Rabbi Joseph H. Krakoff is the CEO and 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.
Rabbi E.B. (Bunny) Freedman is 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 focuses on community relations, fundraising and staff development. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Philanthropy & Sustainability
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 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 David Rosen joined JHCN as a chaplain in January 2022. He received his M.A. from the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York in 2008 and Rabbinic Ordination from the Academy for Jewish Religion in New York (ordination in April 2022). He will serve patients and families as a hospice chaplain and will also work on education and community outreach initiatives for the agency. Rabbi Rosen’s past leadership includes serving as Associate Director of the University of Michigan Hillel and Assistant Director of Camp Ramah New England.