We've had many conversations here on Ask Doctor Death about a variety of religious views, but have rarely touched on Jewish beliefs and practices around death, dying and bereavement. In this episode, we are honored to present Rabbi Sarah Rensin, a hospice chaplain with a very progressive perspective on Judaism.
Rabbi Sarah was ordained at the Academy for Jewish Religion California in 2015. After ordination, she used her background in fine art and teaching to create a dynamic Jewish education curriculum at the Jewish Day School in Bellevue Washington. During her years working at JDS she continued her education and became certified as a clinical chaplain. She worked as a rabbi and chaplain at Evergreen Hospice in Washington, and was instrumental in creating programs for spiritual care support for hospital clinicians during the Covid-19 pandemic. In late 2020 Rabbi Sarah moved to Oregon, where she currently works for Signature Hospice.