Rabbi E.B. (Bunny) Freedman is CEO and Founding Director of the Jewish Hospice & Chaplaincy Network. He received Rabbinic Ordination (Doctorate of Divinity) from Beth Medrash Govoha in 1974. In 1991, Rabbi Freedman created the Jewish Hospice Services Program for Hospice of Michigan. He was then recruited by members of the community to organize the Jewish Hospice and Chaplaincy Network. Rabbi Freedman is the CEO of JHCN focusing on community relations, fundraising and staff development. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rabbi Joseph H. Krakoff
Rabbi Joseph H. Krakoff
Rabbi Joseph H. Krakoff is the Senior Director of the Jewish Hospice and Chaplaincy Network. He joined the JHCN team as a consultant in Community Outreach and Education following a 16-year career as a congregational rabbi. Rabbi Krakoff has a passion for and vast experience in pastoral caregiving. He served for more than 10 years on the Hospice and Homecare board for St. John Providence Health System’s Reverence Hospice, and has completed a Clinical Pastoral Education Rabbinic Rotation at Memorial Sloane Kettering in New York City. 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.
Megan Topper, Director of Philanthropy & Sustainability, joined JHCN in February 2019. In her role, Megan has the privilege of supporting JHCN donors in the fulfillment of their philanthropic goals and legacies in order to transform end of life care. She is fueled by a passion for giving back to the community that shaped her life. Her past experiences include 14 years serving the Detroit Jewish community in fund development, family education, outreach and engagement and leadership development. Megan earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University, a teaching certificate from University of Michigan-Dearborn and a Master of Business Administration from Walsh College.
Natalie Rosenfield, director of patient care, joined JHCN in 2012 following an extensive career in a variety of positions in the health care industry including marketing representative for Hospice of Michigan; discharge planner for William Beaumont Hospital; director of admissions for Danto Family Health Care Center; manager of community programs for the Arthritis Foundation; and executive director of American House. Natalie served as past president of the West Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce and speakers bureau ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Association and Arthritis Foundation. Natalie received her degree in social work from The University of Cincinnati.
Cheryl Weiss, director of education, was a hospice volunteer for ten years prior to becoming JHCN’s Director of Education. Her responsibilities include coordinating the annual Shenkman-Weisberg Caring Coalition conferences, and educational events for JHCN staff and partner agencies throughout the community. Cheryl’s involvement with hospice began when her husband was a hospice patient in 1997. Cheryl is a former Detroit Public School teacher and past member of the Board of Trustees of St. John Hospice and Home Care. Cheryl has a B.S. in Education and an M.A. in Educational Leadership, both from Wayne State University.
Michael Haines, director of communications, has developed brand identity, advertising, marketing and fundraising campaigns for the Jewish Hospice and Chaplaincy Network since 2000. Mike holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Albion College and a Master of Science degree from Columbia University. Mike is an active volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America, the Albion College admissions department and Tau Kappa Epsilon – Omega chapter’s alumni board of advisers.
Chris Milliman, Coordinator of Patient Enrichment Services, joined the JHCN team in 2018 after a 40-year career in education and health care management. Chris has worked with hospice patients in many different capacities during her professional career. As coordinator of patient enrichment services, Chris works with patient’s families to schedule the variety of enrichment services available through JHCN for their loved ones. Chris has a B.S. degree in Medical Technology and an M.B.A. degree in Finance, both from the University of Michigan.
Rabbi Jennifer Kaluzny joined the JHCN staff in 2001. She received her B.A. in Judaic Studies from the University of Michigan, her M.A. in Hebrew Letters and her Rabbinic Ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. After experienced hospice during the illness of her beloved aunt, Rabbi Kaluzny made the decision to make pastoral and end-of-life care a central part of her rabbinate. Rabbi Kaluzny is also a pulpit rabbi at Temple Israel of West Bloomfield, Michigan.
Rabbi David Nelson joined the JHCN staff in 2006 after retiring from his pulpit position at Beth Shalom Synagogue in Oak Park. He received his Rabbinic Ordination from Jewish Theological Seminary in 1967. Rabbi Nelson became involved in hospice care because he felt that one of the most satisfying parts of his rabbinate was the mitzvah of Bikkur Cholim (visiting the sick). Rabbi Nelson serves on the Michigan Executive Clemency Advisory Council to which he was appointed to by Governor Granholm in 2006.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Rabin received his BA at the Michigan Jewish Institute, and his Rabbinic Ordination from Central Yeshiva Tomchei Temimim in New York. Rabbi Rabin has had 25 years of teaching experience with all ages of children, and has always had a special affinity for the elderly. Rabbi Rabin continues to serve as the Danto Family Health Care Center’s rabbi since its inception in 1996.
Rabbi A. Irving Schnipper joined JHCN as a chaplain in 2004, but has served as the grandfather of the hospice and chaplaincy movement in our community. He received his Rabbinic Ordination from Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary in June, 1952 and was the pulpit rabbi at Beth Abraham Hillel Moses from 1962 – 1996. A native of Philadelphia and Korean war veteran (chaplain) Rabbi Schnipper remains a leading community advocate for the sick, the dying and those in need.
Rabbi Avie Shapiro received his BA in Jewish Studies from Yeshiva University in 1970 and his Teaching Certificate in Torah Studies in 1972. Rabbi Shapiro began working with the elderly when he joined the staff of Jewish Home and Aging Services in 1988. He provided spiritual care to many patients at end of life, which led to his involvement at JHCN. In addition to Rabbi Shapiro’s hospice work, he is also the rabbi at The Fleishman Residence in West Bloomfield.
Rabbi Hershel Klainberg has been working in hospice care since 1995 when he started chaplaincy work at Danto Healthcare Center. He joined the JHCN staff in 2000. As a child of Holocaust survivors, Rabbi Klainberg feels a special connection when caring for the elderly, especially those who are survivors. Rabbi Klainberg also works as a chaplain for Danto Healthcare. Rabbi Klainberg holds a Master’s degree in Jewish Law and History, as well as a certificate in Pastoral Care.