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Spending holidays in the hospital—away from family, traditions and
celebrations—can be very difficult. Holidays observed in the hospital,
however, can take on new meaning and play an important role in
healing. The Jewish chaplains and volunteers provide holiday visits at
the bedside and community celebrations in the Stanford Hospital Atrium.
At the bedside
High Holidays and Sukkot
For Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Jewish chaplains and volunteers
can sound the shofar at the bedside and provide a modified
service. A special meditation is provided for those unable to fast.
During Sukkot, chaplains and volunteers visit with a lulav and etrog.
The Jewish Chaplaincy brings patients a Hanukah bag with
a hanukiah (menorah), candles, chocolate gelt,
a dreidl and a special message. Because patients are not
allowed to light the candles due to fire regulations, they can
dedicate the candles in the hospital and light them when they return home.
Purim and Passover
The chaplain and volunteers deliver misloach manot and
Passover gift bags prepared by Jewish day school students to patients
and staff. These bags include holiday foods and special letters from
the children. The first two nights of Passover, the Jewish chaplain
and volunteers will provide patients with supplies for making a seder,
(complements of the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center) and will arrange
for seder plate foods to be delivered by Stanford Hospital's Food
Services along with the dinner meal.
Throughout the holiday, patients can request foods that are
kosher-for-Passover from Food Services.
Reflections on experiencing Passover from a hospital bed:
As a community
The Jewish Chaplaincy presents holiday celebrations in the Stanford
Hospital Atrium before Rosh Hashanah and at Hanukah. Attended by
people of all faiths from the Medical Center and the local community,
these special gatherings are presented in conjunction with the
Spiritual Care Service of Stanford Health Care and the Chaplaincy
Services at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.
Sounding the Shofar is presented before Rosh Hashanah. The Jewish
Chaplaincy, students from Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School and members of
the community present a shofar demonstration and reflection
that relates the sounds of the shofar to the healing journey
from illness to wholeness. The gathering concludes with apples, honey
and honey cake.
Celebrate Sounding the Shofar 2014/5775, date to be announced.
A sukkah is constructed on the promenade between Stanford Health
Care, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and the Cancer Center.
Visitors are welcome at all times to enjoy the shelter of the sukkah.
Weekdays during Sukkot, snacks will be provided and members of the
Jewish Chaplaincy will explore with visitors the meaning of the sukkah
and it's relationship to healing.
Celebrate Sukkot 2014/5775, Wednesday October 8-15,
location behind the Cancer Center next to Lucile Packard Children's
Candle lighting takes place each day of Hanukah at 4:00 p.m. at the
bronze menorah next to the holiday tree. On one of the days, the
Hanukah Festival of Light Celebration features songs, food, and an
extended candle lighting that focuses on the healing themes of
maintaining hope in theface of darkness and perseverance to overcome
Daily Candle Lighting 2014/5775, Tuesday, December 16 -
Tuesday. December 23.
Hanukah Festival of Light Celebration 2014/5775, date to be
announced, in the atrium annex at Stanford University Hospital.