Who We Are
When you are seeking spiritual support, you want a caring and knowledgeable professional.
The Jewish Chaplaincy Program of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation comprises experienced rabbis who work closely with an Advisory Board of clergy and highly committed volunteers. We also collaborate with the Rabbinical Association of Greater Miami and numerous other local and national organizations to bring help and healing wherever it is most needed. We can’t always stop the suffering, but we can provide care, concern and love to help each person face his or her challenges.
Pastoral Care Staff
Rabbi Frederick L. Klein, Director
Rabbi Fred Klein is Director of The Jewish Chaplaincy Program of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, and serves as Executive Vice President of the Rabbinical Association of Greater Miami. He is a Miami native and graduated magna cum laude from Brown University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in religious studies. He received his rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University, where he also earned a master’s, and is now completing a doctorate in Jewish history from Columbia University. He also is working toward his board certification in clinical pastoral care, and has done rotations at New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens, NY, Jackson Memorial Hospital and VITAS hospice.
Rabbi Klein has taught at and been involved with the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, Drisha Institute for Jewish Education, Hebrew College of Boston, the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School, Clal – The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, and the Shalom Hartman Institute. He is Vice President for the Rabbinic Cabinet of the Jewish Federations of North America, and has served as Chair of the Interfaith Clergy Dialogue of the Miami Coalition of Christians and Jews.
Rabbi Solomon S. Schiff, Director Emeritus
Rabbi Solomon Schiff is Director Emeritus of The Jewish Chaplaincy Program and Executive Vice President Emeritus of the Rabbinical Association of Greater Miami, having served both organizations for more than 40 years. He also is Chair of the Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, and continues his long-standing commitment to the Jewish and non-Jewish communities by leading programs that seek to build understanding, tolerance and mutual respect.
Rabbi Schiff was ordained by Rabbi Moshe Feinstein of the Mesivta Tifereth Jerusalem Rabbinical Seminary in New York, and received a doctorate of pastoral counseling from the Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Illinois. As a board-certified chaplain, he has worked with hospice at Miami Jewish Health Systems, the Dade County Homeless Trust, the Miami Coalition of Christians and Jews’ Interfaith Clergy Dialogue, and the Miami Coalition for a Safe and Drug-Free Community. In 2009, he received a Papal medallion from Pope Benedict XVI for his commitment to interfaith work.
Rabbi Marvin Rose, Staff Chaplain
Involved with The Jewish Chaplaincy Program of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation for more than 30 years, Rabbi Marvin Rose is the rabbi of Temple Tifereth Jacob in Miami Lakes and a member of the Rabbinical Association of Greater Miami. He was ordained at Yeshiva University, where he also received a master’s degree in administration of Jewish education. He is accredited by the National Association of Jewish Chaplains.
Rabbi Simeon Schreiber, Staff Chaplain
Rabbi Simeon Schreiber is the Federation Chaplain at Mount Sinai Hospital. He is also the founder, director, and lead chaplain of Visiting Chaplain Services, Inc., a not for profit agency that provides spiritual care to anyone in spiritual or emotional distress. He is a Board-Certified Chaplain with over 30 years experience in consoling the isolated elderly, ill and recovering patients, and concerned family members - human beings in need of emotional and spiritual support. Rabbi Schreiber is a caring professional whose understanding of the role of a chaplain has deepened through his own experience with personal and family illness. His mission in life is to comfort the heart and heal the soul of those struggling through difficult times. Rabbi Simeon Schreiber is a graduate of Yeshiva College and received his ordination as an Orthodox Rabbi from the Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University. He is a member of the National Association of Jewish Chaplains and is a Board Certified Jewish Chaplain. He is also an Academy Certified Master Chaplain, ACME-III in the American Psychotherapy Association, and a police chaplain certified under the auspices of the International Conference of Police Chaplains (I.C.P.C.).
Rabbi Jonathan Tabachnikoff, Senior Consultant
Rabbi Jonathan Tabachnikoff is a Reform rabbi with specialized training as a health care chaplain. He holds degrees from Brandeis University and the Hebrew Union College, and has served both Reform and Conservative congregations. He has provided chaplaincy services to patients and families in a Los Angeles trauma center, including in the neonatal intensive-care unit, the emergency room and the oncology unit. He has also served the residents of Jewish retirement communities and hospices in Chicago; Rochester, N.Y.; and Miami.
Rabbi Cheryl Weiner, PhD, BCC, Staff Chaplain and Senior Consultant (2015-2016)
Rabbi Cheryl Weiner serves as a Community Rabbi and Chaplain and is the Director of the Refuat HaNefesh (Visiting the Sick) Fellows Program and Alumni Network. In that capacity, she provides leadership support for the current Mishkan Miami Congregational Caring Communities and Bereavement and Support Group Initiatives as well as the Ministering to the Elderly Conference, collaborating with the Jewish Community Services and Miami Jewish Health Systems. She has participated in past programs such as the End of Life Seminars with Mt. Sinai Hospital and the Kavod v’Nichum National Conference in Miami.
As a Chaplain, she completed five units of Clinical Pastoral Education through an Internship and Residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, across its many facilities, from hospitals to nursing homes. In addition she visited patients in the University of Miami Hospital and the Sylvester Cancer Center. Working with all faiths, she specializes in adult and pediatric palliative, oncology, hospice and transplant care. In 2014, she became a Board Certified Chaplain with Neshama, the Association of Jewish Chaplains (NAJC) and serves on their Board of Directors and organizes their annual national conference.
As a Rabbi/ Educator, she is also on the faculty of the Miami Melton Adult School and does workshops for the Orloff CAJE Adult Education Center, as well as congregations locally and nationally. Devoted to pastoral care, she acts as a spiritual guide for those who are ill or suffering from grief- and loss-related transitions of any kind. She also develops creative healing rituals and services and programs related to Transitions and Transformations. She is a mentor to volunteers, a family advisor, and a funeral officiant. Rabbi Weiner is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Jewish Publication Society. Ordained as a Rabbi in 2007 by the Academy for Jewish Religion, CA (AJRCA), she also has an MRS from AJRCA, a PhD from the University of Oregon, an MA from Northeastern University, and an AB from Barnard College. In her former career, she served for 25 years as an award-winning publisher in the educational technology industry. Currently, Rabbi Weiner is committed to serving others as a Jewish educator, rabbi and chaplain.
Rabbi Israel de la Piedra, Rabbi and Director of Spiritual Care, Miami Jewish Health Systems
Rabbi Israel de la Piedra has made working with elders the focus of his rabbinate. He is the Rabbi and Director of Spiritual Care at Miami Jewish Health Systems. Rabbi Israel is a member of the Greater Miami Rabbinical Association and is associated with the Greater Miami Jewish Federation. Prior to his work in Miami, Rabbi Israel worked in the Boston area as a chaplain at Hebrew Senior Life and with bereaved families at Stanetsky Memorial Chapels. Before becoming a Rabbi, he was an economist with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), where he had the opportunity to work in many countries around the world. He was posted in Ghana and in Burundi (in Africa) as an IMF Resident Representative. Rabbi Israel received his rabbinic ordination and a Masters degree in Jewish studies from the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College, in Newton Centre, MA; he also has a graduate degree in economics from Boston University. Rabbi Israel and his wife, Aliza, maintain a home in Israel and in Florida.
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Are you looking for a unique volunteer opportunity that will leave a lasting and meaningful impact on people in need? Learn about The Jewish Chaplaincy Program’s Refuat Ha-Nefesh (Jewish healing) Fellows Program.
To arrange for a private discussion with a chaplain or to obtain additional information, please contact us at Chaplaincy@JewishMiami.org or 786.866.8621.