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Rabbi Simkha Weintraub
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Rabbi Simkha Y. Weintraub serves as Rabbinic Director of the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services (JBFCS), one of the nation's premier voluntary mental health and social service agencies, serving more than 60,000 New Yorkers of all religious, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds through a diverse network of 172 community-based programs, residential facilities and day-treatment centers. Rabbi Weintraub’s major responsibilities at the Jewish Board are with the New York Jewish Healing Center and the National Center for Jewish Healing, which are, respectively, local and national service, educational, and resource agencies that draw on Jewish tradition and Jewish communal resources to address the spiritual needs of Jews who are ill, their families and friends, caregivers and rabbis, and health care professionals. Rabbi Weintraub has designed and led workshops on Jewish spiritual resources in confronting illness, training seminars for rabbis and health care professionals, and creative Jewish healing rituals, and has written and lectured widely on the use of traditional texts and practices for Jewish spiritual healing. Rabbi Weintraub edited the National Center for Jewish Healing's first book, Healing of Soul, Healing of Body (Jewish Lights Publishing, 1994) and his second book, Guide Me Along the Way: A Jewish Spiritual Companion for Surgery was published in January 2002 by the National Center for Jewish Healing of JBFCS. Rabbi Weintraub was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1982 and also holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from Columbia University (1983) and graduated from the Couples and Family Therapy Program of the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health in New York (1988.) He maintains a private practice in Couples and Family Therapy in New York, working with couples and families confronting a wide range of issues, including chronic illness, infertility, and bereavement