Pastoral Care may be thought of as essentially a Christian endeavour, yet all religious faiths promote Pastoral Care, and especially Judaism.
Pastoral Care is applicable in many areas of human activity, including:
I am happy to be a scholar-in-residence; advise on pastoral-spiritual issues including care, training and mentoring; or provide confidential counseling.
Contact me at RabbiMartin@mvdbergh.com
Martin van den Bergh
incorporating Yiftach Consultants & Yiftach Net on Pastoral Care
Pastoral care has become an important part of providing support to individuals and groups when facing personal and other types of challenges. At the heart of pastoral care in the empathetic relationship between the carer and the client, which enables a mutual bond between the two. My interest in pastoral care stems from encountering people facing difficulties and being able to draw on innate strengths to be able to contend with with them. It is in such moments that one can see the tenacity of the human spirit.
I come to pastoral care as a Communal Rabbi and a chaplain especially, but not exclusively, in healthcare . My abiding principle is that every human being is worthy of respect and is endowed with strengths to confront those challenges. My task in providing pastoral care is to stimulate those strengths.
My interest in pastoral care led me to gaining an MA in Healthcare Chaplaincy in 2000, and a PhD on patient-centred spiritual care from a Jewish perspective in 2015.
I am currently the interim Rabbi of Childwall Hebrew Congregation in Liverpool, United Kingdom until end February 2018, and especially providing guidance at a time of the challenges of change to a new purpose build Synagogue complex, but my permanent home is in Israel.
While my background drives my approach to pastoral care, I offer care, thoughts and strategies on addressing challenges which is non-judgmental and attempts to always uphold the dignity and autonomy of the person or organizations I aspire to support.