Spiritual Care

Rabbi Jeffery M. Silberman
Director of Spiritual Care

Rabbi Silberman joined Danbury Hospital in May 2011, following his similar role at Norwalk Hospital, where he built a dynamic and diverse chaplaincy program since 2003. He previously held positions at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, UCSF - Mount Zion in San Francisco, Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia and Beth Israel Medical Center in NY.

He served on the national Board of Directors of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE), and on the regional ACPE Certification Committee for ten years. He has been chair and a member of the national Bio-Ethics Committee of the Association of Professional Chaplains. He is an adjunct faculty member in pastoral care and counseling at the Jewish Theological Seminary and New York Theological Seminary.

Rabbi Silberman has contributed chapters to six books and written more than 40 professional articles. He holds degrees from University of Dayton and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and a Doctor of Ministry degree in psychology and clinical studies from Andover Newton Theological School. In 2004, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Hebrew Union College. He is on the editorial board of Chaplaincy Today, the Journal of the Association of Professional Chaplains, and on the advisory council of Reflective Practitioner, the journal of pastoral supervisory education.

He is a board-certified chaplain and a certified (ACPE) Clinical Pastoral Educator. Rabbi Silberman is also a Usui Reiki Master, trained in Ericksonian Hypnosis and as a facilitator in Remo’s Health Rhythms. He is a proud member of Mensa.

Lynn Crager
Staff Chaplain

Ms. Crager joined the Department of Spiritual Care in September 2011. Her professional background includes working as adjunct chaplain for oncology at the Whittingham Cancer Center and being the first nurse chaplain in the country at Norwalk Hospital.

Her first career was as a nurse at Bellevue Hospital in New York. She holds BSN and MSN degrees. In addition to completing four units of Clinical Pastoral Education, Lynn is a Reiki Master, is trained in Critical Incident Stress Management, and Psychological First Aid at the Yale Center for Disaster Preparedness. She is certified in Peggy Huddleston’s Prepare for Surgery: Heal Faster.

For More Information

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