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The Chaplaincy Program provides spiritual care for the Jewish community of the greater St. Louis area, offering connection, compassion and support during both joyful and difficult times.

JFS’ community chaplains provide a comforting presence and a listening ear, offer end-of-life support and bereavement care, and build bridges to Jewish tradition. They create relationships through individual visits and spiritual counseling as well as through Shabbat celebrations, holiday gatherings, discussion groups, and study sessions. 

Chaplains visit the diverse members of the Jewish community, especially reaching out to those who are unaffiliated, isolated, and disconnected from Jewish life. JFS supports residents in a variety of eldercare settings including nursing care, assisted living, memory care and rehabilitation centers, and retirement communities. JFS also supports residents living in group homes for adults with varying intellectual and developmental abilities. 

JFS chaplains help to reconnect residents with their synagogues and they build strong relationships with the staff in congregate care communities, helping them to become more culturally sensitive to Jewish residents and their needs.

If you would like to connect with the JFS Chaplaincy Program or have any questions, please contact Sarah Levinson at or 314-812-9342.

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