Informational: Jewish Chaplaincy Transition

Dear Brandeis Students, Faculty, and Staff,

Please join me in congratulating Rabbi Elyse Winick, Brandeis Class of 1986 and our beloved Jewish Chaplain, as she begins a new opportunity in December with the prestigious Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) as Director of Adult Learning.

Since returning to Brandeis in 2008, Rabbi Winick has warmly and lovingly supported our pluralistic Jewish community with grace and wisdom. She has served as advocate, mentor and friend to hundreds of students, faculty, and staff, serving our community’s spiritual needs in times of both celebration and crisis and offering a haven for those in need of comfort. She helped students create Brandeis Bridges and has accompanied all three of their trips, led and shaped our graduation baccalaureate ceremony, and is legendary for her gentle teaching and her baked goods, both delivered with compassion and selfless commitment.

As you may already know, we are in midst of a national search for a Director of Spiritual and Religious Life who will be instrumental in shaping the future of our chaplaincy. The search committee has wonderful candidates, and hopes to have finalists on campus by January. In the meantime, well known area Rabbi Liza Stern, who has taught in the Brandeis Hornstein program, and Rabbi Charlie Schwartz, the energetic and learned Senior Jewish Educator for our Brandeis Precollege Programs, have both agreed to serve as interim Jewish chaplains. Along with our Orthodox Union/JLIC Rabbi David Pardo, they will provide counsel, Jewish education, and guidance to our Jewish community during this transitional period, following the outstanding example of Rabbi Winick's support.

Rabbi Elyse Winick embodies the deepest values of Brandeis. We wish her the very best in her new endeavors, and take comfort in knowing she will always be a treasured member of the Brandeis family.