Wholeness, Healing, and Heart.

The Jewish Chaplaincy Council of Massachusetts (JCCM)is guided by a compelling teaching from Jewish liturgy:
Do not forsake us when we are old; when our strength wanes, do not abandon us.” 

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  • Erev Shavuot May 16, 2021 Festival of Weeks. Commemorates the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai https://www.hebcal.com/holidays/shavuot-2021?utm_source=js&utm_medium=icalendar
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The Jewish Chaplaincy Council of Massachusetts (JCCM) originated in 1955 to serve the Jewish community’s spiritual needs at hospital and nursing home bedsides.  The agency used to be run on a denominational basis, with representation from the various branches of the Jewish community in the composition of both the board and the rabbis serving as chaplains.

As the field of chaplaincy has become more professional, national chaplaincy standards have evolved.  The JCCM hires chaplains that meet these rigorous standards.

Currently, the JCCM serves 10 hospitals and 39 elder-care facilities (independent and assisted living facilities, nursing homes, hospices), and we continue to explore other opportunities to expand and fulfill the agency’s mission:

Provide professional spiritual care to any individual who may be isolated, vulnerable and facing life’s challenges.

What do the JCCM Chaplains do?

We provide spiritual care to Jews of all ages and their families in healthcare and long-term care institutions and at home by offering:

  • Excellent patient-focused spiritual care, compassion, and understanding
  • Chaplaincy services to under-served and isolated Jewish populations
  • Professionally-trained chaplains, all of whom are ordained Jewish clergy
  • Collaborative relationships with Jewish and non-Jewish agencies and institutions

We assist a vulnerable and diverse segment of the Massachusetts Jewish community: hospital patients of all ages, hospice patients, elderly nursing home residents, their family members and attending staff.

Our chaplains provide individualized spiritual care around the clock, 7 days a week. Services include bedside and home visits, Shabbat and holiday programs, and Judaic text study sessions.

Rabbi Katy Allen plays the Shofar


The Need is Great; Your Support Now is Vital

Your generous contribution today will enable us to continue our sacred work.
Help us reach those in need of spiritual counseling and comfort.

Meet Our Chaplains

Jewish chaplains are trained in the art of spiritual care, assisting people to identify meaning in their lives and experiences. We help individuals connect with their inner emotional and spiritual resources. With this new-found awareness, people find the strength and resilience to face the challenges in their lives. All JCCM chaplains are trained to be interfaith chaplains and can work with people from any religious background.

Research indicates that when we attend to the spiritual needs of hospital patients and nursing home residents, their overall health improves and their medical experience is more positive.

We are:

  • Professional 

  • Attentive

  • Compassionate

  • Present

  • Caring for all

Rabbi Judith Kummer

Rabbi Judith Kummer

Rabbi Katy Allen

Rabbi Katy Allen

Rabbi Matia Angelou

Rabbi Matia Angelou

Ruth Delfiner

Rabbi Ruth Delfiner

Rabbi Jeffrey Foust

Rabbi Jeffrey Foust

Rabbi Charni Flame Selch

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Rabbi Carol Glass

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Rabbi Cherie Koller-Fox


Rabbi Ben Lanckton

Rabbi Ben Lanckton

Cantor Bruce Malin

Cantor Bruce Malin

Rabbi Elaine Pollack

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Roster of Institutions and Resources


  • Boston Medical Center
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Faulkner Hospital
  • Franciscan Hospital for Children
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • New England Baptist Hospital
  • Saint Elizabeth's Medical Center
  • South Shore Hospital
  • Spaulding Hosp. Cambridge
  • Spaulding Hosp. Charlestown
JCCM Facilities and Resources

Eldercare Facilities:

  • Briarwood Healthcare Nursing Center, Needham
  • Brigham House, Watertown
  • Brighton House, Brighton
  • Brightview Country Club Heights, Woburn
  • Brightview Danvers
  • Brookdale Quincy Bay
  • Brookline Healthcare Center, Brookline
  • Cedar Hill Health Center, Brookline
  • Concord Park, Concord
  • Copley at Stoughton
  • Corey Hill Nursing Home, Brighton
  • Deutsches Altenheim--German Centre for Extended Care, West Roxbury
  • Elder Service Plan, Mattapan
  • Falls at Cordingly Dam
  • Franciscan Hospital for Children, Brighton
  • Goddard House Assisted Living, Brookline
  • Golden LivingCenter, Chestnut Hill
  • Golden LivingCenter, West Newton
  • Guardian Center, Brockton
  • Highgate Manor, Dedham
  • JCHE-Coleman House, Newton
  • John Scott Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Braintree
  • Linden Ponds at Hingahm
  • Magnolia Heights Independent Living, Franklin
  • Marina Bay Skilled Nursing Rehabilitation Center, Quincy
  • Medway Country Manor, Medway
  • Newton Health Care Center, Newton
  • North Hill, Pines Edge Skilled Nursing, Needham
  • Putnam Farm at Danvers
  • Rose Court Continuing Care, Linden Ponds
  • Royal Braintree Nursing & Rehabilitation
  • Sophia Snow House, West Roxbury
  • Spaulding Nursing and Therapy Center Brighton
  • Sunrise of Wayland
  • Vero Health and Rehab of West Roxbury
  • Waterview Lodge, Ashland
  • Wingate at Chestnut Hill
  • Wingate at Needham

JCCM Board Members

  • Rabbi Judith Kummer: Executive Director
  • Roberta Hoffman, MSW, LICSW: Chairperson
  • Rabbi Terry Bard
  • Nancy Lefkowitz
  • Sandy Miller-Jacobs

Thank You to Our Supporters!

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Contact JCCM Today

Jewish Chaplaincy Council of Massachusetts

1320 Centre Street, Suite 306
Newton Centre, MA 02459

Phone: 617-244-6506 ext. 14
Fax: 617-964-7055
E-mail: rabbijk@jewishchaplaincyma.org