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Confinement in a hospital or institution is difficult,
particularly if the need for care is extended or the patient
is going through a physical or emotional crisis. At such
times both the patient and his or her family can benefit
from the support and spiritual peace of mind that a visit
from the Jewish Community Chaplain can help establish.
Medical science agrees that the institutionalized person
carries with him or her certain emotional and spiritual
needs that must be recognized and attended to by persons
with religious training.
The Jewish Community Chaplain
is an ordained Rabbi, experienced in counselling as well
as attending to religious needs. The Chaplain keeps a
vital link between a patient and the Winnipeg Jewish Community.
The Chaplain can help connect a patient with community
resources and, at the request of the patient, can ensure
that the patient's own congregation is notified of his
or her hospitalization.
The Chaplain also serves to keep the hospital or institutions'
staff informed about the needs of Jewish patients. The
Chaplain can provide information to staff about Jewish
dietary needs, about religious needs and about Jewish
The Chaplain can arrange to provide for Jewish religious
services on-site at the hospital or institutions. There
are certain Jewish Holidays which particularly touch the
heart of Jewish patients who, because of their confinement,
cannot attend these holidays at home or synagogue. The
Jewish Chaplaincy service brings the "Yiddishkeit",
the Jewish heart of these holidays, right into the hospital
A consultation with the Jewish Chaplain is entirely voluntary
and at the request and consent of the patient. The Chaplaincy
service exists to serve the spiritual needs of all Jewish
persons regardless of the extent of their personal religious
observance, from the most orthodox to the reform. The
Chaplain is sensitive to the needs of all Jews, and respects
the patient's right to his or her own beliefs.
The Chaplaincy service exists
to serve the spiritual needs of all Jewish persons.
The Jewish Chaplaincy Service serves
acute care hospitals and institutions throughout Manitoba,
wherever Jewish patients are confined.
legislation now prohibits institutions from releasing
and religious affiliations of patients.
you or a loved one desire a visit from the Community
please notify JCFS immediately.
Jewish Child and Family Service
Call us today: (204) 477-7430.