The Director of CPE is Rev. Mary Martha Thiel. Celebrating her 10th year at HSL/HRC, Mary Martha has particular expertise in program start-up, interfaith chaplaincy, and pastoral care at the end of life. Her research and teaching interests in the past several years have included Spiritual Care with the Spiritual-Not-Religious and Spiritual Care of LGBT elders. She can be contacted by email at or by phone at 617-363-8804.

Jewish course content in Rev. Mary Martha Thiel’s units is taught by guest teachers, including Rabbi Sara Paasche-Orlow, Director of Spiritual Care at Hebrew SeniorLife, and Rabbi Beth Naditch. Rabbi Sara is ordained in the Conservative movement. She can be contacted by email at or at 617-363-8386.

Rabbi Beth Naditch is a board certified chaplain and ACPE Supervisor. She was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary of the Conservative movement in 1999. Beth’s teaching interests include spiritual care through the lens of resilience and trauma, as well as using Jewish text study to inform Jewish spiritual care. She can be contacted by email at

HSL/HRC CPE is an accredited program of The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE), offering Level I and Level II CPE.