In December, Rabbi Kinzbrunner completed his Board Certification in Chaplaincy through, Neshama, the Association of Jewish Chaplains (NAJC). Rabbi with certificateThe NAJC defines a Board Certified Jewish Chaplain as “A Jew who has demonstrated professional excellence as a chaplain and commitment to Torat Yisrael and Klal Yisreal, has completed eligibility requirements, is approved by the Commission on Certification, and confirmed  by the Board of Directors of Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains.”  Grounded in a faith commitment to Judaism, to Klal Yisrael and Torat Yisrael, the Board Certified Jewish Chaplain responds pastorally to religious, spiritual and psychosocial needs.  As a pastoral professional, the certified chaplain ministers holistically as witness, prophet, advocate, clinician, educator and spiritual companion in the healing process.  The chaplain accepts responsibility and certification, for continuing education and peer review, and for active participation in the discernment of the vision, direction and activities of NAJC.  Active participation in NAJC’s organizational life is expected for the ongoing development of professional identity as a Board Certified Chaplain.