The Jewish Hospital - Mercy Health Celebrates the High Holidays of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur

(CINCINNATI; September 24, 2014) – Mercy Health - Cincinnati, which provides advanced, compassionate, quality care in your neighborhood through its care network, announces that The Jewish Hospital is celebrating the High Holidays of Rosh Hashana (the Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) with a series of events for the comfort of patients.

Rosh Hashana is the Jewish holy day that commemorates the creation of the world. Jews observe Rosh Hashana by attending worship services. A central part of the worship service is blowing the ram’s horn, known as the shofar. Rosh Hashana celebrations include eating apples dipped in honey and sweet loaves of round bread and the sending of Jewish New Year cards.

Rosh Hashana begins at sundown today, Wednesday, September 24, 2014. It lasts until sundown on Friday, September 26, 2014.

The following programs and services are available at The Jewish Hospital during Rosh Hashana, which marks the Jewish year 5775:
• Rabbi Elena Stein will visit patients listed on the Jewish patient census and offer greeting cards, electric lights, prayers and shofar service.
• A holiday-themed meal will be available in the cafeteria during lunchtime.
• DVD recordings of an abbreviated service and The Union Prayer Book will be available.
• Rabbi Michael Cook of The Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion will be in the Meditation Room on September 26 at 11 a.m.
• During Rosh Hashana, if at any time Jewish patients require support from a rabbi, please page 308-5068.

Yom Kippur follows Rosh Hashana and it is a holy day during which Jews seek forgiveness from those they might have wronged during the year and extend forgiveness to one another. Although forgiveness and repentance are possible every day, on Yom Kippur, there is an extra sense of urgency and dedication to these obligations. Holiday observations include fasting and reciting prayers.

Yom Kippur begins at sundown on Friday, October 3, 2014 and it concludes on Saturday, October 4, 2014.

The following programs and services are available at The Jewish Hospital for Yom Kippur:
• Rabbi Elena Stein will visit patients listed on the Jewish patient census, offering to chant prayers and provide pastoral care.
• On October 4, Sylvia Samis, violinist for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra will visit Jewish patients. Those who wish may hear a rendition of Kol Nidre, a traditional Yom Kippur melody.
• DVD recordings of an abbreviated service and The Union Prayer book will available
• Rabbi Michael Cook from The Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion will be available in the Meditation Room on October 5 at 11 a.m.
• During Yom Kippur, if at any time Jewish patients require support from a rabbi, please page 308-5068.