Support for individuals and families.

A compassionate, caring and connecting presence can help provide the courage and support needed to face life’s challenges. If you are impacted by illness, addiction, end-of-life, loss, loneliness, or other life challenges, we are here for you. JCFS Chaplains represent three major branches of Judaism: Orthodox, Conservative and Reform. They are fluent in English, Hebrew and Russian.  Нажмите сюда чтобы узнать про нашего Капеляна говорящего по русски.  

Our chaplains also conduct Shabbat and holiday programming, teach Torah study and provide spiritual resources for Jewish residents in assisted living buildings, nursing homes and other group residential facilities.  

Additionally, we support professionals in hospitals, hospices, senior facilities, treatment centers and congregations by offering learning opportunities and training.    

Watch this video to learn more about Jewish Chaplaincy. 

To request a chaplain visit for yourself or someone else in our community, please contact Leah Shefsky at847.745.5404

Spiritual Resources 

We offer these resources to provide additional support and comfort: 

Support and Funding 

JCFS Chicago illness, loss and spiritual support services provided in partnership with CJE SeniorLife,Chicago Board of Rabbis and the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago

JCFS Chicago Jewish chaplaincy services are supported by the JF/JUF Fund for Innovation in Health (funded by the Michael Reese Health Trust) and The Albert and Lucille Delighter and Marcella Winston Foundation, a Supporting Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago. 

For more information please contact: 

Rabbi Joseph S. Ozarowski, D. Min., BCC, Rabbinic Counselor & Chaplain, 847.745.5433 

Leah Shefsky, LCSW, Chaplaincy Coordinator & Grief Specialist, 847.745.5404 


Meet Our Chaplains

Rabbi Dr. Joseph S. Ozarowski
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Cantor Fortunée Belilos
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Rabbi Suzanne Griffel
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Rabbi Paul Saiger
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Rabbi Dr. Pinchas Zusis
Rabbi Dr. Pinchas Zusis
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