The Diffusion of Spiritual Care from
the United States to Israel

In collaboration with Michal Pagis, this project asks how chaplaincy and spiritual care are developing in Israel and what role American actors and organizations played in the process. Through interviews with more than 40 people in the United States and Israel, we show that actors in New York saw in spiritual care the opportunity to bridge to Israeli Jews and create a global Jewish identity while local actors saw in the concept the opportunity to establish broader identities than the Jewish one and take positions on the plurality of the Jewish state.

This project was funded by a grant from the Bronfman Brandeis-Israel Collaborative Research Program at Brandeis University.