Religious Life

CJE SeniorLife’s mission of enhancing the lives of older adults is based on the Jewish values of respect, advocacy, compassion, intention, innovation 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. 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.

In the framework of Jewish tradition, CJE SeniorLife follows a holistic model, serving the entire person—mind, body and spirit. We acknowledge and respect the broad spectrum of religious needs and preferences of clients, residents and their families. 

Pastoral and spiritual care is available at Lieberman Center for Health and Rehabilitation and Weinberg Community for Senior Living and other CJE residences.  Dietary laws are also observed at Lieberman Center and Weinberg Community.

Religious Services and Programs

  • Shabbat and Jewish holiday celebrations
  • Jewish cultural programs and entertainment
  • Judaic classes, lectures and discussions

Religious services for Shabbat and Jewish holidays are held regularly at Lieberman Center and Weinberg Community. CJE SeniorLife also partners with NorthShore University HealthSystem (NSUHS) to provide sensitive and compassionate Hospice and Palliative Care consistent with Jewish values.

Services and ritual needs for individuals of other faiths are also available at Lieberman Center and Weinberg Community, and can be arranged upon request at other locations.

Spiritual and Pastoral Care

Our clinically-trained rabbinic chaplain is responsible for attending to the spiritual and religious needs of all CJE's clients and residents, regardless of faith or cultural background. The Chaplain 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.

For more information about spiritual life at CJE SeniorLife, please contact Rabbi Michelle Stern, Director of Religious Life, at 847.929.3253.