Our Chaplain serves unaffiliated Jewish hospital patients in San Franciso who need acute spiritual and pastoral care.
The Northern California Board of Rabbis’ Jewish Chaplaincy Program fills a need for Jewish hospital patients who are unaffiliated with a synagogue, and who need spiritual care. This program is being supervised by Rabbi Jill Zimmerman, Executive Director, with support from Rabbi Chaya Gusfield, Palliative Care Interfaith Chaplain and Spiritual Director, and Rabbi Eric Weiss, Executive Director Emeritus of the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center. Their years of experience will provide excellent professional guidance for this program.
Jonathan Furst: our Jewish Chaplain for San Francisco
Jonathan brings nearly 20 years of Jewish pastoral care and spiritual leadership experience to the position, including serving in adult and pediatric hospice Chaplaincy/Spiritual Care. Chaplain Furst completed Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) training at Sutter Health – California Pacific Medical Center and is a member of the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC). He looks forward to bringing his presence and willingness to support those in need with the best care possible.
If you or someone you love needs spiritual support while in a San Francisco hospital and they are not members of a synagogue, please reach out to us. We will need the following information:
- Your name, and if there is someone else we should reach out to their name
- The best contact phone number and email
- The nature of your request
- The name of the hospital
Someone should reach out to you within one business day.
We appreciate Mount Zion Health Fund for providing us with our anchor grant that allows us to create this staff position. We also acknowledge the support of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund.