MIAMI – September 2, 2014 – Miami Jewish Health Systems announces that Rabbi Israel de la Piedra has joined the organization full time as on-site rabbi and director of spiritual care for the more than 500 residents, patients, families and friends. Rabbi Israel joins Miami Jewish Health Systems with the support of Mishkan Miami, the Jewish Connection for Spiritual Support of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation.
Rabbi Israel has made working with elders the focus of his rabbinate. Previous to his work in Miami, the rabbi worked in Boston, MA as a chaplain at Hebrew Senior Life and with bereaved families at Stanetsky Memorial Chapels.
“We are very pleased to welcome Rabbi Israel to Miami Jewish Health Systems,” said Jeffrey P. Freimark, President and CEO of Miami Jewish Health Systems. “His guidance and support will be a great comfort to our residents, patients and their families as they transition to new phases in their lives. We believe that having a rabbi with such varied life experiences as Rabbi Israel will give everyone at Miami Jewish Health Systems both a spiritual leader and new friend.”
Before becoming a rabbi, Rabbi Israel was an economist with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), where he had the opportunity to work in many countries around the world and to be posted in both Ghana and in Burundi as IMF Resident Representative. He received his rabbinic ordination and a Masters degree in Jewish Studies from the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College in Newton Centre, MA. He also has a graduate degree in economics from Boston University.
Rabbi Israel is a member of the Greater Miami Rabbinical Association. He and his wife maintain a home in Florida as well as a home near Haifa in Israel.
Miami Jewish Health Systems is one of the most innovative healthcare providers in the United States. Treating more than 12,000 people of all ages, ethnicities, and religions annually, this not-for-profit organization, formerly known as Miami Jewish Home and Hospital, offers community-based, residential and on-campus medical programs and services. The 74-year-old institution draws patients from across the nation and around the world for its pioneering Centers of Excellence that include: Rosomoff Comprehensive Rehabilitation Center; Brucker Biofeedback; Memory Center; Rehabilitation Services at Miami Jewish Health Systems’ Nursing Facility and the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). More information on Miami Jewish Health Systems is available at www.miamijewishhealth.org.