Meeting Your Spiritual Needs
CJE SeniorLife’s mission of enhancing the lives of older adults is based on the Jewish values of respect, advocacy, compassion, intention and accountability. CJE SeniorLife recognizes the importance of a healthy spiritual life to the well-being of older adults...and this applies to the process of healthy aging. In the tradition of Maimonides, CJE SeniorLife follows a holistic model, serving the entire person—mind, body and spirit. Our programs acknowledge the broad spectrum of religious needs and preferences of participants in our programs and their families.
CJE programs include an array of cultural and educational enrichment which gives participants the opportunity to continue involvement in religious services, holiday celebrations and programs. Pastoral and spiritual care are available at Lieberman Center for Health and Rehabilitation, Haag Pavilion for Short-term Rehabilitation and Weinberg Community for Senior Living and other CJE residences. Dietary laws are also observed at Lieberman Center, Haag Pavilion for Short-term Rehabilitation and Weinberg Community.
Religious Services and Programs
Spiritual and Pastoral Care
Our clinically-trained rabbinic chaplain, Michael J. Schorin, is responsible for attending to the spiritual and religious needs of all CJE's clients and residents, regardless of faith or cultural background. He is available to listen and offer emotional support to individuals and families who are experiencing the challenges of illness and healing. Certified in pastoral care, CJE’s chaplain can provide compassionate support for those in the process of personal spiritual reflection, whether through prayer, meditation and scriptural reading, or by coordinating efforts with other disciplines and clergy; assisting in exploring decisions involving ethical issues; offering grief and bereavement support; facilitating family discussions and advocating for the cultural and religious needs of clients, residents and patients.
Rabbi Schorin has a B.A. from the University of Michigan, Rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (Conservative), a Doctor of Ministry from the Chicago Theological Seminary and an M.A. in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University Chicago. Rabbi Schorin is also a Board Certified Chaplain (BCC) and is a board member of the National Association of Jewish Chaplains
For more information about spiritual life at CJE SeniorLife, please contact Susan Buchbinder, Director of Religious Life, at 773.508.1695.