Rabbi Sara Paasche-Orlow
Rabbi Sara Paasche-Orlow has been the Director of Spiritual Care at Hebrew SeniorLife since 2004, and, in this role, built a department of chaplains serving six HSL campuses and a Chaplaincy Institute.
She helped create a palliative care team, and most recently a hospice service. The Chaplaincy Institute, launched in 2006 is focused on aging, dementia care, and end of life care. Sara was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary, co-founded an American/Israel education program called the Bavli-Yerushalmi Project, and also a non-profit to promote service learning opportunities for Jewish youth and college students. She was awarded fellowships from Wexner, Wallenberg, and CLAL. She is the author of curricula and articles on Jewish chaplaincy and aging and is currently working on a book of pastoral reflections on the end of life derived from Chassidic stories. She serves on the Executive Council of the Massachusetts Board of Rabbis, and is a past president of the New England Rabbinical Assembly. Rabbi Sara was a finalist in 2008 for the Kenneth B. Schwartz Center’s Compassionate Caregiver award. She is the liaison to Neshama—the Association for Jewish Chaplains (NAJC).