Our History

The Jewish Chaplaincy Council of Massachusetts (JCCM) was founded in the 1950’s  to serve the spiritual and communal needs of members of the Jewish community at hospital and nursing home bedsides.  In earlier years, the organization functioned more 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 follows the guidelines of Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains (NAJC), hiring ordained chaplains who meet these rigorous standards without regard to denomination. 


Members of the JCCM Board now come from diverse backgrounds in the Jewish and professional communities, with many working in fields related to health care and counseling.


JCCM chaplains work closely with the staff at their healthcare organizations to fulfill the spiritual needs of Jewish and other patients, family members and staff.  The Executive Director, chaplains, and Board continue to explore other opportunities to meet the needs of the community.


Contact Details

Jewish Chaplaincy Council of Massachusetts

1320 Centre Street, Suite 306

Newton Centre, MA 02459

Phone: 617-244-6506, ext. 14
Email: rabbijk(at)synagoguecouncil.org


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Please contact us with your chaplaincy needs.