Judaism, Hospice and Palliative Care

The following articles were originally published by 70 Faces Media and appeared as part of a series supported by MJHS Health System, 70/Faces Media and UJA-Federation of New York to raise awareness and facilitate conversations about end of life care in a Jewish context.

Barbed Wire

Judaism, Hospice and Palliative Care - Article, Video, Webinar

Caring For Holocaust Survivors

Resources for professional caregivers with background and information on providing care to Holocaust Survivors at the end of life.

Candles Neatly Lined Up for Vigil

Bereavement - Article, Webinar

Grief and Renewal After the Loss of a Holocaust Survivor

Children and grandchildren of Holocaust Survivors often respond to loss differently. Our six-part series will address how this issue shapes our lives.

Caring for Holocaust Survivors with Sensitivity at End of Life, MJHS Guidebook

Judaism, Hospice and Palliative Care - Article

Caring for Holocaust Survivors: Clinicians Guide

This guidebook is for clinicians to provide a deeper understanding of end-of-life issues that may manifest in Holocaust Survivor patients.

Photos of Prisoners

Judaism, Hospice and Palliative Care - Video, Webinar

Caring for Holocaust Survivors With Sensitivity at the End of Life – Multimedia Library

This digital library contains resources about how to provide person-centered, trauma-informed care to Holocaust survivors and their families.

Judaism, Hospice and Palliative Care - Video

Caring for Holocaust Survivors With Sensitivity at the End of Life | On-Demand E-Learning Modules

This online training toolkit aims to sensitize and prepare health care professionals working with Holocaust Survivors and their families.

Mother and daughter reviewing photo album together

Advice and Information About Hospice Care - Article

9 Tips for Visiting Someone in Hospice

There are things you can do to bring comfort and joy to a person in hospice. We pulled together the following tips from the hospice nurses, social workers, and clergy at MJHS Health System.

Votive candles

Judaism, Hospice and Palliative Care - Article

End-of-Life Care in the Bible

The Torah is called Etz Chayim, a tree of life, because it provides values, ethics, and laws by which Jews are commanded to live. But how we die is also part of how we live. Below are some key examples from the Torah and what they teach us about dying.

Jewish Guy

Judaism, Hospice and Palliative Care - Article

Why Jews Need to Talk About Death

Whether your reticence comes from anxiety, religious superstition, or fear of engaging with a morbid subject, experts advise everyone to consider these issues earlier rather than later. Some rabbis even encourage newly engaged couples to discuss advance care planning before their wedding and to revisit the topic when a child is born or around other lifecycle events. Read some tips on how to get this conversation going with your family members.

Elderly couple reminiscing

Advance Directives Options Available - Article

How to Talk to Loved Ones About Your End-of-Life Wishes

Conversations about end-of-life decisions are delicate, personal, and unique — and rarely, if ever, begun and completed in one sitting. One thing is sure, given the mobility of our society, the advances in medical technology, and the continuing cultural denial of death: The need for these conversations has never been more profound.

Will being stamped

Judaism, Hospice and Palliative Care - Article

Jewish Ethical Wills (Tzava’ot)

Traditionally, Jewish ethical wills contained several items, including burial instructions, debts and obligations to be paid, requests that family members carry on specific religious traditions, and blessings over the family. But modern ethical wills are less about accounting and instruction and more about imparting wisdom or wishes or simply reviewing one’s life.