Pastoral Care Services
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur
Begins sundown September 8, 2010 and continues through September 10, 2010.
Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is celebrated during the first two of the ten Jewish High Holy
days. It is a time of family gatherings, special meals and sweet tasting foods, symbolizing a
wish for a sweet new year.
- Sounding of the Shofar: Hearing the sounding of the shofar (a ram's
horn) is an important element of the holiday. On September 9-10, 2010, Jewish volunteers will
come to the hospital from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. to blow the shofar. The volunteers will
visit patient rooms which were identified as Jewish upon admission. At 5:30 p.m. on both
dates, there will be a public blowing of the shofar in the Chapel. If you or a loved one wants
to be sure that you have been identified as Jewish, please call the Pastoral Care office at
Begins at sundown on September 17, 2010 and continues through September 18, 2010.
Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is the most holy day of the Jewish year. It includes 25 hours
of fasting, reflection and prayers.
- Fasting: Fasting is a Biblical requirement for adult Jews. Please call
410-328-6014 to speak with a Rabbi or other faith representative about concerns
regarding medical exemption from fasting.
- Prayer: Please call 410-328-6014, Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m.
to 4:30 p.m., or ask your nurse to page a chaplain if you would like access to prayer books for
For More Information
Please call 410-328-6014, Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or ask your
nurse to page a chaplain if you would like more information about Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur
services at UMMC.
This page was last updated on:
September 7, 2010.