Chaplaincy & Hospice
The Jewish Federation of Howard County works closely with the Howard County Board of Rabbis to provide chaplaincy services for the entire Howard County Jewish community. These services are designed by the Jewish community for our community and are provided free of charge.
Reverence for life is at the heart of our Jewish tradition. Jewish Chaplaincy upholds the Jewish value of maintaining the dignity of life, for anyone who is Jewish, regardless of affiliation.
Rabbi Hillel Baron performs duties as Community Chaplain for Jewish residents in facilities throughout Howard County, such as Howard County General Hospital, and retirement, skilled nursing, and long-term care facilities.
Rabbi Baron provides needed pastoral services, Jewish learning, and counseling by:
Providing coordinated visitation rounds for Jewish citizens in hospitals and those living in assisted living centers, and nursing homes
Providing needed religious services, such as Shabbat and holiday services, at senior citizens facilities and providing opportunities for Jewish residents in those settings to meet other Jews
Visiting Jewish patients with no synagogue affiliation at Howard County General Hospital
Being on call for hospital emergencies
Coordinating volunteers to visit nursing homes for the Jewish Holidays and throughout the year
Rabbi Amy Scheinerman attends to the end-of-life issues confronting Jewish patients and their families, providing pastoral care to hospice patients and their families, while relying on hospice partners for medical and palliative services. She offers guidance to the hospice professionals, which increases their understanding of, and sensitivity to, the end-of-life needs of Jewish patients.
Spirituality plays an integral role in the care of the terminally ill. Approaching death can bring questions that contribute to anxiety, depression, hopelessness, and despair. The Hospice Rabbi addresses concerns about entering hospice, expectations at the end of life, fears about family and the future, and Jewish religious rituals at death and during the mourning period.
Discussions includes the specific beliefs, laws, customs, traditions, and needs of Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist, and secular or non-practicing Jews. Rabbi Scheinerman provides uniquely Jewish spiritual resources that help patients focus on transcendent meaning, purpose, and value.