James Michaels, D.Min.

James Michaels is Fellow, Rabbi A. Stanley Dreyfus Professor of Jewish Studies, and a Mentor in Jewish Pastoral Care. Rabbi Michaels has had a distinguished career as a pulpit rabbi and health care chaplain with roots in the academic community. Born in Auburn, New York, he received his Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University in 1968, and was ordained and received his Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York in 1974. Immediately after ordination, he pursued graduate education in Jewish history at Yeshiva University in New York, and then entered the pulpit rabbinate. Rabbi Michaels has served in pulpits in Whitestone, New York, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and Flint, Michigan; throughout those years, he also worked as a health care chaplain at Bronx Psychiatric Center and with the Veterans Administration. He received his Doctor of Ministry in pastoral counseling from the Graduate Theological Foundation in 2006, with a specialization in bereavement counseling. In 2003, Rabbi Michaels was appointed Director of Pastoral Care at the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington in Rockville, Maryland. He became a board-certified chaplain in 2005 and was certified as a CPE supervisor in 2007. He has co-edited Flourishing in the Later Years: Jewish Perspectives on Long-Term Pastoral Care (The Victoria Press, 2009), an anthology of 23 new articles. He has also published articles in various professional journals and online publications.
Religious Affiliation
  • Jewish (Rabbi – Conservative)
General Areas of Interests
  • Pastoral Care and counseling
  • Judaic Studies
Specialized Areas
  • Pastoral Care and counseling
  • Judaic Studies
  • History and Liturgy
Areas of Service
  • Thesis Supervision
  • Project Consultant
  • Online Courses
Online Course Offering
If there is an Online Course that you would like to take which is not listed, please click here to fill out our Online Course suggestion form for our faculty members.
Scroll to Top