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Jewish Visiting Conference 2016
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Wednesday 28th September 2016

We were delighted to see over 25 of our hospital chaplains and visitors at our second annual conference on the 20th September. The evening, held at JW3, was an opportunity for Jewish Visiting chaplains and visitors to network and gain insights from our guest presenter as well as from colleagues. The evening began with a presentation by Gill Yentis, Dementia Development worker from Jewish Care who spoke to attendees about Supporting Patients Living with Dementia. Some of the topics that Gill covered included: helping volunteers to understand the causes and symptoms of dementia and how we can respond to Challenging  remarks and behaviour of people with dementia.

The informative evening was also an opportunity to show appreciation and recognition for the hard work and effort made by volunteers. In particular, a presentation was made to Gordon Ballon and to Dr Brian Robinson, both of whom have recently retired from chaplaincy, to mark their longstanding work visiting patients in hospitals.

The evening concluded with an interactive discussion about, “the role of the Jewish chaplain/visitor today.”  Areas discussed included whether it was part of either the visitor’s or the chaplain’s role to educate other faith Chaplains about Judaism, to educate hospital staff about Judaism, to engage with patients of other faiths  and to act as a liaison between a patient and their family. This valuable exercise allowed chaplains and visitors to discuss important issues while sharing their personal experiences they have had as a chaplain/visitor.

If you would like the handouts from the conference, please contact the Jewish Visiting Office and we will send them to you. 

For a photo gallery from the event click here