Founder Rabbi Beth Janus

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Rabbi Beth Janus

Pastoral care is a core part of her rabbinate.

Rabbi Beth Janus became a rabbi in 2001 from the Hebrew Union College. Pastoral care is a core part of her rabbinate. While in rabbinical school she trained as a hospital chaplain at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and NYU Hospital, so that she could be expert in compassionate listening and being present with people as they go through life’s challenges. Rabbi Beth started as a congregational rabbi and has since worked at senior centers, nursing homes, and synagogues. She finds that infusing music into her work is a wonderful way to connect with people, bring joy, and stimulate minds.

Read this article in the Washington Post about JMMS and the work others are doing to support people living with dementia.

To find out more about Rabbi Janus, read this article about the celebration of 50 years of women in the American Jewish rabbinate.

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”  Plato