The Jewish Federation Connecting with Community series hosts Marcie Greenfield Simons, interfaith chaplain at Berkshire Medical Center, who will speak on the topic "Healing the Spirit as Well as the Body in a Health Care Setting."
Marcie Greenfield Simons will talk about spiritual support available for patients in a hospital or hospice. There are many misconceptions about who a chaplain is, what a chaplain does, and for whom a chaplains' visits are available. As a result, many patients do not take advantage of a service that might benefit their healing, regardless of the reason for the hospitalization. Come hear Marcie speak about her work, and learn about the impact spiritual support can have in a health care setting.
Marcie Greenfield Simons has lived in the Berkshires since 1989. She spent many years as a Jewish educator at Congregation Knesset Israel and Sinai Academy of the Berkshires. She then went on to direct PJ Library, a Jewish family engagement program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. She received chaplaincy training through the Spiritual Services Clinical Pastoral Education program at Baystate Medical Center and has been working as an interfaith chaplain in the Berkshires since 2015.
This free program is part of the Federation’s Connecting With Community Series and will be followed by a kosher hot lunch. Lunch is a $2 suggested donation for adults over 60 years of age or $7 for all others. Advance reservations are required for lunch and can be made by calling (413) 442-2200 before 9 a.m. on the day of the program.