework, most
Christians read these words and think of the same – or similar – ideas.
However, Jews neither start with nor share the same theological beliefs. Jewish
students perpetually ask themselves, “If the premise isn’t true for me, can
the conclusion still contain meaning?” Sometimes
yes, sometimes no. Often, the resulting conflict leaves Jewish students feeling
alienated from their CPE supervisors and peers. Few CPE supervisors realize that
although everyone is reading the same material there are (at least) two “nations”
present that are processing it differently.
This article by two National Association of Jewish Chaplains (NAJC)
Board-Certified Rabbis presents twelve key points about Judaism and Jewish
thought to help non-Jewish CPE supervisors and chaplains in their work with
Jewish supervisees and patients (residents, et al).
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