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when facing terminal illness.


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Rabbi Yisrael Pinson

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Biographical Info

Rabbi Yisrael Pinson joined JHCN’s chaplaincy team in September 2013, expanding the agency’s reach, particularly in downtown Detroit. Rabbi Pinson has 17 years of experience in counseling families throughout the world as they encounter trying times. His roles have included addiction counseling, pastoral care, and non-profit agency programming and funding development. Rabbi Pinson most recently served as director of the Daniel Sobel Friendship House (a program serving Jewish people recovering from addiction), and as a strategist for Friendship Circle developing social media campaigns and affinity group membership. In 2013, Rabbi Pinson founded Chabad of Greater Downtown Detroit. Educated on three continents and fluent in four languages, Rabbi Pinson currently serves on the boards of Jewish Family Service, NEXTGen Detroit, and Friendship Circle’s Ambassador Club.


Categories: Chaplains








Officers and Board of Directors

  • David Techner – President / Chairman of the Board
  • Rabbi E.B. Freedman – Vice President
  • Zina Kramer – Secretary
  • Dana Burnstein
  • Carolyn Cassin
  • Gail Danto
  • Howard J. Gourwitz
  • Nancy Grosfeld
  • Joel Jacob
  • Martin Laker
  • Susan Lewis
  • Robert Nusbaum
  • Spencer Partrich
  • Mickey Shapiro
  • Rabbi Levi Shemtov
  • Nosson Stoll
  • Steven Weisberg
  • Larry Wolfe
  • Alan Zekelman


  • Scott Kaufman – CEO of Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit
  • Perry Ohren  – Executive Director, Jewish Family Service
  • Rabbi Steven Rubenstein – President, Michigan Board of Rabbis

Community Advisory Board

  • Jeanne Aichele
  • Stephanie Appel
  • Marilyn Begle
  • Elaine Beresh
  • Mandell Berman
  • Risa Berris
  • Penny Blumenstein
  • Leslie Bricker, M.D.
  • Dana S. Buick, M.D.
  • Robert Cahill
  • Annette Carron, D.O.
  • Sandy Danto
  • Dottie Deremo
  • Marc Dunn, M.D.
  • Leo Eisenberg
  • Gail Elliott Patricolo
  • Pam Feinberg Rivkin
  • John Finn, M.D.
  • Renee Gruskin
  • Rabbi Shmuel Irons
  • Marsha Kamin
  • Herb Kaufman
  • Patricia Koval
  • Denise Lalka
  • Lindsay Leder
  • Rabbi Harold Loss
  • Henry Maicki, M.D.
  • Michael Maddens, M.D.
  • Jeff Margolis, M.D.
  • David McAree, M.D.
  • Michael Miller
  • Patrick Miller
  • Kathleen Murphy, M.D.
  • Peg Nelson
  • Kathleen Olsen, C.N.P.
  • Michael Paletta, M.D.
  • Rabbi Elliot Pachter
  • Gela Pala, M.D.
  • John Pizzuti
  • Teri Sahn-Silver
  • Carla Schwartz
  • Phyllis Schwartz
  • Charles Silow, Ph.D.
  • Michael Stellini, M.D.
  • Diana Stover​
  • Annemarie Switchulis, R.N.
  • Rabbi Daniel Syme
  • Bonnie Topper-Bricker,R.N.
  • Lynn Torossian
  • Rita Winer, R.N.
  • Andi Wolfe
  • Rabbi Paul Yedwab
  • Rabbi Herbert Yoskowitz
  • Robert Zalenski, M.D.​​

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