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Rabbi Naomi Kalish

Rabbi Naomi Kalish

Rabbi Naomi Kalish is the manager of Pastoral Care & Education at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Before becoming manager, she was the coordinator of Pastoral Care & Education at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, where she worked since 2009. Before joining NewYork-Presbyterian, Rabbi Kalish worked at Calvary Hospital and the HealthCare Chaplaincy.

Rabbi Kalish is board certified by Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains and a board certified educator of Clinical Pastoral Education by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. She is a past president of Neshama, having served from 2012 to 2014.

Rabbi Kalish earned her B.A. from Tufts University in American Studies, her M.A. in Philosophy and rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary. She is a doctoral candidate at New York University and is conducting research on the history of the Jewish community's engagement with chaplaincy and psychology. Her researching interests also include pediatric spiritual care.

Sheikh Muhammad Ali

Sheikh Muhammad Ali

Sheikh Muhammad Ali is a chaplain serving the Muslim community of NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell. Born in Bangladesh, he received two master’s degree in Islamic theology and social science from Dhaka University. He also went on to complete a master’s program in international relations at the City University of New York. Ali leads the weekly Juma prayer at the hospital. He speaks several languages, including Bengali, Urdu, Hindi, and Arabic.

Karen Berdecia

Karen Berdecia

Karen Berdecia is an administrative assistant in the Pastoral Care department at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Hunter College. Karen provides administrative support to the chaplaincy team, as well as maintaining the efficiency of the office. She handles patient and staff requests for spiritual support and assists the chaplains in publishing the department's services. Karen also serves as the CPE co-registrar, processes CPE applications, manages the interview schedule, and works in close collaboration with CPE supervisors.

Stephen Douglas

Stephen Douglas

Stephen Douglas is a pediatric chaplain at NewYork-Presbyterian Komansky Children's Hospital/Weill Cornell. He received his Masters of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School and his MFA in fiction writing from Brooklyn College. His areas of focus and interest include neonatal and pediatric spiritual care, creative arts in the context of spiritual care, and pediatric palliative care.

Rabbi Nathan Goldberg

Rabbi Nathan Goldberg

Rabbi Nathan Goldberg is the manager of Clinical Pastoral Education at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill. He is a board certified chaplain (NAJC/BCCI). Nathan conducted his education at Yeshiva University, splitting time between New York and Jerusalem. As a CPE Supervisor, he enjoys work with paradox as well as story-telling and story-listening. He resides in Queens with his wife, three children and dog Codeine.

Ingmar F. Ludwig

Ingmar F. Ludwig

Ingmar F. Ludwig is a chaplain at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell and Lower Manhattan Hospital. He holds a Master of Divinity in Theology from Leipzig University in Germany and a master’s degree in Spiritual Counseling and Pastoral Care from Fordham University. He completed his undergraduate studies at Humboldt University in Berlin.

A Germany native, Chaplain Ingmar is a German Lutheran Christian who serves as a multi-faith chaplain. In the past, he focused on working with children and parents at the Morgan Stanley Children Hospital. Currently, he works with cancer patients and is journeying toward his BCCI board certification.

The Rev. James R. O'Connell, OFM

The Rev. James R. O'Connell, OFM

The Rev. James R. O'Connell, OFM is a Roman Catholic priest. He is a member of the Order of Friars Minor (Franciscans Friars of Holy Name Province). He received his BA from Siena College and his M. Div. and M.A. in Counseling from The Washington Theological Union and New York University. He has served as pastor, university chaplain and as a member of the Pastoral Care Departments of The Massachusetts General Hospital and the former St. Vincent's Hospital in New York City.

Rabbi Paulette Posner

Rabbi Paulette Posner headshot

Rabbi Paulette Posner is the Jewish chaplain at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. She is a board certified chaplain (NAJC). Paulette studied for her master’s degree as well as rabbinical ordination at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Prior to coming to Weill Cornell, she completed a fellowship in Mental Health Chaplaincy at the NY Harbor VA.

The Rev. Jacob Bertles Stewart

Jacob Bertles Stewart headshot

The Rev. Jacob Bertles Stewart is a chaplain at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell. He holds a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary, and he’s ordained in the United Church of Christ. He’s currently a certified educator student. In addition, he focuses on providing care to the patients, families, and communities of the William Randolph Hearst Burn Center and the trauma and surgical services. He’s interested particularly in the role of chaplains in conducting research.

The Rev. Jean Walsh

Jean Walsh

Chaplain Jean Walsh is a board certified chaplain (APC), specializing in palliative care at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell. She holds a Master of Divinity degree from New York Theological Seminary. Chaplain Walsh is a Level III Reiki practitioner and provides Reiki upon request. Before working in the healthcare setting, she lived in Latin America for ten years, where she worked in community development and human rights. She is fluent in Spanish. She is an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ.

The Rev. Paul Young Yoon

The Rev. Dn. Paul Young Yoon

The Rev. Paul Young Yoon is a chaplain and a priest of The Episcopal Church. Before receiving a Master of Arts in Christian Education and Formation and a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, he studied mathematics at New Jersey Institute of Technology and the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at NYU. His area of focus and interest are in the spiritual care of patients with cardiac problems and patients living with HIV/AIDS. He also leads a weekly spirituality group for patients with psychiatric issues. He is a member of the Ethics Committee at Weill Cornell.

 

Contact

Pastoral Care & Education
NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia &
NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital

Phone: 212-305-5817
Office Hours: 9am – 5pm

Pastoral Care & Education
NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center

Phone: 212-746-6971
Office Hours: 9am – 5pm

Pastoral Care & Education
NewYork-Presbyterian Allen Hospital

Phone: 212-932-5310
Office Hours: 9am – 5pm

Pastoral Care & Education
NewYork-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital

Phone: 212-312-5556
Office Hours: 8am – 4pm

Pastoral Care & Education
NewYork-Presbyterian Westchester Division

Phone: 914-997-5999
Office Hours: 9am – 5pm