Jewish Relational Care A-Z: We are Our Other's Keeper

Front Cover
Jack H Bloom
Haworth Press, 2006 - Religion - 453 pages
1 Review
A collection of caregiving tools combining the values of Jewish tradition and self-relations—useful for practitioners of ANY faith!

Self-relations, a powerful framework for doing respectful and humane caregiving for oneself and for others is here brought into relationship with Jewish thought.

Jewish Relational Care A-Z: We Are Our Other's Keeper is an extensive resource for caregiving tools and approaches. Using Jewish tradition and Self-Relations as take-off points, experts from many fields provide insightful perspectives and effective strategies for caregiving.

In the language of self-relations each of us is not referred to as a Self. Instead, each of us is more accurately described as a relationship between “selves”—relationship is the basic psychological and religious unit! Jewish Relational Care A-Z: We Are Our Other's Keeper sensitively centers on relationships and the healing process, using the understanding that to spark healing in others, a loving, respectful relationship must first be present between every aspect of our “selves.” Thirty-six categories of caregiving are comprehensively presented, allowing its use as a helpful resource for any clergy considering any of the included topics. Each author's personal reflections, and personal experiences using care tools clearly illustrate how love-respect relationships within oneself can transcend into effective care for others.

Jewish Relational Care A-Z: We Are Our Other's Keeper provides helpful tools and explores:
  • the use of language as a relational care tool
  • time management for optimum performance for oneself and for others
  • compassion fatigue, the need for self-care, and nurturing your own spiritual and psychological development
  • purposeful visiting as a sacred task
  • silence as an important part of spiritual care
  • the profound difference made in lives through relational listening
  • music as sacred power—a communion between humans and the Divine
  • chanting as an intimate expression of the soul
  • creative ritual in relational healing
  • spontaneous prayer, and its place in relational care
  • relational care with other faiths inside and outside of the community
  • care for those going through divorce
  • care when a pregnancy is unwelcome
  • relational care for sexual orientation and gender identity issues
  • successful caring for those who don't care about you
  • dealing with traumatic loss
  • care for those who have sinned sexually
  • fragile relationships
  • care with the healthy aging
  • relational care and retired clergy
  • care for those traumatized by sexual abuse
  • care for the cognitively impaired, mentally ill, and developmentally disabled
  • care for the final moments of life
  • care for the sick and dying
  • care within the grieving process
Jewish Relational Care A-Z: We Are Our Other's Keeper is practical, insightful reading for clergy and caregivers of all denominations, educators, students, and lay people who care about clergy and their work.

What people are saying - Write a review

Review: Jewish Relational Care AZ: We Are Our Other's Keeper

User Review  - Bob - Goodreads

Take a look at JHB on the web. Read full review

About the author (2006)

ack H. Bloom, Rabbi and Clinical Psychologist, has become known as a rabbi's rabbi. In addition to his private practice at The Psychotherapy Center in Fairfield, Connecticut, he is the author of The Rabbi As Symbolic Exemplar - By The Power Vested in Me and author and editor of Jewish Relational Care A-Z - We Are Our Others Keeper, which are both used nationwide in every rabbinical school and in the education of clergy of multiple denominations.

Bibliographic information