Slingshot Guide 2011- 2012

Hebrew SeniorLife’s Chaplaincy Institute named one of North America’s most innovative Jewish non-profits receives grant to help educate next generation of chaplaincy students on Jewish geriatric pastoral care

For the second year in a row, Hebrew SeniorLife’s Chaplaincy Institute has been named one of the nation’s 50 most innovative Jewish non-profits in Slingshot ’11-‘12, a resource guide for Jewish innovation. Since 2005, Slingshot has become the definitive guide to identifying path-finding and trailblazing organizations grappling with concerns in Jewish life such as identity, community, and tradition.   The HSL Chaplaincy Institute was chosen by a panel of 36 foundation professionals from across North America.

In order to be listed in Slingshot, organizations are selected from among hundreds of nominees across North America. Finalists are chosen based on their strength in four areas: innovation, impact, leadership, and organizational efficiency. 

About the HSL Chaplaincy Institute

During the aging process, seniors with health problems and their families often face anxiety, hopelessness, frustration, or isolation.  According to the Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling, a study of 118 severely-ill seniors found that those who sought support from chaplains were less depressed and rated their quality of life as higher than those who did not.  The HSL Chaplaincy Institute is the first and only Jewish geriatric chaplaincy program accredited by the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE), the country's major CPE organization.  HSL serves a patient population of over 5,000 seniors annually, who face debilitating chronic diseases, suffer from dementia, and often require acute or rehabilitative care. We provide training to rabbis, rabbinical students, and qualified individuals from the greater Boston area and around the country.  Students learn to help alleviate the emotional and spiritual burdens of Jewish seniors, to support families in making difficult end-of-life decisions, and to help people find peace, meaning, and dignity amid the harsh realities of aging. We are graduating skilled chaplains, rooted in Jewish theology and culture, who are ready to meet the needs of seniors in the coming decades. 

About Slingshot

Slingshot was created by a team of young funders as a guidebook to help funders of all ages diversify their giving portfolios with the most innovative and effective organizations and programs in North America. This guide contains information about each organization's origin, mission, strategy, impact and budget, as well as details about its unique character.  Now in its sixth edition, Slingshot has proven to be a catalyst for next generation funding and offers a telling snapshot of shifting trends in North America's Jewish community. The book, published annually, is available in hard copy and as a free download at www.slingshotfund.org

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