Our recent Evening of Gratitude was a valuable opportunity to recognize Jewish spiritual leaders of all kinds and their incredible impact on the people and communities they serve. We are so grateful for all they bring to our world, and so proud to be part of their stories.

In one of the evening’s spotlights, IJS alum Cantor Richard Schwartz shared how pastoral care, mindfulness practice, and Jewish tradition have intertwined in his life-long journey towards personal peace and intentionality. Richard has brought this mindset to his current work in chaplaincy at Stanford Health Care. In reflecting on his role, Richard shared the following:


“To be a presence that can possibly bring some healing [is] an incredible gift.”

We hope you are inspired by Richard’s story and will consider a gift to support our work.