Jewish Chaplain

About Judaism

Judaism is one of the oldest monotheistic religions in the world (approximately 3,800 years old) and began with Biblical journey of an individual by the name of Abraham into the Land of Canaan some 1850 years before the common era.

Although Judaism is for many, primarily a religion, it is also seen by many others as a culture, an ethnicity, and/or a peoplehood, in which elements of language (Hebrew, Yiddish, Aramaic), land (the State of Israel) music, art, food, and literature also play a very important part.

As a religion, one of the most important aspects of Judaism is it’s theology that understands the Creator (God) as a single entity that has no human, animal or physical aspects. In a word, God within Judaism is “unseen” physically but manifests its presence in numerous ways through interaction with people and the world.

Another important aspect of Judaism is the “Covenantal” relationship between God and the Children of Israel (later to be known as Jews) that is found in the Hebrew Bible. Judaism believes that that “covenant” is still very much in effect today.

Beliefs in more detail

Belief in One God that has no physical properties. Judaism, (if one wants) can be involved in every aspect of one’s life from birth to death and everything in between. Judaism can be seen also as a way of life that includes philosophy, psychology, diet, and perhaps most importantly our behavior towards one another.

Chaplain profile

Philip Bregman

Jewish Chaplain - Philip Bregman

Rabbi Philip Bregman recently came on board during the transitional phase of the Vancouver Hillel Foundation. When Hillel conducted their search for an Executive Director from the Jewish Community, there was no other individual that exemplified the ideal candidate as did Rabbi Bregman.

Beginning in 1980, Rabbi Bregman lead Temple Sholom of Vancouver as their Senior Rabbi. Through his role as the spiritual leader of the congregation Rabbi Bregman inspired many individuals and touched many hearts of those in our community. He has been a long-time friend and passionate advocate of Hillel. He is a leader in Jewish education, young adult initiatives, fostering relationships within the Jewish community and interfaith dialogue. As he makes his transition from Temple Sholom to Vancouver Hillel he brings with him years of experience and the ability to strengthen the organization and inspire its students.

Rabbi Philip Bregman's background

University of Toronto—B.A., M.S.W.
Hebrew Union College—Jewish Institute of Religion—M.A.H.L., Rabbinic Ordination, D.D.

Belief in One God that has no physical properties. Judaism, (if one wants) can be involved in every aspect of one’s life from birth to death and everything in between. Judaism can be seen also as a way of life that includes philosophy, psychology, diet, and perhaps most importantly our behaviour towards one another.

RABBI PHILIP BREGMAN, JEWISH CHAPLAIN

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