Monday, July 09, 2007

Where are the Jews? Where are the men?

From a quick review of the ACPE web site:
  • There are currently no rabbis who are candidates to be CPE supervisors (these are the people who train other chaplains, etc.).
  • There are four rabbis who have made associate (which is one small step shy of being fully certified).
    • But none of these four is male!
  • There are five fully certified rabbi supervisors, two of whom are male and three of whom are female.

Now, granted, these numbers don't tell the whole story (there's also the CPSP and potential supervisors like myself who are earlier in their training and might make candidate in the next year or so). But, nonetheless, they are very troubling. There just aren't enough Jewish CPE supervisors to give rabbinical students and other Jews a good chance of being able to find a Jewish supervisor to train with. And how are we ever going to get enough if we don't have any Jewish candidates?

Finally, I think it's important for there to be male role models for Jewish chaplains. To the best of my knowledge, there is not a single male rabbi from the Conservative Movement (my denomination) who is a CPE supervisor.

These numbers just make me more determined to follow the path I'm on!!

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