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“It is with great pleasure that I recommend my colleague, Rabbi D’vorah Rose. I know D’vorah from our mutual work at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. D’vorah visits with Jewish children, youth and their families throughout the hospital, accomplishing spiritual care assessments and follow-up visits. She determines whether or not patients and families participate in Jewish cultural and/or spiritual practices, and suggests community and religious resources that are supportive of their current interests. D’vorah’s assessments of her visits are consistently holistic and detail-oriented. She is well-connected with various Jewish communities in the Bay Area, and so is able to provide appropriate suggestions for patients and families.

D’vorah recently served on a “Culture and Spirituality” panel for an oncology nursing workshop, addressing communication skills for end-of-life care. For this workshop, D’vorah took the initiative to create a comprehensive yet concise handout explaining typical Jewish practices concerning a child’s death. D’vorah’s panel presentation addressed the communication styles, expectations and cultural backgrounds of many of our patients and families.

I have long appreciated D’vorah’s progressive spiritual and social perspectives, which seek to honor and build relationships with people of all religions, cultures, and socioeconomic backgrounds. She meets people where they are, and provides both support and challenge in their care. I experience D’vorah as spiritually-grounded, compassionate, friendly, outgoing, and thoughtful. She has a “teachable spirit” that keeps her open to life-long learning, and to expanding on her already-exceptional care-giving skills. In conclusion, I highly recommend D’vorah to you. I know you will enjoy her tremendous gifts.” K. Scott Kirk, Staff Chaplain, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, November 24, 2010. Worked directly with Rabbi D’vorah at Jewish Chaplaincy at Stanford University Medical Center.


“Rabbi D’vorah Rose has been a valued colleague to me. She is a wise and astute listener with a caring heart. She is a great collaborator and I have enjoyed working together on various projects. D’vorah offers a rare combination of common sense and creativity that makes working together incredibly valuable.” Hailey McKeefry, Episcopal Chaplain, Stanford Hospital and Clinics Spiritual Care Department, November 23, 2010. Worked with Rabbi D’vorah at Jewish Chaplaincy at Stanford University Medical Center.


What D’vorah’s students say: “D’vorah is always a great lecturer. I could listen to her all day.”

“Your teaching is sensitive, clear, meaningful, and very applicable!”

“I appreciate the [spiritual assessment tools]; this course would be beneficial to many healthcare professionals.”

“Insightful discussion, and good integration of humor.”

Class Participants, Stanford Hospital and Clinics’ Professional Development Continuing Education Courses 

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