Rabbi Joseph H. Krakoff joins the JHCN team

Rabbi Joseph Krakoff (right) participates in a team meeting with Rabbi E.B. (Bunny) Freedman, Rabbi A. Irving Schnipper, Sally Krugel and Rabbi Yisrael Pinson

(From right): Rabbi Joseph Krakoff participates in a team meeting with Director Rabbi E.B. (Bunny) Freedman, Rabbi A. Irving Schnipper, Director of Administration Sally Krugel and Rabbi Yisrael Pinson.

The Jewish Hospice & Chaplaincy Network is pleased to announce Rabbi Joseph H. Krakoff is joining its team as a consultant in Community Outreach and Education. In this capacity he will act as the agency’s ambassador to community groups and healthcare professionals. He will also help develop training strategies for JHCN rabbis and clinical pastoral education students.

“Rabbi Krakoff’s experiences as a congregational and community leader make him a perfect representative for advancing our agency’s mission,” says JHCN director Rabbi E.B. (Bunny) Freedman.

“I feel so lucky and blessed to have been invited to join the fabulous team at the Jewish Hospice and Chaplaincy Network,” Rabbi Krakoff says. “In addition to working alongside co-workers who inspire me, it is an honor to be engaged in this holy work — bringing support and comfort to individuals and families at what is so often a very difficult and trying time in their lives. I look forward to helping educate the community about the meaningful spiritual benefits that hospice care can provide.”

Rabbi Krakoff brings with him a passion for and vast experience in pastoral caregiving. He has served for more than 10 years on the Hospice and Homecare board for St. John Providence Health System, and has completed a Clinical Pastoral Education Rabbinic Rotation at Memorial Sloane Kettering in New York City.

Rabbi Krakoff joins JHCN following a 16-year career leading Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Southfield, Michigan. Rabbi Krakoff is also the former president of the Rabbinical Assembly – Michigan Region, former president of the Michigan Board of Rabbis and currently serves as that organization’s treasurer. He also serves several Jewish community organizations as a board member in a variety of capacities.

Rabbi Krakoff earned a bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Penn., a master’s degree from the University of Judaism in Los Angeles, and a master’s degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, where he was ordained in 1998. He and his wife, Susan, and their three children reside in Southfield, Michigan.

Read Detroit Jewish News coverage of Rabbi Krakoff’s transition to JHCN in the October 9, 2014 edition, page 12.