Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Spiritual Care

Thursday, September 26th 2019, 7:30pm
LKSC LK130, Stanford Medical School Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge (LKSC), 291 Campus Drive Stanford, CA 94305

Spiritual care is now recognized as an essential component of health care. Please join us as we explore Jewish and Islamic perspectives on accompanying patients, families and care-givers in the hospital setting and the role of the chaplain.

Speakers: Kamal Abu-Shamsieh and Bruce Feldstein

Moderators: Deena Aranoff and Munir Jiwa


Kamal Abu-Shamsieh is a PhD Candidate at the Graduate Theological Union and a Muslim Chaplain specializing in end of life care. He is founder and chairman of Ziyara Muslim Spiritual Care, where he frequently conducts spiritual care training seminars in several Muslim majority countries, among them Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Kamal has extensive spiritual care experience, completing 4 CPE units at Stanford Hospital in California, as well as a certificate in Palliative Care Chaplaincy. He has served in different leadership positions with the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno, Hinds Hospice, Muslim Public Affairs Council in Los Angeles, and the Interfaith Alliance Foundation in Washington, DC.

Chaplain Bruce Feldstein MD, BCC is the founder and director of JFCS Jewish Chaplaincy Services serving Stanford Medicine, and Adjunct Clinical Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine. He was a visiting scholar at the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics and completed his chaplaincy training in 2000 in Stanford's Clinical Pastoral Education program. Chaplain Dr. Feldstein received the John Templeton Spirituality and Medicine Curricular Award and was the first recipient of the Isaac Stein Award for Compassionate Care presented by the Stanford Health Care Board of Directors. He is a Board Certified Chaplain, past president of Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains, and has taught and published widely.

This event is sponsored by the Madrasa-Midrasha Program at the Graduate Theological Union, a partnership between the Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies and the Center for Islamic Studies. Madrasa-Midrasha seeks to advance study, dialogue, and understanding on Jewish and Islamic texts and contexts within academia and the larger public sphere, offering workshops, lectures, panels, and courses that explore the richness, diversity, differences, and commonalities of Jewish and Islamic traditions. 

The Graduate Theological Union would like to thank the Walter & Elise Haas Fund for its generous support of the Madrasa-Midrasha program.

Co-sponsored by:

Spiritual Care Service, Stanford Health Care