Testimonials

NJCA has made great strides in easing the burden on prisons and other facilities by helping the prison personnel to best serve their inmates. This provides great benefit both to the wardens and their staff as well as the public. I applaud Chaplain Yaakov Wenger and Chaplain Yisroel Bursztyn for their excellent work in developing partnerships with so many facilities. I have found their input and assistance to be a very valuable resource, and I encourage all of you to make use of their services as well.

Senator Robert W. Singer, New Jersey District 30

I applaud the NJ Chaplains Association for preparing a reference manual that will help other healthcare providers and first responders provide the best care possible, in a way that respects and supports the cultural and spiritual needs of our community members.

Dean Q. Lin, President, Ocean Medical Center.

A greater understanding of diverse communities is important for all individuals who work in public service - from elected officials to public employees. Law enforcement in particular always benefits the most from such information, as they interact more heavily with the incredible diversity every community has to offer. The benefits go both ways; as cooperation and communication is increased to and from residents and law enforcement, law enforcement more easily achieves its mission, and communities are made safer for all. I applaud the NJCA and Chaplains Bursztyn and Wenger in particular for your work. The NJCA’s commitment to expanding understanding between all levels of government and law enforcement and the people they serve is an admirable and important mission.

Aron B. Wieder, Rockland County Legislator

I commend the New Jersey Chaplains Association for its continued efforts to promote greater understanding of the diverse cultures, backgrounds and ethnicities that make this state wonderful.

Frank Pallone, JR. US Representative (R-NJ)

The contributions of the NJCA go far beyond the Jewish community. They are an organization that deals with persons of all faiths and their contributions to this mission are well documented. They are active in providing for the needs of a diversity of persons, including members of the community, law enforcement officers and even jail inmates.

Theodore J. Hutler, Jr., Retired Warden, Ocean County Department of Corrections

The NJCA is a valuable resource for our state’s detention centers and provide a variety of services within the law enforcement community. The chaplains provide pastoral and emotional support for both employees and inmates while responding to the unique needs and challenges with religious guidance, reassuring trustworthy presence, and counseling services. Its founding fathers, Chaplain Yaakov Wenger and Chaplain Yisroel Bursztyn, have established and maintained strong partnerships with various agencies in their efforts to meet the spiritual and religious needs of the community.

Gary Schaer, Assemblyman, NJ District 30

The NJCA helps maintain open lines of communication with all of the unique faiths that are melded within our township. They are able and willing to assist with all branches of emergency service network which reduces the necessity of tying up valuable resources.

Chief Gregory H. Meyer, Lakewood Police Department

The New Jersey Chaplains Association is committed to supporting religious accommodations and tolerance for diverse religious and ethnic communities.

Ocean County Freeholder Virginia E. Haines

I write this letter in support of the New Jersey Chaplains Association and wish to congratulate you on the completion of your groundbreaking project, “The Professional’s Guide to Understanding Judaism.” This work will allow public safety personnel to enhance their understanding of the Jewish community, traditions, and customs. It is important to advance awareness of various faiths and traditions and allow for law enforcement and other professionals to respect a wide array of cultures in the workplace and I am confident that this project will benefit everyone who reads it. I commend the New Jersey Chaplains Association for taking a lead role in promoting the education and greater appreciation for the many diverse cultures, backgrounds and ethnicities our state offers. Once more, please accept my deepest appreciation for the efforts of the New Jersey Chaplains Association under the leadership of Chaplain Bursztyn and Wenger and thank you for undertaking this endeavor.

Steven M. Fulop, Jersey City, NJ Mayor

I want to acknowledge Chaplains Yaakov Wenger and Israel Bursztyn and the New Jersey Chaplains Association for pulling off one of the finest community events I have seen across the four counties I represent. Events such as this do not just happen. It requires vision, planning and work. It takes leadership. Chaplains Wenger and Bursztyn have all of these qualities, and it is a blessing to us all that they share their gifts with others.

Christopher H. Smith, US Representative (R-NJ)

A heartwarming message from Ronen Neuman, Chief of Police of Deal, New Jersey.

Ronen Neuman, Chief of Police (D-NJ)

A respected message from Sir Andrew Kudrick, Chief of Police of Howell, New Jersey.

Andrew Kudrick, Chief of Police (D-NJ)

A respected message from Sir Bradley D Billhimer, Ocean County, New Jersey.

Bradley D. Billhimer, Prosecutor (Ocean Country, NJ)

A respected message from Sir David Hart, Chief of Police of Howell, New Jersey.

David Hart, Chief of Police (Linden,NJ)

A respected message from Sir Joseph A. Michigan, Chief of Police of Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey.

Joseph A. Michigan, Chief of Police (Point Pleasant Beach, NJ)

A respected message from Sir Joseph F. Mitchell, Chief of Detectives of Ocean County Prosecutor Office, New Jersey.

Joseph F. Mitchell, Chief of Detectives (Ocean County Prosecutor Office, NJ)

A respected message from Sir Roman McKoen, Chief of Police of Perth Amboy, New Jersey.

Roman McKoen, Chief of Police (Perth Amboy, NJ)

A respected message from Sir Matthew Kunz, Chief of Police of Jackson Township, New Jersey.

Matthew Kunz, Chief of Police (Jackson Township, NJ)

A respected message from Ms. Lori Linskey, First Assistant Prosecutor of Monmouth County, New Jersey.

Lori Linskey, First Assistant Prosecutor (Monmouth County, NJ)

A respected message from Sir John G. Mccabe Jr., Chief of Detectives of Monmouth County Prosecutor Office, New Jersey.

John G. McCabe, Jr. Chief of Detectives (Monmouth County Prosecutor Office, NJ)

A respected message from Sir George M. Crouch Jr., Agent in Charge of FBI New Jersey Division, Newark New Jersey.

George M. Crouch, Jr. Agent in Charge FBI New Jersey Division (Newark, NJ)

Another respected message from Sir Matthew Kunz, Chief of Police of Jackson Townshi[, New Jersey.

Matthew Kunz, Chief of Police (Jackson Township, NJ)

A respected message from Sir Pat J. Callahan, Superintendent of New Jersey State Police.

Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, Superintendent (New Jersey State Police)

A respected message from Sir Marcus O. Hicks, Esq. Commissioner of Department of Correction, New Jersey.

Marcus O. Hicks, Esq. Commissioner (Department of Corrections, NJ)

A respected message from Sir David S. Leonardis, Office of the Attorney General, Division of Criminal Justice New Jersey.

David S. Leonardis, Office of the Attorney General (Division Of Criminal Justice, NJ)

A respected message from Sir Juan Mattos Jr., United States Marshall of District New Jersey.

Juan Mattos Jr. United States Marshal (District of New Jersey)

A respected message from Sir Gurbil S. Grewal, Attorney General State of New Jersey.

Gurbil S. Grewal, Attorney General (State of New Jersey)

A respected message from Sir Shaun Golden, Sheriff of Monmouth County, New Jersey.

Shaun Golden, Sheriff (Monmouth County, NJ)