Jewish Hospice

Reverence for life is at the heart of our Jewish tradition. Jewish Hospice upholds the Jewish value of maintaining the dignity of life, especially when a life is ending and serves anyone who is Jewish, regardless of affiliation.

The Jewish Hospice Chaplain 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 Jewish Hospice Chaplaincy services address concerns about entering a hospice, expectations at the end of life, fears about their families and the future, and Jewish religious rituals at death and during the mourning period.  Discussion includes the specific beliefs, laws, customs, traditions and needs of Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist, and secular or non-practicing Jews. The Chaplain can provide uniquely Jewish spiritual resources that help patients focus on transcendent meaning, purpose, and value.

The Jewish Federation of Howard County works closely with its agency, Jewish Community Services, to provide this program for the entire Howard County Jewish community. These services are designed by the Jewish community for our community, and are provided free of charge.


Rabbi Amy Scheinerman, Community Hospice Rabbi

A letter from Rabbi Scheinerman

Howard County Hospice Rabbi


As much as we would like to face the death of loved one with philosophical equanimity, it frightens us to the core. The finality of death (beliefs about an afterlife aside) stops us in our tracks and challenges us emotionally, religiously, and spiritually. Read more