Thus, the foundation is committed to donating funds to making prayer a priority in Jewish education and to teaching Jewish chaplaincy and medical ethics in Israel, working with the Barkai Center for Practical Rabbinics in Modi’in, Israel.
Connecting the priority of prayer education in our schools and Jewish chaplaincy was easy for the Pollacks. Traditional Jewish chaplaincy focuses on prayer as a means of connection to God at times of personal suffering and family crisis. Prayers for undergoing a spiritual crisis don't usually appear in the siddur. They are often spontaneous, emotional pleas, expressed in words and tears, originating from the heart. The professionally trained chaplain knows how to identify the spiritual and psychological needs of the patient and articulate them on his or her behalf in a very powerful, personal way, when the patient is unable to do so.
Rabbi Nathanial Pollack was a chaplain who personified these qualities, bringing warmth, light, and hope to all he served. It is with this spirit in mind that the Pollack Memorial Foundation selected the Barkai Center for Practical Rabbinics
in Israel as its first beneficiary.