Rabbinical student Jared Anstandig took the oath, promising to uphold the Constitution of the United States as he was sworn in as a chaplain on June 16.
Anstandig, a third-year student at Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University, was appointed a second lieutenant in the United States Army. Rabbi Harold Robinson, director of JWB Jewish Chaplains Council and a retired rear admiral, administered the oath.
“Jared has stepped up, and in the words of Isaiah, he is here, and I quote ‘Who will go for us? Hineni shelachni, here I am, send me.’”
Anstandig spoke about his admiration for JWB’s work and wanting to be a part of it. “I’ve always respected people who serve in the military,” he said following the ceremony. “The idea of being a person of support in times of crisis and of happiness is an honor.”