Rabbi Eryn London has co-authored “Kol Halev: A Jewish Chaplain’s Handbook” with another Yeshivat Maharat alumna, Rabbi M. Chava Evans.
The book, a groundbreaking new resource for Jewish chaplains, is a vital tool for Jewish clergy. Rabbi Eryn London, who grew up in Randolph, is the daughter of Fran and Henry London of Fair Lawn, formerly of Teaneck.
After Rabbi London returned from Israel to go to Maharat she went to New York Presbyterian for its chaplaincy program. She did her residency at Weill Cornell. She also spent four months in Australia as the scholar-in-residence at a shul in Canberra. Rabbi Eryn London, her husband, Dr. Michael Gilmont, and their daughter live in London and.
This new book is a resource for people dedicated to the holy work of comforting and healing in the field of chaplaincy. It’s a thoughtful collection of prayers, meditations, and rituals used by Jewish chaplains and chaplains serving Jewish clients during some of the most emotionally delicate moments in people’s lives. It covers a broad range of events and circumstances, including birth, pre-and post-op, illness, anxiety, and death and dying. There’s also information about each healing prayer, explanations of how prayers are used, and personal reflections by the authors.
Much of the text is in its original language — often Hebrew — followed by transliterations, translations, and easy-to-follow instructions. The sources in the book can be adapted to almost any situation of prayer and reflection.