Chaplain Jennifer Eaves Nye, BCC (Board Certified Chaplain) serves as Associate Spiritual Leader at Valley Outreach Synagogue. Previously she served in an interfaith capacity as a Spiritual Counselor at Valley’s Best Hospice and also as a Chaplain at Methodist Hospital of Arcadia. During her time at Methodist Hospital, she was assigned to every unit assisting patients, families and staff. She worked with organ donation teams as well as interdisciplinary bioethics teams, and she facilitated communication between patients, families, hospital staff, community clergy and law enforcement.
She is currently enrolled as a rabbinical student at the Academy for Jewish Religion, CA (AJRCA) where she graduated with an M.A. in Jewish Studies from their Chaplaincy school. The Jewish tradition has a powerful commitment to the mitzvah of bikur cholim (visiting the sick). Jewish chaplaincy is an extension and professionalization of this mitzvah and is responsive to individuals and families experiencing crises and/or life transitions besides illness. Chaplains are clinically trained to assess and bring various interventions for individuals, their families, and the professionals who treat them. Certified chaplains are experienced at serving any individual, whether of the same faith, different, or not religious or spiritual at all. Chaplain Nye’s hope is to assist in opening up a makom kodesh (a holy space) where folks can connect with their authentic self, each other and meaning for shleimut—healing, integration and wholeness.
Prior to her work in chaplaincy, Jennifer graduated with a B.A. from Occidental College cum laude with Honors in both majors of English Literature and Religious Studies. She also holds an M.A. from Claremont Graduate University in Women’s Studies in Religion. Before her career in chaplaincy, she was an educator, teaching teens in John Hopkins University’s Center For Talented Youth Program, “at-risk” high school students at Alhambra High School and adults English-as-a-Second-Language.
Chaplain Nye lives in Old Agoura with her wonderful partner, Adam, and their hilarious and kind children, Lucy and Asher. To restore her menuchat ha’nefesh (calmness of soul) she loves to play with her family and friends, to celebrate Shabbat, to enjoy regular time outdoors, and to immerse herself in texts, films and music. She is always ready to stay up late playing pinochle and to get up early for flyfishing and backpacking.
Chaplain Nye is a Board Certified chaplain through the Association of Professional Chaplaincy (APC).
Please contact her at: Chaplain-Nye@vosla.org