FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 3, 2018
Jewish Services to Continue at Ft. Campbell
This week the Army Times and The Tennessean published articles about the Jewish lay leader at Ft. Campbell, Jeanette Mize, who had been removed from her volunteer position. A number of you have reached out to us for further information about this situation. I can assure you that the Army is conducting an investigation into the matter and out of respect for the 100-year long relationship with our military, and in deference to that trust, we await the outcome of their investigation. We will also continue working with leaders at Ft. Campbell and other military installations about ways to make these transitions more seamless for all of our lay leaders.
For the last two decades, Jeannette has dedicated her time and energy to the spiritual needs to the Jewish soldiers of Ft. Campbell, and the broader Ft. Campbell community and we are grateful for that service. JWB Jewish Chaplains Council’s primary goal is to create a vibrant Jewish community for our active duty Jewish military personnel. We rely not only on the military chaplains to do this, but also on volunteer lay leaders. In all cases, we understand that sometimes change is necessary in order to address the evolving dynamics of the community we serve.
We are grateful for the service of all JWB lay leaders as they support Jewish men and women in the U.S. military. We look forward to bringing in a new lay leader to serve the Ft. Campbell Jewish community and anticipate being involved in making that a successful and smooth transition as we await the outcome of the Army’s investigation.
About JWB Jewish Chaplains Council
In 1917, the Jewish Welfare Board began to serve young men entering the military in World War I. Today, as JWB Jewish Chaplains Council, a signature program of JCC Association, that work continues: safeguarding the rights, fulfilling spiritual needs, combating loneliness and isolation and honoring the service of Jewish men and women in the United States armed forces. JWB is a U.S. government-accredited agency for serving the religious requirements of Jewish military personnel, their families, and patients in VA hospitals, or wherever they serve. JCCA.org/JWB