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Tuesday Evenings - 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
May 22 to July 24, 2018
at Temple Israel, 1301 Prince of Wales Drive

A Pastoral Care Team is a faith community’s organized, deliberate and specific response to the pastoral, spiritual and emotional needs of its members. Spearheaded by the Ottawa Pastoral Care Training Program, under the auspices of the Christian Council of the Capital Area, inter-denominational lay pastoral care team training programs have been delivered across the Ottawa area since the late 70s. Pastoral care teams from several faith groups have been established over the years in some hospitals across the City. The members of such teams have successfully completed the mandatory 10 week course run by the Ottawa Pastoral Care Training Program. These volunteers are attached to hospitals and visit inpatients from their own faith groups.

Presently there are no Jewish teams in Ottawa hospitals, and these days, given the present privacy laws, Ottawa rabbis are only able to visit a hospitalized patient, if the “chole” (sick person) or family member requests such a visit. As a result, a number of “cholim” (sick) do not receive a visit from a rabbi or Jewish volunteer while hospitalized, most especially the unaffiliated or those from out of town.

Led by KBI, OrH and Temple Israel, the Rabbis Council of Ottawa wants to better ensure that all Jewish inpatients in the city receive visits from themselves or a Jewish volunteer. This course (which is mandatory for those wishing to join any pastoral care team) will enable teams of Jewish volunteers to be set up at hospitals across the city. The plan is to initially set up teams at the Ottawa Hospital and Heart Institute, and the Queensway Carleton Hospital. A trained Jewish volunteer, attached to Spiritual Care Services, has already piloted such visits at the Ottawa Hospital and Heart Institute. These visits were well received by the “cholim”.


A Jewish Pastoral Care Team’s role is rooted in Jewish values such as ‘bikkur cholim’ (visiting the sick) and ‘gemilut hasadim” (deeds of loving-kindness) and caring for the weak and needy.

This 10 week course will comprise six general sessions given by trainers from the Ottawa Pastoral care Training Program and four sessions given by rabbis from the Rabbis Council of Ottawa that relate to the specific needs of Jewish patients.

Do you have time to volunteer and are you comfortable around sick and maybe dying people, including in a hospital environment? Are you able to listen well if someone wants to talk, be thoughtful and helpful regarding another person’s needs, be sensitive to their beliefs and concerns, and offer encouragement in the face of difficulty? Then this course is for you.


To register for the course, please email: or call 613-224-1802

For further information about the course, please email Jane Gordon at:


$50 for the 10 weeks of training. Payment must be made to Temple Israel by cheque, Visa or Mastercard by May 15, 2018. **Those interested in the training but who require assistance in paying the course fee, please contact**

Download the flyer, including class schedule and dates, here.


pastoral flyer

Fri, January 18 2019 12 Sh'vat 5779