Susan Moldaw is the new Jewish chaplain at Congregation Emanu-el. She recently completed a program of clinical pastoral education at California Pacific Medical Center, where she provided spiritual care to hospital patients, families, and staff. Susan has an MA in Gerontology from San Francisco State University and a BA from Wesleyan University.
At San Francisco State she wrote her master’s thesis on “Spiritual Issues at the End of Life.” She applied this study and training to her work at CPMC and now to her new job at Congregation Emanu-el. Spiritual care in the Jewish tradition is sometimes described as livui ruchani, or spiritual accompaniment.
Through a nonjudgmental, caring presence the spiritual care provider offers listening, guidance, emotional support and spiritual exploration concerning issues important to the person. Spirituality is different for each of us, and the topics may range from issues such as grief, loss, not knowing what the future may bring, hopes, dreams, meaning and purpose. In her role as chaplain at Congregation Emanu-el Susan reaches out to homebound and/or ill or hospitalized congregants and their families.