CJE Welcomes Rabbi Michelle Stern

We are delighted to say shalom to Rabbi Stern who has recently joined the CJE family. Working primarily at Lieberman Center and Weinberg Community, she will lead Shabbat and holiday services, share her deep love of music by integrating it into prayer and programming, and facilitate dynamic Jewish learning sessions. In addition, she will provide spiritual guidance to residents, clients, family members and staff members during transitions that occur in a health care setting.

A board-certified chaplain, she has worked in numerous hospitals, nursing homes, congregations and schools in New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Delaware and the US Virgin Islands. Rabbi Stern’s interest in eldercare and the intersection of spirituality and health grew during her rabbinical internships. For example, she provided care on a dementia unit and collaborated with hospice at the Abramson Center for Jewish Life, an assisted living residence and nursing home outside of Philadelphia.

For the past five years, Rabbi Stern has been staff chaplain in the emergency and intensive care units at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, where she also trained as a mindfulness meditation facilitator.

“One of the things that I found very appealing about CJE is its commitment to its mission and values. Providing guidance and promoting holistic care through difficult late life transitions are very meaningful and important in my work. I’m very excited about returning to eldercare and long-term, residential care in order to fulfill this important rabbinic work,” said Rabbi Stern.

Susan Buchbinder, Director of Religious Life, is thrilled that Rabbi Stern has joined the CJE team, “We are really looking forward to our new Rabbi sharing with older adults and their families meaningful and uplifting moments that motivate, inspire and invigorate their minds, bodies and souls.”