Resources to Help Colleagues in Need

We all know that our rabbinic life is full of challenges.  Whether we serve as a community rabbi or congregational rabbi, whether we work at Hillel, an agency or a hospital, we have all experienced moments of crises and extreme stress distress.  Perhaps we have faced mental illness or trouble in our familiar relationships, have been suddenly unemployed or in the midst of a difficult transition.  The CCAR – your rabbinic family – is here to help you at those moments.

Rapid Response

Rapid Response is available to help you at that moment when you feel you are facing an immediate crisis and need to speak to someone urgently. There are three colleagues available to help:

Rabbi Dr. Edie Meyerson (917-747-5432) Edie is the Associate Director of Pastoral Counseling and Bereavement Services in the Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute based in the Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where she also holds a faculty appointment. Rabbi Meyerson also runs the Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute’s (HPCI) Pastoral Care and Counseling Internship Program and directs the institue’s Doula Volunteer Program.  Her passion is providing support and counsel for the professional caregiver regardless of discipline or level of training.  She provides formal and informal debriefing and process groups for clinical palliative care faculty, staff, and volunteers in addition to staff throughout the hospital.  She serves on the advisory boards for HUC-JIR NY’s Blaustein Center for Pastoral Counseling and CPE program as well as Mount Sinai’s Department of Spiritual Care and Education CPE program. Rabbi Meyerson holds a doctorate from HUC-JIR in pastoral counseling.   

Rabbi Pearl Barlev (310-880-5849) Pearl is a Board Certified Chaplain at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, and the part time congregation Rabbi at Santa Ynez Valley Jewish Community. She has taught and mentored at David Geffen UCLA Medical School, HUC-JIR Los Angeles, Academy for Jewish Religion and others. Pearl also privately consults with individuals and leadership on personal or institutional healing.

Rabbi Charles P. (“Charlie”) Rabinowitz (914-834-2880 OR 914-844-8368) works for Caring Hospice of New York where he provides home hospice and palliative care services to patients and families.  Charlie is an NAJC Board Certified Jewish Chaplain, and has completed the CSU Institute for Palliative Care and the Health Care Chaplaincy’s Advanced Palliative Care Chaplaincy Specialty Certificate Program. He is also a Rabbinic Bereavement and Pastoral Counselor, and lead many years of specific loss bereavement groups. He has written extensively on narrative psychology, clinical pastoral psychology and education, comfort fatigue/secondary stress, end-of-life cultural and communication issues for dementia patients and their families in a home hospice setting, Biblical and Judaic studies and Jewish life long learning. 

Short Term Counseling

“I think I need to change jobs, but I am struggling to move forward”

“I can’t seem to move past my grief over my father’s death”

“My recent review was very critical and I’m not sure how to react”

“My rabbinic partner is facing an ethics violation, and I feel betrayed”

Rex Perlmeter, MSW, 410-207-1700, is the CCAR Special Advisor for Member Care and Wellness. Rex is available for a limited number of counseling sessions for rabbis and family members who are facing personal or professional issues such as transition, loss, illness or struggles with difficult individuals. He can be reached at