The spiritual care team
Spiritual care professionals are an integral part of the Baycrest interprofessional team and provide spiritual care to residents, patients, families and staff of all faiths, as well as those with no religious affiliation. The Spiritual Care team, consisting of chaplains, interns and volunteers, also provides education, consultation, guidance and advocacy for religious and cultural accommodation in the healthcare setting.
Our role is to:
- Promote personal growth and healing by accessing inner resources for coping
- Help you (re)discover meaning and significance in times of illness, crisis and loss
- Empower you, through your beliefs and traditions, to sustain hope in the midst of change
- Enable you to tell your story by providing mindful and heartfelt listening.
- Provide guidance and support through challenging ethical & moral decision making processes
- Mediate and support in situations of conflict
- Foster the sense of a mutually supportive community and connectedness to the world when life seems fragmented
- Facilitate connections between patients, families, staff and spiritual leaders from diverse religious communities
- Lead ceremonies, rites, rituals, meditation and prayer
- Offer end-of-life and bereavement support
Who we are
Rabbi Dr. Geoffrey Haber, BCC
Director of Spiritual Care (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Director of Spiritual Care since 2012, Rabbi Geoff previously served as a hospice chaplain in Boston, MA. For more than 20 years, he served in the congregational rabbinate and was ordained from the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS; Conservative) in 1986. He holds a BA (cum laude) from Columbia University as well as a BA (with distinction) and an MA from JTS. He earned his Doctor of Ministry degree in Pastoral Care and Counselling at the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2006 and received his Doctor of Divinity degree from the JTS in 2015. He also holds a Certificate in Disaster Chaplaincy and a Certificate in Executive Management. Rabbi Haber is board certified by and is affiliated with Neshama: The Association of Jewish Chaplains and the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care. He is currently pursuing his credentials as a Teaching Supervisor for Clinical Pastoral Education.
Rabbi Rena Arshinoff, BCC
Following Rabbinic Ordination in 2008 at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (Reform), Rabbi Rena trained in hospital chaplaincy and became board certified as a chaplain with the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care. She also holds a Certificate in Bereavement Education and a Certificate in Grief and Trauma Counselling. Prior to her rabbinical training, Rabbi Rena was a Registered Nurse in Montreal. She holds a BSc from Concordia University and completed a MHSc degree in Epidemiology at University of Toronto and worked for 20 years in clinical research. Rabbi Rena is a Board member of Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains and is currently pursuing a PhD in Palliative Care from Lancaster University in England. She also volunteers with Bereaved Families of Ontario in the Children’s Program and the Infant Loss Program as a group facilitator and Professional Advisor.
Rabbi Adam Law
Now living in Toronto, Rabbi Adam originally hailed from Arizona and Jerusalem. Rabbi Law has a diverse background, earning degrees in music as well as philosophy from the University of Arizona. He studied and taught Torah for 14 years in Israel and North America, and was ordained from Yeshiva University (Orthodox) in 2010. His studies earned him certificates in Pastoral Counseling and Jewish Philosophy as well. Professionally, he served as a Rebbe in yeshiva in Israel prior to becoming Program Director and Chaplain at McMaster University and before joining the staff at Baycrest.
Rabbi Dr. Nachum (Norman) Berlat, RBCC
Senior Chaplain Emeritus (email@example.com)
Rabbi Berlat served as Director of Spiritual Care at Baycrest for almost 30 years, before retiring in 2012. He continues to serve as Scholar-In-Residence and teaches classes to patients, residents, clients and their families as part of our Jewish cultural and educational offerings. Rabbi Berlat is also an Associate Teaching Supervisor of Clinical Pastoral Education and provides instruction to Chaplain Interns and Spiritual Care Volunteer visitors as part of their training and development. He is also a member of the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine and Professor of Pastoral Counseling at the Jewish University of America. He was ordained at Yeshiva University (Orthodox) in his home town of New York, NY and holds a Doctor of Pastoral Care as well.
Spiritual care is available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or by appointment.