About

The Archive of Judaism and Health Research (AJHR) was established in 2010 as a joint venture of the Program on Religion and Population Health (PRPH) of the Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR) at Baylor University and the Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health (KIJH) at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR).  The website is hosted at and maintained by Baylor.

The Archive was created as a project of the Kalsman Roundtable on Judaism and Health Research, founded in 2009 as a research advisory committee for KIJH at HUC-JIR, the rabbinic seminary and graduate education institution for Reform Judaism in North America.  The Roundtable, initially supported by a small grant from the John Templeton Foundation (JTF), functioned as an academic steering committee for the emerging scholarly field of Judaism, health, and healing.

Vision and Mission

The Archive on Judaism and Health Research (AJHR) aims to become a comprehensive web-based portal to published and unpublished scholarship on Judaism, health, and healing.  Its goal is to provide “one-stop shopping” for researchers, academics, rabbis, and Jewish professionals and laypeople with interest in topics at the intersection of Judaism and health.

The AJHR contains links to search engines for peer-reviewed research articles, to scholarly and popular books, to private-sector reports and documents, and to conference and agency presentations.  It also contains links to other websites of interest, and, in time, will add links to U.S. and Israeli databases and to audio and video content.

The subject matter included within the AJHR is very broad, by design.  Topics include:

  • Studies of Jewish health & aging
  • Jewish bioethics & medical halakhah
  • Jewish chaplaincy & pastoral care
  • Jewish communal service
  • Jewish perspectives on health policy
  • Jewish writing on psychology & healing and on death & dying
  • Kabbalistic writing on psychology, healing, & Jewish spirituality
  • Program evaluations & evaluative research reports of Jewish health programming
  • Rabbinic writing & t’shuvot (responsa) on health, illness, & healthcare topics

. . . and much more!

While the AJHR was established, in part, by an academic unit of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), the Archive is explicitly transdenominational in perspective.  The Kalsman Roundtable was established with the formal support of the Reform, Conservative, and Reconstructionist communities and rabbinic seminaries, and contained members affiliated with each of these movements, as well as with Orthodox Judaism.  Accordingly, the content of the Archive covers the fullness of Judaism, the Jewish religion, and the Jewish people.

Staff

The Archive of Judaism and Health Research (AJHR) is hosted at and maintained by the Program on Religion and Population Health (PRPH) of the Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR) at Baylor University.  The AJHR was jointly developed by Jeff Levin, Ph.D., M.P.H., Scientific Chair of the Kalsman Roundtable on Judaism and Health Research, and Michele F. Prince, M.S.W., M.A.J.C.S., L.C.S.W., former Director of KIJH and the Principal Investigator of the Kalsman Roundtable project.  The AJHR website is hosted at Baylor, where Dr. Levin serves as University Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health and Director of PRPH.  Staff at both institutions, including interns and student assistants, contributed jointly to the original development of the Archive.

AJHR Directors

 


Jeff Levin, Ph.D., M.P.H.

University Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health
Director, Program on Religion and Population Health
Institute for Studies of Religion
Baylor University

 

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