For those of you who are unfamiliar with, unaware of, or have forgotten about Hospice, here is a brief reminder of who we are and what we do. Our Hospice group began approximately twenty years ago in order to assist our congregants with the pressing problems of a terminal illness. We are the same seven dedicated women, who have been professionally trained in hospice work, have attended many seminars and who have been together for all these years.

Our goals are many . . . to supply informational books to young children, to help with medical supplies, if needed, to relieve the caregiver for a few hours of respite, to drive to a doctor appointment, to be a careful listener for the patient. We have also been connected for many years to Taylor Hospice. We have given money for their library, have provided help in Hospice House, and have visited patients in their own homes and in nursing homes.

If a specific need arises, please contact Amy Berkowitz, Barbara Smilk, or our clergy so that we may give aid and comfort to our congregational family. We cannot be of assistance if we are unaware of the problem.

Please do not hesitate to call; we are always available to speak with you.

We invite you to call the office or send us the name(s) of loved ones who are facing the challenge of illness, that we may support them, and you, by inclusion in our communal Mi Sheberakh prayers.

The Mi Sheberakh prayer is one of the central Jewish prayers for those who are facing the challenge of illness. The prayer includes pleas for both physical and spiritual healing within the community of others facing illness. Traditionally, the Mi Sheberakh is said in synagogue when the Torah is read. In modern times, the Mi Sheberakh is often said by professional health caregivers, patients, and loved ones at various times during treatment and recovery from illness of all sorts.


Mi Sheberakh 
Avoteinu: Avraham, Yitzhak, v'Yaakov,
v'Imoteinu: Sarah, Rivka, Rachel v'Leah,
Hu yivarekh virapei
et haholeh/haholah _____ ben/bat ______
HaKadosh Barukh Hu
yimalei rahamim alav/aleha,
l'hahalimo/l'hahlimah,
u-l'rap'oto/u-l'rap'otah,
l'hahaziko/l'hazikah,
u-l'hay-oto/u-l'hay-otah.
V'yishlah lo/lah bim-hera
r'fuah shlemah,
r'fu-at hanefesh u-r'fu-at hagoof,
b'tokh sh'ar holei Yisrael v’holei yoshvei tevel,
hashta ba'agalah u-vizman kariv,
v'no-mar, Amen!
May the One who blessed our ancestors -- Patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Matriarchs Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, and Leah bless and heal the one who is ill:__________ son/daughter of _________. May the Holy Blessed One overflow with compassion upon him/her, to restore him/her, to heal him/her, to strengthen him/her, to enliven him/her. The One will send him/her, speedily, a complete healing --healing of the soul and healing of the body along with all the ill among the people of Israel and all humankind, soon, speedily, without delay, and let us all say:  Amen!

 

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