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
Emergency Cell phone: 410-340-0371
Rabbi Hillel Baron performs duties as chaplain for Jewish residents in facilities throughout Howard County. In addition, he ministers to Jewish patients at Howard County General Hospital.
Rabbi Baron provides needed religious services, Jewish learning and pastoral counseling by:
•Providing coordinated visitation rounds for Jewish citizens in hospitals and those living independently, 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 at Howard County General Hospital twice weekly
•Being on call for hospital emergencies
•Coordinating volunteers to visit nursing homes for the Jewish Holidays and throughout the year
Rabbi Amy Scheinerman
The Hospice Rabbi attends to the end-of-life issues confronting Jewish patients and their families; providing pastoral care to hospice patients and their families, while we rely on our hospice partners for medical and palliative services. Our Rabbi is able to offer 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 services address concerns about entering hospice, expectations at the end of life, fears about familiy 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. The Rabbi can provide uniquely Jewish spiritual resources that help patients focus on transcendent meaning, purpose, and value.