Paula Van Gelder, BCC
Paula Van Gelder, BCC, serves as a Jewish chaplain at Cedars-Sinai.
Chaplain Van Gelder is a graduate of UCLA, where she earned two master's degrees. She received her clinical pastoral education training at Cedars-Sinai, where she has served for many years and has found great fulfillment, working closely with Rabbi Jason Weiner. She is board certified through Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains.
Chaplain Van Gelder's late teacher, mentor and friend, Rabbi Levi Meier, PhD, of blessed memory, continues to be a great source of inspiration and guidance for her.
She feels honored to share deep, meaningful moments with patients and their families, enriching her understanding of what it means to be human. She has taught Hebrew classes to Cedars-Sinai staff and is an active participant in the Los Angeles Jewish community.