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Meet the GMW Chaplains

Chaplain Debby Pfeiffer, BCC

Debby is a board-certified chaplain serving at Morristown Medical Center (MMC) three days a week. She was a speech pathologist for 16 years prior to her pastoral training at Hackensack University Medical Center and Palisades Medical Center. Debby works in all areas of MMC as part of the medical team, attending to the emotional, spiritual, and ritual needs of Jewish patients and their families.

(201) 739-9787 (cell)

(973) 971-5818 (Spiritual Care Dept. in Morristown)

Rabbi Joshua Hess

Serving as rabbi of Anshe Chesed in Linden since 2009, Rabbi Hess is also a chaplain at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston. He has semicha (ordination) from Ner Yisrael, an MA in Pastoral Counseling from the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, and an MA in Jewish History from the Revel School at Yeshiva University.

(908) 718-7198 (cell)

Rabbi Alisa Danon

Rabbi Danon is the Jewish Chaplain at Mountainside Medical Center. In addition to her work at Mountainside, she performs pastoral outreach for seniors living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Morris and Essex counties. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from The College of William and Mary, a Masters of Hebrew Letters from the University of Judaism, and a Master of Arts from the Jewish Theological Seminary.

(201) 578-4458 (cell)

(201) 357-8420 (home)

Rabbi Henoch Polansky

Rabbi Polansky has served as Chaplain for Lester Senior Housing and Federation Plaza since 2006. In years prior, he worked at Shorefront Jewish Geriatric Center in Brooklyn as Director of Pastoral Care for 24 years, amassing vast experience in serving our elderly. Rabbi Polansky was ordained at the Mirrer Yeshiva Rabbinical College, holds a degree in Pastoral Counseling, and has completed four CPE units (Clinical Pastoral Education).

(718) 757-1390 (cell)

Rabbi Stephanie Dickstein, LMSW

Rabbi Dickstein is a chaplain for the Seniors at Home program of Federation’s Chaplaincy, primarily providing spiritual care to survivors of the Holocaust. In the past she served as Spiritual Care Coordinator at the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s services in New York City, focusing on illness, aging, caregiving, end of life, bereavement, and recovery. Rabbi Dickstein was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from JTS and Columbia University.

(732) 512-7363 (cell)