California Wing Launches Chaplaincy Initiative
The California Wing is working to bolster spiritual support for members by recruiting more chaplains, especially from underrepresented groups – an effort launched last month with an opening focus on the Jewish community.
Chaplain (Maj.) Dovid Grossman, 2022 Civil Air Patrol Chaplain of the Year, conducted a weeklong tour throughout California with Pacific Coast Region Chaplain (Maj.) Michael Morison and California Wing Chaplain (Maj.) Annamae Taubeneck.
“Civil Air Patrol is a pluralistic, diverse community, and together we are one Civil Air Patrol united by our mission and values,” said Taubeneck, who’s spearheading the campaign.
She wants to “make our chaplain corps as diverse as our membership,” she said.
Grossman is chaplain for the Illinois Wing and also directs the Institute of Jewish Chaplaincy.
"We all have community service and service above self in common,” he said.
Grossman, Taubeneck, and Morison visited with members of the public, religious leaders, Jewish War Veterans members, and CAP members.
"What a thrill to share stories and have conversations with young Civil Air Patrol cadets as well as older Jewish War Veterans together," Grossman said.
Cadet Senior Airman Noam Morris of Jon E. Kramer Composite Squadron 10 found the meeting with his squadron eye-opening about CAP chaplains in general.
“The chaplain corps is there for everyone, and (the encounter) really made me feel they are there for me if I ever felt the need to reach out,” Morris said.
1st Lt. Kai Chen
Public Affairs Officer
Jon E. Kramer Composite Squadron 10