Susan F Graubart, MA
Disclosures: Nothing to disclose

Rabbi Susan Freeman

8434 Sugarman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037

858-752-2364 (mobile);



2014-Present              Clinical Pastoral Education, ACPE Certified Educator, Sharp Healthcare, San Diego

2003- 2013              Chaplain & ACPE Certified Educator, VITAS Innovative Hospice Care, San Diego

2008- 2012              High Holiday Cantor, Congregations B’nai Shalom and Beth El, San Diego

2002- Present    Worship leadership, teaching, Congregation Beth El, San Diego

1993-2000              Rabbi/Educator, Congregation B’nai Israel, Northampton, MA

1991-1993              Rabbi and Education Director, Congregation Shir HeHarim, Brattleboro, VT

1990-1991              Jewish Chaplain, Bard College, NY

1989-1990              Prayer and music leader, Chavurah services, Park Ave. Synagogue, NY, NY

1989-1991              Coordinator Latin American Youth Exchange, World Union for Progressive Judaism

1989-1990              Teacher, Miller High School Program at HUC-JIR, NY

1988-1989              Student Rabbi, Pound Ridge Jewish Community, NY

1987-1988              Student Rabbi, Temple Beth El, Bradford, PA

1987, 1988              (summers) Chaplain Candidate, USAF

1986                            (summer) Program Director, Shwayder Camp of Temple Emanuel, Denver, CO



2006-2009              Six Units, Supervisory Clinical Pastoral Education, VITAS Innovative Hospice Care, San Diego

Full Supervisor (March 2009)

2003-2005              Four Units, Clinical Pastoral Education, Level 1 & 2, VITAS Innovative Hospice Care, San Diego

1985-1990              Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion, NY, NY

Rabbinic Ordination, MA in Hebrew Letters

                            Rabbinic Thesis: “Jewish Theology of Healing from a Talmudic Perspective”

1981-1985              Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH

                            Bachelor of Arts in Religion


Other Credentials/Professional Memberships


Journal of Reflective Practice: Formation and Supervision in Ministry, Board Member, 2018

ACPE: The Standard for Spiritual Care & Education (aka Association for Clinical Pastoral Education)

              2007-2012, Pacific Region Development Committee (Chair 2012)

              2012-2017, Education Committee, Chair from 2013-2017

Central Conference of American Rabbis, 1990-present

Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains

Association for Professional Chaplains

San Diego Rabbinic Association

Solomon Schechter Day School of the Pioneer Valley, Chair, Curriculum Committee, 1999-2002




“What Causes Spiritual Distress: Learn How to Lend Support and Become a Better Listener” in Homecare Magazine, December 2018

“Broadening the Framework: A Response to Franzen’s Essay [Transference and Countertransference in Pastoral Care, Counseling and Supervision],” in Journal of Reflective Practice: Formation and Supervision in Ministry, 2018

To Dwell in Your House: Vignettes and Spiritual Reflections on Caregiving at Home, Wipf & Stock Publ, 2017

Jasmina: The Little Things,” in Journal of Reflective Practice: Formation and Supervision in Ministry, 2017

"A Prayer Before I Visit" in Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling, Spring 2013

"Encounters for Change: A Review Roundtable" (one of three contributors), in Journal of Reflective Practice: Formation and Supervision in Ministry, 2013

"ACPE Theory Paper, The Art of Supervision: Canvas, Song, and Dance" in Journal of Reflective Practice: Formation and Supervision in Ministry, 2011

“Opening to Torah, Bedside” in Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling, Fall 2010

Teaching Hot Topics: Jewish Values, Resources, and Activities (for teaching challenging ethical issues), Alternatives in Religious Education, 2003; Hot Topics: A Student Companion, 2005

Teaching Jewish Virtues: Sacred Sources and Arts Activities, Alternatives in Religious Education, 1999

Torah in Motion: Creating Dance Midrash, with JoAnne Tucker, Alternatives in Religious Education, 1990

“Creative Artistic Responses to Jewish Tradition.”  In CCAR Journal: A Reform Jewish Quarterly (Summer, 1997)

“Creative Movement Activities,” co-authored with JoAnne Tucker; The New Jewish Teachers Handbook, Alternatives in Religious Education, 1994

Guided Jewish healing meditations published in Lilith (Spring 1992); “The Outstretched Arm” in newsletter of the National Center for Jewish Healing, in the “P’nai Or Newsletter” (1992 – 93), and in "Seasons for Healing: Drawing Spiritual Resources from the Jewish Holidays," National Center for Jewish Healing, 2003.

“Dance Midrash,” Vol. V No. 3, in The Journal of Aging and Judaism, co-authored, Spring 1991

“What Is My Jewish Ethical Obligation to Intervene in the Life of an Alcoholic?” in Reform Jewish Ethics and the Halakhah, coauthored 1990, Eugene Borowitz, editor


Dance/Yoga Experience

Anticipated, May 2019: Completion of RYT – 200; enrollment in IAYT-Accredited Yoga Therapy Training Course

2009-2018: Yoga practitioner; completed over 250 hours of teacher trainings and other intensives

1991– 2006: Performer, teacher, choreographer

1988 – 1991:  Avodah Dance Ensemble.  Performed nationally repertory based on Jewish liturgical, literary, and historical themes.