Jewish Chaplaincy Services


The Jewish Community Chaplain, Rabbi Ralph Dalin, ensures no Jew is alone in time of need, and responds to the acute needs of unaffiliated Jews in San Diego County who are ill, at the end-of-life, or experiencing life crises, including those in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and prisons.


Jewish Chaplaincy Services is a joint project of the Jewish Federation of San Diego County and the San Diego Rabbinical Association.

Specifically, the Chaplain:


  • Works with all San Diego hospitals to assure that the spiritual and religious needs of Jewish patients are met  

  • Visits unaffiliated patients as requested by patient, family or hospital staff  

  • Offers spiritual support by phone when preferred by patient or when a visit is not possible  

  • Provides spiritual support for the unaffiliated upon the death of a loved one  

  • Assists in making final arrangements (advance planning or at time of need)  

  • Officiates at funerals, memorial services and unveilings  

  • Makes appropriate referral for ongoing bereavement support  

  • Makes pastoral visits upon referral to unaffiliated homebound or those in long-term care facilities  

  • Visits Jewish inmates in correctional facilities and assists local prison staff in meeting their Jewish religious needs  

  • Advises Jews regarding life cycle events such as baby namings, bnai mitzvah, conversion and weddings


For more information, contact Rabbi Dalin, Community Chaplain, at 858-922-8107.